9 November, Friday

9 November, Friday

  • Eric Goldberg is a veteran director, designer,…
    ERIC GOLDBERG

    ERIC GOLDBERG

    The Walt Disney Company; Animator, Designer, Director

    Eric Goldberg is a veteran director, designer, and animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Eric has contributed to many of the studios’ films, including “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” “Hercules,” “Fantasia/2000,” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” Goldberg served as head of 2D animation for the Academy Award®-nominated short film “Get A Horse!” featuring Mickey Mouse, and most recently lead the team who brought Maui’s animated tattoo to life in the Academy Award®-nominated feature film, “Moana.” In February 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Winsor McCay Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for lifetime achievement in animation.

  • Born in Istanbul in 1954, Faruk Eczacıbaşı is…
    R. FARUK ECZACIBAŞI

    R. FARUK ECZACIBAŞI

    Vice Chairman of Eczacıbaşı Holding

    Born in Istanbul in 1954, Faruk Eczacıbaşı is a graduate of the Istanbul German Lycee and Berlin Technical University’s School of Management, where he earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees.

    Faruk Eczacıbaşı began his professional career in the Eczacıbaşı Group in 1980. After working in the United States for several years, he served in various positions in the Eczacıbaşı Group.

    Currently Vice Chairman of Eczacıbaşı Holding, Faruk Eczacıbaşı was instrumental in the Group’s e-Transformation as head of Eczacıbaşı’s IT company, Eczacıbaşı Information and Communication Technologies.

    Faruk Eczacıbaşı is Chairman of the Turkish Informatics Foundation (TBV), which was founded in 1995 to assist Turkey make the transformation to an information society. In this role, he has helped to prepare various research reports and contributed to the shaping of public policy. He served on the e-Transformation Executive Board established by the e-Transformation Turkey Action Plan and was influential in establishing jointly with the Turkish Business and Industry Association (TÜSİAD) Turkey’s first and only private sector awards for the public sector, the e-Turkey Awards. He participated in national efforts to align Turkey’s legislation with the EU Acquis Communautaire and helped to establish Turkey’s first company providing legal and technical infrastructure for secure e-commerce and e-government. He has also led efforts to generate public consensus in favor of EU internet standards in place of internet surveillance.

    Faruk Eczacıbaşı is also President of the Eczacıbaşı Sports Club, a position he has held since 1999.

     

  • Yanki Yazgan, M.D. speaks to and writes for…
    YANKI YAZGAN

    YANKI YAZGAN

    Psychiatrist

    Yanki Yazgan, M.D. speaks to and writes for ‘general’ audiences about how to make sense of the findings in the fields of human development and neuroscience, in addition to his ‘main’ career as researcher, academician and physician-in-private practice, (www.yankiyazgan.com)

  • I was born in Zeynep Kamil, Istanbul. My middle…
    SERDAR ERENER

    SERDAR ERENER

    Adman

    I was born in Zeynep Kamil, Istanbul. My middle name is Kamil. I’m the first born of my father, a lawyer, and mother, an architecture school drop-out. My sister is the Eurovision Contest winner soprano Sertab. I grew up in Binbirdirek Park at Sultanahmet, Resit Pasa primary school, in the snowy spring waters of Akcay, in Robert College’s gardens, in Dostoyevski and Oguz Atay novels, in Bogazici University, in Serif Mardin’s noble assistance, in Nietzche, in Hayek, in Nozick. I became a liberal. I became a pragmatist. I became an advertiser. I had success at a local agency. The agency was sold to a foreign company. I headed the company. I served both as the executive director and screenwriter. Throughout the years I learned that advertising is not a mind game but rather an emotional one. I tried to learn all there is about my job. In the mean time, I left the foreign company after having a fall out with the big boss. My clients stuck with me. Most have trusted me with their brands for over 20 years. I married 3 times. I am the father of 3; Emine who is 23, Ali Omer who is 17, and Azazarif who is 3. I am both the fan and husband of Nil Karaibrahimgil. I read. I draw. I write ads. I shoot ads. I shoot arrows. I swing racquets. I think of myself as an architect. I even design stages. I eat little. I read the most. I read the most about evolution, science and neuroscience. I am 56. I lament every day about all there is to do and learn in the world. And I bemoan the nightfall every day.

  • Mert Fırat was born in Ankara in 1981. He…
    MERT FIRAT

    MERT FIRAT

    Actor, The United Nations Development Program, Goodwill…

    Mert Fırat was born in Ankara in 1981. He studied Acting at Ankara University, Department of Theater in the Faculty of Language, History and Geography.

    Since 2005, he has taken part in many cinema, theater and tv projects and played the leading role in and contributed to screenplays of films including “BAŞKA DİLDE AŞK (Love in another language“, “ATLIKARINCA(Merry-go-round)” and “BİR VARMIŞ BİR YOKMUŞ (Once upon a time)”.

    He’s been on the theater stage non-stop since he was a student, and he is one of the founders of MODA SAHNESİ(STAGE), Bursa SANATMAHAL and DASDAS and continues to appear before the audience with the plays including “BÜTÜN ÇILGINLAR SEVER BENİ(All nuts love me)”and “EN KISA GECENİN RÜYASI(Dream of the shortest night)” at MODA SAHNESİ and the play “JOSEPH K.” at DASDAS.

    In addition, Mert Fırat works voluntarily with different associations and foundations on corporate social responsibility issues and is currently a partner in two different projects. Firstly, together with his partners, he launched “SanatMahal” project in Bursa. Secondly, he is one of the founders of www.ihtiyacharitasi.org and actively contributes to the design, planning and operation of the project.

