Ebru started her career in 1995 at McKinsey & Co. and served in their Istanbul, London, Helsinki and Warsaw offices. She worked in investment banking with Goldman Sachs and in venture capital with Morgan Stanley in London.
Following 10 years at Orange (France Telecom) as investment manager in Orange Ventures and as Vice President with pan-European roles, Ebru joined Maxis in Malaysia where she served for three years, initially as VP Strategy and later as Head of Home & Broadband business unit. She returned to Istanbul after 17 years abroad when appointed as Deputy CEO at Acibadem Healthcare Group, part of IHH Healthcare. She joined MV Holding in February 2015 as Executive Board Member and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in December 2015.
Ebru completed her BS with a first degree in Industrial Engineering at Bosphorus University in 1994. She also holds an MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from University of California at Berkeley (’95) and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School (’99).
Ersin Pamuksüzer, is the Chairman and The Head of the Basaksehir Living-Lab Project and founder of Startershub . He is also the Founder of the well-Being companies “The LifeCo” and “SAF” brands. The LifeCo company was formed in 2005 and is providing services in Well-Being therapies and natural healing, while SAF was formed in 2006 as a vegan restaurant and is providing healthy and nutrional food through its restaurants in Istanbul and London as well as retail products and take-away food channels. Both companies have an international reputation with more than 60% of its guests from various parts of the world with a majority from Europe.
Ersin Pamuksüzer started his career in Ericsson Telecommunications company in Sweden in 1981 and was the general Manager of Ericsson Turkey for long years. He stopped his Ericsson career in 2002 and moved into the well-Being sector. During the Ericsson Turkey period he initiated the formation of Turkey’s first GSM Operators and a number of other ICT companies in the region, Turkcell in 1993 and has been a Board Member of Turkcell andTurkcell’s International operations until 2006. Turkcell is the leading operator in Turkey and the region and also one of the worlds largest and innovative operators. With a deep business mind and long years of experience, Ersin has also been initiator, driver or board member of other start-up companies. He also recently opened a cancer treatment center in Phuket
Ersin Pamuksüzer has a M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from Linkoping University, Sweden and MBA degree from Upsalla University, Sweden.
Murat Tanriöver serves as Deputy General Manager of Investment Banking at Gedik Yatirim Menkul Degerler A.S and Gedik Yatirim Holding AS. Mr. Tanriöver served as Assistant General Manager of Yatirim Finansman Menkul Degerler A.S. He served as Head of Strategic Planning at Sancak Group. He served as Assistant General Manager at Garanti Yatirim Menkul Degerler A.S. between from 2010 to 2012. He started his career as an Analyst at Türk Boston Bank in 1994. He worked at the Turkish Industrial Development Bank as a Specialist from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Tanriöver then became a Manager at Yapi Kredi Investment from 1997 to 1999, before transferring to Dogan Yayin Holding as Capital Markets Coordinator from 1999 to 2005. He served as Director at Yapi Kredi Yatirim. Mr. Tanriöver received Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Marmara University in 1992 and received Master’s degree in Finance from Louisiana State University.
Barış Özistek intermediated the sale of two successful internet companies within the SHR group, which he joined as the company CEO in 2011. He has been acting as Chief Executive Officer of Netmarble EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) since 2013. Global Gaming Company Netmarble with its head Office in Seoul/Korea has offices all over the world including Istanbul and Dubai. Joygame, Wolfteam, Paramanya, MARVEL Future Fight, STAR WARS™: Force Arena and Lineage 2: Revolution are Netmarble’s most known brands in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Özistek is one of the founders and a board member of “StartersHub”, the largest venture building program that supports Startups in Turkey.
Mr. Özistek has worked for several companies at top executive positions such as Adecco and Bureau Veritas in Turkey, Caspian Sea and Middle East & North Africa region. He is one of the founding partners of “Hugent”, a well-known HR company in Turkey. He is also one of the investors of various technology ventures.
He holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing in addition to his MSc degree in Energy and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University. After studies on multiple trainings of management, sales and marketing, he completed an advanced leadership programme from IMD Business School / Switzerland.
Barış Özistek has acted as the President of Turkish Digital Games Federation (TUDOF) and also board member of Turkish Informatics Foundation. In addition he has roles among several NGOs and associations like 1907 Fenerbahce Association, Entrepreneurship Foundation and TUSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association).
Bahadir Ilgaç serves as the Business Development and Affiliates Director at MV Holding A.S. Mr. Ilgaç joined MV Holding in 2011 and was previously a Business Development and Affiliates Manager at the firm. Prior to MV Holding, he worked at Strategic Planning & Business Development departments of Dogan Holding and Borusan EnBW Energy, respectively. He serves as the Member of the Board of Directors for StartersHub. He has nine years of experience in merger and acquisitions, project financing, strategic planning, financial reporting, budget planning and subsidiary management. Mr. Ilgaç completed his BS degree in Mathematics at Middle East Technical University in 2004 and MBA program at Sabanci University in 2006 with full scholarship.
For over 25 years, Mr. Karasahin has been immersed in the digital marketing and advertising industry in Turkey and has built a professional portfolio of corporate clients, highly successful marketing and creative agencies, and a solid reputation as on the industry’s top influencers.
Through his various digital marketing and advertising ventures, Mr. Karasahin and his team has worked with several of the Fortune 500 companies in Turkey and is regularly called upon by senior executives and CEO of leading companies to provide them with marketing and communications advice.
Karasahin, which has been operating in Istanbul for many years with ReAjans, Hiperaktif and HiperSosyal,
With 25 years of experience in digital marketing, advertising and creative industries, Karasahin has launched a new agency in the UK in 2017: RemixLondon
RemixLondon an award winning creative agency with digital focus.
RemixLondon produce integrated communications solutions by taking heed of the analytical data, coupled with the proven facts of strategic communications and services such as; Digital Marketing, Marketing Communication Consultancy, Creative Advertising Services, Web Design & Development, Branding, Mobile Application, SEO&SEM, Video Production, Printing & Producing, Packaging Design, Corporate Identity Design, Digital Campaign Purchasing and Managing etc.
Mr. Karasahin initial foray into advertising began in 1995 when he launched his first agency. ReAjans, has become one of the top full-service adverting agencies in Turkey. ReAjans provides 360º integrated communication solutions by using all media, tools and methods of traditional and new generation communications disciplines.
Recognizing the opportunities within the up and coming digital marketing channel, Mr. Karasahin founded and launched Hiperaktif (Turkey), a fully equipped digital agency. Launched in 1996, Hiperaktif was the first digital agency of its kind in Turkey. Today, Hiperaktif produces digital marketing and digital communications solutions for many prestigious brands and companies.
Always operating at the forefront of the marketplace, Mr. Karasahin founded and launched social media agency HiperSosyal in 2006. The company is a full service social media consulting offering social media strategy, community management, Facebook application development, and social media optimization services for an impressive array of Turkish corporations.
In addition to launching and operating these successful companies in Turkey, Mr. Karasahin has also been involved in the start-up and successful launch of other corporations.
Mr. Karasahin is currently a mentor for Start-up Boot Camp – a leading global entrepreneurial incubator based in the United Kingdom. With the combination of his marketing expertise and entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Karasahin provides up and coming entrepreneur’s critical advice on market entry, product launch, and successful corporate branding.
As the one of the foremost experts in digital marketing and advertising in Turkey, Mr. Karasahin has published many articles and lectures widely at conferences and universities. He is a highly sought after speaker known for engaging his audiences and providing new insights into the cross sections of creativity and marketing.
