Designer and Art Director
Stefan Sagmeister has designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. He’s a two time Grammies winner and also earned practically every important international design award.
Stefan talks about the large subjects of our lives like happiness or beauty, how they connect to design and what that actually means to our everyday lives. He spoke 5 times at the official TED, making him one of the three most frequently invited TED speakers.
His books sell in the hundreds of thousands and his exhibitions have been mounted in museums around the world. His exhibit ’The Happy Show’ attracted way over almost half of a million visitors worldwide and became the most visited graphic design show in history.
A native of Austria, he received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York.
Yavuz Turgul was born 1946 in Istanbul.
Graduated from Istanbul University Institute of Journalism.
Began working as a journalist for Ses magazine in 1969.
Worked as a script writer for Arzu Film between 1975-1980.
Began working as a copywriter for Manajans in 1980.
In 1993, he and Jeffi Medina started Medina/Turgul advertising agency.
Worked in advertising until 2003.
Has been an award-winning film director since 1984. His filmography includes
1984: ”Fahriye Abla”,
1986: “Muhsin Bey”,
1991: “Aşk Filmlerinin Unutulmaz Yönetmeni”,
1993: “Gölge Oyunu”,
2004: “Gönül Yarası”
2010: “Av Mevsimi”
The Big Issue, Founder and Editor in Chief
John Bird founded The Big Issue in 1991, and since then he has spread the business all over the world.
John Bird was born into poverty, brought up in care and has lived through a lot. His life’s journey has included spells as a thief, prison inmate, artist and poet. Now an established iconoclast, activist and publisher, John Bird is the force behind The Big Issue, the world’s most successful street magazine. He is an inspirational business leader with an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change.
At a time when Corporate Social Responsibility is preoccupying business leaders and consumers alike, John Bird offers an authoritative, fresh approach, and some original perspectives on the interaction of business and society. His diverse experience, combined with his exuberant personality, erudition and often trenchant views make him a compelling and entertaining speaker.
John has spoken at the UN in New York, Nairobi and Istanbul, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. The UN Scroll of Honour, an MBE and the 2005/6 Beacon Prize for Creative Giving are just three of the many accolades and awards he has received. Since founding The Big Issue in 1991 with Gordon Roddick, John has overseen its development into the UK’s most successful social enterprise, stretching from Tokyo to Totnes and helping thousands of homeless people worldwide.
Bird was nominated for life peerage by the House of Lords Appointments Commission in October 2015 to become a non-party-political peer. On 30 October, he was created Baron Bird, of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Ahmet Kural is a Turkish Actor. He was born on November 10, 1982 in Kütahya, where his father served as the police chief. He is originally from Ankara. He started to his studies attending high school theater and changed eleven schools in twelve years because of his fathers recurring new assignment locations. He is graduated from Radio, Television and Cinema department of Konya Selçuk University and has a Master’s degree from Bilkent University. He has also got acting education from Müjdat Gezen Art Center. His career is full of joint work with highly respected and very talented senior Turkish actors such as Levent Kirca, Haluk Bilginer, Rasim Öztekin, Köksel Engür and Hümeyra Akbay. He has been very close friend with Murat Cemcir and they acted together in many television shows. Ahmet Kural is known as very good person and loved by his followers due to his extraordinary energy, acting skills and exemplary character traits and work ethic.
Murat Cemcir is a Turkish actor of Georgian descent who appears regularly in Turkish films and on television primarily in comedies. Cemcir appeared in the film Çalgı Çengi with Ahmet Kural in 2011. He later starred with Kural in the sitcom İşler Güçler(Workforce), a behind-the-scenes comedy about television production. In 2013, he starred in the film Düğün Dernek(Wedding Association), which became the most-watched Turkish film in 30 years. In 2014, he began performing in the new television comedy Kardeş Payı (Brothers Share). He speaks Georgian and enjoys horseback riding. He graduated from Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi.
Actor, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
He started his acting career at City Theaters. He worked both as an actor and director at very important theaters in Turkey.
In 1972 he established Ali Poyrazoğlu Theater; he layed out the modern plays from Turkish and worldwide writers.
He was the leading actor in 70 movies.
He translated 45 plays into Turkish; the translations were performed in private theaters, government theaters and city theaters.
He performed his plays in Greece, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, Australia and Austria. In 1998 he was one of the leading actors in the play called “Pera” which took place in Broadway followed by many fans. He worked with the famous American actors. The characters he created were very much liked by American critics and the audience. He was a playwright and director for many radio programmes and television shows.
In Paris, he performed the play he wrote “İçimdeki Timsah” (The Crocodile in Me) in French as “Le Crocodile en Moi”. His writings were published in various newspapers and magazines. He was a columnist in Yeniyüzyıl and Sabah newspapers for 12 years.
Ali Poyrazoğlu was selected as the Best Actor and the Best Director in movies and theather plays and most of his works were awarded as Most Succesfull Production Award.
Entertainment and Sport Agent
Robin has spent his whole working life providing promotion, support, counsel and a safe extra pair of hands to his clients in the worlds of international entertainment and sport.
Having started his working career at J Walter Thompson, which was then the largest advertising agency in the world, one evening in a pub in Chelsea he met an Irishman called Ronan O’Rahilly who was planning the launch of the world’s first pirate radio station. That same evening he offered him a job at Radio Caroline. Here he scripted programmes for the station, sold advertising airtime and produced shows which were broadcast to the station’s massive daytime audience, not knowing whether the British Government was going to close the station down or blow it out of the North Sea! After two years at Radio Caroline he joined a production company, making commercials for British TV and during this time, whilst shooting a Pepsi commercial in Los Angeles he met Sammy Davis Jr. He persuaded Sammy to come to London to perform at the Grosvenor House Hotel. He raised the necessary funds, the shows were a sell-out, Sammy became a lifelong friend and he spent the next 12 years as an impresario and personal promoter to some of the world’s greatest artistes and performers, including Sammy, Marlene Dietrich, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Buddy Rich, and having worked with Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra and many more, Robin was given the opportunity to work with some of the major events in the second of his passions – international sport.
He was appointed as Director of Broadcasting for one of the world’s largest advertising agencies – Saatchi and Saatchi – and so entered the world of sports marketing in the late 1980s. He applied his skill set for clients at nine Olympic Summer and Winter Games, three FIFA World Cups, six Ryder Cups and numerous Wimbledon Grand Slam tournaments and FA Cups. In 2001 he formed TSE Consulting, a Lausanne based sports consultancy, and 9 years later stepped down from his role as Group CEO. He finally ‘retired’ to his home on the Isle of Wight in August 2010. In 2017 Her Majesty the Queen appointed him as her High Sheriff for the county of the Isle of Wight, having previously appointed him as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to disability sport in the UK. Robin is Chairman of Fundraising and a member of the Executive Council of the charity The British Wheelchair Sports Foundation (WheelPower), the governing body for disability sports in the UK, based at Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement. Under his Chairmanship the organisation has raised in excess of twenty million dollars for disability sport. Throughout his fascinating career he has rubbed shoulders and worked closely with many legends from the worlds of entertainment and sport.
Ayse Arman was born in Adana in 1969.
His father Mehmet Kutman Arman is a graduate of Austrian High School. He met his next door neighbor Veronika Arman, a German ballerina, when he was studying in college in Switzerland. Ayse Arman is the second born from this marriage.
She was raised a tomboy since her parents expected a son. She’s from the generation that grew up on the streets. She climbs trees, she skates, is a good diver and runner.
She went to Tarsus American High School before studying radio and television at Istanbul University’s communications department. She dropped out when she began working at Nokta Magazine.
22 years later she had the opportunity to finish her degree.
She’s a passionate journalist. Before joining Hurriyet she worked at Nokta, Aktuel, Tempo, Marie Claire and Yeni Yuzyil.
Oxford University, Director
Rupert is co-founder and global managing partner of Finsbury, and founder and director of Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation. He is a global expert on how reputations are created, sustained, destroyed and rebuilt. His work and views are regularly featured in major news outlets including the BBC, CNN, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Times of London. He has led many of Finsbury’s major reputation and communications engagement campaigns for global organisations over the past twenty years.
In addition, Rupert chairs The University of Oxford’s Socially Responsible Investment Committee of Council and is a member of the Senior Common Rooms at Worcester College, Oxford and St Antony’s College, Oxford. He is a Trustee of the international mine clearance and humanitarian charity The HALO Trust, and was appointed by HM Queen Elizabeth II as her High Sheriff of Hampshire for 2013-14. He is also a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland.
Eczacıbaşı Holding, Vice Chairman of the Board of…
Dr. Erdal Karamercan serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eczacıbasi Holding Eczacıbaşı Holding, one of the largest companies of Turkey.
