Türkiye İnovasyon Haftası 2014 | Turkey Innovation Week 2014

HT2012

Organisation

ING
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services.
With more than 105,000 employees* we serve over 85 million* private, corporate and institutional customers in over 40 countries in Europe, North America and Latin America, Asia and Australia.
We draw on our experience and expertise, our commitment to excellent service and our global scale to meet the needs of a broad customer base, comprising individuals, families, small businesses, large corporations, institutions and governments.

For more information see www.ing.com

 

PwC
PwC in the Netherlands has more than 4,600 professionals working together from 12 offices and three different angles: Assurance, Tax & HRS and Advisory. We deliver sector-specific services and seek innovative solutions, not only for national and international companies, but also for public sector and civil-society organisations. ‘PwC’ is the brand under which member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwCIL) operate and provide services. Together these firms make up the global PwC network, within which 161,000 people in 154 countries share their ideas, experience and solutions in developing new perspectives and practical advice.

For more information see www.pwc.nl

 

Agentschap NL
NL Agency consists of five thematic divisions. The divisions are:

  • NL Energy and Climate Change
  • NL EVD International
  • NL Innovation
  • NL Environment
  • NL Patent Office

Focusing on sustainability, innovation, international business and cooperation, NL Agency is the number one contact point for businesses, knowledge institutions and government bodies. You can contact us for information, advice, financing, networking and regulatory matters.
‘Answers for Business’  (Antwoord voor bedrijven) is also part of NL Agency. This organization provides businesses with information about Dutch government permits, laws and subsidies and thus also on the programmes and schemes of NL Agency.
Furthermore, NL Agency works closely with Syntens, the national innovation network for entrepreneurs.
NL Agency falls under the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.

For more information see www.agentschapnl.nl

 

Fenedex
Fenedex is the Dutch exporters association. As an independent organisation, Fenedex brings together knowledge and experience, enabling its members to successfully do business on foreign markets. With approximately 1200 members and over 4000 customers Fenedex is the largest export network in the Netherlands.
Fenedex’s main objective is to promote the quality of both Dutch export in general and the export activities of its members in particular. The main instrument used to reach this objective is the exchange of experience and knowhow among members.

For more information see www.fenedex.nl.

 Partners

TOBB
www.tobb.org.tr

DEiK
www.deik.org.tr

 

Speakers:

H.E. Abdullah Gül

H.E. Abdullah Gül was born in Kayseri on October 29, 1950. After he graduated from Kayseri High School, he continued his education at Istanbul University in the Department of Economics. He spent two years in London and Exeter for his academic studies while pursuing his PhD. He received his doctoral degree from Istanbul University in 1983. He became an associate professor in international economics in 1989 at Istanbul University.

H.E. Abdullah Gül has served as a Member of Parliament, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and was elected as the eleventh President of the Republic of Turkey on August 28, 2007.

The President holds honorary PhD degrees from Bourgas Free (Bulgaria), Exeter (United Kingdom), Baku State (Azerbaijan), and Dimitrie Cantemir Christian (Romania), Kazan State (Russia), Xi’an Northwest and Xinjiang (China), Amity (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Quaid-i Azam (Pakistan) universities, received in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively.

President Gül was awarded with the British “Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath and Portuguese “Grande Colar” as well as the national decorations from Italy, Qatar, Kuwait, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Maxime Verhagen

Mr. Verhagen is Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation of the Netherlands.

From 1984 to 1987, Mr. Verhagen worked as an assistant to an MP for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA). Later on, he joined the parliamentary staff for the CDA, where he was given responsibility for European affairs, development cooperation and trade policy.

He was a member of the European Parliament from 1989 to 1994. From 1994 to 2007 he was a member of the House of Representatives for the CDA, where he was the party’s spokesman on asylum policy, and foreign and European affairs. He became leader of the CDA parliamentary party in 2002.

On 22 February 2007 Mr. Verhagen was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the fourth Balkenende government. He also took over the portfolios of Minister for Development and Minister for European Affairs on 23 February 2010.
Following the elections on 9 June 2010 he returned to the House of Representatives, again as leader of the CDA parliamentary party.
He studied history at the University of Leiden.

