Brand Week Istanbul is a large-scale event aimed at bringing Turkey’s marketing and communication industry together with the world’s most creative names, concepts, and projects. In recent years, Istanbul has been a fast-rising economic and financial center and Brand Week seeks to use the city’s enormous potential to win it a place as a hub of creativity by inspiring those who want to make a difference with brands and ideas.
Anti-Rape Activist and American Performance Artist
Emma Sulkowicz (b. 1992) is an American artist of Japanese-Chinese-Jewish descent who lives and makes art in her hometown, New York City. She earned a BFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2015, studied studio art in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and was the recipient of the 2018 Museum of Arts and Design Van Lier Fellowship. She is perhaps best known for her senior thesis at Columbia University -“Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)” — an endurance performance artwork in which she carried a dorm mattress everywhere on Columbia’s campus for as long as she attended the same school as her attacker. Her awards include the National Organization for Women’s Woman of Courage Award (2016) and Susan B. Anthony Award (2014), the United States Student Association’s National Student Movement Builder of the Year Award (2015), the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. Magazine’s Ms. Wonder Award (2015), and the Heal Me Too Festival’s Trailblazer Award (2019).
Founder of Selendi Wines, Former CEO of Garanti Bank
He was born in 1945. And was graduated firstly from TED and then METU. In the college years, he played basketball as a guard. He studied business administration at METU and then started his career as a marketing expert. After working in different industries for 13 years, he joined Garanti as one of the vice presidents(responsible for marketing again).
In 1991, the owner of the bank(Ayhan Şahenk) offered Öngör to be the new CEO of Garanti. And he ran the company for a decade.
Garanti experienced a tough and quite successful metamorphosis process in his period. When Akın Öngör sat on his desk as the CEO, Garanti’s total market value was around $150 million. And after a ten years work, the value increased to 5 billion USD and Garanti was chosen as “The Best Bank on Earth” by Euromoney. The change was so successful that, it became a case study in both Harvard Business School and London Business School. And that case study is still actively being lectured to MBA students in these schools. Akın Öngör retired in the year 2001 to spend much of his time with his wife and family.
Dave was born in east London, and won a Rockerfeller Scholarship to Pratt Institute in New York to study advertising. He mainly trained at Carl Ally Inc, and came back to London to work at BMP with John Webster. He became Joint Creative Director and, in 1980, he left to found Gold Greenlees Trott (GGT).
GGT was voted ‘Agency of the Year’ by Campaign and ‘Most Creative Agency in the World’ by Ad Age in New York. In 1990 Dave founded Bainsfair Sharky Trott with the Managing Directors of Saatchi & Saatchi. In 1993 he co-founded Walsh Trott Chick Smith. In 2003 this merged with The Gate and in 2005, he became Chairman until 2014.
Dave has been given the D&AD President’s Award, for lifetime achievement. He has also written three books: ‘Creative Mischief’, ‘Predatory Thinking’, and ‘1+1=3’ (to be published in June).
In the 1970s Dave set up the ‘D&AD Creative Workshop’ course. He has trained hundreds of young creatives, many of whom are now London’s top creative directors and teachers.
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at University of Arizona
Feryal Ozel is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Department of Astronomy at University of Arizona. She has made pioneering contributions to the physics of neutron stars and black holes, as well as to the co-evolution of black holes and galaxies in the early Universe. Dr. Ozel made the first accurate measurements of the neutron star radii that constrain the ultradense matter equation of state. Based on her work on accretion flows, she made the first size predictions of the images of nearby supermassive black holes at different wavelengths.
Founder at Ho/Pe Advisory
Hossein Houssaini works as an advisor for various companies and forums in the digital advertising landscape.
He joined boards like the Advisory Council of Prohaska Consulting, the Advisory Board of the Programmatic Pioneers and the global board of i-com.org, a community that compromise of the most extensive international group of industry leaders on the forefront of Smart Data Marketing, ranging from CMOs to top Data Scientists.
Before his venture, he was acting as the Global Head of Programmatic Solutions for Havas Group for about four years. Here he helped to establish the global music data alliance for Havas and Universal Music Group and collaborated with international clients to transform them digitally. Hossein is the co-founder of Havas University, a global training program platform which has already certified over 15,000 participants globally with its first training curriculum “100% Programmatic”. Previous to HAVAS, Hossein created IPG Mediabrands’ first Trading Desk, Cadreon, in DACH (GSA) and shortly after acted as Director Technology for all audience buying platforms (MAP), bringing programmatic to the region.
