At an event in 2017 where he addressed the world’s leading industrialists, policy makers and finance managers, the prominent Silicon valley investor Peter Thiel pointed to the challenges faced by globalisation. “No one in their right mind would start an organisation with the word ‘global’ in its title today”, he said “That’s so 2005, it feels so dated.”

Well, we did… A short while after these remarks, in 2019, Atlı Global commenced operations.

Peter Thiel is actually right. Globalisation has so far failed to deliver on its promises to the mankind. Borders were supposed to disappear; people, goods and capital were supposed to freely roam around the world, and this was supposed to bring about increased welfare for all. This did not happen. Today we are living in a world where walls are erected, protectionism and isolation are on the rise.

This, however, does not necessarily mean that globalisation is dead. Widespread use of developed technologies has ensured that globalisation is an irreversible process. Globalisation certainly has its problems, but we are still living in a global world. And in this world, everybody —people, companies, countries— are connected with and dependent on each other. This is why, instead of declaring the end of it, we have to be able to manage globalisation.

This is particularly crucial for businesses. In a global economy defined by linkages of trade and investment, and increasing relevance of cross-border supply chains, it is no more possible for companies to remain within the boundaries of their home country. The term “global” does not promise miracles for companies, but provides them with opportunities to improve their business and carry it forward to new dimensions under the condition that they are able to adequately manage the challenges of globalisation. Being “global” is now more difficult, but still a necessity.

This is why we added “global” to our company’s name and embarked on our own journey. As Atlı Global, we provide business advisory services for clients navigating the dynamics of a rapidly transforming global economy, helping them to understand and adapt to changes, hedge against risks, and make the best of growth opportunities.

We analyse economic, geopolitical, policy related and regulatory dynamics that impact our clients’ market entry, strategic planning, M&A and investments in their respective markets.

What we do is to equip our clients with customised, timely, data driven, analytically robust and theoretically informed solutions that are grounded in empirical reality in order to help them make their business decisions. While academic knowledge can remain too abstract for business purposes on its own, concrete field experience might not produce results either if it is not processed within an analytical framework. We work along the intersection lines of these two and generate the solutions that are needed.

Our services cover a wide yet carefully crafted range of areas including market entry advisory, management of cross-border risks and opportunities, corporate diplomacy, content partnership, and executive training. We utilise networks of knowledge and experience: We do not and cannot claim to be an expert in everything, so instead of a fixed team that deals with every issue, we structure teams of senior experts that are most suitable for the task in hand.

Our headquarters is based in Istanbul, Turkey, one of the most vibrant cities of the world, a Eurasian business hub connecting the two continents of Europe and Asia. Our clientele consists of Turkish companies and multinationals headquartered in Turkey with operations abroad, as well as foreign companies interested in doing business in Turkey and the wider Middle East region.

The “global” world is a complicated, constantly changing and profoundly ambiguous place for companies. However, for those who can interpret the change and manage the risks, it is also full with opportunities. Atlı Global can help you to effectively position yourself in this world…


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Our founder Dr. Altay Atlı is the managing director of the company. In his capacity as an academic, he has taught courses at undergraduate and graduate (including MBA) level on international political economy, business-government relations, Asian international relations, and Asian economies and business at various universities including Boğaziçi University, Koç University, Turkish National Defense University, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul S. Zaim University ve MEF University. He is currently teaching at Boğaziçi University as an adjunct lecturer.

Having graduated from the German High School in Istanbul, Dr. Atlı obtained a B.A. degree in Economics from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, a M.A. degree in International Business from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Ph.D. degree in Political Sciences and International Relations from Boğaziçi University. Dr. Atlı was affiliated with Sabancı University Istanbul Policy Center, and Shanghai University’s Center for Global Studies. Having also worked as research coordinator at Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), he is currently an expert member at the China Network of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), Turkey’s leading business association.

Dr. Atlı was chosen a “Global Emerging Voices Fellow” by Torino World Affairs Institute, in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Australian National University, and Stiftung Mercator; and he was recognized as a “Young Academics Fellow” by the Global Relations Forum.

He has delivered lectures and talks on Asian economic issues and Turkey’s relations with Asia at institutions in several world cities, including Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tokyo, Singapore, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Budapest, Reykjavik, Brussels, Turin, Tel Aviv and Tunis. Moreover, he regularly appears on programs in media channels like Bloomberg, BBC World, Turkish Radio Television (TRT), TvNet, CCTV, CGTN, Channel News Asia, China Radio International, commenting on developments in the global economy and Turkey’s relations with Asian countries. Dr. Atlı is the host of “Yükselen Asya” (Rising Asia) a weekly TV show airing on Ekotürk TV.