He currently lives in Voorburg and is married, with three children.

M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu

Mr. M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu is the President of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), which is the largest non-profit business organization in Turkey, covering 365 Chambers and Commodity Exchanges.
TOBB represents the country’s 1.4 million companies and acts as the most effective professional organization with a network of members reaching into all scale of businesses from different sectors, great to small in all regions in Turkey.

Since August 2001, Mr. Hisarcıklıoğlu has been the President of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), which aims to contribute to the efforts for improving Turkey’s external economic relations through Business Councils world-wide. DEIK assists the business community in the development of foreign economic and commercial activities for the benefit of the country and in the best evaluation of business opportunities through its 100 Bilateral, 2 Sectoral and World Turkish Business Councils (DTIK) that is established under the aegis of DEIK.

Due to his profound approach and sensitivity towards Turkey’s economic and social life, Mr. Hisarcıklıoğlu, has undertook various responsibilities in many national and international non-governmental organizations. Having a strong international mission, Mr. Hisarcıklıoğlu, works closely with his counterparts around the world and international business organizations.
Married and father of three, M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu was born on November 22nd 1955 in Ankara, but originally from Kayseri. After finishing high school at Ankara TED College, he earned his B.A. degree in Economics and Management from Gazi University in Ankara.

Ben van de Vrie

Since 2009 Mr. Ben van de Vrie is Chairman of the Dutch Trade Board Turkey Working Group and in this role he led two trade missions to Turkey. In his daily work he is strongly involved in Turkish business relationships in his responsibility as board member of ING Bank Turkey SA.

Ben joined ING in 1988 and is currently also general manager marketing Corporate-SME in the Netherlands. Prior to this assignment, he led ING’s Mid Corporate Clients franchise several years (2011-2008) and worked and lived in Poland for a period of 4 years (2008-2004), where he was board member in ING Bank Slaski, responsible for corporate banking and Financial Markets.

In years prior to his stay in Poland he was regional director in Amsterdam (2004-2002) and director market management for consumers and SME clients (2002-1999). His first role within ING, after having several positions within the framework of a management traineeship, was branch manager for ING in the centre of Amsterdam. Ben has graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a degree in International Economics, finalized his Master in Finance at the Tilburg University, and attended several management courses over the past years.

Osman Okyay

Mr. Osman Okyay received his BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1988, then his MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, NH, USA, in 1990. He also attended the Executive MBA program at the Koc University, Istanbul in 1994.
In 1990, he started working for Digital Equipment Corp., Istanbul Office, as a Field Service Engineer, later promoted to Services Planning Manager. He headed a team that was responsible for the set up and maintenance of the nation wide EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) System in all the bank headquarters of Turkey. He joined Kale Group, in 1993, and worked as the Deputy General Manager of Kalekalip, General Manager of Kalekalip, and President of Technical Division, consecutively.
Osman took the initative to diversify Kale Group into high-tech fields and international partnerships. Robotics & Automation, Industrial Energy Equipment, Software Simulation, Defense & Aerospace are to name a few. Kale’s partnership with the Industrial Systems Division of General Electric in 2001 also took place under Osman’s leadership.
Today, Technical Division of Kale Group operates in the manufacturing of Aero structures (Kale Aerospace) and Aircraft engine parts (Kale Pratt & Whitney), and as well as design & manufacturing of UAV’s (Kale Baykar J/V), small arms (Kalekalip), energy equipment (Kalekalip), and high tech ceramics (Kale Porselen).
Osman is the Chairman of Turkish-Dutch Business Council under DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board) of Turkey and he is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Eisenhower Fellowships (representing Mr. Ibrahim Bodur). He also serves on the Board of National Nano-Technology Initiative of Turkey and he is the President of the Aerospace Clustering Association (ACA) in Izmir –Turkey. Osman lives in Istanbul with his wife Zeynep and his son Ibrahim.