Before joining Cadreon, Hossein worked for Google re-establishing the Rich Media business for DACH & the Nordics launching projects like YouTube Masthead and developing these markets to a successful business. He was shortlisted for ExchangeWire’s Ad Tech Personality of the Year in 2017 & 2018!
Interaction Designer and Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University
John Zimmerman is an interaction designer and researcher, and Professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. John teaches courses on interaction design, service innovation, design theory, and designing for AI. His research falls into four areas: interaction with intelligent systems; designing for the self; public service innovation via social computing; and research through design. His research is concerned with the process of making things as the mechanism to explore possible futures. John studies how design inquiry can be integrated with scientific and engineering inquiry. His academic contributions are seminal in the field of HCI, primarily, in matters concerned with research through design and interaction with intelligent system. John is a co-author of the book Design Research through Practice. He’s also co-inventor of the way everyone scrolls their smartphones and tablets.
Global CCO at Laundry Service and Cycle
Global CCO at Laundry Service and Cycle
Colombian who spent 20 years working in Brazil.
Began his career in 1993, as an Art Director.
He has worked for a variety of agencies across Latin America, including Ogilvy, Publicis, Talent Marcel, Havas, DM9DDB,
DDB Colombia and Laundry Service and Cycle in New York.
He has won 32 Cannes Lions and several others awards, such as D&AD, One Show, Clio Awards, Effie, London Festival,
FIAP, Wave, El Sol, El Ojo, Profissionais do Ano (important brazilian award), Abril Awards (important brazilian award), Brazilian Creative Club.
Head of Effectiveness at Adam & Eve DDB
Having read Physics at Oxford, Les took an M. Phil. in Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University. His research there focussed on the use of computer models to study the way human beings process language. In 1987, he joined the Account Planning department at BMP, where he turned his modelling skills to the problem of measuring the effects of advertising. He is currently Head of Effectiveness at adam&eve DDB, and runs DDB Matrix, the network’s econometrics consultancy.
Over the years, Les has worked for a wide range of blue chip clients, including AXA, Barclaycard, Heinz, Nestlé, Phillips, Unilever, Virgin and Volkswagen. He has also played an important part in establishing the agency’s reputation for effectiveness, having won more IPA Advertising Effectiveness Awards than anyone else in the history of the competition.
Author, Speaker and Leadership Consultant
Ranked as one of the top ranked “leadership gurus” in the world, Sally Helgesen is a pioneer researcher, speaker, and consultant on women’s styles of leadership and the unique contributions they make to the workplace. She focuses on honing women’s leadership styles, creating inclusive company cultures, and equipping men in senior positions to fully engage women’s talents and potential.
In her bestselling The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, Sally was the first to focus on what women have to contribute to organizations rather than how they need to change and adapt. She is also the author of the award-winning The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, and four other books, the most recent being The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work. Her work has been profiled by Fortune, The New York Times, Fast Company, and Business Week.
Sally has served as a consultant for The United Nations, where her pioneering studies on inclusive leadership and the increasing power of individuals in shaping their own work was the basis for the creation of a group of “Centers of Experimentation” that administer leadership programs in developing countries.
Istanbul Bilgi University, Professor of Physics
Çetin graduated from the Physics Department, Boğaziçi University, in 1996. He received his master’s degree in 1998 and PhD in 2003 for his studies at the CERN ATLAS experiment with counsel from Prof. Engin Arık in the field of Experimental Particle Physics. Having been working at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at İstanbul Bilgi University since September 2015, Çetin founded the Particle Physics Application and Research Centre in March 2016. After holding the office of Vice-Rector at İstanbul Bilgi University from 2017 to 2018, Çetin worked as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the same university between 2018 and 2019. He laid the groundwork for the foundation of Experimental Particle Physics General Committee and Senior Committee in his endeavours to ensure the unification and representation of the Experimental Particle Physics community. He was elected Chair of the Senior Committee in 2016. Çetin took part in the ATLAS and CAST experiments conducted at CERN, and the BES-III experiment conducted at the Chinese Institute of Particle Physics as the national coordinator, and the Turkish Accelerator Centre Project as a university representative. Having authored numerous experimental and phenomenological publications in the journals searched at international citation indexes, Çetin has been cited many times for his publications. Çetin received the “Turkish Physics Association Professor Şevket Erk Young Scientist Award” in 2004, the “Turkish Academy of Sciences High-Achieving Scientist Award” in 2008, the “Turkish Physics Association Professor Engin Arık Scientist Award” in 2015, and the “Turkish Physics Association Honorary Award” in 2017.