Received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Completed his graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia, U.S.A. Obtained MSc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
Various managerial positions within the Eczacıbaşı Group; Intema Project Manager, Artema Sanitary Fittings Production Manager, General Manager of Ekom Foreign Trade, General Manager of Ipek Kagit Tissue Paper Co, Eczacıbaşı Group Vice President in charge of Consumer Products Group, Vice President in charge of both Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Products Groups, and, between 2003-2017, President and CEO of the Eczacıbasi Group. Currently, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eczacıbasi Holding and Member of the Presidential Board.
Memberships in various associations: Member and Ex-Board Member of TUSIAD, The Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association, Founding Member and Ex-President of the Turkish Advertisers’ Association, Member of the Board of Trustees of Istanbul Erkek Highschool Education Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees of FMV Isik University, Member of KAGIDER, the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey and Founding Member of KALDER, the Quality Association. Other memberships include various foundations, community organizations and sports clubs.
Having attended one of the oldest high schools of Turkey, Istanbul High School, Karamercan completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, in 1973. As a graduate student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia, United States, he obtained MSc. in 1975 and PhD in 1977.
Karamercan holds memberships in industry associations: Former member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists’ and Business Association), Vice President of the Turkish Paper Manufacturers’ Union and Founding Member and Ex-President of the Turkish Advertisers’ Association.
Other memberships include various community organizations, foundations and sport clubs.
Supermassive E-spor, Founding Partner
Mr. Hakan Bas serves as Chief Executive Officer at Lidyana. Mr. Bas is a Co-Founder of Peak Games Inc. and served as its Chief Operating Officer. He oversees key partner relationships, monetization, business development and key account management. Prior to Peak Games Inc., he worked as a Vice President at Garanti Bankasi, a private financial institution in Turkey. Before Garanti, he served as an investment banker for Bank of America and Raymon James. He holds a B.A.
Founder and partner of Günaydın Restaurant Group
Asan is a butcher by trade. He was born in 1959 in Erzincan, and is one of the five surviving children of the family out of ten births. The family migrated to Istanbul in 1962 due to his father’s wish to secure an education for his remaining children, and moved into a shanty house in the Civciv neighborhood near where the Bostancı Amusement Part stands today. His father began to work as a building superintendent. He was a man of character, integrity and honesty.
During his primary school years, Cüneyt Asan started to work in a butcher’s shop to help support his family, causing him to fall behind on his education. He had to rely entirely on donations for school supplies, as his family could not even afford to buy him a uniform. His teacher was very compassionate towards him, and one day called for Gülcan, one of Cüneyt’s classmates and the daughter of a well-off family, to take Cüneyt home with her after school and ask her mother to sew him a uniform. That was the breaking point for Cüneyt. When he went back home that evening, he told his father that he would drop out of school, to which his father strongly objected. Cüneyt had made his decision.
The following day, after school, he entered the Butcher’s Market in Bostancı, carrying the plastic bag he used in lieu of a school bag. He got his first job at a butcher’s shop called Bahar. His new boss gave him his apron that day, marking the start of his career as a butcher. He served tea, cleaned the shop and carried customers’ bags, earning his first money. When he went to school the next day, he had pocket money for the first time, which he used to buy sodas for two of his friends.
Every day after that, he went to the butcher’s shop after school, and he worked there until he enlisted to the military for his mandatory service. Even at such a young age, he was thinking about how meat should be stored. He would go on to introduce a multitude of firsts for butchery in Turkey. He was the first to offer meatballs from a butcher’s shop, make meat popular among kids, simplify women’s work in their kitchen, and offer chicken products. Soon, even the smell of meat on butchers would become synonymous with love for him.
In time, he came to believe that he was chosen for this profession. He began taking on apprentices. Hundreds trained and developed working with Cüneyt Asan in Turkey, Moscow, Dubai, Qatar and London. His first shop was barely getting by. They were going through some hard times. He managed to keep the shop alive, and in time, purchased it. He would get beat up by his masters when we was still an apprentice. He persevered, and as he did, he grew stronger. By the time he enlisted, he was responsible for almost all aspects of the shop. At the time, the butcher’s shop still went by Bahar, which, he noticed one day, was not at all original. He decided to make a difference, and rechristened it ‘Günaydın’. Back then, there were newsboys on the streets, shouting the name of the newspaper they were selling, and Günaydın was one such newspaper. This would give Cüneyt Asan a sense of greatness and fame.
He was in the army during the coup d’état in 1980. Those troubled times made him realize a lot. He always cared a great deal about keeping his promises to himself. He realized that success paved the way for more success, like a snowball rolling downhill. He always avoided a fight, but never compromised on his morals. He worked hard to compete, and he became stronger as he grew, always staying in the race. When he returned home after the completion of his military service, his boss told him about his decision to sell the shop, so he took his coat and left. One week later, his boss came to ask him to negotiate the sale. Cüneyt Asan became one of the seven buyers of the shop, partners of 35 years today, who put together the money. The problem was to find a qualified workforce, so he started developing it. Many of those who work in the business received their training while working with Cüneyt Asan. A few of his old masters are still working with him. In the fifth year of the partnership, he established his own meat production facility in Malkara, Tekirdağ, and began supplying raw meat to restaurants and processing plants in Turkey.
Cüneyt Asan and his partners knew they had to create a difference with the Günaydın Restaurant. They opened the world’s first butcher’s shop featuring an American bar and a library. Newspaper headlines called them the pioneers of the profession. There was an influx of kebab cooks who came from Antep, Urfa and Southeastern Anatolia to open their own kebab restaurant in Istanbul. He began supplying them with meat, and in 1992, he opened his first restaurant in Çamlık, Küçükyalı.
The high demand paved the way for new branches in Bostancı, Kozyatağı, Etiler and Suadiye. Today, he has over 40 branches in Turkey and abroad, as well as a logistics center in Turkey. With 2,500 employees, he is listed as one of the giants of the restaurant industry. Cüneyt Asan trains new colleagues personally. He believes the importance of training, and is committed to uphold it.
Cüneyt Asan has always kept a close eye on novelties and developments in the industry. He is providing his services through Günaydın Et, Günaydın Kasap/Steak House, and Günaydın Köfte Döner brands. He is always among top 10 restaurants in Turkey. He brings in ingredients for side dishes from Gaziantep. He makes sure to use the highest quality meat, and to provide the best training to his employees. He attaches great importance to communication. At the dawn of the shopping center era in Turkey, the founders of İstinye Park were among his customers. His close links with them enabled him to establish his own place inside the shopping center, the first of many. He was introduced to the DRY AGE system. Today, his cold storage project, made out of Himalayan salt, is used around the world. In 2016, he opened his first restaurant in Dubai, a market in which he plans to rapidly increase the number of branches. He has also plans for entering Qatar, London, Dubai, and New York. Günaydın is a brand that produces its own beef. He has 20,000 cattle in his ranch in Gönen, Balıkesir, one of the five purebred ranches in Turkey.
In 2015, he partnered with the Doğuş Group with the purpose of becoming a global brand. Cüneyt Asan’s most important principle is to make his presence stand out wherever he goes, as otherwise one would not realize his real value, and would be stranded, as he explains. The story of his life symbolizes a fact of life. He is a man that can find himself, clear a path for himself and walk his path with determination. He believes that, in order to succeed, one needs a target, and most importantly, a need. He thinks that being born into a wealthy family eliminates one’s drive to endeavor and accomplish.
He does not believe in luck or coincidence, putting his trust in hard work, intelligence and science instead. He also believes that one should chase his dreams. He believes that success depends on hanging one to one’s beliefs, just as one would keep the passion in his heart. He thinks that all hardship is motivation for growth, and believes that without struggle and growth, change is impossible.
Mashable, Chief Data Scientist
Haile Owusu is Chief Data Scientist at Mashable where his main responsibility is overseeing the efforts of the data science team through the development of the company’s proprietary Velocity and Knowledge Graph technologies. Haile specializes in statistical learning as applied to forecasting and has a background in theoretical physics, including a Ph.D from Rutgers University, a Masters of Science from King’s College, University of London and a B.A. from Yale University.
Model, Actress, Presenter, and Youtuber
Cagla Şıkel has had wide success as a model, actress, presenter and Youtuber. One of the most notable models in Turkey, Sikel nowadays focuses on design as well as TV. After winning the Miss Turkey Beauty Pageant in 1997, Çağla Şıkel went on to represent Turkey at the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Seychelles, winning 4th place. She was awarded “The Queen of Europe.” Şıkel has appeared on runways in France, Germany, Spain, United States, Hong Kong, Russia, Greece, Switzerland, and Egypt. She has worked with some of the most notable Turkish designers including Yildirim Mayruk, Cengiz Abazoğlu, Vural Gokcayli, Tuvana Buyukçınar, and Hakan Akkaya.