Prior to launching his career in advertising and marketing, Mr. Karasahin spent 8 years working as a journalist, advertisement photography, media consultant, radio host and copywriter. These formative experiences provide Mr. Karasahin with a creative and media insight that enables him to understand the various cross sections and segments of communications, marketing and public relations.
Metin Karasahin is a graduate of Istanbul University’s Faculty of Communication, Journalism and Public Relations.
Ayşenur Evcil, Regional Head of Digital Transition at BSH Home Appliances is leading the Digital Strategy and Transformation of T-MEA-CIS region (Turkey, Middle East, Africa and Commonwealth of Independent States) that includes 88 countries. Ayşenur has over 17 years of global experience in branding, digital and E-commerce marketing and generating revenue and customer growth via integrated omni-channel marketing strategies across Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail, Financial Services, Digital Publishing and Media industries.
Prior to joining BSH, she was the Digital Marketing, Sales and Customer Insight Country Lead at Accenture Digital Turkey where she spearheaded numerous complex digital transformation and ecosystem development consulting projects for leading Financial Services, Telco, Retail and CPG industry clients that generated significant business growth.
Previously, Ayşenur was the CEO and Head of Global Direct to Consumer Marketing at Eaglemoss Inc. , where she led the development of go-to-market strategy for North America region to fuel growth of global digital portfolio and ignite new customer generation.
Prior to joining Eaglemoss, she held strategic senior management positions at Citigroup, Kraft Foods, and IMP Inc. in USA where she led cross-functional teams in various game-changing, data-driven digital business strategies and initiatives. During her tenure at Citigroup, Ayşenur lead the development Citi’s first-ever Dining Platform, with exclusive ecosystem partnerships, new mobile payment platforms and personalized digital solutions. She was instrumental in successfully launching digital CRM and loyalty programs for Kraft Foods.
Ayşenur received her MBA degree in Marketing and International Business from Zicklin School of Business in Baruch College in New York and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.
Sinem Guler, is an enthusiastic product management professional, working for BSH with +10 years’ experience including solid financial affairs background earlier in her career. After managing Consumer Products for 3 years, she is now responsible as the head of Dish Care category within a region of 80+ countries mostly focusing on emerging markets. She is skilled in strategic planning and target setting, launch management, multiple brand management, strategy building for new market entries, P&L analysis and defining profit-generating opportunities for related product categories. Holds a BA degree in Economics, and MBA from Istanbul Technical University during which she had focused on International Marketing.
Eda Şahbaz is the Head of Connected Products and Platforms-Regional Digital Transition of BSH for Turkey, Middle East, Africa and CIS region. She is responsible for partner ecosystem and business development of BSH’s smart home appliances platform ‘Home Connect’ as well as the expansion of connected solutions of BSH in the region.
Before joining BSH she took several roles at Turkcell’s Digital Services and Solutions Department including Senior IOT Partnership Manager for connected car, energy and smart industry solutions, Senior IOT Product Manager for smart city and farming solutions and she also worked as a Strategic Projects Manager in Consumer Marketing Department. Prior to Turkcell she worked for Siemens A.Ş. as a Commercial Project Manager for Energy projects of Siemens in Turkey and Middle East region. She also worked as a teaching assistant at Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia after her graduation from Marmara University Business Administration Department with major in Marketing.
In her career, Eda mainly focused on partner ecosystem management, partner business development and product management to find and position the best digital partner products and services to enrich IOT solutions for a more connected world.
Seda Celik Teker
Seda Çelik Teker has 20 years of diversified experience in business development, planning, implementation and operation of new projects related to sales & marketing, supply chain management, controlling activities; investment planning in multinational companies. Due to her experience, she has both professional and academic perspectives for business solutions.
She is listed as one of the top 100 women CEO’s in Turkey by HAY Group and Ekonomist. She currently teaches at the Turkish-German University in the Department of Industrial Engineering and is also leading Industrial Relations of the university. She is also the mentor of a project supported by the ministry of economics and commerce.
