Keynote SpeakersProf. Dr. Stefan Schepers
Secretary General, High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management
Stefan Schepers has a professional experience of more than 30 years in public and corporate affairs in Europe. On the public governance side, he worked as the EIPA General Director (European Institute of Public Administration) and offered consulting services to the EU Commission and to governments. He particularly focused on creating sustainable value and profitability, and offered consultancy to multinational companies and trade associations. He has been recently appointed as the Secretary-General of High-Level Group on Management of Innovation Polity, which was launched in December 2011 as an independent, triple-system and temporary initiative by the European Union to develop a European innovation policy. Stefan Schepers is a Belgian citizen, and has an undergraduate degree in Law (University of Leuven, Belgium) and a master’s degree in European Studies (University of Strasbourg, France). He completed his PhD studies in Political Science (University of Edinburgh, England). He is a member of various professional organizations, and was elected as a member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2008.
Dr. Hayri Baraçlı
Secretary-General of Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor’s Office
He has been a lecturer at Yıldız Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering since 1999. Baraçlı also held positions as the Member of Executive Board at Sugar Factories of Turkey Corp., project coordinator at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Executive Advisor at the Center of National Productivity, and a member of oversight committee at Turkish Wrestling Federation. Dr. Baraçlı is a member of various non-governmental organizations, and has extensive works on Strategic Management and Planning, Business Management, Restructuring, Reorganization and Human Resources, Feasibility and Studies of Investments, Management of Efficiency, etc. Furthermore, he has served as an assistant to the Rector, Coordinator of Public Relations and as the chairman of the Center for Development of Human Resources at Yıldız Technical University. He was appointed as the General Manager of Istanbul Electric Tunnel and Tramway Enterprise in July 2009. Baraçlı was appointed as the Secretary-General of Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor’s Office. He is married with three children and speaks English.
M. Ergün Turan
T.C. President of the Prime Ministry Housing Development Administration
He graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1990. During 1999-2014 period, he was a member of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) Assembly from Güngören district. From 1999 to 2005, he served as Deputy Technical Vice President of Güngören Municipality, Member and Chairman of IBB Parliamentary Development Commission, Vice Chairman of IBB and Deputy Chairman of IBB Parliament in 2007-2009. Between 2009 and 2014 he served as Deputy Chairman of IMB Assembly. On April 18, 2014, T.C. He was appointed as the Prime Ministry Housing Development Administration.
Global Vice President, Futurist & Innovation Evangelist, SAP
Inspirational international keynote speaker Tom Raftery is a Global Vice President for SAP, a guest lecturer at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo, and a board advisor for a number of start-ups. Before joining SAP Tom worked as an independent industry analyst focusing on the Internet of Things, Energy and CleanTech and as a Futurist for Gerd Leonhardt’s Futures Agency. Tom has a very strong background in technology and social media having worked in the industry since 1991. He is the co-founder of an Irish software development company, a social media consultancy, and is co-founder of hyper energy-efficient data center Cork Internet eXchange. Tom also worked as an Analyst for industry analyst firm RedMonk, leading their GreenMonk practice for over 7 years. Tom serves on the Advisory Boards of SmartCities World and RetailEverywhere.com.
General Manager, Microsoft Turkey
Murat Kansu started his career at Microsoft as Middle East and Africa (MEA) area Server and Tools group lead in 2003 as a member of MEA Leadership and EMEA Server & Tools teams. He was in charge of marketing services and products and played an effective role in triple revenue growth. Between 2007 and 2010, Kansu was the Director of Business Operations in Microsoft MEA. This was followed by the Enterprise Customers Sales Director role for MEA Emerging Markets between 2010 and 2012. Kansu was the General Manager, MEA OEM between 2012 and 2015 where he managed Original Equipment Manufacturers business in Microsoft Middle East and Africa and he was in charge of 80 countries to expand Microsoft software use at local and international server & device producer market. Since September 2015 Murat Kansu is the General Manager of Microsoft Turkey. Kansu joined Microsoft from HP where he was in charge of worldwide Financial Services Industry (FSI) marketing team.
Country General Manager Of IBM Turkey
Defne Tozan is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She started her role as a System Specialist at Ankara Regional Directorate at IBM Turkey in 1988. Afterwards, she assumed various roles within IBM Turkey. In 2016, Defne Tozan was assigned as the Country General Manager of IBM Turkey. Prior to this role, she also worked as an IBM Global Technology Services Director. Defne Tozan is a mother of 2 children. She also takes part in the boards of Informatics Industry Association (TUBISAD) and AmCham Turkey/ABFT.