Besides modelling, Çağla Şıkel has pursued a career in TV since 2004, appearing in several shows such as Cennet Mahallesi, Gorgusuzler, Avrupa Yakasi, and Zehirli Cicek. She has taken the role of presenter and jury member for TV competitions such as Dansa Var Misin, Aile Boyu, Ille de Roman Olsun, Sehirler Yarisiyor, Bugun Ne Giysem, and Her Sey Dahil.
Known for her affections towards her two sons, Kuzey and Uzay, Çağla Şıkel is one of the few professionals who continued her modelling career while raising children. She has worked in the fields of healthy eating habits, exercise, breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation, becoming the brand ambassador for several personal care and nutrition brands in the process. In 2015, she combined her passion for drawing and design and collaborated with Trendyol to launch her special collection “CaglaXmilla.” Since April 2017 Çağla Şıkel has been doing a show on YouTube.
Givin, Co-Founder and Social Entrepreneur
Fueled with a passion to make a difference, Basak Suer decided to leave her corporate marketing career to become a social entrepreneur. Co-founder of the first mobile application in Turkey that allows consumers to buy a product in return for their donation, Basak aims to increase social contribution through technology and to make her platform, Givin, the biggest technology-based social entrepreneurship company in Turkey.
RepMan - ORSA Stratejik İletişim Danışmanlığı ,…
With his academic background and high referrals in Strategic Communication and Reputation Management, Salim Kadıbeşegil, leads Corporate Reputation Management to generate awareness and have a place in Turkey. Between the years of 1999-2004 Salim represented Turkey as a Board member of International Communication Consultancy Association, ICCO, based in London. He was also a consultant for one of Turkey’s top management magazines’, Capital, “Most Admired Companies” and “Corporate Social Responsibility” research projects. Salim represented Turkey in “The Reputation Institute”, headquartered in New York. He used to be an active chair in Turkish Corporate Governance Association, Buğday Ecological Transformation Association. His company Orsa Strategic Communication Consultancy, was also the first member of Global Reporting Initiative in Turkey. He has been a faculty member at the School of Communications, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul/Turkey since 2008. Kadıbeşegil regularly writes articles for monthly Brandmap and quarterly IN magazine of Turkish Ethics and Reputation Society.
Salim Kadıbeşegil has been awarded as Hall of a Fame by the ICCO (International Consultancies Organisation) Turkish Chapter İDA in March 2017 for his contribution to the profession. Kadıbeşegil is also an honorary member of the Aegean Management Consultancies Association.
Salim is also founder and advisory board member of the RepMan Reputation Research Center, a not-for-profit platform which aims to increase awareness on reputation management.
TÜSEV, General Secretary
Tevfik Başak Ersen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Istanbul University and a Master’s of Political Science from Long Island University in New York. Initally working as a consultant, Ersen joined Turkiye Ucuncu Sektor Vakfi in 2004. He now serves as the Executive Director.
Apart from giving lectures on association and foundation regulations, Ersen also works in the fields of capacity developments for NGOs, cooperation between the public and civil society, NGO law reform and advocacy, tax reforms, and social entrepreneurship. He has published many reports and articles on these issues. Tevfik Başak Ersen is a member of Vakiflar Meclisi, the governing body of the Directorate General of Foundations.
Manajans J. Walter Thompson, CEO & CCO
He has won more than 150 awards for creativity, influence and perfection. He is one of the 2 Turkish Creative Directors who has won Cannes Lions’s Big5. He has served as a jury member for numerous international awards. He has lectured at universities. In her 4 years at Grey, he has had a great influence on the agency’s success, both nationally and internationally.
Askıda Ne Var, Founder
Oguzhan Canım started his career at United Towers working in marketing communication. During his time at United Towers, Canım travelled to the UK and the US to continue the company’s branding activities. He then served as the brand manager for Saat and Saat. Realizing that the corporate path does not encourage creativity and entrepreneurship, he left the company to found “Ahtopot Sosyal Medya,” a digital agency, and “Askıda Ne Var,” a social venture. Due to the success of Askıda Ne Var in recent years, Canım decided to focus on social entrepreneurship, shutting down his digital agency.
Sponsored by Ford, Askıda Ne Var annually provides 3 million TL worth of free products and services to college students. Canım has received widespread support and awards from Ashoka, Bilgi University, Mercedes, TUBITAK, and Sabancı Vakfı. He continues his career as a splendid social entrepreneur.
Impact34, CEO & 06 Records, Managing Director
Bettina specializes in strategic planning, communication and brand development in the sports and entertainment industries.
Bettina started her career working in the Olympic Capitol, Lausanne, Switzerland. She has worked for numerous international sports federations, including UEFA and FIBA. She has worked extensively on bidding for major sports events and has successfully worked with major cities around the world on bids for Olympic, World Championship and Continental Championship.
After moving to Turkey in 2009 she opened Impact34 and earned the position of lead consultant for the Turkish Basketball Federation. She has also worked for the Turkish Football Federation, the Turkish Olympic Committee, The Turkish Ministry of Youth and Sports among other.
Impact34 has worked extensively in the region managing sports and entertainment projects in Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Dubai.
In 2016 she opened a record label with her husband, musician Ferman Akgül. 06 Records specializes in talent development, strategic brand building for artists and commercial brands and conceptual music events. 06 Records has recently launched Turkey’s first acoustic music festival – the ”Unplugged Music Festival”.
4129Grey’s Chief Happiness Officer Alemşah Özturk founded 41?29! in 2007. In its first 5 years 41?29! became the most successful digital advertising agency in Turkey, attracting the attention of WPP who incorporated the company into its network in 2012.
Before founding 41?29! Alemşah Özturk founded two other advertising companies and became the youngest creative director in Turkey when he was just 24 years old, successfully creating several impactful projects. He has won numerous awards with the work he has done in the past 20 years, including Cannes Lions, Clio Awards, D&AD, and Webby Awards. He has represented Turkey in these global competitions, including at Cannes Lions. An active user of social media, Özturk has 250,000 followers on Twitter. He shares with his followers his articles on marketing and digital communication, company culture, and digital transformation. Özturk has spoken in numerous national and international conferences and organizations in the past 15 years. He publishes his writings on his website: http://medium.com/@alemsah
Deemed an exemplary entrepreneur by United States Vice President Joe Biden, Özturk works closely with young entrepreneurs and mentors them. In addition to his activities as an entrepreneur, Özturk has also tried to revive entrepreneurship in Turkey through his angel investments.
United under Özturk’s leadership since 2015, 41?29! and GREY Turkey provide brands with communication strategies and solutions as a new generation, fully integrated company.
Alemşah Özturk graduated from Kabatas High School before earning his degree of computer science from Yıldız Technical University. When he isn’t working on creative projects or consulting, he spends his time working on his new book, writing for local and international magazines and gaming.
Liv Hospital, Professor of General Surgery
Murat Aksoy was born in 1970 in Istanbul. He graduated from Istanbul University Cerrahpasa School of Medicine in 1994, acquiring the title of “Doctor.” He went on to complete his training as a general surgeon at Istanbul University School of Medicine, graduating in 1999.
He began working as the chief intern at Istanbul University School of Medicine in 2000. Between 2004-2005 he moved to France to study vascular surgeory at Henri Mondor Hospital. He acquired the title of “Associate Professor” in 2006. He successfully passed European Board of Vascular Surgery’s (UEMS-Vasc) exam. He joined Bahcesehir University’s medical team in 2013 as Professor of General Surgery.
Garanti Bankası, Vice President, SME Banking
Onaran completed his graduate degree in public administration at Middle Eastern Technical University in 1990. The same year, he began working at Garanti Bank, serving as the deputy inspector for the Inspection Board. He served as Regional Director for several Garanti Bank headquarters around Istanbul. With the establishment of Garanti Mortgage, Garanti Bank’s subsidiary responsible for the government of mortgage activites, Onaran became the Executive Director. Onaran served as the Executive Director of Garanti Emeklilik and Hayat A.S. between 2012-2016.
Since January 2016, Onaran is the Vice President of SME Banking at Garanti Bank.
Dietitian and Healthy Living Expert
Dilara Kocak completed her undergraduate degree on Nutrition and Dietetic at Hacettepe University in 1994. Having completed a graduate degree at the same university, Kocak acquired the title of “Dietitian Expert” in 1996. She moved on to complete a Management program at Istanbul University, a Presentation and Speech Techniques program at Bogazici University and finally a PR Certificate program at Bilgi University in 2015.
She worked in clinical departments and leadership positions in several hospitals between 1994-1999. Between 1999-2004 she worked at the American Hospital in Istanbul as the Director of the Nutrition and Dieting Department.
Between October 2003 and February 2004, she enhanced her expertise travelling to the United States to conduct observation in her field.
