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FT Turkey Summit 2016

Istanbul |
Speakers include:
Mehmet Şimşek

Mehmet Şimşek

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

Şafak  Pavey

Şafak Pavey

Diplomat, Columnist and Politician

Melek  Pulatkonak

Melek Pulatkonak

Turkish Women's International Network


The New Turkey 

The FT Turkey Summit is the premium gathering for international investors, senior government officials and leading Turkish corporations.

The 4th annual FT Turkey Summit will examine the increasingly significant role of Turkey on the global stage, the positive shifts in the political and business landscape that are drawing international investors to its shores, and some of the challenges to expect along the way.  

Taking place  after a year of political and economic instability – including an unprecedented two general elections in a matter of months -  our speakers and audience will look at the impact and implications of new developments on the following fronts:

The Economic Front: At a time when much of the shine has worn off emerging markets, is Turkey more fragile than ever - or is it making the necessary changes?

The Political Front: After two elections in 2015 and the country’s leading parties’ big problems in working together, where are we withthe new administration? Will this prove to be the hoped-for new era of less politics, more policy?

The Diplomatic Front:  Can Turkey insulate itself from turbulence to its south and east, given increased tensions with the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant and the rekindling of the country’s Kurdish conflict.

The Corporate Front: What does Turkey need to do to get the inward investment it needs? And how does the country, which has the OECD’s lowest rate of female participation on the labour force, plan to improve gender diversity?

"Financial Times Turkey Summit is the Davos of Turkey." 

- Mustafa Sani ŞenerBoard Member, President and CEO, TAV Airports Holding

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/25/2016 09:00:0005/25/2016 18:15:00trueFT Turkey Summit 2016The New Turkey The FT Turkey Summit is the premium gathering for international investors, senior government officials and leading Turkish corporations.The 4th annual FT Turkey Summit will examine the increasingly significant role of Turkey on the global stage, the positive shifts in the political and business landscape that are drawing international investors to its shores, and some of the challenges to expect along the way.  Taking place  after a year of political and economic instability – including an unprecedented two general elections in a matter of months -  our speakers and audience will look at the impact and implications of new developments on the following fronts:The Economic Front: At a time when much of the shine has worn off emerging markets, is Turkey more fragile than ever - or is it making the necessary changes?The Political Front: After two elections in 2015 and the country’s leading parties’ big problems in working together, where are we withthe new administration? Will this prove to be the hoped-for new era of less politics, more policy?The Diplomatic Front:  Can Turkey insulate itself from turbulence to its south and east, given increased tensions with the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant and the rekindling of the country’s Kurdish conflict.The Corporate Front: What does Turkey need to do to get the inward investment it needs? And how does the country, which has the OECD’s lowest rate of female participation on the labour force, plan to improve gender diversity?"Financial Times Turkey Summit is the Davos of Turkey." - Mustafa Sani Şener, Board Member, President and CEO, TAV Airports HoldingFT-Turkey-Summit-2016a1cbd5561a6001c435ee139427d614fbMM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (22)

Mehmet Şimşek

Mehmet Şimşek

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
Şafak  Pavey

Şafak Pavey

Diplomat, Columnist and Politician

Safak Pavey is the deputy speaker and member of the Parliament of Turkey, representing Istanbul province for social democrat party CHP. She served as the vice-chair and member of Turkey-EU Accession Parliamentary Committee and continues to serve as an United Nations independent human rights expert. Pavey is known for her work in the field of human rights, humanitarian aid and peace-building with a background embracing diplomacy and politics. Prior to winning a parliamentary seat in June 2011, she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as the head of secretariat and the UN Refugee Agency, responsible for external relations at its HQs and on humanitarian missions in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Central Europe. Pavey holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations & the EU and a post-graduate degree in minority rights and nationalism from the London School of Economics. She was a columnist of Agos Weekly and has published three books. In 2012, Pavey was honored with the ‘International Woman of Courage Award’ by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama, is recipient of 2014 ‘Secularist of the Year Award’ by British National Secular Society and recently selected as a Young Global Leader 2015 by World Economic Forum.