    He is also known to engage in voluntary work in the field of sustainable development and was the first goodwill ambassador in Turkey of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2017.

  • Ece Tonbul is the second generation directors of…
    ECE TONBUL

    ECE TONBUL

    PALOMA HOTELS, Chairperson of the Executive Board

    Ece Tonbul is the second generation directors of the Paloma Hotels that represents the hotel investments of Diana Travel which is a well-established and successful company of Turkish Tourism.

    Diana Group made its first steps into tourism in 1977 in Kuşadası as a travel agency and entered the hospitality sector in 1986 with Paloma Hotels chain.

    Today Paloma Hotels owns 10 resort hotels and manages 4+ to 5 star Resort Hotels with 9.000 bed capacity. It has more than 2.500 employees. With 8 hotels under its management, it hosts approximately 150.000 guests around a year.

    After studying economics at Basel University, Ece Tonbul had MBA degree in Tourism and Hotel Management from Switzerland Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Sales & Marketing of Paloma Hotels for 5 years. She had been the Managing Director of the group since May 2010, responsible with entire operations, finance, business planning and development. Ece Tonbul has been promoted to chairperson of the executive board of Paloma Hotels in January, 2014.

    Apart from her active position in Paloma Hotels, she is the Honorary Consul of Belgium in Antalya and Executive Committee Member of Belek Tourism Investors Union (BETUYAB), Executive Committee Member of Association of the Mediterranean Tourism (AKTOB) as well as a Member of Tourism Assembly of Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB).

  • Ayhan Sicimoğlu was born in 1950. After…
    AYHAN SİCİMOĞLU

    AYHAN SİCİMOĞLU

    Ayhan Sicimoğlu was born in 1950. After finishing at Tarsus American College, he studied Economics at Hacettepe University in Ankara. During his time as a student, Sicimoğlu gained a reputation for being a talented drummer. After studying photography and films in England, he returned to Turkey, and founded “Ipucu” with Mazhar Fuat Ozkan, arranging and recording the song “Heyecanli”. Sicimoğlu then went to Rome upon the invitation of Toni Esposito, a well-known drummer in Italian circles, to join his group. During his stay in Rome, Sicimoğlu got a musical education and started playing drum and percussion with “La Banda del Sole” alongside Bennatto and other renowned artists such as Karl Potter, Johny Otis, and Tulio De Piscopo.

    Sicimoğlu then went to the US, and worked at various Latin clubs and radios. He also participated in many musical workshops, including downtown music master Johnny Rodriguez’ senior workshop, and expanded his Latin network. Sicimoğlu also took a class on world percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a seminar on explorations in Afro-Cuban dance and percussion at Humboldt State University in Northern California.

    After spending seven years in the US, Sicimoğlu returned to Turkey, and lectured on drumming. Currently, he performs with his band “Ayhan Sicimoğlu and Latin All Star”, and produces the TV program “Ayhan Sicimoğlu ile Renkler.”

  • Murat Vargı, founder of MV Holding, started his…
    MURAT VARGI

    MURAT VARGI

    MV Holding, Founder

    Murat Vargı, founder of MV Holding, started his career in 1972 as an export agent in Koç Holding.

    In 1976, he founded a company with the trade name Penta Foreign Trade in collaboration with 3 partners.

    Murat Vargı became the founding partner of Turkcell and KVK in 1993, and MV Holding was established the same year.

    Murat Vargı is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of MV Holding, a member of the Board of Trustees at TED Istanbul College, PODEM, TEGV and Okan University, and the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Own Your Garbage.

    Murat Vargı graduated from TED Ankara College, and received his undergraduate degree on Economics and Foreign Trade from the Academy of Economic and Administrative Sciences in Ankara. He completed the Trade Development Undergraduate Program with the scholarship of UNTD at Helsinki School of Economics, and, subsequently, the Foreign Trade Program at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, with a scholarship again.

  • As Head of MEA’s Creative Shop, Weera’s core…
    WEERA SAAD

    WEERA SAAD

    Facebook, Head of Creative Shop - MEA Region

    As Head of MEA’s Creative Shop, Weera’s core task is to inspire and drive innovative ideas to help unlock the creative power of the platform for clients, agencies and media partners.

    Weera joined Facebook from the world of advertising where she spent over 20 years in an eclectic career playing creative hack, business head, and most recently, Executive Director Strategic Planning at DDB and BBDO across the MEA region.

    Recognized in the industry for her wide-ranging experience in the communications business, Weera brings together strategic research & analytics and trend-spotting to create powerful brand stories. She spent 2 years at ADMC and ImageNation, where she relaunched several media brands for the company. At ImageNation, she mentored young scriptwriters and directors and helped develop their ideas into award-winning feature films. Her work has won several creative and effectiveness awards at the Effies, Lynx and Cannes.

    Weera believes the future belongs to communicators who blur lines, and smash through existing silos in order to create unexpected, exciting connections in this brave new world. Her quest at Facebook is to create a platform that scales up and gets out to the world compelling “powerful stories” from the region.

  • Derya Matras, who has been Country Director of…
    DERYA MATRAŞ

    DERYA MATRAŞ

    Facebook, Country Director

    Derya Matras, who has been Country Director of Turkey in Facebook since 2015, is leading the Facebook team working to help brands and agencies operating in Turkey to use Facebook, Instagram and other relevant company products in the best way.

    Ms. Matraş had a Bachelor of Engineering from Boğaziçi University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School. She previously worked in international companies, including McKinsey & Company.   Before joining Facebook, she served as Vice President in charge of Retail, Entertainment and Education in Doğan Holding. Ms. Matras is married with two children.