Özlem Kestioğlu Özel
Marketing Director SAP South Europe & Francophone Africa
A true dreamer and change maker. She believes dreams can only come true by pushing the limits with the power of continuous change. As an authentic and highly energetic leader she has been a change initiator and growth hacker throughout her 20 years of career. She started to work as a consultant in SAP and then worked in different Sales and business development Executive roles in Oracle and KocSystem (largest system integrator in Turkey). She worked lastly in Accenture as Country Managing Director of Consumer Goods, Manufacturing, Retail and Travel &Transportation Industries. To achieve desired growth, she shaped go to market strategy including account strategy, solution strategy, people strategy. In 2017 she built her own consulting company "GrowRide" to help the technology businesses to reach their potentials and help them to build effective sales and marketing organizations so that companies can ride their growth journey. She built go-to-market strategies for some top scored start-ups in Turkey. She is still working with startup organizations and incubation centers to give consulting to support the growth and globalization journey of technology startups. Very recently, in March 2018, she joined SAP with her 20 years of experience in Technology Industry as Marketing Director of SAP South Europe and Francophone Africa region. As being part of SAP’s global digital transformation strategy, she contributes to the growth of SAP in thee region . As one of the impactful social leaders, she is keen to help and to support women in their journey for self-actualization and encourage them to take more part in economy. So, she works as active mentor and member in some women organizations voluntarily. She is also keen in developing entrepreneurs, therefore she works in technology incubation centers as active mentor and advisor. She is graduaded from Istanbul Marmara University Industrial Engineering Department and married with 1 son.
Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ak
Rector, Honorary Chairman of the Congress
He graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of History in 1987. He received his Doctorate in 1997 and was appointed as an assistant professor at the Department of Modern History in 1999. In 2005, he became an Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary History. The same year, he started his office as an Assistant Manager at Istanbul University, Institute of Social Sciences (2005-2007). He was the chairman of the Department of History at Istanbul University, Faculty of Literature from 2008 to 2011 In 2011, he was appointed as a professort at the Department of Modern History Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ak was appointed as the Rector of Istanbul University on February 11, 2015.
Prof. Dr. Sedat Murat
Vice Rector of Istanbul University
Prof. Dr. Sedat Murat graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences in 1984. The same year he started his graduate studies on Labor Economics and Industrial Relations at Istanbul University, and the following year he became a research assistant in the same department. Murat wrote a PhD thesis titled “Youth Unemployment in General and in Turkey with its Socio-Economic Aspects”, Dr. Nevzat Yalçıntaş assisted as an advisor. Murat received his title of Assistant Professor in 1992, the title of Associate Professor in 1994, and the title of Professor in 2002. Prof. Dr. Sedat Murat has been working as the Chairman of Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations since 2008, and as the Chairman of Ethical Board of Public Officers at the Prime Minister’s Office. Murat also worked as the Dean of Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics from 2010 to 2012. He has been the assistant to Rector at Istanbul University since 2012.
Turkcell Executive Vice President - Digital Services and Solutions
Ayşem Ertopuz joined Turkcell in January 2016 as Strategic Planning Director. In November 2016 she was appointed Senior Vice President of Digital Services and Solutions. She started her career at Arçelik A.Ş., where she had served as Quality System Engineer between 1993-1997. She started to work in Arthur Andersen in 1997 as Strategic Consultancy Services Manager. Joining Cisco’s EMEA Region Organization in 2001 in Belgium, Ayşem Ertopuz took managerial roles in several functions including Strategic Planning, Business Intelligence, Operations and Global Customer Management. She served as the manager of Business Intelligence Group within Cisco’s New York based Global Sales Strategy and Planning organization between 2006 and 2015, focusing on the fields of Service Providers sector, market and competition dynamics, business strategy and performance, utilization of digital services in new business models. Ayşem Ertopuz graduated from Middle East Technical University Industrial Engineering Department and received her MBA degree from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Bexar County Commissioner
Tommy Calvert, one of the youngest county commissioners in the history of Bexar County, started his public relations work in 1998 as a municipal councilor, in 2000 as a special project manager at the House of Representatives, and in 2001 as a temporary project interim administrator at Texas. In 2002, he completed his Bachelor's degree in International Relations at Tufts University. In the same year he established the public relations and public affairs firm Calvert International Colsulting and started to provide consultancy services for public sector leaders. Tommy Calvert, the Bexar County commissar, was set to re-invigorate the region by rebuilding neglected historical areas since 2015, and has set budgets for the development of the regional substation, new clinical center and regional parks. On the other hand,he provided financial support to schools in Bexar County in order to create information technologies and cyber workforce. Tommy Calvert is responsible for the 1.8 million population of Bexar County with a population of over 400 thousand.