Melek  Pulatkonak

Melek Pulatkonak

Founder & Curator
Turkish Women's International Network

Melek Pulatkonak is the Founder of the Turkish Women’s International Network, a global sisterhood network for change. She is an entrepreneur, TEDster and a curator.

Most recently, she worked at Microsoft’s Global Startup Business Team. Before that she was Deputy GM at Microsoft Turkey responsible from the Developer and Platform Evangelism.

Prior to moving back to Turkey for her Microsoft leadership position, Ms Pulatkonak was the President & COO of Hakia, a semantic technology company in New York. Before her tech entrepreneurship journey, she held various roles in the finance sector in New York, ranging from advising the Chairman of the Istanbul Stock Exchange to ADR researcher as the Research Associate at the New York Stock Exchange.

Fatih Mustafa  Çelebi

Fatih Mustafa Çelebi


Fatih Mustafa Çelebi is a Turkish entrepreneur born in Ankara, Turkey in 1991. He founded his first business, yedi70 umut Consulting in 2014 to provide consultancy services for social ventures and social venture projects. He than became the co-founder of yedi70, the well-aging platform and is currently working with the yedi70 team.

The goals of his entrepreneurial path are making aging an advantage for societies, and making healthy living affordable.

Murat  Üçer

Murat Üçer

Turkey Advisor
Global Source

Murat Üçer serves as Global Source's consultant in Turkey, is co-founder of Turkey Data Monitor, and a senior lecturer at Koç University.

As a consultant, he provides macroeconomic expertise to commercial banks, multinational corporations and public sector organizations, and gives training programs and seminars on the Turkish as well as global macroeconomic developments.

Formerly, he worked as an economist at the Institute of International Finance, Credit Suisse, and the International Monetary Fund and was an advisor to the Minister of Treasury at the Turkish Treasury in 2001 and the Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey in 1997.

Orkun   Oğuz

Orkun Oğuz

Executive Vice President, Direct Banking

Orkun Oğuz joined Akbank as Executive Vice President in charge of Direct Banking & CRM in 2013. Mr Oğuz is also a Member on the Board of Directors of Akbank AG and AKInvestment. He began his career working as a Marketing Analyst at FedEx in the United States and later served for many years as a Managing Partner at Peppers & Rogers Group, serving as Chief Executive Officer first of the EMEA region and finally of the U.S. office and providing consultancy on Banking and Financial Services. Mr Oğuz is a graduate of Boğaziçi University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and holds an MBA degree in Management from the University of Georgia in USA.

Cevdet Akçay

Cevdet Akçay

Chief Economist
Yapi Kredi

Osman Cevdet Akçay is the Chief Economist at Koç Financial Services and Yapi Kredi. He received his B.A. in economics from Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Graduate School and University Center at City University of New York. He served at Boğaziçi University as Assistant Professor and as Associate Professor between 1992 and 2001, and was a full-time faculty member at Koç University from 2001 till September 2009. He started as an economist at Koç Yatırım (Investment Bank) in 1998 and became the Chief Economist for Koçbank and Koç Yatırım in 2000. Following the Koçbank-Yapi Kredi merger in 2006, he has been serving as the Chief Economist at Yapi Kredi as well as the umbrella company Koç Financial Services. His research and publication areas mainly include exchange rate determination, debt dynamics, and disinflation with specific emphasis on the Turkish experience in these fields.

Lord  Mountevans

Lord Mountevans

Lord Mayor of London

Alderman The Lord Mountevans City career started in 1972 as a graduate trainee with the international shipbroker Clarksons, initially joining the Tanker Department, moving to the Gas Department in 1979. He was appointed to the Board in 1989 and served as Managing Director of the Gas Division 2001-2014. The Company is the world’s leading shipping services provider with 48 offices in 20 countries; it is headquartered in London and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange.

Lord Mountevans is a Member of the Baltic Exchange, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.  He recently stood down as Chairman of Maritime UK, which brings together the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors in the UK to speak to government and other key audiences with a single voice on strategic and practical issues.