  • Ahmet Gülüm was born in 1961, in Istanbul.…
    AHMET GÜLÜM

    AHMET GÜLÜM

    Sportsnet Group Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Ahmet Gülüm was born in 1961, in Istanbul. After his education at Vefa High School, he studied Economy in Marmara University Administrative Sciences Faculty. He concluded his education after graduating from his master’s degree on business management. During his volleyball career, he played for Beşiktaş (1972-1979), Hisarbank Sakarya Karadeniz Spor (1979-1982), Galatasaray (1982-1991) and Arçelik (1991-1993). He was the team captain of Galatasaray for 9 years and Arçelik for 2 years. During his captaincy, Galatasaray Volleyball Team won the Turkish Championship for three times, from 1986 to 1989 successively. He wore the national team jersey for 158 times in different categories like youth, A, military and university. During his captaincy in the national teams, he received many international prizes in the tournaments such as Balkan Championships, Mediterranean Games, Spring Cup and World Military Volleyball Championship. When Turkey won the World Military Volleyball Championship and Galatasaray took in the third position at Balkan tournament, he was elected as the best setter. In 1984, he became the first athlete from volleyball to be nominated for the Athlete of the Year Award by Milliyet Newspaper.

    After retiring from volleyball as an athlete, he pursued his passion in the business side of sports. In 1992, Ahmet Gülüm led the group which brought the first international Beach Volleyball organization to Turkey. He had notable impact on the growth of beach volleyball in the country. Later on, he was elected as the president of Turkish Volleyball Federation and Turkish Volleyball Foundation. He was in Beach Volleyball World Council and FIVB Marketing Council as a member. Furthermore, he was on presidential duty of CEV Marketing Commission. In 1998, he was chosen as the sportsperson of the year by two newspapers, Fanatik and Zaman. In 1999, he was selected as the sportsperson of the year once again, according to evaluation of Milliyet. He has been a member of Turkish National Olympic Committee since 1996.

    Ahmet Gülüm founded Sportsnet in 2001, which is Turkey’s first and only sports focused marketing and communication agency. Sportsnet turned into a group of companies by specializing and growing in different service areas. First came the event company, Allsports. It was followed by Turkey’s first sports oriented digital agency Vo2. Following Vo2, sportstv was founded which brought Turkey’s most various sports content together with the TV audience. Since its’ inception, The Group has been giving sports related marketing and communication services to leading brands such as Beko, Petrol Ofisi, Vestel, Turkcell, Orkid (Always), Aroma, TEB, Turkish Airlines, P&G, Gillette. It also executed the communication works for important sports organizations hosted in Turkey. İzmir and Erzurum Universiade, Moto GP, Formula 1, World Basketball Championship, TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul 2011-2013 are some of the notable examples. Last but not least, in 2015 Ahmet Gülüm founded BİLGİSpor, an undergraduate sports business program, in collaboration with Bilgi University. He is an active lecturer in the program.

  • Misha Sher is Worldwide Vice-President at…
    MISHA SHER

    MISHA SHER

    MediaCom, Worldwide VP, Sport & Entertainment

    Misha Sher is Worldwide Vice-President at MediaCom Sport & Entertainment, a dedicated sports & entertainment marketing division of MediaCom (WPP Group). Industry veteran with over 15 years’ experience, Misha has advised and worked alongside some of the most admired global brands, events, properties, and talent in creating innovate partnerships that truly harness the power of sport and entertainment.   He has represented interests of sporting icons Pelé and Brian Lara, while also advising American Airlines, Sony, Allianz, Toyota, Shell, Indeed and other blue-chip brands on how best to leverage investments in sport and entertainment marketing.  Misha has been at the forefront of WPP’s involvement with eSports, advising league operator Gfinity and digital platform GameOnTV on commercial models as well as working with several WPP brand clients on eSports investment strategy.

    Misha is a published author who frequently speaks at major industry events.. His opinions are regularly featured in leading media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, CNN, Sky, CMO, The Drum, Marketing Magazine and Sport Business International.

  • Asude Altıntaş Güray, is currently the…
    ASUDE ALTINTAŞ GÜRAY

    ASUDE ALTINTAŞ GÜRAY

    YGA, President

    Asude Altıntaş Güray, is currently the president of YGA, a civil society organization established in Turkey to raise future leaders. She was born in Bursa. Studied Business Management in ODTÜ. Has taken part in social responsibility projects in Europe and India as a volunteer. Had her internship in Coca-Cola. Was chosen into YGA in 2009 from among 50 thousand people. After Graduation, took acceptance into Stanford University’s Social Entrepreneurship program. Described YGA and its’ social innovations as worlds one of the finest examples to representatives of 150 countries at United Nations New York.

    YGA’s leadership and innovation culture was published at Harvard Business Review and Berkeley as case study. The visually-impaired technologies they have implemented with their team have received more than 10 awards worldwide. They’ve been developing innovations to raise self-confident young people with a scientific perspective for the last 3 years. They produced Twin Science Kit to  make children love science in 2016. Prepared and presented the program ”Know & Experiment” on CNNTürk in 2017. Upon heavy demand from the teachers, they launched the ”Science Mobilization” to bring science kits to all schools in need. Within the scope of the protocol signed with the Ministry of National Education, they aim to bring together 2 million students with science.

  • He was born in 1957 in İstanbul. After…
    LEVENT ERDEN

    LEVENT ERDEN

    He was born in 1957 in İstanbul. After graduating from Galatasaray University, he continued his MBA program at Boğaziçi University. He started his career as an advertiser and continued as a manager of many big brands. He is currently an academician at Bilgi University where he is also a founder member and continues meeting with readers in KAFA Magazine.