A+E International, Executive Managing Director
Patrick Vien is Executive Managing Director, International at A+E Networks where he oversees all of A+E’s businesses throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Vien also leads the programming strategy, acquisitions and production for all TV channels outside the United States and oversees international marketing. Lastly, Vien oversees the global content sales group with activities across 220 territories.
Previously, Vien was President of Pulse Films, a global, modern content studio partnered with VICE Media. Pulse’s recent output includes Beyonce’s Lemonade for HBO and the winner of Canne’s “Prix du Jury” feature film American Honey starring Shia LeBoeuf.
Prior to this, Mr. Vien was President & COO of The Tyra Banks Company (TBC) which included the oversight of television series production, film development, book publishing, retail and digital products.
Before TBC, Mr. Vien was Chairman and CEO of Warner Music International where he oversaw all aspects of strategy, commercial operations and general management of Warner Music’s labels in 50 countries which had over 500 recording artists on its rosters.
Mr. Vien joined Warner Music after serving as President of NBC Universal’s Global Networks where he oversaw NBCU’s television channels in Europe, Asia and South America. He oversaw programming, marketing, commercial operations and was charged with creating new TV channels for platforms worldwide. Mr. Vien also managed Universal Studios’s TV joint ventures including The Sundance Channel and HBO Asia.
Before joining NBC Universal, he was President of Universal’s Television Network Enterprises where he led US cable networks including TRIO, a pop culture TV channel and Newsworld International both of which he founded and launched.
maNga, lead singer & 06 Records, Creative Director
MTV award winning frontman for rock band maNga, singer/songwriter, producer, director, actor and TV host. Ferman is one of Turkey’s leading artists with a career that counts major hits both nationally and internationally and success that goes beyond music.
Ferman Akgül is the MTV Award winning lead singer and songwriter for legendary Turkish rock band maNga. Ferman Akgül’s many talents have made him one of Turkey’s most diverse artists.
Ferman’s educational background is architecture and cinematography, a skill that has made him a successful video director and arts commentator. He has produced and hosted three seasons of his own music show on Turkish State TV, TRT, and most recently starred in a leading role in the musical version of the classic story “The Little Prince”.
In 2016 Ferman branched out and released his first major solo music project. The same year Ferman opened his own independent record label “06 Records”. 06 Records has recently launched Turkey’s first acoustic music festival – the ”Unplugged Music Festival”.
Google and YouTube, Head of Agency Marketing
At his current role, Cenk Bulbul leads Google’s efforts to inspire and enable media and advertising agencies. Previously at Google Cenk was the Head of Strategy and Insights for YouTube Ads Marketing team.
Prior to Google, Cenk led marketing strategy teams at Ogilvy & Mather, NY building brand marketing plans and communications for the agency’s clients, advised top 100 brands on digital marketing at McKinsey & Company, NY and helped launch a consumer offering for Telecom Italia Mobile in Turkey.
He holds an MBA in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Marketing from New York University where he studied influence of emotions on consumer behavior. He is an avid runner and frequently engages with nonprofits for education and inclusion of youth.
President, MCD Media and Lifetime Turkey
In 1992, when Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya studied in New York, she has started her career as an intern at New World International, which distributed the “Bold and Beautiful” series.
When she returned to Turkey in 1992, she had worked as a Programming and Acquisition Manager at their family company Medyavizyon Ltd. and then decided to specialize in the introduction and localization of foreign TV channels in Turkey.
In 1998, Oflaz Güvenkaya co-founded the MCD Görüntülü A.Ş., introduced the National Geographic channel to Turkey and localized it.
After representation in a wide range of foreign TV channels including Eurosport, RTL, Sat 1, Travel, MTV, VH1, Euronews, and Pro 7, she acquired the broadcasting licence rights of Nickelodeon channel and launched Nickelodeon Turkey in 2005. She was granted an achievement award by Nickelodeon Europe on May 1, 2005.
In the same year, Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya launched the Eurosport in Turkey, which represents Europe’s only Pan-European sports channel, and she localized Eurosport and Eurosport 2 channels with live commentators on a 24-hour basis. She was granted an achievement award by Eurosport. Mrs. Güvenkaya also has advertisement, sponsorship and events rights in Turkey for the Pan European Eurosport Channels and global Discovery Channels.
In 2006, she founded MTV Turkey as MTV’s licenser in Turkey. She also won an achievement award by MTV Europe on October 23, 2006.
In the same year in May, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met with the Viacom Mogul Sumner Redstone and MTV Turkey licenser Mrs. Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya in Ankara before the launch of MTV Turkey in order to discuss more foreign media investments in Turkey.
In the same year, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended MTV Europe’s interview with Mrs. Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya regarding the Live 8 and G8 summit for Poverty. The interview got broadcasted in MTV Program “Switched on” together with the interviews of Bill Clinton, Tony Blair , Mandela, Bill Gates.
In 2008-2009, she enabled Turkey to compete for the European Music Awards. Emre Aydın and then Manga won the top prize with fan votes. Thanks to this competition, Turkish artists found a chance to be heard in Europe and share the same stage with artists such as Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, etc.
In 2008-2010, MTV Turkey was recognized with numerous awards including the “Best TV Channel of Turkey” and the “Best Communication”.
Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya has co- founded and became a partner of pay tv cinema channel called “Sinema TV” in July 2008 and followed Sinema TV 2, Sinema TV Family , Sinema TV Action , Sinema TV 1001 onwards.
She has started to represent BBC channels in 2009, introduced BBC HD and BBC Knowledge to Turkey and launched their localized versions.
In 2009, she has been recognized as a Power Woman in media.
In that year, she also founded Turkey’s first local science and technology channel called “Sci-Tech TV”.
In February 2012, she founded the Kidz TV channel for children and launched the BBC’s CBeebies cartoon and live shows on Kidz TV as daily blocs.
In March 2016, she became a joint venture partner of A&E Networks and Lifetime Turkey JV, launched in April 2016. The Channel Lifetime Turkey is on air in all the platforms in Turkey which is reaching 18 million homes. Lifetime Turkey is the only women oriented channel in Turkey.
In December 2016, She was invited by “The Hollywood Reporter’s Women In Entertainment Power 100” Awards, and represented Lifetime Turkey.
She is a co –founder of Oflaz Medya Group
She is the President of MCD Medya A.S
She is the President of Eurosport Turkey
MCD : Multi Channel Developers – Independent Content Platform of Turkey- MCD Görüntülü A.S, MCD A.S –- www.mcd.com.tr
She is the President of Lifetime Turkey
UNDP Türkiye, Communication Coordinator
Since 2010 Faik Uyanik is taking care of the communications of United Nations Development Programme in Turkey. He is also a member of UNDP’s Eurasia communications team, based in Istanbul, responsible from partnerships, events and press relations.
Started his journalism and broadcasting career in 1992 at BRT, a TV station of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. He worked for NTV, the first news channel of Turkey, for ten years starting from 1997. Also worked for the BBC Turkish Service for more than three years in London. In 2008 he won the Sedat Simavi Prize of Journalists Association of Turkey (TGC).
Graduated from Istanbul University’s Faculty of Economics. Completed his master’s degree on European Studies at Catholic Leuven University in Belgium where he was awarded with Jean Monnet Scholarship. There he focused on the regional development policy of the EU. Completed master’s and PhD degrees in journalism at Marmara University in Istanbul.
Vestel, Vice President of Marketing
Born in 1971, Berkman studied Economics at Syracuse University before completing his MBA at F.W. Olin Graduate School Of Business At Babson College.
He has worked as Director and Executive Director in Marketing, Marketing Communication, Strategic Planning, Media and Business Development.
Between 1998-2000 in Monitor Consulting in New York City,
Between 2000-2003 yılları at Koc Holding and Arcelik,
Between 2007-2010 yılları at Avea,
Between 2010- 2013 yılları at Veritas/Arena Medya.
Since December 2013, he has been the Vice President of Marketing at Vestel
Oracle, Sales Applications Director
Bakirci worked in the tourism industry for a short time following completion of his economics degree at Yildiz Technical University. During his career in the digital industry, he was appointed as the Sales Director for Emarsys. During this time, he became an expert on email marketing, marketing automation systems, and recommendation engines. He joined the Oracle Marketing Cloud team in 2014. He is responsible for Oracle Marketing Cloud’s sales process in the CEEMEA region.
Microsoft Turkey, General Manager
Kansu started his career in the information industry in 1989. In 2003, he joined the leadership at Microsoft’s Middle East and Africa region. Between 2003-2015, he served as Server Business Group Director, Regional Director for Business Operations, Director for Enterprise Sales, Emerging Regions, and Senior Regional Director of OEM Business. As of September 1, 2015 he serves as the General Manager of Microsoft for Turkey.