Dick Benschop
Mr. Dick Benschop joined Shell in 2003. He is President-Director of Shell Netherlands and vice-president for Gas Market Development worldwide. He leads the effort for Shell in raising the profile of natural gas advocating the economic and environmental benefits of gas that offer new options for energy policy making. Prior to this role he was responsible for the strategy formulation of the Shell Group. From 2006-2009 Mr. Benschop looked after the Shell Gas and Power business in Malaysia that includes the Gas-To-Liquids plant in Bintulu. His first role in Shell was in the European gas business (Shell Energy Europe).
Before joining Shell Mr. Benschop was deputy minister for Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands government. His main responsibility was European affairs -including enlargement of the European Union and Treaty negotiations.
From 1994-1998 Mr. Benschop ran his own consultancy firm. Prior to that he worked in various functions in the Dutch Parliament and the Dutch Labour Party. He studied History in Amsterdam at the Free University. He currently lives in The Hague and is married, with three children.

 

Murat Alici

Mr. Murat Alıcı is the Deputy Director General of the General Directorate of the Investment Incentives and Foreign Direct Investments in the Ministry of Economy. The General Directorate is mainly responsible for formulation investment incentives and foreign direct investment (FDI) policy frameworks and implementation of relevant policies.

In his current position, Mr. Alıcı manages three departments which are in charge of the Secretariat of the Reform Program on Improvement of Investment Climate, foreign direct investment FDI-related multilateral and bilateral external relations and record-analysis of FDI data.
He studied public and international affairs (with specialization in international corporate environment) at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and Science in International Relations at the Middle East Technical University.

Workshops

Workshop 1

Bas Pulles

Mr. Bas Pulles is Commissioner for foreign investments at the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), an operational unit of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. In this position he is responsible for general management of NFIA headquarters in The Hague as well as the NFIA offices abroad. At the same time, he is acting director for NL EVD International since December 2011, and heads up the department for NL EVD networks abroad. Besides the NFIA, this includes the Holland Branding, Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) and Netherlands Offices for Science & Technology (NOST) units.

In 2004 Bas joined the NFIA as Deputy Managing Director. Before that, in 2002, Bas was appointed Head of the Emerging Markets Division at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation responsible for bilateral economic relations with Asia, Middle East and Latin America.

Bas Pulles was born in the city of Breda, in the southern part of the Netherlands, in 1964. He is married and has three children. In 1986 he graduated in business economics at Nyenrode Business University in the province of Utrecht.


Jan Willem Velthuijsen

Jan Willem is Managing Partner of PwC Economics Europe and parttime Professor of Energy Economics at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Jan Willem is specialised in economic consultancy and research in the broader field of energy, and his areas of expertise include macro-economic modelling, regulation and competition economics, economic policy impact evaluations, cost-benefit analyses, sector- and market analyses, economic modelling, and business strategy modelling.
Over the past 25 years Jan Willem has advised governments, corporates, regulators and international institutions on economic, valuation and strategic issues in several hundreds assignments. Jan Willem has built marcro-economics models for over 10 countries to analyse economic, energy and environment interactions and scenarios.

Kerim Aydemir

Born in 1977, Kerim Aydemir is graduated from Lycée Saint-Joseph followed by a Business Administration degree from Bilkent University. He worked for Arthur Andersen and ComTech before taking an Executive Board Member role at Hilal Group in Turkey. Currently, Mr. Aydemir is a Shareholder and the Managing Director of DB AGRO Ltd. He speaks English and French.

 

Workshop 2

Burcu Canpolat

Burcu joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1997. She has provided tax advisory and tax audit services to numerous companies in different industries i.e. healthcare, banking & capital markets,
production, energy, etc. Burcu worked in Procter & Gamble Turkey as tax manager for 9 months in 2005 and worked in a leadership development programme in PwC Washington DC office in the USA for 6 months in 2006. Burcu was admitted to partnership in 2008.

Burcu is currently a partner in Mergers&Acquisitions and International Tax Structuring teams and experienced in Technology, Information and Communication industries.
She is mainly specialised in overseas and local tax structuring as well as the application of tax treaties and she provides tax consultancy and structuring services both to the multinational companies making investment in Turkey and to the Turkish companies making investments abroad. She has
extensive experience in advising on company structures from a tax perspective, tax modeling, tax valuation, and tax due diligence for major privatisations and M&A projects.