  • With over 25 years expertise in designing…
    GIANLUCA BRUGNOLI

    GIANLUCA BRUGNOLI

    McKinsey Digital, Executive Experience Design Director

    With over 25 years expertise in designing integrated UX / CX strategies for award winning digital products, services and applications, Gianluca Brugnoli is a highly-respected leader in McKinsey Design’s Milan studio, where he advises top-tier companies on how to incorporate design thinking and user insights into business strategy and breakthrough product development.

    Gianluca was previously Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director at frog design’s Milan office, where he led a wide range of international multifunctional creative teams, innovation and digital transformation programs across a number of sectors including financial services, e-commerce, consumer products, telecom, media, fashion, enterprise applications and more. Gianluca has an Architecture Degree and PhD in Industrial Design, and is also a design teacher at the renowned Politecnico di Milano.

     

  • Jonathan has unparalleled global experience in…
    JONATHAN DODD

    JONATHAN DODD

    Geometry Global, Global Chief Strategy Officer

    Jonathan has unparalleled global experience in activation and is an acknowledged industry leader in Shopper Marketing, having played a key role in establishing the discipline for a range of multi-national agencies and clients.  Jonathan’s experience also includes establishing and working within multi-agency teams to deliver integrated, omni-channel solutions.

    At Geometry, Jonathan is charged with building and evolving the agency’s strategic capabilities to exceed client needs, working closely with leadership and client teams to lead the global planning community across the agency.  He has worked with a broad range of global clients including P&G, GSK, Unilever and Coca-Cola.

    Geometry is a global brand activation and experience agency, operating in 56 markets around the world, conceived to help brands thrive in an omni-channel world.

  • He was born in 1969/Ankara. Having completed his…
    BÜLENT HİÇSÖNMEZ

    BÜLENT HİÇSÖNMEZ

    Google Turkey, Country Director

    He was born in 1969/Ankara. Having completed his high-school education at Tevfik Fikret High-School, he thereupon graduated from the Electronic Engineering Department of ODTÜ (Middle East Technical University). He then studied for master’s degree in the field of Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University, and in the field of BA at Imperial College Management School. He served in Digital Equipment Corporation and Sun Microsystems. In the last 3 years of his career in Sun, he served as the Director-General of Egypt, Levant, and North Africa Territory. After having served in many positions in Sun Microsystems for 7 years, he was transferred to Google. He has been serving therein as Turkish Country Director since 2007.

     

  • Timur Altop is a senior manager in media sector,…
    TİMUR ALTOP

    TİMUR ALTOP

    Youtube Turkey, Head Of Partnership

    Timur Altop is a senior manager in media sector, which has experienced in content broadcasting, licensing, production, and distribution at TV, internet, and printed publication industries, and been playing roles in both North America and Europe. As an entrepreneur, Timur initiated the first market-based content portal services, which was finally acquired by Euromoney-Institutional Investor. He entered into the TV sector by serving for international format adaptations in Turkey, titled “Çırak,” “Benimle Dans Eder misin,” “Bir Dilek Tut”, and “Fenomen”, in the position of manager. He concurrently served as Turkish licensing and business development advisor of Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Marie Claire magazines on behalf of Warner Market Group and Group Media. Timur then served as senior manager in charge of distribution and business development in FOX Networks Group for FOX, National Geographic, FX, Fox Crime, Fox Life, Fox Sports, 24 Kitchen, and BabyTV. He has been serving as the Country Director of YouTube Turkey, particularly in charge of managing and developing the content business partnership affairs, since 2017. Timur is also among the incorporators of a non-profit corporation, titled Endeavor Turkey, which has been supporting active entrepreneurship in the developing markets. Born in 1972/New York, and a graduate of the Marketing Department of the American University in Washington D.C., Timur Altop is married, and the father of two children.

  • She graduated from the Department of Economics,…
    ELİF ÇOBAN

    ELİF ÇOBAN

    Şölen, CEO

    She graduated from the Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University and worked as a part-time research assistant at Bilkent University Department of Economics. She concurrently completed his Master’s Degree at Economics.

    At the beginning of his career, he worked in different companies, then, she focused on the foreign trade and started to work as export manager in Şölen with a view to evaluating the potential in the export section of Şölen which was founded by her family members. Elif Çoban was appointed as the chief executive officer following a reorganization in 2010. Elif Çoban, who came into office as CEO, took this office  with the joint decision of her five brothers.

    Elif Çoban who conveys her experiences as a speaker at many universities and conferences ranks at the 37th place at the Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Businesswomen” list. She is a member of TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey) Woman Entrepreneurs Council and a member of Kagider (Association of Woman Entrepreneurs).

    In 2014, Elif Çoban received the Women To Watch award jointly given by Advertising Age and MediaCat magazines, and, in 2016, was elected the “Enterprising Business Woman of the Year” by Antalya Businesswomen’s Association (ANTİKAD).

    Şölen, where Elif Çoban serves as the Chief Executive Officer today, exports its over 200 products to more than 100 countries ranging from the USA to Belgium and the Maldives, owing to its 1800 employees working at its two factories located in Istanbul and Gaziantep. Creator of Turkey’s innovative brands such as Biscolata, Ozmo, Luppo, Boombastic, Milango, Şölen, Turkey’s chocolate factory, is among the leading companies of Turkey in the Turkish chocolate, chocolate-flavored products, biscuit, cracker, cake, candy and Turkish delight market. Şölen ranks at 54th place in Candy Industry TOP 100, one of the world’s most important confectionary lists.