Before joining Microsoft, Kansu was responsible for the global marketing of HP’s finance solutions.
Kansu studied computer science at Istanbul Technical University.
Influencer - E-Sport Commentator
I started working on a project in 2014 to teach Turkish gamers the mathematics and strategy behind games. It shortly developed, grew, and evolved into a widespread movement.
Stratera is a platform for people who are aware of the growing power and importance of gaming and who want to implement change. I am their humble voice.
I usually do all the work on my videos. I sometimes get assistance to shoot the videos.
I am also working on developing a new game with my team of 5. Our two games, one for the Turkish and the other for the international markets, will be out in the first quarter of 2018.
I have worked with several companies and games on Influencer Marketing in the past two years. I only take on projects that I believe will make my audience and the brand happy.
BPN Istanbul, Data Management and Performance Publications…
Cayan Cetin serves as the “Data Management and Performance Publications Director” at BPN Istanbul. During his 12 years of experience in the digital marketing industry, Cayan Cetin has worked with agencies, publications, and advertisers and has invested in his own business. Working with Koc Holding, he led the first DMP process in Turkey. Together with Oracle, Cayan Cetin has worked as a consultant for advertisers and publishers, consulting them on digital data management.
Chef, TV Announcer, Entrepreneur
Born in 1975, Arda Turkmen is a young entrepreneur. Arda went to Saint Benoit High School before attending Bilgi University to complete a double major in business administration and performance arts. He started off his career by organizing student tours and continued in the food industry as a result of his experience in business administration. In 2003, Arda established Roka Davet, a catering business that has catered for many successful organizations. Roka Davet also catered for Metallica and Depeche Mode during their time in Istanbul.
In April 2008, he opened a new restaurant in Asmalimescit, 11 Leblon, which got nominated in two categories for Time Out’s Food Awards the year it was opened.
In 2010, he began his own cooking show “Arda’nin Mutfagi” (Arda’s Kitchen) on CNNTurk, which continued for 4 years.
In 2012, Arda became a columnist for Sabah, writing on his column “Arda’nin Mutfagi.” Shortly after, he began writing and publishing recipes for La Cucina Italiana.
In 2012, he sold his catering company “Roka Davet.”
In 2013, he stopped writing his column on Sabah, moving instead to Hurriyet’s Sunday edition.
In 2013, Arda opened his second restaurant “Forneria” in Karakoy.
In 2014, he sold the management rights of Leblon to another company.
In March 2014, he continued airing the 3rd season of Arda’nin Mutfagi on Turkmax Gurme TV.
In September 2014, 5th season of Arda’nin Mutfagi began airing on TV8.
In October 2014, Arda assumed a jury position for “Ver Firina,” a cooking show on TV8.
In 2015, he opened another restaurant, Mukellef Meyhane, in Karakoy.
In March 2017, Arda changed the concept of Forneria and united his two restaurants under one concept.
Season 8 of Arda’nin Mutfagi is still on air on TV8.
BPN Istanbul, Assistant Director of Digital Operations
Isik has 10 years of experience in digital media and marketing communication. She started working at Turkey’s leading media agencies and held an important role in their digitalization process. She worked with numerous national and international brands guiding their digitalization processes. Since 2014, she continues her career at IPG Media Group at BPN Istanbul.
BPN Istanbul, CEO
Nüzhet Algüneş studied economics at Bogazici University. After graduating in 1994, he joined Unilever, where he worked for 7 years, taking on executive roles for the sales, marketing and media departments.
Between 2001-2002, Algüneş decided to follow his dreams and became the Senior Vice President of Universal Music Turkey. He then decided to return to marketing and communications, taking on roles in international agencies such as Mindshare, Mobilera, and OMD and working in media purchasing/planning, business development, brand communication strategies, and digital marketing.
Currently, Algüneş works at BPN Istanbul, writes on the future of the communication industry in his column at MediaCat, and gives talks at seminars and panels.
Graduated from METU – Department of Economics and after a short experience of advertising and banking, Vural Çakır took place in the foundation of Zet Research Company. After the merger with ACNielsen in 1993, he became the trading partner and the general manager of the company until the end of 2000. He founded KMG Marketing Services Group in 2001 and acted as president of this group until 2007. In 2007, a partnership was established with Ipsos which is the second largest research company of the world and which has also acquired Synovate in 2011.
He acted as the CEO of Ipsos Turkey and as the member of Ipsos Global Management Council until the end of 2015. After selling all his company shares to Ipsos, he pioneered the establishment of INGEV in order to work in civil society field. Substantially, he continues his works in the field of human development and supports innovative entrepreneurships. Having many articles published in various business magazines, Vural Çakır gave lectures at Bilgi University, Adschool Marketing Communications Master Programme between 2008 – 2013. Also former president of Turkish Researchers’ Association (TÜAD), in the meantime, Vural Çakır is the author of two books named “Geleceğe Dokunuş” (Touching the Future) and “İş Hayatının – Okulda Öğretilmeyen – 21 Gizli Kuralı” (21 Secret Rules of Business Life – Not Taught at School)
Riot Games, Director of Emerging Markets
Born in 1971 in Ankara, he graduated from Australian High School. He studied Electric Engineering at Vienna Technical University. He completed the Graduate Program on General Management at Harvard Business School.
He began his career in IT in 1995. In 2002, he estabished a startup for the gaming industry, Avaturk. Between 2005-2012 he served as the founding partner and managing director for Nintendo Turkey. In March 2012, he founded Riot Games Turkey. Until April, 2017 he served as the Country Manager of Riot Games Turkey. He then transferred to the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles to serve as the Director of Emerging Markets. Hasan Colakoglu is responsible for Riot Games’s activities in Turkey, Middle East, India, Brazil, and Latin America.
Borusan Holding, Head of Corporate Communication
Şule Yücebıyık graduated from Istanbul University in 1994 after completing her degree on International Relations. She then returned to the same university to complete a graduate degree on European Union and History of International Relations. She began her career as a journalist at TRT Istanbul News Center and continued her professional life at Yeni Yuzyil as a reporter specializing in economics.
In 1996, Yucebiyik joined the Milliyet News’s team, working as a reporter, columnist and editor/director for 10 years. Between 2006-2008, Yucebiyik served as Vice President at Global Hill & Knowlton PR. She has been the Corporate Communications Director for Borusan Holding for the past 10 years.
A believer that corporate communications should be run on the basis of societal contribution, Yucebiyik actively contributes to local and international NGOs that operate in these areas. Since 2014, Yucebiyik has been a member of the advisory board for UN’s Women Empowerment Principles (WEP).
As an ICF Executive Coach, Yucebiyik coaches executives in the field of leadership communication, specifically on the immeasurable values in business and ways to increase the sphere of influence of corporate executives.
Fadile Paksoy is the founder of Benchmark, a consulting company that aids companies in the field of corporate social responsibiliy and sustainability. She studied Economics at Uludag University, and Public Relations at Marmara University. She has worked in leadership positions in several publications. She has over 20 years of experience in the creation, application and management processes of corporate social responsibility projects. She shares her knowledge with participants of conferences and seminars.
Bepanthol Baby, Speaker
Yonca Kunacav was born in 1983 in Istanbul and grew up in Tekirdag. She moved back to Istanbul to study at Bilgi University Department of International Relations.
She got married in 2012, and had her daughter Lila in 2014 and her son Yaman in 2016. She began posting on social media and became a “blogger mom.” She shares her experience as a mother on her Instagram account.
eBay Turkey - GittiGidiyor, UX Strategy & Project…
Gurvardar has a total of 15 years of experience in the Internet sector within Turkey’s leading web companies. His roles at these firms included Web Designer, Project & Client Manager, Product Manager, Creative Director and currently the UX Strategy & Project Development Manager at eBay Turkey (GittiGidiyor),
In 2002, he started his professional career at BCA Creative Ltd., one of Turkey’s leading digital agencies, as a Web Designer. Subsequently, he moved on to Netwise-Praksis, a boutique web design and development firm where he began to work as a senior Web Designer in 2004. In 2007, he had been appointed as the Project and Client Manager at Netwise. In that position, he was in charge of creating, developing and implementing web solutions for the company’s customers who included Turkish blue chip enterprises.
In 2008, he started working at sahibinden.com, the country’s largest classified ad web site, as a Design & Product Manager. While at sahibinden.com, he developed ad led many high income generating projects.
In January 2012, he started working at eBay Turkey (GittiGidiyor) as the Creative Director (Design & Content. In his first 2,5 years at GittiGidiyor, he supervised three units and 13 employees.
In August 2014, he was assigned as the UX Strategy & Project Development Manager which currently makes him in charge of leading teams in defining and formulating the company’s Customer Centric Strategy.
