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Dr. Yarman got his BS’ from the Technical University of Istanbul, Department of Electrical Engineering in 1978. He has completed his graduate work in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Department of Nuclear Engineering: MS-1982, PhD-1984; performing part time teaching and Research Assistantships; attending Technology Assessment, Political Science, Macroeconomics classes. 

Back to Turkey in 1984, he joined Department of Electrical Engineering in Anatolian University as Assistant Professor until 1986.

He started working as the Planning Manager in the Incorporation of Savronic Inc. fully owned by STFA Group and gradually promoted to Managing Director of the company. He also lead defense investments of the Group in activities such as defense electronics (Fire Control Systems, Secure Communication), Military Ship Building, Missiles,  Engineering Services. He was also involved in strategic telecommunication network projects of Turkey.  He also worked as the  Deputy Chairman of the Board of Defense Technology and Engineering Inc..  He became the Deputy General Manager of Havelsan in 1999 for two years.  In this period he served also as a board member in Thompson Radar Inc. and Thomson High Technology Inc.
He is the General Manager of Havelsan since 2003.

Dr. Yarman  has numerous publications analyzing the national and international trends in defense industry, critical technology plans, energy policies and defense electronics.

Microsoft / Office and Information Worker Business Group Lead
Cloud Computing and the Future of Productivity
Onur Gorur is the Office and Information Worker Business Group Lead at Microsoft Turkey. He is responsible for developing and execution of local strategies for Microsoft business productivity solutions such as communication and collaboration, project management and cloud services. He has been working for Microsoft Turkey for the last eight years. Gorur has a B.Sc. degree of Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul University and an MBA degree from Sabanci University. He was born in 1979, is married and have one daughter.

Prof. Levent AKIN
Bogazici University Engineering Faculty / Dean
Cerberus (RoboCup) Project
He is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Engineering at Bogazici University and Dean of Engineering. He has a BS degree from Istanbul Technical University Department of Aeronautical Engineering and MSc and PhD degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Bogazici University. He is an expert in artificial intelligence applications and robotics and has more than a hundred scientific publications. He has established the intelligent robotics group in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He has led the teams participating in RoboCup competitions since 2001. He is a member of the Executive Committee of RoboCup since 2005. He is the General Chair of RoboCup 2011 which will be held in Istanbul in July 2011.

Ministry of Transportation / Deputy Secretary
A Privatization Success Story in Turkey : MOVIS (Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations) ProjectTalat AYDIN was born in Erzincan in 1961. He completed his primary school, secondary school and high school in (Technical High School – Department of Machinery), graduated as an Mechanical Engineer from Erciyes University and was granted MSC Degree in the field of mechanical engineering at Gazi University. Talat AYDIN, who has intermediate level of English, is married and has 3 children.

E-Government Consultant of Prime Ministry
E-Trade Project for Exporters
Mr. Mehmet Recep Usalan is an e-government advisor in the Prime Ministry. He has started his career as a forecaster in the General Directorate of Meteorological Affairs (1984) after graduating from the Meteorological Technical High School in Ankara. After graduating from the International Relations department of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Ankara University, he also completed studies in the European Communities Research Center of the same university. He has worked as the Parliament Advisor in the Grand National assembly between 1993 and 1995. He has worked in the General Coordination Unit of eCommerce during between 1996 and 2002. He has graduated from Heinz School of Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 and did his master degree in the Public Management. He obtained his other master degree from International Economics Program of Gazi University in Ankara. Mr. Usalan has been working in the Prime Ministry’s prioritized e-Government project since 2007 and has been coordinating two projects: Online Company Registration and Cross-border eCommerce Projects. He is also engaged in legislative coordination of e-government projects. Mr. Usalan has been actively involved in e-Turkey and e-Transformation Turkey projects. He has worked as a member of e-Commerce Coordination Board. He also was the country manager in the UN e-Mediterranean Project (2003) and the member of the UN eDocs Advisory Board (2004). He was the institutional contact point for 6th and 7th Framework Programs of the EU. He writes monthly articles named as “Transformation Wind” in the Istanbul Ticaret Gazette of the Istanbul Chambers of Commerce.

Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICOC) / EU&International Cooperation Department
“Training SMEs on e-Commerce (KOBETIC)” Project
He was born in Istanbul in 1981. He graduated from the Department of International Relations at Fatih University in 2004. He participated to various international student congresses organized in different European countries. He worked as Correspondent at the Department of Foreign News in Aksiyon: Weekly News Magazine in 2004-2005. He finished his Master Programme at the Department of European Politics and Policies at Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium in 2006. After his military service, he started to work at the EU&International Cooperation Department in Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICOC) in 2007. Whereas he is still working in ICOC, he studies his second Maser Programme at Business Administration Department in İstanbul Commerce University.

Koray İnşaat / General Manager

He was born in 1971. He graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering in Istanbul Technical University. He completed his master degree in ITU Project Management and Construction Management Department. He began his professional career in STFA which is one of Turkey's major construction companies. In 1997, he started his career in Koray Construction Company.

In Koray Construction, he first served in “Akbank 2000” project and afterwards in Sabancı University project.  Following these projects, he served in various positions such as a Deputy Project Manager of Kasaba Project which is one of the most exclusive and prestigious residential project of Istanbul.

In 2004, he was appointed as Deputy General Director of Koray Construction. Since 2006, he has been the General Director and also Board Member of the Company and since 2010, he is also Board Member of YKS (Yapı Kredi Servis) Tesis Yönetim Hizmetleri A.Ş.

He is married and has two children.

Alpaslan OZLU
Akbank / Vice President IT
A Discussion on the Sourcing of Transformation
Mr. Alpaslan Özlü obtained his Masters degree from METU Computer Engineering in 1980. He started his career at Pamukbank in 1982. He worked as IT Manager at Egebank in 1987; IT Department Head at TEB in 1988; VP of Application Development and General Manager at Bilpa, technology company of Yapı Kredi Bank in 1991. He served as Executive VP at Yapı Kredi Bank between 2000 and 2004. He has been the VP of IT at Akbank since 2006.

Şekerbank/ Vice President
Project Management and Y Generation
Tanol Türkoğlu has an IT management experience for more than 20 years and currently acts as CIO of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. since 2002. At Şekerbank he has successfully delivered several multimillion dollars projects which resulted in not only delivering a customer oriented, measurable and multi channel banking suite but also in aligning IT services with the bank’s business processes. These projects are remarkable due to fact that different sourcing models needed to apply (eg. fully in-house, partial in-house mixed outsourced, with local and/or international bodies). Until Şekerbank, Türkoğlu has worked in two national banks, namely Yapı Kredi and Iktisat Bank, for more than ten years, during which period he delivered alternative delivery channels, centralised operations infrastructure, and helped form a project office, one of the first examples in Turkey. Besides he has been an active columnist and writes about internet, technology and digital culture on his weekly column for a national newspaper, namely Cumhuriyet (with the column name Ooof Off Line), and about CRM on a national 3-monthly magazine, namely PI – Pazarlama İletişim Dergisi (with the column name MIY Uygarlığı Efsaneleri). His recent columns have been published as his second book, called Dijital Kültür, in October 2010.

A Privatization Success Story in Turkey: MOVIS (Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations) Project
Naci Başerdem was born in Aksaray in 1957. He completed his primary and high school education in Konya and graduated from Boğaziçi University Business Administration Faculty. He had carried out managerial responsibilities in several Turkish and multinational companies at different levels and posts. He was in the team during the establishment process of NTV (Turkish news TV channel) and held CFO position in Dogus Media Group. He was involved in the restructuring process of Tansas (supermarket chain in Turkey) and joined Dogus Construction Group after the share transfer to Migros. He has been continuing the CEO position of TÜVTURK which is a joint venture company of Turkish Dogus, German TÜVSUD and English Bridgepoint since 2008.

Jean Gabriel FLANDROIS
Gide Loyrette Nouel Istanbul/Partner
Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions
Jean-Gabriel Flandrois is a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel’s M&A Department and currently the head of the Istanbul office. His areas of expertise mainly cover direct investments (mergers, acquisitions, privatisations, etc.) in listed or non-listed companies, in France and abroad. He has gained much experience in the acquisition and restructuring of banks and other financial institutions and in the coordination of cross-border transactions.  He has also been involved in a number of private equity transactions.