Huseyin Celik

Mr. Celik joined ING in 1999. He is currently Head of International Business Clients and Int. Payments & Cashmanagement at ING Turkey. He is responsible for International clients banking with ING Turkey and assists Internationally active Turkish companies with their international needs. Prior to this role he was a branch manager at ING Bank Netherlands .
He is experienced in new market entries of business clients and possible banking solutions. He has studied business economics in Rotterdam, is married and has 3 children.

Workshop 3

ISPAT

Stefan Stolk

Frank Oerlemans

Workshop 4

Burak Serkan

Mr. Burak Serkan was born in Ankara in 1975. I studied Food Engineering at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. I received my Master of Science degree on the same topic and I am still doing my PhD. I also received a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2008.
After working for two years as a research assistant at university, I started working for the Ministry of Customs and Trade as an assistant expert in 1999. Between 2002 and 2011, I worked as an expert and I dealt mainly with the modernization projects of Turkish Customs, taking also part in many legislative studies. Between 2005 and 2006, I was a visiting scholar at Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, under the Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme. Between 2008 and 2010, I was involved in the G2G technical assistance project with the Dutch Customs which focused on pre-arrival and pre-departure information.
In November 2011, I was appointed Head of Department and I am currently working for Directorate General for Customs.

Willem van Doornmalen

Jindra Westland

Mr Jindra Westland is Area Sales Manager at Vogel`s Products. He graduated as Bachelor in Marketing at the HES in Amsterdam.
Jindra joined Vogel`s Products in 2004. Vogel’s designs, develops and markets mounting solutions for LCD/ Plasma, LED screens and audio / video equipment.
Within Vogel`s he was active in various sales management roles in Southern, Eastern and since recently Northern Europe. With a strong focus on Business Development and Key Account Management in Turkey, finding the right solution for business partners is key.
Since 2009 he has implemented a new way of working, which enables exporters new and clear insights in the Turkish market. This new business approach in Turkey, requires a constant need of flexibility and market adaptation. Less dependent and in control, and always having the corporate key values in mind.
During his new business approach in Turkey, Jindra experienced several issues which made successful business in Turkey challenging. Only with the right tools, he made it possible to proceed his road of successful business.

Michael Westenberg

Workshop 5

Ben van de Vrie

Since 2009 Mr. Ben van de Vrie is Chairman of the Dutch Trade Board Turkey Working Group and in this role he led two trade missions to Turkey. In his daily work he is strongly involved in Turkish business relationships in his responsibility as board member of ING Bank Turkey SA.
Ben joined ING in 1988 and is currently also general manager marketing Corporate-SME in the Netherlands.
Prior to this assignment, he led ING’s Mid Corporate Clients franchise several years (2011-2008) and worked and lived
in Poland for a period of 4 years (2008-2004), where he was board member in ING Bank Slaski, responsible for
corporate banking and Financial Markets.
In years prior to his stay in Poland he was regional director in Amsterdam (2004-2002) and director market
management for consumers and SME clients (2002-1999). His first role within ING, after having several positions
within the framework of a management traineeship, was branch manager for ING in the centre of Amsterdam.
Ben has graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a degree in International Economics, finalized his Master in Finance at the Tilburg University, and attended several management courses over the past years.


Pinar Abay

Mrs. Pınar Abay joined ING Bank Turkey in 2011. She is the CEO of ING Bank Turkey.
Pınar Abay was a Partner at McKinsey & Company as the Managing Partner responsible of the Turkish Banking and Financial Services Sector. Pınar Abay joined McKinsey & Company in Istanbul in 1998. During her career at McKinsey, in addition to Istanbul, she worked at the company’s New York and San Francisco offices serving several leading global financial institutions.  Abay is especially considered an expert in branch distribution, multichannel banking, banking strategy and operations across Europe. Pinar Abay, who has led several large bank transformations in Turkey, has wide experience in the Turkish banking sector.

Pınar Abay graduated with an M.A. degree in Economics from Bilkent University with high honors. She also has an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. Pınar Abay is married and has two children.

Ali Varişli

Mr. Ali Varişli graduated in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in 2001. Then he made an MBA on Finance at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Kenan-Flagler Business School. He had worked as an expert at Undersecretariat of Treasury, Republic of Turkey for 9 years. Since July 2011 he is an expert at the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Turkey.