MEC London, Group Strategy Director
I worked in a small full service agency, a large media agency, in performance, digital, communications planning and strategy. I love adverts and being honest about what we think, I don’t love gimmicks. I like finance (low interest category means high interest problem) and behaviour change (aren’t we all trying to be better at being us?). The best bit of my job is understanding why what we’re selling matters to someone, usually by becoming a customer myself. I am a product of curiosity, mistakes, and the wilfulness to keep trying regardless. I have thoroughly enjoyed launching EE and Lloyds Bank; telling the untold magic of Nationwide and Butlins; and changing people’s health outcomes with Change4Life and Stoptober among many others.
European Union Affairs, Director of Project Management
Bülent ÖZCAN graduated from Middle East Technical University International Relations Department in 1999 then completed his master’s degree at Marmara University European Union Institute on European Union Economy. He participated to the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program in 2011.
He worked at the Ministry for European Union Affairs as assistant expert, expert and coordinator. Since September 2010, he has been acting as the Director of Project Management. He is responsible for implementing the projects on capacity building of civil society in Turkey, strengthening the civil society dialogue between Turkey and EU, capacity building of local governments notably governorates during the EU membership process and supporting EU expertise in public, university, civil society and private sector organisations.
He has books and studies on “Instrument for Pre–accession Assistance”, “EU Grant Programmes and Supports to Civil Society Organisations” and “Project Preparation and Implementation”. He is a part-time lecturer on “Project Management” in MBA programme at TOBB- ETÜ University.
Bayazit Consultancy Services, Founder and President
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980, Tayfun Bayazit received an MBA from Columbia University in Finance and International Business. Beginning his banking career at Citibank in 1983, he subsequently worked in senior executive positions within Cukurova Group for 13 years, including Yapi Kredi Bank (Senior Executive Vice President and Executive Committee Member), Interbank (CEO) and Banque de Commerce et de Placements S.A. Switzerland (President and CEO). In 1999, he was appointed as the Vice Chair of Dogan Holding and an Executive Director of Disbank. He assumed the CEO position at Disbank in 2001 and was appointed as the Chair of the Board of Directors in 2003. He became the CEO of Fortis Turkey and Member of the Executive Committee of Fortis Global after the acquisition of the majority shares of Disbank in July 2005. Tayfun Bayazit assumed the position of the Chair of the Board of Directors of Fortis Turkey after the General Assembly Meeting of Shareholders in 2006.
In 2007, Mr. Bayazit returned to Yapi Kredi (a partnership of Unicredit and Koc Groups) as Managing Director and CEO, and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009. Mr. Bayazit resigned from his duties at Yapi Kredi in August 2011 to establish Bayazit Management & Consulting Services, where he currently serves as President. In addition to being a member of the Boards of Directors of various companies, Mr. Bayazit is also actively engaged in the management of numerous civil society organizations including the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV), Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD), WRI Turkey, and Darussafaka
Dr. Yılmaz Argüden is a leading strategist, advisor, and board member of major public and private institutions, and NGOs. He is the Founder and Chairman of ARGE Consulting, a leading management consulting firm based in Istanbul. ARGE has been recognized at the European Parliament as one of the best three companies “shaping the future” with its commitment to corporate social responsibility. ARGE is the first Turkish signatory of the UN Global Compact and has served as the B20 Governance & Sustainability Knowledge Partner.
He is also the Chairman of Rothschild investment bank in Turkiye. He has served on the boards of more than 50 companies in different jurisdictions; as an adjunct Professor of Business Strategy at the Bogazici University and the Koç University; an author of numerous books and a columnist focusing on business, strategy, and governance issues.
As a social entrepreneur he has founded and led numerous NGOs; initiated the National Quality Movement. As the elected Global Chair of the Local Networks he represented 100+ National Networks on the Board of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainability platform.
He is a renowned governance expert and served as a member of the Private Sector Advisors of the IFC’s Corporate Governance Group, and as the Vice-Chairman of the Public Governance Committee of the Business at OECD. He is also the founder of the non-profit Argüden Governance Academy operating under the aegis of Bogazici University Foundation.
He has a PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate Institute. He is an Eisenhower, Fulbright, NATO, and Tubitak fellow; and a recipient of numerous leadership, distinguished citizenship, and career awards. He was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow, by the World Economic Forum for his commitment to improve the state of the world. www.arguden.net
Koç University, Professor of Industrial and Organizational…
Koç University, Professor of Industrial and Organizational…
Zeynep Aycan is a professor of industrial and organizational psychology at Koc University.
She sits at the Management and Strategy Board of Koc Holding. She is the director of the Social Sciences Institute and manages 28 graduate and doctoral degree programs.
She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees on psychology from Bogazici University. She pursued her doctoral degree at Queen’s University in Canada and her post-doctoral work at McGill University’s Business Administration Department.
Aycan is the author of 6 books and over 80 academic and scientific papers. She’s among the 100 most cited academicians. Her research has been awarded many awards from many esteemed organizations: TUBITAK, American Psychological Association, Chartered Management Institute, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Association of Psychological Sciences, World Economic Forum, and Simon Fraser University.
Tohum Otism Foundation, General Director
Betul Selcen Özer was born in 1975. She completed her Sociology degree at Middle East Technical University and her graduate degree on Socioeconomic Demographics at Hacettepe University. She wrote her thesis on “Content Analysis of Family Planning News Appearing on National Newspapers: 2001-2005.” Since 2000, she has been working with NGOs such as Willows International, TURMEPA and Community Volunteers Foundation on issues such as reproductive health, family planning, environment and youth. Between 2013-2015 she taught Demographics classes at Yedi Tepe University Department of Sociology. İn her 17 years working with NGOs, Özer has worked on various functions such as field, education, projects, resource development and communication. Since 2014, Özer has been the General Director of Tohum Otism Foundation.
Uludağ Üniversitesi, Faculty Member of Management…
Prof. Dr. Bilcin Tak Meydan was born in Bursa. She got her undergraduate and graduate degrees on business administration . She gave her PhD in Management and Organization Theory. She became an associate professor in 2003 after completing her study on corporate social responsibility and stakeholder management .
She has led the projects of many corporations in measuring perceived social performance and corporate image.
She has published many studies on corporate social responsibility, stakeholder analysis, person-organization fit, organizational and professional commitment and identity.
She is still a professor at the Uludag University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. She gives lectures on corporate social responsibility, diversity management and organization theory at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.
She is member of Academy of Management.
Instagram, Regional Product Lead
Priya Patel is the Business Development Lead for Instagram in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. She has more than 15 years’ experience in media and advertising including print (Financial Times), TV (BBC), agency and digital in the UK, Australia and Asia. Prior to joining Facebook, Priya spent five years at multinational company Google, where she was an instrumental part of YouTube’s commercial rollout across South East Asia. Priya relocated to the Middle East with Google in 2014 where she managed the Food and Beverage sector and led advertising strategy across MENA. It was in 2015 that she was appointed as Business Development Lead at Instagram where she works closely with brands and agencies to help them achieve their business objectives on the platform. In her spare time, Priya takes inspiration from Instagram to pursue her interests in cooking, travel and scuba diving. Follow her at @priya7.
directComm Marketing Group & Limonsocial CO-Founder
After İzmir Bornova High School Sanem Oktar graduated from Marmara University’s International Relations Department. Oktar started her career at Colgate Palmolive in 1993 and she is a serial entrepreneur. She established her first company, Tribeca Communication Consultancy at 1997 and two years later she established a database marketing company, directCom. Also, she was one of the founding partners of Peppers&Rogers Turkish Office. After taking part in Peppers&Rogers, she established a social media agency Limonsocial at 2011. Today, she’s continuing her career as directComm Marketing Group’s and Limonsocial’s managing partner and chairman. During her career, she worked with many national and international companies. And today Oktar is married and has two daughters.
Habitus Research, CO-Founder
After Italian High School, Aybil Göker graduated from Bogazici University, Sociology, received her MSc degree in Social Anthropology at London School of Economics (LSE) and completed her PhD in Anthropology at University College of London (UCL). Aybil returned Turkey in 2007, while working at Yeditepe University she lectured at Bogazici and Bahcesehir University, supervised numerous PhD thesis and continued academic publications.In 2012, Aybil Goker with Alper Goker set up the most impactful ethnographic research and creative strategy consultancy company in Turkey. Habitus Research between 2015-2016 received 14 awards. In April 2015, Habitus Research opened its first branch in Florida, USA.
Galatasaray University, Member of the Faculty of…
Kerem Rızvanoğlu currently works as the Informatics Division chair at the faculty of Communication in Galatasaray University.
