Melek Akın Ateş is Associate Professor of Purchasing & Supply Management at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. She studied Business Administration and International Trade and Finance at Izmir University of Economics, Turkey and pursued a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University, in the Netherlands. She got her PhD from RSM on the topic of “Purchasing and supply management at the purchase category level: Strategy, structure and performance”. Her main research areas are strategic purchasing, buyer-supplier relationships, sustainable sourcing, purchasing and innovation, and supply chain complexity. She received the Best Student Paper Prize at the Decision Sciences Conference in 2011 and the Chris Voss Highly Commended Award at the EurOMA/POM World Conference in 2012, was a finalist for Chan Hahn Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management Conference in 2014, and was a recipient of the JPSM Best Reviewer Award in 2017 and the Top Cited Article Award by Journal of Supply Chain Management in 2023. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for JPSM and is the Secretary General at the European Decision Sciences Institute (EDSI). Her work has appeared in International Journal of Operations and Production Management (IJOPM), International Journal of Production Research (IJPR), Journal of Business Logistics (JBL), Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management (JPSM), and Journal of Supply Chain Management (JSCM).