Yeşim Güra is an experienced executive in FMCG and Food & Beverage.
Ms. Yeşim Gura has started her career in 1991 with Procter & Gamble in Finance in Turkey, and spent 13 years working in various roles from Financial Analysis to Sales Finance, Product Supply Finance, Corporate Treasury, Tax, Accounting, Forecasting and Strategic Planning. As the Finance Manager of the Sanipak JV with Eczacıbaşı, Ms Güra had a seat in the Board of Directors of Sanipak which gave her valuable exposure. Following this experience Ms. Güra was leading the valuation for the acquisition and restructuring that followed; merging three legal entities of P&G into one. The Finance experience gave full VUCA exposure; living through 1994 and 2001 economic crises. Ms. Güra’s latest role in P&G was Associate Director for the whole Finance Organization, managing all of the 10+ product categories (from Laundry Detergents to Haircare, Snacks, Health & Beauty Care, Paper Products and more).
Following P&G experience, she joined Danone Company in Turkey as VP Finance in March 2004, right after the acquisition of shares from Sabancı. She transformed the Finance Organization to a %100 Danone Company through organization restructuring, systems and reporting set up and managing cultural changes. After three years, a new role was given to her as a preparation to General Management; the role of Business Unit Director of the HOD (Home Office Delivery) Business Unit; as an Accelerated Business Unit. Rapid growth, managing 500+ distributors, reaching 400,000+ homes direct, yielding high double-digit profit margin and new geographical expansion through acquisition. This responsibility led to promotion to General Manager of Waters Division in Turkey in January 2009.
Yeşim Güra held the General Managers Water Turkey role for 8 years until February 2017. During this period, a new Joint Venture was formed through Danone’s acquisition of Sırma Beverage Company shares (50,1%) in July 2013. While this JV was managed as a separate legal entitiy, Ms. Güra was in a position to lead it from many angles; definition of a strategic roadmap, brand and sales strategies, organizational support and synergies in operations. The combined businesses had a major complexity with 10 factories, 10+ warehouses, 1500 people.
During her tenure, she set up the Sales and Distribution Operations for Hayat and Akmina after a period of five years of exclusive distribution with Ülker. Also has led several key innovation projects which achieved profitable growth for the Company and also grew the Beverage Category. Some of these ideas were exported to Danone Companies abroad (Spain, France, Mexico) as best practices. Ms.Güra also led R&D projects to launch new categories, set up a digital roadmap and new business models for growth.
Throughout this role, Ms Güra was the Board Member of SUDER (Water Association) and the Chairman for a period of four years. She also was Executive member of the Danone Waters Board of Directors.
Yeşim Güra later joined Altıparmak Gıda (Balparmak) in March 2017 as the first General Manager of the Company, leading an important mission to bring back the Company to growth following several years of no growth, opening up internationally and leading Corporate Governance. The results at the end of 2017 were : double digit strong profitable growth, a new project kicked off to open globally starting with Middle East as planned through a strategic distribution partnership, and new partnerships formed with EBRD and other Corporations to move along the Corporate Governance Roadmap.
Yeşim Güra has decided to leave this role as of early January 2018 to focus on new ventures. Today, Ms.Güra is assisting young startups, companies through a model of strategic business consultation and coaching-mentoring.
Ms. Güra is an ICF Coach, accredited by Gestalt Coaching in June 2017.
Yeşim Güra also has the following volunteer experience :
Member of the Board BRM : Boğaziçi University Business People Association,
Member of YKK (Yönetim Kurulunda Kadın): More Women in the Board of Directors Association,
LEAD Network Turkey Member.
Member of BUMED (Boğaziçi Alumni), Member of P&G Alumni, Member of IU Alumni.
Supporter of the following Non-Profit Organizations :
TEGEV (Education Volunteers Foundation), PAYDA, Koruncuk, YenidenBiz, Binyaprak, TurkishWIN, YenibirLider, Günyüzü.