  • Lale Saral Develioğlu has 26 years experience in…
    LALE SARAL DEVELİOĞLU

    LALE SARAL DEVELİOĞLU

    Business Consultant

    Lale Saral Develioğlu has 26 years experience in marketing, strategy, business development and general management at multi-national companies, mainly in Telecommunications and Consumer Goods. She spent 12 years at Unilever and then 11 years at Turkcell as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief International Businesses Officer. Lastly, she spent 3.5 years at Yıldız Holding and pladis, playing an instrumental role in building the brand strategy during the formation of the global confectionary company. She left pladis in July 2018 to pursue her career as a business consultant and board director.

    Lale Saral Develioğlu is a marketing leader. She was selected “Best Marketing Person” of Turkey in 2009; won the “Women to Watch” award for Marketing in 2014 and is among “Top 100 Influencers” in global Creativepool Annual 2018.  She has served as Executive Board Member of Advertisers’ Association of Turkey (RVD) and Advertising Self-regulatory Body in Turkey (RÖK).

    She has held executive and independent board director roles in various companies. She holds certificates from INSEAD International Directors Program, Harvard Business School Senior Executive Program and The Mentoring Program for “Women on Boards” in Turkey.

    Lale Saral Develioğlu is an active member of women leadership organizations. She is the founding member of YKKD (Women on Boards Association), GBRD (Global Board Ready Women Directors), WCD (Women Corporate Directors) and KAYAK (Keiretsu Angel Investment Forum Women’s Branch).

    Lale Saral Develioğlu has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Bosphorus University and a master’s degree in engineering management from Rensselear Polytechnic University, NY.

    She is a techonolgy enthusiast and a certified angel investor with 6 investments in technolgy companies in Turkey and USA. She is also an instructor at Bilgi University, speaker at various universities and the author of a book titled ‘Karar Verdim’.

  • Derya Matras, who has been Country Director of…
    DERYA MATRAŞ

    DERYA MATRAŞ

    Facebook, Country Director for Turkey

    Derya Matras, who has been Country Director of Turkey in Facebook since 2015, is leading the Facebook team working to help brands and agencies operating in Turkey to use Facebook, Instagram and other relevant company products in the best way.

    Ms. Matraş had a Bachelor of Engineering from Boğaziçi University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School. She previously worked in international companies, including McKinsey & Company.   Before joining Facebook, she served as Vice President in charge of Retail, Entertainment and Education in Doğan Holding. Ms. Matras is married with two children.

  • After graduating from Istanbul Boys’ High…
    MAHMUT KURŞUN

    MAHMUT KURŞUN

    IAB Turkey, President, The IAB Europe Board of Directors,…

    After graduating from Istanbul Boys’ High School, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Boğaziçi University, Mechanical Engineering Department. He worked as a Project Finance Coordinator at Ciner Group between the years 1997 and 2003. He worked as the “Head of Information Systems Group” at Sabah and ATV Group between the years 2003-2007. He is currently serving as the “Head of Information Group” in Ciner Group and as the “General Manager of Ciner Medya Digital Publications”. Since 2015, he is carrying out his duties as the President of the IAB Turkey and as the member of the IAB Europe Board of Directors.

  • He was born in 1979, in İstanbul. He completed…
    BURAK SAĞLIK

    BURAK SAĞLIK

    Teknasyon, Co-Founder

    He was born in 1979, in İstanbul. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree studies at the Business Administration Department of the Faculty of Economics of İstanbul University. Having started his professional career at Telsim, and then worked at Anadolu Efes, Sağlık embarked his first venture with an e-commerce project, in which played the role of co-manager. He incorporated Teknasyon together with his partners in 2013 with the aim of preparing Telco services in GSM sector. Having been carrying out B2C projects nowadays, Teknasyon has focused on cross border for the last 2 years. He has been introducing his projects in 48 different languages in 155 countries. His applications have been downloaded by 100 million people last year. Resuming his duty as the Board Member in Teknasyon, Burak Sağlık also takes part in the sector as an investor. Teknasyon has also invested in Panteon, a game company, and in the Meditation application.

  • Gülfem Saydan Sanver who graduated from Fevziye…
    GÜLFEM SAYDAN SANVER

    GÜLFEM SAYDAN SANVER

    Political Communication Specialist

    Gülfem Saydan Sanver who graduated from Fevziye Mektepleri Foundation’s Işık High School received her undergraduate degree from Marmara University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration in French Language. Ms. Sanver who received her graduate degree in “Political Communication” from the University of Sorbonne in 2004 studied “Theories of Perception” and completed her doctorate studies on “Political Communication” at the same university in 2012.

    Her work on comparative electoral strategies of political parties in Turkey was published in France by A.N.R.T publishing house in 2013 and became the first book on this subject matter published in Europe. Her second book, “Yorumlayan Topluluklar”, which she wrote on effects of the socio-economic and cultural class differences on the perception, was published in France in 2014 by Editions Universitaires Européennes publishing house.

    In 2015, she won the Pollie Award given by the American Academy of Political Consultants (AAPC), which is awarded to successful campaigns each year and accepted as the Oscar of the Political Communication. In 2017, she won the Polaris Award given by the European Association of Political Consultants (EAPC). In the same year, she was elected by ComPol magazine based in Washington, DC, as one of the 100 Most Successful Strategists in the World.

    Ms. Sanver appeared at the show titled Türkiye’nin Gündemi aired on CNNTurk between January and July 2018 as a political analyst currently appears on various TV channels and writes at web newspapers as an analyst on politics in Turkey and the election agenda.

    Ms. Gülfem Saydan Sanver, who is a member of International Political Consultants Association (IAPC), continues to provide political communication services through Element Strateji Yönetimi incorporated by her.

