İlkay Şendeniz Yüncü is an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Department of Business Administration at Middle East Technical University. She received her PhD (2007) in Finance from Bilkent University, MBA (1998) from Middle East Technical University, MSc (1999) and BSc (1995) in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University. She conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) and Tilburg University (the Netherlands). Dr. Şendeniz Yüncü previously held positions of Instructor at Bilkent University, Lecturer at Tilburg University, Assistant Professor of Finance at MEF University and Assistant Professor of Finance at IÉSEG School of Management (France). Her research is in the areas of banking, finance-growth relationships, and financial markets. She has published in the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Applied Economics, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, and in an edited volume. She teaches in the areas of banking, finance and financial macroeconomics both at undergraduate and graduate levels.