She is recently appointed as a member of the Global Deans Council of Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA.
Yeşim Güra holds an MBA from Kelley School of Business (Indiana University) and a BA degree from Bogaziçi University in Turkey.
She lives in İstanbul with her husband, and their two sons, 18 and 15 years old.
Daniel Braun is the Regional Head of Category Laundry Care at BSH Group who has 15+ years of marketing experience including business development, strategy and product marketing in volatile market environments. Born in Kazakhstan, grew up in Ukraine, starting his business life in Germany and working in different countries, multicultural experiences characterized Daniel’s life and work. During his career at BSH Home Appliances Group, he gained international experience in various roles, being responsible for Marketing in Ukraine, Product Management in South East Asia and India and since 2014 he is leading Category Laundry Care for a region with 80+ countries including Turkey, Middle East, Africa and CIS.
Fluent in German, English, Russian and Ukrainian, currently located in Istanbul he is improving his language skills in Turkish.
Passionate about people & cultures, markets and consumer trends Daniel is looking forward to challenges and chances of the digital era.
Murat Hatipoğlu is the Regional Head of Marketing Strategy at BSH. He is responsible for Strategy, Business Development, Consumer Insights, Market Intelligence, Innovation and Product Training for 80+ countries in the region.
Prior to BSH, Murat was a management consultant for 10 years; first with Peppers & Rogers Group, then with EY (Ernst & Young). He worked with several multinational clients in 10+ countries in Turkey, Middle East, Africa and Europe. His focus areas included corporate strategy, customer experience, multichannel strategies, organizational, digital and cultural transformation programs.
Before his consulting roles, Murat spent 6 years in retail banking with Garanti, TEB and Citibank mostly focusing on digital banking, new product and business development areas in Turkey and the MEA region. Murat holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.
Figen had her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and started her career as foreign trade expert in multinational foreign trade companies. After 5 years of experience, she made her first step to entrepreneurship with forming her own foreign trade company. As the General Manager of the company, she focused on textile and white goods industry and gained knowledge and expertise about contracted manufacturing and exportation. Throughout 12 years, company realized various volumes of exportation all over the world and mainly specialized in African countries. In 2007, she changed her career path to health and wellness industry. Currently, she is working as General Manager of The Lifeco, Turkey’s pioneer healthy living and wellness company.
Bora Gemicioglu was born in Istanbul in 1980. He graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1999 and within the same year he commenced his undergraduate education at Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law. After he completed his undergraduate education in 2004, he started his graduate education on European Union Law at Essex University Faculty of Law and earned his master”s degree in 2006. He is a PhD student on private law at Istanbul University. Bora Gemicioglu has been practicing law as a member of the Istanbul Bar Association since 2006. He provides consulting and case management services to various companies from different sectors, and he has also been taking part in mergers and acquisitions processes. He is fluent in English and French.
Yilmaz Cakir is an experienced businessman who served as a C-level executive for several national and multinational companies. He is the founder of ARA Limited. He serves in Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK). He started his career at Grasso and went on to become the Secretary General of Chamber of Industry. He was the General Manager of Cicisan and Suntasan A.S. and Santek AS. He was the Chairman of Finnish – Turkish Business Council and Turkish – Swedish Business Council, also Vice Chairman of Turkish – EU Business Council. He was an Honorary Ambassador to Courchavel Ski Resort. He has excellent knowledge of Turkish bureaucracy, Turkish Holdings, Ministries, Universities, State Planning Organization-SPO, Foreign Economic Relation Board-DEIK, Confederation Of Chambers of Commerce-TOBB, SMSs, Chambers of Commerce, Organized Industrial Districts, NGOs and other business organizations. Yilmaz has a strong access to the EU /Brussels, private and public companies, enterprises, European Delegation in Ankara, Research Institutions, Technoparks, European Development Bank, Framework Program 7-FPVII, European Investment Bank, Turkish Development Banks,commercial banks and business associations in every part of Turkey. He was has honored by the Finnish President Tarja Halonen with a first class “White Rose” decoration in 2009.