  • Cevat Olçok was born on January 15, 1972 in…
    CEVAT OLÇOK

    CEVAT OLÇOK

    Arter Advertising, President

    Cevat Olçok was born on January 15, 1972 in Mecidiyekavak Village of Çorum, an ancient Anatolian city, which hosted different civilizations for thousands of years.

    He is the fifth and the youngest child of the Olçok family who was originally Circassian. He completed his elementary, secondary in Çorum and high school education in Istanbul. He stepped into the business life as a high school student in advertising, together with Erol Olçok.

    In the mid-1990s, when the advertising sector gained momentum, he left his education at Anadolu University, Department of Administration and Organization and founded his own advertising agency in cooperation with Erol Olçok. In 1999, he organized an election campaign for the Doğru Yol (True Path) Party and gained considerable experience. With this great experience he gained at an early age, he decided to work in the field of political communication. In 2001, he carried out name, logo, slogan and corporate identity studies for AK (Justice and Development) Party.

    He organized election campaigns of Ak Party for 2002 General Elections, 2004 Local Elections, 2007 General Elections, 2008 and 2010 Referendum, 2011 General Elections, 2014 Local Elections, 2014 Presidential Elections (R. Tayyip Erdoğan), 7 June 2015 – 1 November 2015 General Elections and April 16, 2017 Referendum.

    He has made a great contribution to the success of AK Party in all of its election activities owing to his love for working, discipline, and his fighter character against challenges. After each election Ak Party managed to come at the first place, he led campaigns which made history in the Turkish and world political history such as Durmak Yok Yola Devam (No Stopping, Keep Going), Hayaldi Gerçek Oldu (What was once a dream is now real), Lafa Değil İcraata Bakarım (what Matters is Action, not the Words), Milletin Adamı (The Man of the People), Onlar Konuşur Ak Parti Yapar (They are Talkers, AK Party is a doer), Sen Ben Yok Türkiye Var (It’s not a matter of you and me, it’s only about Turkey). He came up with unforgettable slogans.

    He has further consolidated his experience in the political communication through many election campaigns run by him countries such as TRNC, Iraq, Georgia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Ukraine, Egypt, Tunisia and Macedonia.

    Cevat Olçok, the person running the one and only advertising agency of Turkey that organized the highest number of election campaigns in a row and exported such experience to the overseas has also organized and promoted some national and international events such as WTA, United Nations’ 4th World Humanitarian Summit, Teknofest, and Presidential Cycling Tour with a great success.

  • Born in 1985 in Bursa, İdil Yazar completed her…
    İDİL YAZAR

    İDİL YAZAR

    Youtube Content Creator

    Born in 1985 in Bursa, İdil Yazar completed her high school education at Koç High School and then moved to USA for university education. She graduated from the Department of Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Babson College. She worked in Coty, one of the world’s largest cosmetics companies in New York, for 2 years. After returning to Turkey in 2009, she continued her corporate career in Digiturk and LigTV.

    In 2013, she received professional chef training at the Culinary Arts Academy. She combined her TV experience with culinary education and her passion for cooking in digital by opening ‘İdil Yazar’ YouTube food channel in 2015. With more than 800 recipes she has published, she has one of YouTube’s largest channels.In 2016, she worked as a columnist at hürriyet.com.tr for 1 year. She continued to write in Milliyet Newspaper in 2018.  She continues to present her program named İDİL’DEN, which is broadcasted 3 times a week in BeinGurme. In addition to practical recipes she has shared through her YouTube channel, she aims to introduce Turkish cuisine to the world with her new youtube channel named ‘‘idil’skitchen’.

     

  • Çağla Şikel entered our lives by winning a…
    ÇAĞLA ŞIKEL

    ÇAĞLA ŞIKEL

    YouTube Content Creator

    Çağla Şikel entered our lives by winning a beauty contest and appeared before us with her many different roles in life as a model, presenter and actress. Describing herself as ”a life loving, showy child devoted to her family and a mother devoted to her children, she appears as “Çağla” in her most natural look on her Youtube channel. Her channel includes beauty secrets, makeup techniques, skin care, games, what you need to do for a fit and healthy life, fashion, backstage surprises, chats.She addresses women, who are the conscience, backbone and power of the society.

  • Born in Izmir, Orkun Isitmak started his career…
    ORKUN IŞITMAK

    ORKUN IŞITMAK

    YouTube Content Creator

    Born in Izmir, Orkun Isitmak started his career as a YouTuber, his actual profession, by preparing game videos. Afterwards, he turned his channel concept into an entertainment-oriented direction and his channel is approaching 6 million subscribers. He changed the face of YouTube in Turkey and placed being a youtuber into our lives as a profession. He has gained a robust place in the mainstream media with his ‘AVM’de Bir Gece Geçirmek(spending one night in a shopping mall)’ video. Through his fun and horizon broadening videos taken in many parts of the world, he was selected for the YouTube Top Creator program, which is organized by Google and only includes top people in their fields. In addition to all these, he was featured in Iyi Oyun (the good game), which is the first e-sports film of Turkey and the world, and had his first acting experience.

  • Berk Coşkun attracted attention by making covers…
    BERK COŞKUN

    BERK COŞKUN

    YouTube Content Creator

    Berk Coşkun attracted attention by making covers of popular songs with the concept of “organic music”. In addition to his organic music concept, he was followed with great interest in his Youtube channel and Instagram with his videos, which he has prepared with his fun ideas, and with his vlogs, by which he conveys his experiences.  He quit Electrical and Electronics department of Yıldız Technical University and began to study Advertising at Bahçeşehir University.  He reached wide audiences on YouTube and Instagram in a short time, and by making a duet with Ziynet Sali on the single “Hadi Hoppalara, he engaged in a professional music work for the first time. And recently, he performed this song with Ziynet Sali at Harbiye Açıkhava concert.He continues to develop digitally focused projects and produce content.