Prof. Dr. Bernd Wollnik
Prof. Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
Bernd Wollnik, MD, is head of a research group at the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) and Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Cologne, Germany. After graduation as a medical doctor from the University in Bonn he was medical fellow and postdoc at Center for Molecular Neurobiology, University of Hamburg in Germany. In 1997 he received a DAAD fellowship for young scientist to continue his scientific work at the Child Heath Institute at the University of Istanbul, Turkey. He got a foreign lecturer position at Istanbul University in 1999 as head of the Division of Molecular Genetics of the Child Health Institute. During his time in Turkey, Bernd Wollnik received the International Scientific Award of Istanbul University (2001) and the Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Science (2002). After returning back to Germany he established his group at the CMMC. His main research interests are to elucidate the molecular pathogenesis of craniofacial and skeletal malformation syndromes, and progeria-associated phenotypes. During the last years his group identified several disease-causing genes and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Bernd Wollnik is member of the national rare disease consortia SKELNET and FACE, an actively funded member of the Cologne Excellence Cluster on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), and co-ordinator of the ERARE network CRANIRARE.
Dr. Louis Agnese
President at University of the Incarnate Word
Dr. Louis J. Agnese. Jr. served as the eighth president of the University of the Incarnate Word from 1985, when at the age of 33 he became one of the youngest college presidents in the United States, until his retirement in 2016, when he was named President Emeritus and Trustee Emeritus. His was the second longest presidential tenure in UIW’s 136-year history. Dr. Agnese holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Pittsburgh; a Master of Education in Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree in Supervision of Counseling Services, both from Gannon University (Erie, PA); and a Bachelor of Art in History and Psychology from St. Mary of the Plains College (Dodge City, KS). Dr. Agnese was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from South Korea’s Woosong University in 2014 and an honorary Ph.D. from UIW in 2016. He had previously received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Gannon University in Pennsylvania and the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award from Saint Mary of the Plains College in Kansas.
Prof. Murat TAŞ
Prof. San Antonia College
Professor Dr. Murat Taş earned his Ph.D. degree in 2004 from the University of the Incarnate Word in the field of International Education & Entrepreneurship. He has served as a professor, director, and assistant to the president positions in various universities in Texas. Prof. Tas have been involved in the field of international education and higher education for over two decades. He has been teaching, providing administrative support, and serving the world in the capacity of an instructor, mentor, and an administrator for students, faculty, and staff in higher education, both in the U.S., Turkey, and abroad. He has experience in developing and maintaining partnerships in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UAE, and Vietnam. Prof. Tas is also leading the Turkish American Association of San Antonio since 2008.
Prof. Dr. Osman Özturgut
California State University - Channel Islands
Osman Özturgut holds a BA in American Culture and Literature from Hacettepe University, an MBA from Missouri University and an MA in Education from Webster University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Missouri. Özturgut, has received a variety of tasks administrators and faculty members in higher education institutions located in Turkey and China. He has conducted research in South Korea, Japan, Turke ,China, South Africa and the United States. He has been working on international comparative education for over ten years. He has many publications and presentations on international comparative higher education and leadership studies. Since 2018, he has been the Vice President of the International Programs at the Channel Islands of California State University and Vice Dean
SINBO Small Appliances, Chairman of the Board
Born in 1962 in Antalya, he studied at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at University of Vienna. During his studies in Austria he had many commercial activities. In 1984, when he returned back to Turkey, he became a young entrepreneur in Istanbul's most popular commercial center. For 20 years with his visionary perspective enabled him to become one of the most successful businessmen in foreign trade. In 1997, he established SINBO (small household appliances and made SINBO brand a well-known brand in 80 countries and 5 continents. Supported by young designers and engineers, SINBO contributed to raising creativity in the common projects of the world of science. Today, he is president of the Board of Directors and is in charge of 1000 employees and 150 different products with an annual production capacity of 80,000 products. As a socially conscious person he is supporting many Social Responsibility and Awareness Projects. This excitement he has, have been appreciated in the business world and political circles.