He chairs Maritime London, the umbrella organisation promoting London and the UK’s maritime professional services. He recently chaired the ‘Maritime Growth Study: keeping the UK competitive in a global market’ for the UK government (published on 7th September 2015). He succeeded his brother in December 2014, to become Lord Mountevans.  In July 2015 he was elected to sit as a Hereditary Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.”

Ercan  Erciyes

Ercan Erciyes


Ercan Erciyes co-founded Monument Labs, Inc. with his partner Semih Hazar with a mission to make photo and video management as easy as taking one.

Their product uses Artificial Intelligence technology that stores and organizes photos by date, location, faces and what’s in them. The startup launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in February 2016 and reached its funding goal within 48-hours. Prior to co-founding Monument, Ercan had 12 years experience in embedded systems.

Elif  Shafak

Elif Shafak

Novelist, Political Scientist and Commentator

Elif Shafak is a judge for the Fiction award.

Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She writes in both English and Turkish, and has published 14 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour, The Architect’s Apprentice and her genre-crossing memoir Black Milk. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages. 

Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Defying cliches and transcending boundaries her works draws on different cultures and cities, and reflects a strong interest in history, philosophy, culture, mysticism, intercultural dialogue and gender equality. 

Shafak is a public speaker and works with The London Speaker Bureau and Chartwell Speakers. She is regularly invited to give talks in major universities, corporations, international organizations, festivals and charities both in the UK and across the world. 

Shafak is also a political scientist and a commentator. She holds a degree in International Relations, a master's degree in Gender and Women's Studies and a PhD in Political Science. She has taught at various universities in the UK, USA and Turkey. She has written for several international daily & weekly publications, including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, Die Zeit, La Repubblica,The Independent, Newsweek and Time.  

She is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). 

Honours and awards include: International Rising Talent, 2009; Ambassador of Culture Action Europe Campaign, 2010; Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Lettres; longlisted for the Orange Prize (2008); longlisted for MAN Asian Prize (2012); shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize; longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin awards; shortlisted for RSL Ondaatje Prize. She sat on the  judging panel for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2013); Sunday Times Short Story Award (two consecutive years 2014, 2015), 10th Women of the Future Awards (2015); FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Awards (2015, 2016); 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

She is based in London with her two children.

She has over 1.7 million followers on twitter: @elif_safak

Ergin  Eroglu

Ergin Eroglu

Özgür  Deniz Önür

Özgür Deniz Önür

Managing Partner
Kamran  Elahian

Kamran Elahian

Innovation Catalyst,
UC Berkeley, 500 Startups

Kamran Elahian is an entrepreneur who co­founded 10 companies, three of them failed, six of them produced a total market cap of over $8 bn. As a VC, he co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel and Singapore.

Underlying Mr Elahian’s global vision is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people. This vision is reflected in Schools­Online, a nonprofit he co­founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries were provided with computers and access to the Internet) and merged with Relief International in 2003; Global Catalyst Foundation, co­ founded in 2000 to improve lives through the effective application of ICT, and UN­GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where Mr Elahian served as Co­ Chairman between 2009 and 2011.

As an innovation catalyst, Mr Elahian advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil based economies to sustainable innovation economies.

Mittu  Sridhara

Mittu Sridhara

Chief Technology Officer

Mittu Sridhara joined Hepsiburada as Chief Technology Officer in 2016. He has an outstanding track record of building high performance teams, products and digital platforms at scale for multiple international businesses. He is recognised for his customer-centric and commercially savvy approach.

Mr Sridhara worked at Board level for over 15 years and his career has encompassed Senior Leadership, Technology and Product Marketing roles at Sabre, Avis Rent-a-Car, Ladbrokes, and most recently as Group CIO at TUI Travel Plc, an 18 billion euro travel company with over 6 billion euro in online revenue.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIIT, a leading Indian University, a Masters in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and completed his education in Management at London Business School.