  • She’s the founder of “Refika’nın…
    REFİKA BİRGÜL

    REFİKA BİRGÜL

    YouTube Content Creator

    She’s the founder of “Refika’nın Mutfağı (Refika’s Kitchen)” and “Refika’nın Yemek Okulu (Refika’s School of Cooking)” Youtube channel, which embarked on a journey with the mission of becoming the largest school of cooking of Turkey, founding partner of “Refika’dan” brand, author of cookbooks and columnist, TV programmer…She conveys the subjects related to our culinary culture from daily life to her writings, gives recipes on food and life, making both creativity and local ingredients that have been forgotten and that have lost their significance, the leading actors of her recipes. On the one hand, she preserves the traditions of our rich culinary culture, and on the other hand, she breaks down its rules and creates new recipes.

  • He was born in 1978, in İstanbul. Throughout his…
    KENAN ÜNSAL

    KENAN ÜNSAL

    Muhabbet, Co-Founder

    He was born in 1978, in İstanbul. Throughout his career, which he embarked in 1997, he designed communications for local and global brands. In 2000 and 2003, he was named “Graphic Designer of the Year” by GMK. His work has been published in international publications. He won many awards in national and international competitions. In June 2015, he founded Muhabbet with his partner Emrah Karpuzcu. Muhabbet served global brands such as Coca-Cola, Mondelez, ImperialTobacco, Hasbro, Brita as well as a total of 22 local brands, including Eti, Agt, Besiktas JK, Hillside, Babylon, and was chosen the best breakthrough agency of 2017.

  • Özge Güven graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts…
    ÖZGE GÜVEN

    ÖZGE GÜVEN

    TBWAISTANBUL, Design Director

    Özge Güven graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Graphic Design and continued her Master’s degree at the same department. Prior to the advertisement sector, she worked in various design studios in the areas of corporate identity design, publishing design, exhibition design, and packaging design. During her time in the Netherlands, she took part in multidisciplinary projects in studios such as Lava and Ontwerpwerk.

    She worked and continues to work on communication designs of various cultural arts institutions in Istanbul. She was one of the five designers who were invited by the curators of the IKSV (Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation) 3rd Design Biennial to establish the communication of the biennial and who were part of the biennial. She joined workshops at the Yahşibey Design Works, which lasted for 10 years, worked as a project manager; accordingly, she’s been reflecting on design education and tries to remain in close contact with various design disciplines.

    In 2014, she started to work as an Arts Manager in TBWA\İstanbul. As of 2018, with the establishment of the department called TBWA Design Community, she worked as Design Director. Her work was awarded in competitions such as Europen Design Awards, Epica, Dubai Lynx, Felis, Crystal Apple, Red, GMK. She was shortlisted twice in the Cannes Lions; this year, she was granted the Bronze Lion for her latest work, which Turkey won for the first time in Design category from Cannes Lions. Later on, she won the Grand Prix at LoerriesAwards with the same work.

  • Mr. Gedik had a Bachelor of Engineering degree…
    SİDAR GEDİK

    SİDAR GEDİK

    Ipsos Turkey, CEO

    Mr. Gedik had a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering and a Master of Engineering Degree from Marmara University, Department of Industrial Engineering.  His life of research, which began in 1997, has been going on for about 21 years, during which he worked in KMG as a member of the founders after 2001 and then at Ipsos. Until 2015, he served as General Manager of IpsosLoyalty and Executive Board Member of Ipsos Turkey for 8 years. His career has continued as CEO of Ipsos Turkey as from 2015.

  • In 1997, he graduated from the department of…
    HALUK ERKMEN

    HALUK ERKMEN

    Puck Global, Head of Agency, Creative Director

    In 1997, he graduated from the department of Graphic Design, Faculty of Fine Arts of Mimar Sinan University.

    He worked as Art Director, Group Director and Creative Director in agencies such as Fine Arts/Saatchi & Saatchi, MedinaTurgul DDB, RPM/Radar and Manajans JWT.

    Through him, the agencies he worked for won about 100 awards.

    Then in 2012, he founded Puck-Communication advertising agency and since then, he has been Puck-Communication’s head of agency and creative director.

  • In 2017, Kagan Yıldızalp has been appointed as…
    KAĞAN YILDIZALP

    KAĞAN YILDIZALP

    Publicis One Turkey, CMO

    In 2017, Kagan Yıldızalp has been appointed as Chief Media Officer responsible for Starcom, Zenith, SparkFoundry, DataWise media agencies upon merger under PublicisOne Turkey structuring of PublicisGroupe agencies.

    Kağan Yıldızalp, who is a graduate of the Communication Arts Department of the Faculty of Communication Sciences of Anadolu University, has provided media planning and purchasing services to many national and international brands at Starcom since 2003. As from 2010, he undertook the position of Managing Director responsible for Digital operations of the Starcom, Mediavest and Zenith agencies in Vivaki Turkey. In 2014, he led the establishment of VivakiCreative, a company serving in the field of social media and digital creativity.

    As of early 2017, he continued to work as Chief Media Officer of PublicisOne Turkey and undertook strategic structuring of DataWise, a brand specializing in digital and data analytics area, and Publicis Media Content, a brand specializing in branded content area.

    He is a fan of İzmir and Foça and interested in biography and late history. He is married and has two daughters.

