Dr. Heiko Schuss received both his Diploma in Economics and Business Administration and his MA in Oriental Philology, Islamic Studies and Economics from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, in 1996. He acquired his PhD degree at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 2006. Prior to joining Abdullah Gül University’s Department of Economics in 2014, he worked as assistant at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg between 2001 and 2013. His research focuses on the economic development of Turkey and the Middle East taking into consideration the historical, social, and cultural background factors. He also does research on Islamic Finance and Islamic Economics. He has authored several publications and presented numerous papers on these topics at national and international conferences.