Dr. ​Zehra​  Gungor​​

Dr. ​Zehra​ Gungor​​

Vice President

Ms. Zehra Güngör (Turkey) did her further academic career in communication field, though, her BA in English Literature. Her MA in PR finalized with the thesis called “Total Quality Management in PR”. Afterwards, she was accepted for doctorate education to International Relations, Diplomacy and Communications Institute. She completed her thesis “Communications Management in Diplomacy” in this department. She lectures both in Okan and Yeditepe Universities in Communication and Publicity.

Ms. Güngör had worked as an economy journalist for 20 years before founding a PR consultant company called STAGE Communications Consultancy (1999). During her journalism career, she was awarded as “the best journalist of the year” for three times by Turkish Journalist Association. During her PR career, she was rewarded by many institutions as well. She deserved a scholarship in USA by Turkish Government. She worked as a journalist in McGrawHill Publications-New York for one year.

Today, she has been running STAGE Communication Consultancy, Dokuz Organization and Zehra Güngör Consultancy successfully for 16 years.

At present, she is the Past President (President of 2014) and Board Member of IPRA (International Public Relations Association) for seven years.

She is also the founding member and the vice president of KAGIDER (Turkish Women’s Entrepreneurs Association) and Ayvalık Culture and Art Foundation.

She is the member of TUHID (Turkish Public Relations Association), and Propeller Club.

Ms Güngör is married and the mother of Melisa.

Rina  Onur

Rina Onur

Peak Games

Rina Onur Sirinoglu is the Founding Partner of 500 Istanbul, the first global venture capital fund focused on early-stage startups in Turkey and Turkic countries.

With 500 Istanbul, Ms Onur aims to support local founders with regional operations as well as those with global ambitions, to help them grow their businesses to the next level.

Prior to founding 500 Istanbul, she was the Co-Founder of Peak Games, the leading gaming company of Turkey & MENA, and, the largest short-term property rental platform in the EMEA region.

She co-founded Peak in October 2010 and raised $30m in VC funding for the company to develop games that fit the unique interests of the region.

Following Peak’s success, she co-founded, the leading local marketplace for short-term rental space in EMEA with over 40,000 unique properties. Ms Onur helped HemenKiralik raise over $6m in funding including from Homeaway Inc. Prior to venturing into the Turkish startup ecosystem, Ms Onur worked as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley and as an investment professional at Turkven Private Equity.

She holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and is a founding member of the World Economic Forum: Global Shapers Istanbul Hub.

Mehul Srivastava

Mehul Srivastava

Turkey correspondent
Financial Times

Mehul Srivastava is the Financial Times Turkey correspondent, based primarily in Istanbul. He was previously Reporter­at­Large for Bloomberg News, based in London and New Delhi, the India correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine, a radio correspondent for American Public Media's Marketplace, Writer­at­Large for Indian startup newspaper Mint, a labor safety reporter for the Sacramento Bee and an investigative reporter for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News.

He has reported from over a dozen countries, focusing on government corruption and political upheaval, and their impact on people's lives. He uncovered a multi­billion dollar theft of food aid meant for India's poor, documented the role of corporate greed and governmental neglect in the death of over a thousand people in Bangladesh's garment industry, the aftermath of a massacre of protestors in Cairo, and the extraordinary student rebellion in Hong Kong.

His work has been recognised by the Overseas Press Club of America, the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the Gerald Loeb Awards, the Society of Publishers of Asia, and others. He was the Sopa Journalist of the Year in 2013, for his work on India's nutrition paradox and the role societal neglect and corruption played in starving India's poor. He grew up in Calcutta, and studied journalism at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

Ciler  Ay Tek

Ciler Ay Tek

Co-Founder & CMO
Smart Moderation

Ciler Ay Tek is the Co-Founder and CMO of the Smart Moderation; an Artificial Intelligence technology that understands words sort of like a human being does then hides/removes contents like ads, spams, trolls and bad words from social media instead of human.

Prior to Smart Moderation, she held a variety of senior positions in marketing management in FMCG, Energy and Insurance sectors. She is also a quantitative market research expert and a brand consultant. 