  • In the last 8 years, she has been working at…
    MÜGE ALBAYRAK

    MÜGE ALBAYRAK

    Garanti Bank, Media Planning and Buying Manager

    In the last 8 years, she has been working at Garanti Bank. She is the Senior Director of Media at Corporate Brand Management and Marketing Communication Department of the Bank. Her 20-year experience in the field of media planning and purchasing also involved Türk Telekom, Universal McCann and Alpmedya. She graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Mathematics.

     

  • She was born in Germany in 1982. She graduated…
    SERAP BALKAN

    SERAP BALKAN

    TEKNOSA, Marketing Manager

    She was born in Germany in 1982. She graduated from Hasan Polatkan Anatolian High School and then from Istanbul University Department of Political Science and Public Administration. She received her Master’s degree in Brand Practices from Sabancı University. She stepped into the world of communication by working in advertising agencies. Later, she worked in the Marketing Department of the electronic retail brand Darty first as a manager and then as a Communication Manager. She joined Teknosa in 2014, and has been serving as Marketing Manager at Teknosa since 2016.

  • Yükseköğrenimini İstanbul Üniversitesi…
    MURAT ŞEKER

    MURAT ŞEKER

    İstanbul Üniversitesi İktisat Fakültesi, Öğretim…

    Yükseköğrenimini İstanbul Üniversitesi İktisat Fakültesi’nde 2003 yılında tamamladı. Florida State University’de sürdürdüğü tez çalışmaları sonucunda, 2009 yılında Doktor unvanı aldı. Yurtdışında bulunduğu sürede bir araştırma kuruluşu olan Florida Tax Watch’de asistan olarak çalıştı. 2011 yılında “Happiness Economics” konulu TÜBİTAK projesi ile Florida State University’de, 2016 yılında ise Fulbright Senior Scholar olarak Georgia State University’de misafir öğretim üyesi olarak bulundu. UNDEF, ILO, IBP, AB-CFCU, TÜBİTAK ve Kalkınma Ajansları başta olmak üzere ulusal ve uluslararası projelerde yürütücü, danışman, uzman ve araştırmacı olarak görev aldı.

    Ekonomi, maliye ve çok disiplinli alanlarda ulusal, uluslararası düzeyde yayımlanmış makale, tebliğ ve kitapları bulunan Şeker, 2012 yılında Doçent, 2017 yılında Profesör unvanı aldı. Son yıllarda bölge, il ve ilçe düzeyinde yaşam kalitesi ve rekabet endeksleri üzerine projelerini ve araştırmalarını yoğunlaştıran Şeker; İstanbul Üniversitesi İktisat Fakültesi Maliye Bölümü’nde görev yapmaktadır. İlgi alanları kamu ekonomisi, kamu bütçesi, yerel yönetimler, proje yönetimi, yaşam kalitesi araştırmaları ve mutluluk ekonomisidir.

  • Senem Aydın-Düzgit is an Associate Professor…
    SENEM AYDIN DÜZGİT

    SENEM AYDIN DÜZGİT

    Academic at Sabanci University & Istanbul Policy Centre

    Senem Aydın-Düzgit is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Sabancı University and a Senior Scholar and the Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator at Istanbul Policy Center. She was previously a Jean Monnet Chair of EU Political and Administrative Studies in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her main research interests include European foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, discourse studies and the politics of identity. She holds a Ph.D. from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Boğaziçi University. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies, West European PoliticsCooperation and Conflict, Politics, South European Society and PoliticsAlternativesInternational Relations, Journal of Language and Politics, and Politique Europeenne. She is the editor of (with Alper Kaliber) Is Turkey De-Europeanising? (Routledge, 2017) and author of (with Nathalie Tocci) Turkey and the European Union (Palgrave, 2015) and Constructions of European Identity (Palgrave, 2012). She is a member of the ECFR Council, a board member of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), a member of the Global Relations Forum (GIF) and a member of the Carnegie Rising Democracies Network. She also serves as the Associate Editor of South European Society and Politics. She was awarded the Young Scientist Award of Turkey’s Science Academy (BAGEP) in 2014.

  • Alemsah Ozturk, Chief Happiness Officer,…
    ALEMŞAH ÖZTÜRK

    ALEMŞAH ÖZTÜRK

    4129Grey, Chief Happiness Officer

    Alemsah Ozturk, Chief Happiness Officer, co-founded 4129 In February 2007. In the first 5 years, 4129 Become the most awarded and successful digital advertising agency of Turkey. As a result, 4129 Acquired by WPP in 2012, pushing the boundaries even more.

    Before 4129, He founded several agencies and startups, naming him the youngest creative director in Turkey at the age of 24. Alemsah’s work on prestigious accounts over the last 20 years has been honoured at Cannes Lions, the Clio Awards, Eurobest, Golden Drum, D&AD, Webby awards and many others.

    He has worked as a jury in Cannes Lions, Golden Drum, New York Festivals and several other local & global award shows.

    He is very active in social media with 250k+ followers on twitter, sharing his thoughts on his blog about creative culture and self development. Alemsah is also very influential speaker and sought by many organisations such as TEDx, and international creativity conferences.

    He is acknowledged as the entrepreneurial example of Turkey by USA VP Joe Biden. As an angel investor, he invested into more than 15 startups and he spend time for mentoring young entreprenuers.

    As of May 2015, Alemsah Ozturk became the new CEO of 4129Grey, merging Grey Istanbul Advertising Agency and 4129 Digital Advertising agency into a new fully integrated communication agency.

    While he isn’t working on creative projects, he tries to finish his next book, writes articles for Harvard Business Review and plays games.”

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