Bora Sahinoglu completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Belgium. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Master degree in Computer Engineering and Business Administration from the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons. In 1989, Sahinoglu joined GIB Group, Belgium’s largest retail store chain. Between 1992-1996, Sahinoglu worked as a Vice President and member of board for Öztüre Kimtas (Izmir), a joint venture between Carmeuse Group (Belgium) – worldwide 2nd largest lime producer – and Öztüre Holding (Turkey). Bora Sahinoglu moved to Istanbul in 1994, and became partner of Netsis a major Turkish ERP software company where he held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 1999 he left Netsis and founded Tikle a technology company developing Internet and mobile Internet solutions. Tikle has become a success story and one of the most recognizable brand in the Turkish mobile service market. Today Tikle is the market leader in the mobile services business working in active partnership with the three Turkish mobile operators: Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea. Bora Sahinoglu’s entrepreneurial drives continues, founding technology and sales companies in Turkey and abroad. Bora Sahinoglu is married and has two daughters.
Experienced in Structured Finance with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Skilledin Banking, Credit Analysis, Commercial Banking, Credit Risk, and Loans. Strong professional with aMaster of Science (M.Sc.) focused in Business/Managerial Economics from Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Fifteen years of professional experience in privately held company Optimum Computers Ltd., which was selling computer software and computer parts.
Different responsibilities in the management role of the company like Online & Offline Marketing Management, Business Development, Major IT and Operations Projects, E-Commerce Projects, Hardware & Software import, distribution & sales.
Okan is a senior executive in insurance field with more than 25 years’ corporate experience and an executive coach / leadership mentor.
During his professional career, he spent 14 years in top executive and CEO level roles. Okan is currently MD and country head for Guy Carpenter. Previously, he was CEO of Eureko (Garanti) Sigorta, part of Achmea, a Dutch insurance company.
In his role as an executive, he led senior teams in various change projects, innovation and transformation programs within multinational working environment. Some examples are; M&A project in Garanti Sigorta and cultural transformation to Eureko Sigorta, setting up Guy Carpenter’s Istanbul office.
Alongside his executive career, Okan is an executive coach and leadership mentor. Okan reflects his own execution and leadership experience in his coaching. The experience, wisdom and know-how gained during his executive roles are harmonized with his positive energy, calmness and confidence. This defines the flavor of his coaching style and enables him to create the right atmosphere for his coachees to inspire, attain self-confidence to improve and to execute change.
While working as a CEO, Okan attended various coaching & mentoring programs. He completed a number of Adler advanced coaching programmes and is ACC (Associate Certified Coach) accredited by ICF (International Coach Federation). Okan is actively involved in the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) Turkey.
He is passionate about innovation, digitalization and startup ecosystem. He is supporting startups as a mentor, specificly in fintech/insurtech field. He is an insurtech enthusiast and his aspiration is to develope an insurtech ecosystem in Turkey.
He moderated various workshops and training programs, joined many local and international conferences as speaker and panelist.
Okan also writes a column in a monthly insurance magazine about new generation insurance, disruptive technologies, digitalization.
Koray Gultekin Bahar
CEO and Managing Partner of Foriba (FIT Solutions) the leading e-Transformation solution company inTurkey. Large scale of solution portfolio from Large enterprises to micro size companies.
Yusuf Ercan Güvenç
Yetik Kadri Mert
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in Energy and Construction Industry. Skilled in building Vision and Strategy following Turn Around proven track record in different industries, Negotiation, Analytical Skills, Operations Management, experienced large scale Investments in Power Plants and different Industries Internationally. Take Over and Turn Around history in multibillion USD Privatization Projects. Strong business development professional with a Certificate focused in Global Energy Strategy from Harvard Business School and Columbia University Executive Education programs.