Her profession is strategic marketing management where her career reflects verifiable success achieving profitable market growth and brand recognition objectives, cost-effective sales & marketing strategies and initiatives that produce dynamic business results.

She graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Management Engineering in 2002.

Hanzade Dogan  Boyner

Hanzade Dogan Boyner

Doğan Online and

Hanzade Doğan Boyner is a leading businesswoman, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. She’s the Chairwoman of Doğan Online, a leading internet company with a strong and diverse portfolio of e-commerce businesses.

As a pioneer of digital and online in Turkey, she founded and has led to become the biggest online retailer in the EEMEA region. Beyond her entrepreneurial accomplishments, Ms. Doğan Boyner has vast experience in leading established Turkish companies in media and energy. Ms. Doğan-Boyner is currently the Chairwoman of Aydın Doğan Foundation, which oversees Doğan Group’s philanthropic activities.

She established and continues to lead the award-winning and government backed “Dad Send Me To School” campaign that aims to eliminate economic and cultural barriers in young female education across Turkey. Ms. Doğan Boyner is the founding member and Vice Chairwoman of Global Relations Forum, and serves as the Vice President of the World Association of Newspapers. She is a member of the Brookings Institute Board of Trustees. She is also a member of Columbia Business School Board of Overseers where she received her MBA.

Ediz  Aksoy

Ediz Aksoy

Vice Chairman of the Board, Corporate Affairs Director
Cargill Foods Middle East

Ediz Aksoy serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board and Corporate Affairs Director for Cargill Foods Middle East, Turkey, and North Africa. In his current role, he is responsible for such key activities such as communication, brand and marketing communications, and government relations.

Before this role, he served as Business Development and Innovation Director for Cargill Foods Turkey and was responsible for business development activities, the Cargill Innovation System, and continuous improvement. Some of the key projects completed are Cargill’s Turyağ acquisition, Alemdar acquisition, and a joint venture agreement with a major partner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Before joining Foods Turkey, Mr Aksoy was Process Improvement Manager for Cargill Refined Oils Europe for four years in the Netherlands. He oversaw the implementation of the Cargill Business Excellence system and continuous improvement methodologies in the Business Unit.

Selin  Sayek Böke

Selin Sayek Böke

CHP Deputy Chair in charge of Economic Policy

Selin Sayek Böke worked for a short while as a consultant in the World Bank’s Eastern and Central Asia Department in 1999. Between 1999 and 2001 she worked as an assistant professor of Economics at Bentley College’s economics department.

In 2001 Ms Böke started to work as an economist in the International Monetary Fund. On her return to Turkey in 2003, she became part of the academic staff of Ankara’s Bilkent University. In the fall of the same year she worked as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.

She became the chair of the economics department at Bilkent University in 2011 and continued hold that title until she joined the CHP last summer.

Ms Böke has authored and co-authored several publications on many economic issues, including foreign direct investment.

She graduated from the economics department of Ankara’s Middle East Technical University in 1993 and got her M.A. and Ph.D from Duke University.

Bin Yaprak

Bin Yaprak


Chaired by (1)

David Gardner

David Gardner

International Affairs Editor
Financial Times

David Gardner was born in Brussels, educated at St John’s College, Oxford, and he lives in Beirut. He is international affairs editor and associate editor at the Financial Times, which he joined in 1978, and has worked mainly as a foreign correspondent and writer on international affairs, reporting from more than 50 countries.

His assignments have included: Spain correspondent, Mexico & Central America correspondent, European Union correspondent, Middle East editor, South Asia bureau chief. He was the FT’s Chief Leader Writer from 2006 until 2010. In 2003 he won the David Watt political journalism prize for his writing on the Arab world. He is the author of “Last Chance: the Middle East in the Balance” (2009, I .B. Tauris, updated edition 2012), which was long-listed for the 2010 George Orwell book prize.

He was made a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford in 2008. David Gardner has been a speaker at think-tanks and universities in Europe, the Middle East and the US. He is president of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), an independent global NGO based in Barcelona, devoted to supporting domestically-led transitions in countries emerging from conflict or dictatorship.