 

Workshop 6

Siebren van der ZwaagMr. Van der Zwaag, as General Director of The Friesian, has the main executive position and is overall responsible for overseeing all ongoing business activities and client accounts, managing of the capacity, networking and generating new business.
Mr. van der Zwaag began his career as a veterinary doctor of a general veterinary practice in The Netherlands, followed by five years of veterinary work in Africa and the South Pacific. During the past 30 years he has been involved in many dairy and agricultural studies and projects mainly in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Russian Federation.

Reinoud van Gent

Mr. Reinoud van Gent (58) is general manager of Veepro Holland, the information centre for Dutch cattle, semen and embryos. He previously worked as a veterinarian practitioner, specialized in dairycattle, in the Dutch province of Flevoland and also in the Carribean island of Bonaire for a period of time. His aim is familiarize governments, farmers, and all those involved in the dairy industry abroad with the qualities of the Dutch cow and Dutch genetics. The core of his work is to provide information and discuss veterinary certificates. As a veterinarian he feels right at home in the world of cattle husbandry and -export, “because cows are the most beautiful animals in the world”.
Veepro Holland is the information centre for Dutch (dairy) cattle. Our main goal is to support the export of dairy cattle, semen and embryos all over the world.

Hasan Girenes

Mr. Hasan Girenes is President Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Group Yasar Holding.
Born in 1960 in Alanya, Hasan Girenes graduated Ege University Agricultural Engineering  and has a master’s degree in Fisheries.
He has started working for Yaşar Group in her compound feed company as Production Engineer in 1985. Subsequently he has held the positions of Technical Manager, Managing Director of Çamlı Yem Besicilik (merger company of four companies: Çamlı Yem (compound feed), Çamlı Besicilik (livestock), Çamlı Damızlık (turkey breeding) and Pınar Deniz (fish farming) ). Having also previously served as Vice President – Agribusiness, Mr. Girenes currently serves Yasar Group as the President of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Division since 2009.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees in Yasar University.

Nurdan Erbug

Nurdan Erbug graduated in Electronics from Bosphorus University in 1978. Then she studied textiles in U.K, Germany and Switzerland.

She worked at Taciroglu Group of companies and imported the first breeding cattle from the Netherlands and the US in 1987. Nurdan was involved to import catamaran vessels from Norway for Istanbul Municipality at that year.

From 1990-1994 she had worked as foreign affairs manager at Boronkay Company and imported DAF trailers and double decker buses from the Netherlands.

From 1994 to 1996 she worked as an advisor to National Bank of Hungary and Hungarian International Finance in London in terms of forfeiting and export financing. She provided the assignments of loan agreements to the Turkish banks .

Nurdan Erbug founded Anadolu Hayvancilik in 1996 as a joint venture together with Koepon Holding & Alta Genetics. Since 2000 she took over the company and Anadolu has been continuing its venture as the exclusive distributor for Koepon & Alta in Turkey . Anadolu has been dealing with the Netherlands, France, U.K, Denmark, Germany and Canada and the US.  She works as the general director of the company.

Workshop 7

Marc Aartsen

Mr. Marc Aartsen works for the Port of Rotterdam as a Sr. Project Manager for the Port of Rotterdam International department. He works on projects in Brazil, India and the Far East and is responsible for boardroom consultancy and establishing participations in growth markets. Marc has extensive experience as an investment manager, responsible for assessment of investments and advising the executive board.  Before working for the Port of Rotterdam, Marc worked as a consultant for a.o. Logica CMG and Deloitte. Marc has a MSc degree in Economic Sciences and is a Registered (Business) Valuator.

Turkut Erkeskin

 

Kaan Gürgenç

Mr.  Kaan Gürgenç was born on October 2th, 1963. He joint Borusan Logistik in 2002. A well – qualified and experienced general manager with extensive experience in general management, logistics, retail – logistics, IT, marketing, supply chain management, purchasing and warehousing & distribution.
Before joining Borusan Logistik Mr. Gürgenç was General Manager at Horoz Logistics and South East Europe Logistics Director at United Distillers.
He studied Executive Logistics Management at the Ohio State University, finalized his MBA at the Institute of Business Economics and his Economics Degree at the Uludağ University.
He is married and has 1 child.