Kuveyt Türk, Assistant General Director – Strategy
Aslan Demir, who was born in Amasya in 1971, has graduated from Marmara University, International Relations Department. He has completed his postgraduate degree in Sheffield University in England, with his thesis themed "Critical Elements of Strategy Implementation in Banking Sector - Bankacılık Sektöründe Strateji İcrasının Kritik Unsurları". Mr. Demir, who started his career in banking business in 1995 in Treasury Directorate of Kuwait Turk Bank, worked in Treasury Directorate for 6 years, then he continued his career in Project Management and Quality Directorate between 2001 and 2004. He has been appointed as Director of Quality and Project Management in 2005 and continued his career as Group Director of Information Technologies through the reorganization in 2007. As of October 2012, he has been continuing his task as the Assistant General Director who is responsible for Strategy.
Ahmet Hamdi Atalay
HAVELSAN General Manager & CEO
Graduated from Yıldız Teknik University, Electronic and Communication Engineering Department in 1984. Between the years of 1985-1986 he worked as a R&D engineer in TELETAS and in 1987 employed as a Quality Engineer in NETAS. Atalay, continued his career as Quality Manager and Wireless Systems Manager until 2004 and between 2004-2009 he acted as a board member in Information and Communication Technologies Authority. He has worked as an Executive Board Member in NETAŞ, as a Board Member in KRON Telecommunication INC and as HAVELSAN Board Member for three years each. Between 2010-2015, he was the General Manager of PROBIL Information Technologies INC. Ahmet Hamdi Atalay has been chairing the Information Security Association Board since August 2012. Ahmet Hamdi ATALAY has also served as; Computer Software Assembly Member in the The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, Transportation, Maritime and Communications Ministry’s R&D Evaluation Board member, and Fencing Federation Board Member.
Founder & President at IPI
Born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1952. Received B.S. in Chemistry, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, and M.S. in Polymer Science, the University of Manchester, England. Conducted research on polymers: Chemie Linz, Austria and DSM, Holland. Worked as product development chemist for various polymer companies in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Established his own company for research, development and manufacturing of new polymers for aerospace. An avid practitioner of innovation - having supplied to the industry in the past 32 years dozens of products he invented—he believes that innovation is not necessarily confined to one's genes, as commonly asserted, and that it is, to a large extent, teachable. He thinks prosperity can only come from added value that is generated when innovation, supported by R & D, is applied through entrepreneurism.
Haydar N. Çolakoğlu
TEB Holding Corp., Member of the Executive Board
He is the assistant chairman of the executive board at Egegaz and Çolakoğlu Metallurgy. He is also a member of the executive board at Türk Ekonomi Bank (TEB) Holding. Mr. Çolakoğlu is a graduate of economics and finance at Princeton University. He is a member of Endeavor, which encourages global entrepreneurship. Mr. Çolakoğlu also actively cooperates with angel investment platforms and businessmen associations in Turkey to promote entrepreneurship in information and science. Süleyman Orakçıoğlu
Orka Holding, Chairman of the Executive Board
After graduating from Atatürk University, Department of Management, he founded ORKA Textile Industry and Tourism Trade Corp. with his brother Halidun Orakçıoğlu in 1986. Chairman of the Executive Board of ORKA Textile and creator of the Damat-Tween brands, Orakçıoğlu received the award of the Industrialist and Businessman of the Year in 1998, and the award of the Businessman of the Year in 2000. Süleyman Orakçıoğlu was also a finalist in the “World Entrepreneur of the Year” competition, which has been held by Ernst & Young to acknowledge successful entrepreneurs for 17 years, and which has included Turkey since 2004, and he won the Entrepreneur of the Year award, which is still the first and only comprehensive business awarding program of the world. Süleyman Orakçıoğlu was ranked among the top 30 entrepreneurs in Europe by the students of University of Aarhus, Denmark in 2003. He also took part in the “Innovating Europe” project.