Who Attends

The FT Turkey Summit 2016 will be attended by:

  • CEOs;
  • Chairmen;
  • CFOs and Finance Directors;
  • Managing Directors;
  • Marketing and Sales Directors;
  • Government; and
  • Academia

from Turkish companies and international companies interested in or already investing in Turkey.


Agenda - 25th May

  • 9:00am
    Registration and morning refreshments
  • 9:45am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:50am
    In conversation: A bird’s eye view of new developments in Turkey over the last 12 months

    After two elections in 2015 and the country’s leading parties’ big problems in working together, where are we with the new administration? Will this prove to be the hoped-for new era of less politics, more policy? On the diplomatic front, can Turkey insulate itself from turbulence to its south and east, given increased tensions with the Islamic State of  Iraq and the Levant and the rekindling of the country’s Kurdish conflict?

    Sinan Ülgen, Managing Partner, Istanbul Economics

    In conversation with:

    David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    PANEL: The Digital Economy

    This discussion aims to outline the latest developments in Turkey's digital economy, to look at key investment opportunities and key growth areas and to discuss what more in the corporate and policy spheres needs to be done to facilitate more growth and innovation. 

    Emre Kurtepeli, Founder, Mynet
    Orkun Oğuz, Executive Vice President, Direct Banking, Akbank
    Sina Afra,  Co-founder, Markafoni
    Mittu Sridhara, CTO,

    Moderated by
    Jonathan Wheatley, Deputy Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:20am
    Special Address

    Selin Sayek Boke, Vice-president for the Economy, CHP

  • 11:40am
    Tea and Coffee break
  • 12:10pm
    Think Tank: The Economic and Political Fronts

    At a time when much of the shine has worn off emerging markets, is Turkey more fragile than ever - or is it making the necessary changes?

    Osman Cevdet Akçay, Chief Economist, Koç Financial Services and Yapi Kredi Bank
    Andrew Finkel, Author, "Turkey, What Everyone Needs to Know"
    Murat Üçer, Turkey Advisor, Global Source

    Moderated by
    Jonathan Wheatley, Deputy Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times 

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch break
  • 2:15pm
    Fireside chat

    Improving inclusivity and diversity in the Turkish Economy

    Hanzade Doğan Boyner, Chairwoman, Doğan Online and
    With Mehul Srivastava, Turkey Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Fossil Economies – Innovation Economies

    The drop in price of oil has adversely impacted 40 countries with reliance on fossil based economies. Eighty percent of these countries are based in North and Central Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. They have a large population of increasingly restless youth who need jobs with promising upward mobility. An innovation ecosystem is a prerequisite on the march toward creation of an innovation economy. But, what if the price of oil drops to zero in the next 30 years? How would a country transition from providing subsidies to taxing it citizens?

    Kamran Elahian, Innovation Catalyst, UC Berkeley, 500 Startups 

  • 2:45pm
    Special Address

    Şafak Pavey, diplomat, columnist, politician 

  • 3:00pm
    PANEL: The Corporate Front

    What does Turkey need to do to get the inward investment it needs? And how does the country, which has the OECD’s lowest rate of female participation on the labour force, plan to improve gender diversity?

    Rina Onur, Founding Partner, 500 Istanbul 
    Melek Pulatkonak, founder & curator, Turkish Women’s International Network
    Aisha Williams, Country Manager, Turkey, IFC 
    Dr. Zehra Gungor, Vice President, KAGİDER

  • 3:30pm
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 3:50pm
    Special Address

    The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman The Lord Mountevans

  • 4:00pm
    ‘The Elevator’ 6 Turkish startups, 2 minutes each to pitch

    Fatih Mustafa Celebi, Founder, yedi70
    Ciler Ay Tek, Co-founder, Smart Moderation
    Ercan Erciyes, Co-founder, Monument
    Ergin Eroglu, Co-Founder, Segmentify
    Özgür Deniz Önür, Co-founder, Invidyo
    Hilal Gercek, Operational Director, BinYaprak

    Followed by Q&A with audience

    Moderated by:-
    Cem Sertoglu, Partner, EarlyBird Venture Capital 

  • 4:30pm
    PANEL - Nurturing Corporate Innovation in Turkey

    Business leaders and corporate innovation experts discuss some of Turkey’s most exciting innovation stories and examine what is being done in the corporate and policy sphere to make even more innovation happen in the country.