 

Martin Blokland

Mr. Martin Blokland has over 25 years of experience in the world of transport-infrastructure. Growing passenger and cargo volumes ask for smart solutions. Governmental investments in infrastructure are needed but not without the innovative power of private parties. Martin likes to bring private and public infrastructure worlds together. He has been working with lots of dedication for Schiphol Airport, Port of Rotterdam and the Dutch Ministry of Transport to improve performance of Dutch infrastructure and as a result Dutch competitiveness.

Workshop 8

William Sanchez

Mr. Sanchez is Business development Manager for Cleantech Holland and FME-CWM. He has been involved in the Cleantech, Innovation and International Entrepeneurship for the past 10 years, in several advisory and management functions. He has extensive experience in dealing with government and private institutions. In addition he was one of the founding fathers of the Cleantech East Netherlands Network.

Ali Yazgili

During his study International Relations, Ali Yazgili among others specialized in energy security issues. Previously having worked in Germany and Indonesia, since 2007 he is connected to the Turkey Institute in The Hague. The Turkey Institute provides in-depth information and analyses on modern Turkey to a diverse Dutch audience, among others private companies, ministries, academics and media. Additionally the Institute focuses its activities on bilateral cooperation between the Netherlands and Turkey. In this capacity Ali Yazgili mainly deals with Turkish foreign policy, energy issues and the promotion of Turkish-Dutch bilateral trade. He is a frequent contributor to Dutch radio and newspapers on Turkey related issues.

Cees Duijn

Mr. Duijn is Business development Director for Vandenbroek Thermal Processing B.V. and Nihot
Recycling Technologies B.V. and  Treasurer (of the board) for NMMP (Netherlands Waste Management Partnership).
He has been involved in the Waste and Recycling Business for the past 25 years, in several senior  management functions with different companies, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In addition he is a senior Board member of the Netherlands Waste Management Partnership.

The focus on Turkey, over the past 3 years, has resulted so in the realization of an RDF Refinement line in Ankara and the establishment of a  qualified Turkish Agent

Cleantech Holland is the Dutch export platform for products, concepts and innovations based on sustainable technology. Cleantech Holland addresses the global challenges further to climate change, the growing demand for energy, and the resulting increase in energy prices by promoting the products and services of Dutch organizations involved in clean technology (‘cleantech’) on the international markets. Cleantech  Holland is active in the sectors where Holland has an international reputation for excellence in research, technology development and addressing economic-social challenges. These sectors are the following: off-shore wind, solar energy, biomass/bio-energy and smart grid.


Duygu Erten

Dr. Erten is a graduate of Boğaziçi University in İstanbul, Turkey where she earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.  She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University and worked as a research fellow at Princeton University.
She worked as a project manager on Program Management teams managing large, complex projects for a multinational firms.  She was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California (USC) and authored several papers.  Upon her return to Turkey, Dr. Erten founded Green Building Council of Turkey, part of a global non-profit organization supporting to design and built high-performance buildings established to create market transformation in building industry and she serves as the Vice President of the Board. She served as the director of Clinton Climate Initative in İstanbul and several committees including Ministry of Construction and Settlements Sustainability Committee.  She also represent Turkey on LEED-International committee of USGBC.
She started her firm TURKECO Construction and Energy Inc. on 2010 to manage green projects and advise on the leading environmental assessment methods.  She uses the industry standard scoring systems to help clients achieve the required sustainability targets.  She had been an adjunct faculty at Koç and Sabancı Business Schools between 2006-2010.

Gökmen Topuz

Mr. Gökmen Topuz (1972 – Istanbul) is Vice Chairman of the Energy Council van The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
(1972-İstanbul ) Gökmen Topuz graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Istanbul Technical University in 1995. He gained an MBA from the Yeditepe University. He started his career at MAN Energy Systems as a project manager. Nowadays he serves as the Assistant General Manager of Investments Department at Zorlu Energy Electricity Generation Co. Inc.