ABB , Head Of Country Sales
After graduating from Maçka Technical High School in 1989, he graduated from the Electrical Department of Marmara University in 1993. He worked in EKA Elektronik A.Ş. as R & D and Product Development Engineer between 1993-1997. He has been working at ABB since October 1997. He worked as an Automation Projects Engineer in ABB until 2000. After that, he worked as a Cement industry key Accoınt Manager and Sales Engineer for Drives and Electric Motors Department until 2004. Between 2004 and 2007, he worked as the Sales Manager of the Department of Electric Motors and Drivers. Between 2007 and 2013 he worked as the Marketing Manager of the Process Industry Division and as Local Business Unit Manager of Metal Industry. From 2014 until February 2018, he worked as Business Development Manager in Drive, Motors, and Robotics Division. As of March 2018, He has been working as ABB Country Sales Head in addition to the Country Sales head he is also responsible for the Industrial Automation Division, one of the four main divisions of ABB, as of November 2018.
Gökhan Arıksoy has received Bsc degree of Electronics Engineer at Uludag University in 1993 and afterwards gained important experience in various roles such as Country Manager, Country Sales Director and Sales Manager in companies such as Siemens, SAP and Software AG in Turkey and abroad. Moreover, he has served as a CEO of a software and consulting company and has implemented large scale projects in FSI, telecommunications, FMCG and retail. In 2018 he joined Deloitte Turkey as the technology leader and consulting partner. Arıksoy has also extensive experience in business process modeling and service oriented architecture, big data and business analytics, human capital and corporate performance management, core banking and insurance. In addition to being a blogger in the Harvard Business Review since 2016, Arıksoy is also a member of TUSIAD, who writes mainly on Industry 4.0, blockhain, artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning in xTRlarge.
Founder and Chairman of the Board, Digital Planet
Adnan Vural received his undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and his master’s degree in Telecommunication and Computer Sciences from Bogazici University in 1991. Early in his career, he worked as a software developer focusing mainly on industry and banking applications. Between 1994-2000, he worked as senior executive, founding partner and general manager at ATA Investment and Tradesoft companies respectively. In 2000, he exited selling all of his shares in other companies and founded a completely independent company, named Digital Planet. The story of Digital Planet started with the aim of achieving firsts, and this aim was realized many times through the years. Digital Planet introduced the first award-winning high compression digital document archiving technology (NetVault) with the concept of “Personalized Smart Document” first in Turkey. Digital Planet implemented for the first time the e-Invoice concept in Turkey before it was officially used; pioneered the development of e-Transformation process and played an active role in rapidly introducing e-Invoice, e-Ledger and e-Archive solutions to other organizations. Currently, he is the founder and owner of D.T.P Bilgi İslem İletisim ve Tic. - Digital Planet Software and Internet Technologies (2000), EVE Electronics A.S (2012), Digital Planet Technology UK (2013), 4EVR TECH Software Technologies LLC (2018) and employs more than 120 people from information technologies and software industry in 5 offices located in Istanbul, Ankara, Konya, London and Florida.
Prof. Dr. Sefer Şener
Istanbul University, Chairman of the Department of Economics of Technology and Industry
Chairman of the Department of Economics of Technology and Industry at Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics, Prof. Dr. Sefer Şener was born in Amasya in 1970. He graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Science, Department of Public Administration in 1993. He completed his doctorate studies at Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics in 2003, and received the title of Doctor. He became an Associate Professor in 2008, and a Professor in 2013. He gave lectures at various universities, including Bahçeşehir University and Beykent University. Sefer Şener has written various articles and books at home and abroad, particularly focusing on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, European Union and Turkey.
Director of EPPA
Julius Waller holds a Masters degree in European Competition Law from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) 1991. Julius has worked in a variety of capacities on marketing and legal issues at the Dutch Magazine Publishers Associations ultimately as deputy secretary-general. In 1994 he joined EPPA where he continued to specialize in Media, Telecommunications and Technology issues. Milestone projects were, for example, the copyright directive where EPPA defended the publisher interests against the telecom and Internet companies at the height of the Internet bubble. Julius has expertise in major strategic work aimed at the European Parliament or other complex institutional relationships such as comitology and Member States inter-cultural public policy management. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French, and German and speaks reasonable Portuguese.
Turkish Technic General Manager Consultant
Halil Tokel has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in civil aviation and defense industry sectors. During this period, he worked in ITU, Istanbul University, Defense Industry Undersecretariat, Prime Ministry, Temsan, Sun Express, Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cabin Interior. Since 2012, he has works as as General Manager Adviser at THY Teknik A.Ş. He is also Vice President of Deik Spain, France and Sweden and Vice President of Saha Istanbul Board and a Member Akip Executive Committee. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Aeronautical Engineering. He is currently a graduate of Aerospace and Management Department, and continues his doctorate degree on Management and Organization.