    Mehmet Gurs, Chef and CEO, Istanbul Food and Beverage Group
    Dr Ediz Aksoy, Corporate Affairs Director, Cargill Foods Middle East, Turkey and North Africa
    Kamran Elahian, Innovation Catalyst, UC Berkeley, 500 Startups 
    Mehmet Demiray, Innovation Center Leader, DuPont Turkey

  • 5:15pm
    Keynote Address and Interview

    Mehmet Şimşek, Deputy Prime Minister, Turkey

  • 5:45pm
    Chair’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Why attend?

  • Join 300+ international investors, senior government officials and leading Turkish corporates, and add your voice to the discussion shaping Turkey’s future
  • Immersive networking formats to facilitate conversations with lots of corporate peers facing similar challenges  
  • Understand what Turkey needs to do to get the inward investment it needs
  • Contextualise your business strategy with the latest thinking on the economic, political and corporate fronts
  • Hear how the new administration plans to prepare for Turkey's next growth mission
  • Are Turkey's 2023 goals out of reach? Find out what the experts think
  • Be part of the conference social media buzz, and raise your company's visibility to a high-profile gathering - in the room, and beyond


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Platinum Sponsor (2)

With a consolidated asset size of over US$80bn, a strong and extensive national distribution network comprising over 950 branches and 15,000 employees, Akbank is one of the most valuable companies in Turkey in terms of its market capitalisation. Akbank is also “the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Turkey” according to the “Brand Finance – Banking 500, 2012“ report. In addition to its core banking activities, Akbank offers a wide range of corporate, SME, consumer and private banking services as well as foreign trade financing.

The bank conducts overseas operations through its subsidiaries in Germany (Akbank AG) and Dubai (Akbank Dubai Limited) along with a branch in Malta. Akbank’s robust capital, low leverage, high level of liquidity and effective risk management policy constitute its pillars of strength and support the Bank’s profitable growth. Akbank’s local subsidiaries are Ak Securities, Ak Asset Management and Ak Lease. Since its inception, Akbank continously reviews and upgrades its operations and business processes to ensure the sustainability of its stakeholders’ welfare. Implementing its corporate social responsibility activities to create sustainable value, Akbank significantly contributes to the further progress of the society through diverse projects such as culture and arts, education, entrepreneurship and environment which it undertakes and supports.

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 315 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to more than 287 destinations worldwide with 238 international and 49 domestic. According to the 2015 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as "Europe's Best Airline" for the fifth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 the world's "Best Business Catering Service", and in 2014 "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was awarded the world's "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" and "Best Business Airline Lounge" prizes in the 2015 Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website or its social media accounts on FacebookTwitterYoutubeLinkedin, and Instagram.

Supporting Partners (5)

The American Business Forum in Turkey (AmCham Turkey/ABFT) is a business association and NGO, comprised of 135+ prestigious U.S. companies with operations in Turkey. Founded in 2004 as an American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham is focused on acting as a bridge between Turkey and the U.S. to further improve bilateral trade, investments and relations, and to support Turkey’s economic development by strengthening the business environment and stimulating foreign direct investments. AmCham aims to be a trusted and credible thought leader that helps accelerate improvement in the business environment, working in partnership with U.S. businesses, foreign investors, and local decision-makers.

Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK) is responsible for leading foreign economic relations of Turkish private sector in a myriad of sectors, particularly foreign trade, international investment and services, international construction activities and logistics, exploring inward and outward investment opportunities, as well as increasing the export volume of Turkish business and coordinating similar business development activities.