He is working as as researcher in the area of human-computer interaction and usability / user experience since 1999. Research interests of Rızvanoğlu include cross-cultural usability, universal usability, mobile usability and user experience. He published numerous papers on these topics as well as a national book entitled as “Herkes için Web: Evrensel Kullanılabilirlik ve Tasarım (Web for All: Universal Usability and Design” and an international book with Görkem Çetin entitled as “Research and Design Innovations for Mobile User Experience Design”. He is currently a member of the board of “International Conference of Human-Computer Interaction”.
He has been teaching on usability, user experience and interaction design at the certificate, undergraduate and graduate levels since 2001. He taught in Boğaziçi Univeristy and Koç University in the recent years. He is currently teaching in Galatasaray University as a full time scholar and in Bilgi University as adjunct faculty.
Rızvanoğlu is also the founding partner of Xedzone Research and Consultancy Company, which served in the digital world for user experience research, design, education and strategic consultancy projects more than a decade.
P&G Turkey, Regional Brand Manager for Turkey and Caucasus
P&G Turkey, Regional Brand Manager for Turkey and Caucasus
Dilay Kurtulus Elciseven studied Economics at Middle Eastern Technical University. She began her career in P & G in 2008. For 4 years she was responsible for brands such as Orkid and Pantene. She became the Customer and Channel Marketing Group Manager. For the past 3 years, she has been the Regional Brand Manager for Turkey and Caucasus for Fabric Care at P & G.
Istanbul Policy Center, Director
Fuat Keyman is Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University. Keyman is a leading Turkish political scientist and an expert on democratization, globalization, international relations, Turkey – EU relations, Turkish foreign policy, and civil society development. He is a member of the Science Academy. He has worked as a member on the Council of Wise People as part of the Peace Process to the Kurdish issue. He also serves on advisory and editorial boards for a number of respected international and national organizations as well as for academic journals.
Prior to joining Sabancı University, Keyman taught in the Department of International Relations at Koç University between 2002 and 2010 and in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University between 1994 and 2002. He was also Visiting Professor at Carleton University in the summer of 1997. Keyman holds several post-doctoral fellowships from Wellesley College and Harvard University. He has received numerous prestigious grants from the EU Framework Programme and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Furthermore, Keyman has been the research director for various projects such as Peter Berger and Samuel Huntington’s Many Globalizations, CIVICUS, and Mapping Civil Society in Turkey. Keyman has conducted the first extensive research project and written copiously on the political and social trends in Turkey, urban transformation, and living together in Anatolian cities.
Rafineri, CCO / Partner
Born in 1975 in Istanbul. Originally a writer. Worked as Group Head, Creative Director and Executive Creative Director at Alametifarika and TBWA. For the past 3 years he has been Partner and CCO at Rafineri. He believes in the power of stories. He defines creating real influence as the key resposibility of a Creative. He has won numerous national and international awards for his work. According to IPSOS AdWatch, in the past 6 years he has created “the most loved ad” three times.
Good4Trust.org, Founder & Instigator
Dr. Uygar Ozesmi is the founder and provocateur of Good4Trust.org, a platform for individuals seeking to create an ecologically and socially fair future. Uygar established the Turkish branch of Change.org in 2012 and served as the Executive Director for Eastern Europe and Western Asia until 2017. Before that he served as the Executive Director of Greenpeace for the Mediterranean region (2008-2012) and Executive Director of TEMA (2006-2008). In 2002 he became the founding director of Doga Dernegi, BirdLife’s partner in Turkey. He was among the founders of Sivil Toplum Gelistirme Merkezi. Prior to his career in civil society, Uygar acquired his masters degree on environmental science at Ohio State University as a Fullbright Scholar and his doctorate degree on conservation biology, development and social change as a MacArthur Scholar. He worked as a consultant for Adnan Kahveci and was the founder of Erciyes University’s Department of Environmental Engineering (2000-2004). He worked as Expert in Environment for United Nations Development Programme (2004-2006). Along with Good4Trust.org, Uygar founded kusbank.org, Turkey’s first crowdsourcing project, in 2001. Dr. Ozesmi is the author of over 100 scientific publications and a book. He teaches classes at Kadir Has University and is the host of a radio show on Acik Radyo 94.9.
She got married at 19 after graduating from high school. She became a mother when she was 20 years old. She has 4 daughters. She was a housewife for 13 years because it was frowned upon for her to work.
In 1990, she sold the only asset she had, her bracelet, to be able to start knitting at home. Her business soon grew, and she rented an office. For 18 years, she managed her atelier, “Müge Tuhafiye ve Örgü Evi”. She decided to steer her career in another direction after knitting became out of fashion.
She noticed the absence of traditional Turkish food in the tourism industry in Kars. She decided to open a traditional Turkish restaurant in Kars in 2008, becoming the first women entrepreneur in the industry.
Yapı Kredi, Vice President, Brand Management
Born in Ankara. He studied first at TED Ankara, and then at Ankara University Department of Political Science. Worked at Demirbank, Disbank and Fortis. He has been the Vice President of Brand Management at Yapi Kredi Bank since 2008.
She was born in 1979 in Ankara.
She began working in media in 1993, alongside Erhan Konuk.
She moved to Istanbul to study. She began working at Alem FM when in Istanbul.
In 2001, she began doing voice overs for NTV. She worked for NTV for many years. She has also anchored for FOX TV and CNN Turk.
In 2012, she began hosting a morning show on Kanalturk. For many years, Uzun hosted the TV shows “Erken Baski” and “Guzel Bir Gun.” She has worked for Tv8 and TRT Haber before joining Lifetime.
Uzun is the author of “Sizin Hic Maviniz Var Mi?”. Her second book “Kalbimin Ses Telleri” was published in 2017.
For the past 5 years, Uzun has been teaching classes on diction, newscasting, and presenter at Baskent Academy of Communication.
Football Manager for the Turkish Women's National Team
U15-17 National Women’s League Technical Advisor
A Group Women’s League Coach
Director of Development of Women’s Football
Football Manager for U15 National Women’s Team
Regional Coordination Project Expert
Mr. Goodvertising, Düşünce Lideri ve Sürdürebilir…
Thomas Kolster is a man on a mission, one of the early pioneers in the do-good space coining the term Goodvertising to describe the changing advertising landscape that’s become a movement in itself. As a seasoned advertising professional counting more than 16 years he’s a vocal voice for advertising and brands as a force for good and his book “Goodvertising” is the most comprehensive book to date exploring communication for good.
He’s a globally experienced keynote speaker featured at events like SXSW Eurobest, D&AD, Epica, ad:tech & Sustainable Brands, a columnist for the Guardian and several other publications and a regular judge at international award shows. As a passionate entrepreneur and change-agent he’s launched impact platforms like Cph:Change and Wheregoodgrows.com The Huffington Post has dubbed him “Inspirational Leader”
Football Player, Turkish National Team and Besiktas J.K.
Karagenç received her license for Sakarya Yenikent Güneşspor on October 27, 2004, where she was until January 2007. During this time, no leagues were held in the country. With the reestablishment of the women’s football leagues, she transferred to her hometown club Gazi Üniversitesispor. In the six seasons, she played for Gazi Üniversitesispor, she capped 70 times, scored a total of 32 goals, and enjoyed three league championships in 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2009–10.
For the 2012–13 season, she signed for te İzmir-based club Konak Belediyespor. She became again champion in her first season with the team.
She played with Konak Belediyespor at the 2013–14 UEFA Women’s Champions League in the qualification round matches in August 2013 and in the knockout stage matches in October 2013.
By October 2015, she transferred to the Istanbul-based team Beşiktaş JK to play in the Second League. At the end of the 2015–16 season, she enjoyed the league champion title and the promotion of her team to the First League.
On September 19, 2009, she made her first appearance in the women’s U-19 national team playing against Serbia at the 2010 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship First qualifying round – Group 7 match. At the same tournament, she played also against France and Georgia. Karagenç participated at the 2010 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship Second qualifying round – Group 1 matches against Sweden, Ireland and England. her further appearances in the women’s U-19 national team were at the 2011 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship First qualifying round – Group 9 (Romania, Czech Republic and Northern Ireland), at the 2012 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship Second qualifying round (Iceland, Germany and Wales) as well as at the 2012 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship – Group A (Portugal, Denmark and Romania). In the women’s U-19 national team, she capped 32 times netting one goal.
She played for the first time for the women’s national team on April 15, 2009 in a friendly match with Belarusian women. Karagenç was team member in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 5 match against Austria. She played in nine matches of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 2 round against Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Romania and Kazakhstan. In 2013, Karagenç took part at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6matches against the English and Montenegron women.