DEIK was established with this objective in 1986 and adopted a new structure since 11 September 2014, being further empowered and assuming full responsibility of “managing the foreign economic relations of the Turkish private sector." As of November 2014, DEIK has 99 founding institutions and 120 business councils, and approximately 900 member companies which form these councils, as well as 2000 representatives from the member companies. 

The American-Turkish Council (ATC) is a leading U.S. independent business organization dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Turkey relations through the promotion of bilateral commercial, security, and diplomatic ties. The ATC exists to help member organizations, including U.S. and Turkish companies, Fortune 500s, and multinationals, achieve their bilateral business objectives and create strategic opportunities for trade and investment. The ATC stands at the center of the decades-long U.S.-Turkey alliance and serves its members as a critical voice, consultant, and advocate.

The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is a UK-registered pan-European organisation dedicated to raising awareness of Azerbaijan and fostering closer economic, political and cultural links between that country and the nations of Europe. 

TEAS has three main facets to its operations:

  • Culture – TEAS raises awareness of Azerbaijan’s rich and vibrant culture to a worldwide audience by organising cultural events and operating as a networking centre.
  • Business – TEAS supports its membership of European and Azerbaijani businesses. It provides a platform for organisations to establish links and strengthen their existing business relationships via a programme of networking opportunities across the regions. 
  • Public Affairs – TEAS works to increase awareness about Azerbaijan amongst key opinion formers, key decision-makers and other political, academic and civil society stakeholders.

TEAS was launched in November 2008, having initially been established as the London Azerbaijan Society four years earlier. The organisation now has offices in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and Turkey, along with a representative office in Azerbaijan.

The Business Year (TBY) is a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence across emerging markets. With operations in over 35 countries, we bring first-hand insights to investors, businesses, and governments worldwide.


FT Turkey Summit delegates can take advantage of reduced accommodation rates at the Intercontinental Istanbul. Please note that the rates are subject to availability and cancellation terms as outlined by the hotel. 

Euro 225.00 + 8% VAT per night, including breakfast for single occupancy (standard city view)
Euro 245.00 + 8% VAT per night, including breakfast for double occupancy (standard city view) 

Please identity yourself as an attendee of the Financial Times conference on the 25th May 2016 upon making the reservation. 

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Astellas Pharma
ATA Investment Group
Australian Trade Commission
Avon Turkey
Beaulieu International Group
British Consulate-General Istanbul
Carnegie Europe
Clifford Chance
Credit Suisse
Dogan Group
Dow Chemical
Dow Jones
Ernst & Young
Finans Bank
Garanti Bank
IFC Worldbank
Invest AD
Istanbul University

M&C Saatchi
Morgan Stanley
Nec Telecommunications
Oger Telekom
Philip Morris
Philips Electronics
Serco Group
SOCAR Enerji
Takasbank Genel
TAV Airports
Turk Telekom
Türkiye is Bankasi
UK Trade & Investment
DLA Piper
Ziraat Bank

...and many more


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“Excellent event with top quality panellists under a good debate environment; addressing the right topics from economics to politics.”

-          Zekeriya Ozturk, Founder of iRes Independent Research & Advisory

“Excellent opportunity for an update on recent developments and assessment of the political and economic situation of the country.”


-          Winfried Nau, Director Turkey / Middle East of DEG



“Another excellent event by the FT.”


-          Sinan Ozcan,  Regional Director of UK Export Finance (ECGD)



"It is an excellent platform to exchange views for the professionals. You should continue in this direction next year as well."


-          Farhat Arslaner, Chief Economist of Borsa Istanbul (Istanbul Stock Exchange)


"It was a high level platform to analyse Turkish economy and legislative framework."


-          Muzaffer Basaran, General Manager of Teyo foreign Trade and Investment Corporation


"One of the best in my entire professional career."


-          Erhun Baş, Vice President, Head of Public and Economic Affairs of Ericsson Turkey



"Impressive speakers and very topical approach, I have learnt a lot today."


-          Mark Brown, Director of Clarity Professional Development



"I met a lot of useful contacts, and did do some good work, for which I'm grateful. Also appreciated the hard work done by the staff."

-          Anonymous 



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