Samsung Electronics, Vice President of Corporate Brand
Ömer Barış Gökpınar studied Business Administration at Bogazici University. He completed his MBA at State University of West Georgia. He worked in various leadership positions in departments such as brand management, marketing and marketing communications at P&G, Vodafone and Turkcell
He began his career as a Marketing Expert at Worldspan in 1998. He worked as Senior Assistant Brand Manager at P&G between 2000-2004. He worked as the Brand Director at Alametifarika and Brand Group Director at TBWA / Istanbul before joining Vodafone in 2009, where he served as the Brand Strategy Senior Manager. Between 2012-2015, he worked at Turkcell, first as the Marketing Communications Senior Manager and then as the Director of Marketing Communcation. Since 2016, Gokpinar has been the Vice President of Corporate Brand at Samsung Electronics.
She graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Department of Education in 2000. She completed her graduate degree with her thesis on “The Effect of Creative Drama Techniques on Learning and Democratic Inclinations” in 2004.
In 2005, she completed certificate programs on Leadership in Psychodrama and Creative Drama. In the following years, she continued her work on storytelling.
Her career as a teacher began in 2000 at Tekirdag Misinli Koyu Ilkokulu. She then worked in Izmir, Mardin and Istanbul.
Since 2011 she has been a volunteer teacher at NGOs such as Teachers Academy Foundation, Hayata Renk Ver Foundation and Community Volunteers Foundation.
Bayer Consumer Health, Head of Marketing
Saltat began her career at Garanti Bank after completing her Sociology degree at Bogazici University. She completed an Executive MBA program at Istanbul Technical University.
In 2001 she began working at Nestle Turkey. She took on various marketing and sales positions at Nestle for the following 14 years. She moved to Sydney to serve as a marketing and sales consultant for the Asian, African and Oceania markets.
She joined Bayer Turkey in 2015, and still works as Head of Marketing. She completed coaching programs at Common Purpose Turkey and Adler. Currently, she coaches and teaches marketing classes at Bilgi University.
Interbank Card Center of Turkey, EVP of Digital Solutions
He studied Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University and completed his MBA at Yildiz Technical University. He completed a graduate degree on Department of Economics at Istanbul University, focusing on International Business Administration. He began his career in Soyak Toplu Konut in 1997. Between 1999-2012, served as a Group Director at Finansbank. Since 2012, he has been EVP of Digital Solutions at Interbank Card Center of Turkey.
Vodafone Turkey, Head of Marketing - Digital Segments
He first joined Vodafone Turkey family as the SME Segment Marketing Senior Manager in 2013. In 2016, he became the Youth Segment Senior Manager. He played an important role in the determination and execution of the marketing strategies of both segments. In April 2017, he was assigned as the Head of Marketing of Digital Segments. He still leads the Red, Freezone, Besiktas and Innovation teams.
He graduated from Bogazici University Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2005. He began his career working at the Department of Marketing at Danone. Between 2005-2009, he worked in various positions in marketing at Baytorun. He then relocated to Danone’s headquarters in the USA. Until 2013, he served as the Senior Brand Manager for Activia and Light’n Fit.
Mekanik İletişim, Founder
He was born in Ankara in 1969. He is married, and has two children.
He studied Economics at Istanbul University.
He cut short his graduate studies in EU Economic Structure. He began his career in media working for Dogan Media Group in 1995.
In 1996, he began working at Universal McCann Istanbul, an associate of Interpublic Group.
In 2001, he established the first Programming Department in Turkey, opening the corporate communication channel on content planning and integrated projects to the advertisers.
Between 2004-2005, he was assigned as the Managing Director of Lotus Media.
In September 2005, he established Veritas Media.
In 2013, he founded Mekanik Iletisim, an internet planning and project company.
ORAV, Corporate Communication Manager
She graduated from Department of Communication and Advertising at Southeast Missouri State University. In 1997, she began her career working as a costumer representative at Wunderman Advertising Agency. Between 1999-2011, she worked as an Account Director at Ofset Printing House. In 2011, she joined SALT, a culture and research firm, working as the Communications Director for 4 years.
Since 2015, she has been the Corporate Communication Director at ORAV.
Ciner Medya, Coordinator for 360 Projects and Innovation
Ferhat Er started working as regional lead for Yemeksepeti.com while he was studying at Eskişehir Anadolu University. Having served as a social media and digital marketing consultant for various national and international brands for some years, Mr. Er joined Mindshare Turkey as a media planner. He later joined the 360 Projects and Innovation team at Turkuvaz Medya Group, and worked on the group’s multiple award-winning media projects.
Mr. Er now works at Ciner Medya Group, where he is Coordinator for 360 Projects and Innovation.
Ay Yapım, Executive Producer
Yamaç Okur studied Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He is one of the founders of acclaimed Altyazi Cinema Magazine. He worked at various positions at Bogazici University Mithat Alam Film Center between 2003 and 2013 and contributed the institutionalisation of the Film Center. He is also one of the founders of Bulut Film established in 2007 together with Nadir Öperli, Enis Köstepen and Seyfi Teoman. Being one of the founders of New Cinema Movement in Turkey, Yamac Okur actively participated to the Istanbul Film Festival Meetings on the Bridge as one of the members at the Advisory Committee between 2008 and 2013. He served as one of the members of Support Committee for Feature Films at the Ministry of Culture between 2013-2015. He had been the coordinator of the first edition of Antalya Film Forum, co-production and project development market of the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. He is a Board member at the Films’ Producers’ Association (SE-YAP). Since March 2015, he is working as an executive producer in Ay Yapim, one of the leading production companies in Turkey.
OMD Türkiye Dijital Direktör, IAB Türkiye’de Yönetim…
Having majored in Radio-TV Studies at Istanbul University, Atakan Demirci started working as assistant news director at Kanal D. Later, he worked as a content editor for Bezoone. In 2007, he joined Zap Medya, Turkey’s first digital media agency. Today, he continues his career in media planning and buying as OMD Turkey’s Digital Director. He is also a board member at IAB Turkey.
PepsiCo Turkey, Senior Marketing Director
Evrim Sen studied Business Administration at Istanbul University. He completed his graduate degree on Strategic Planning at Ashridge Business School. In the first years of his career, he took on leadership positions at AIESEC, world’s biggest youth leadership organization. He then became the Global President of AIESEC, relocating in the Netherlands. For the next 11 years, he continued his career in the UK, working as the Brand Manager and Group Brand Manager for Cadbury Schweppes, and Regional Manager of EMEA and Regional Director of Marketing Strategy for Johnson & Johnson.In 2012, Evrim Sen joined PepsiCo, working as the Marketing Director of Food Products in the UK.
In 2014, he returned to Turkey, taking on the position of Senior Marketing Director, East Europe Snacks. Since October 2016, he has been the Senior Marketing Director and Board Member at PepsiCo. He is responsible for all of the food and beverage brands of the company.
Beşiktaş JK, CMO
Umut Kutlu is the Chief Marketing Officer of Besiktas JK, the oldest sports club of Turkey, with responsibility of generating commercial revenues by managing marketing and sponsorship organisation, premium seats sales, new stadium commercial operations, new business development operations and Club’s global evolution project. He joined the club in 2013, as the youngest executive and spearheaded club’s corporate and commercial transformation and new stadium’s construction operations. Besides he also teaches Sports Management classes at Istanbul Bilgi University. Prior to joining Besiktas JK, he worked in brand management, loyalty management, digital management, mobile commerce and mobile marketing, marketing communications and project management at several companies in telecommunications and media industries.
After graduating as a Linguistics major from Hacettepe University, he taught English for a while and later worked as a tour operator in the tourism sector. While he had always been writing stories as a student and during these working years, he turned this hobby into his job and started writing professionally in 1997.
He founded his own production company, named MinT (short for Made in Turkey) and produced 50 TV shows and over 2,000 episodes along with his team of screenwriters. One of his TV shows, Çocuklar Duymasin (Never in Front of the Kids) has had so much rating success that even its reruns were the most watched TV program on the days they were broadcast during 2002-2004.
Güven also entered the film industry with feature films like ‘Bayrampasa Ben Fazla Kalmayacagim (I Won’t Be Staying Long in Prison)’, ‘Dersimiz Atatürk (Our Lesson: Ataturk)’, ‘Mandira Filozofu (Dairy Philosopher)’ and ‘Mandira Filozofu Istanbul (Dairy Philosopher Istanbul)’. The movie ‘Güzel Günler Görecegiz (We Will See Good Days)’, which he co-produced, won the Best Movie Award at the Antalya Film Festival.
He is a founding member of both the Scriptwriters – Directors Association of Turkey and the Producers Association of Turkey and also became the president of the Television and Cinema Film Producers Association of Turkey and the Producers Association of Turkey. Birol Güven is the founder and the chairman of MinT Film Production Inc., the fastest growing production company in the film industry.
Birol Güven has three published books: Tatil Diyaloglari (Holiday Dialogues), Yatak Odasi Diyaloglari (Bedroom Dialogues), Teneke Üzerinde Midyeden Sosyeteyle Susiye (From Eating Mussels on a Can to Having Sushi with the Socialites).