Goktug GUR
Schneider / Vice President
Project Management Soft Skills

Göktug Gür was born in 1971,in Erzurum. He was graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Electrical and Electronic, department of Electrical Engineering. He has Masters Degrees from Marmara University and The University of Maine, Contemporary Business Management. He is highly organized, result oriented and cross cultural with several years experience. He has membership in management board of Schneider Electric Turkey. His k ey achievement in his recent position is Post Integration of Areva D and set up of Energy BU He is head of Energy Efficiency and Turkey Project and Engineering Management Center in Schneider.

Patrick MILLER
Johnson Controls / Vice President IT Europe & Africa Head Quarters - Building Efficiency
Building Multinational Teams

Belgin ERTAM
Microsoft- VP Human Resources
Human Resources Management in Multinational Projects
Belgin Ertam is in professional work life for 14 years. She studied on Labor Law and Industrial Relations at Istanbul University. She also has a Leadership Development Diploma from Harvard University. She started her career at DHL Express in Customer Services Department then she moved to the HR Department. After taking different responsibilities and positions within HR, she was appointed as HR Director. During her career in HR, her department has been awarded many times on performance management, recruitment and finally “Best Employer in Turkey and also the "Top 5 Best Employers Award" in Hewitt Survey in Central Eastern Europe. Belgin has been working for Microsoft since February 2008, as the HR Lead for Microsoft Turkey. Microsoft Turkey has been awarded as the Best Employer at IT Industry. Belgin Ertam is married with one child.

Greenpeace / Mediterranian Executive Director
Green Project Criteria and Project Development in International Environment

Uygar Ozesmi, started to work on nature conservation at a very early age and received 3 TUBITAK awards during his studies on Ecology at Kayseri High School of Science. Soon after the graduation from Middle East Technical University he earned his Environmental Sciences Master’s degree from Ohio State University where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. He did his PhD on Conservation Biology, minoring in Development and Social Change at the Minnesota University as a MacArthur Scholar. Accepting the invitation of Erciyes University, he returned to Turkey in order to found the Environmental Engineering Department. As an academician during 7 years in Erciyes University, he had many PhD and Masters students.He has been very active in civil society, starting as one of the leading figures in forming Ankara Bird Watch Community in 1990 and afterwards he was the founding president of Doğa Derneği. He was a member of the Steering Committee of UNDP-GEF/SGP, and did the Biological Diversity Civil Society Capacity Development Plan for GEF. He worked towards the founding of the Black Sea Nature Protection Federation KarDoga with TURCEK where he served for 3 years as a board member. He is a founding member of Civil Society Development Center and is still in the Board. He has been elected as a board member for CIVICUS in 2010. In 2004, he moved to New York in order to work for UNDP-GEF/SGP as Environmental Specialist in International Waters, Land Degradation and Persistent Organic Pollutants. Then he returned to Turkey following the invitation from TEMA Foundation where he worked as the Executive Director from 2006 to 2008.

Dr. Uygar Ozesmi, who works for Greenpeace Mediterranean as the Executive Director has more than 90 scientific publications.

His book “Forbidden Fruit: Exodus from Hell” has recently been published.

Proje Yonetim A.S. / Chairman of the Board
A Privatization Success Story in Turkey: MOVIS (Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations) Project

Haluk Dogancay was graduated from Galatasaray High School and Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture. He completed his masters degree on Building Programming in the same University. Dogancay has more than 30 years of professional experience in construction projects and investment consultancy. He started his career with Emek Construction in various investment projects as site engineer and site manager. He has taught as an academician in Ankara State Architecture and Engineering Academy.

He has served in a satellite town project in Libya and Galleria, Ataköy Marine and Holiday Inn Hotel Projects. He has established PY Consulting International with his colleagues in 1989. He has also established Servis Hizmetleri, Swanke Hayden Connell Project, Platform Information Management, Alaçatı Investment and Business. He has taught Information Technologies lecture in Mimar Sinan University Project Management Postgraduate Program Strategic Planning lecture in Istanbul Technical University Real Estate Development Postgraduate Program.He has developed the “” and “Phoenix-New Millenium Project Manager” training program. Since 1989, Dogancay has worked in planning and execution phases in investment projects. He is still serving as the Executive Board President of PY Consulting International, Yönetim Servis Hizmetleri and Platform Information Management.

Aselsan / Communication and IT Group Professional Communication Systems Program Director
Managing Customer Expectations in Multinational Projects
He was born in Eskişehir in 1963. He received his undergraduate degree from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the Middle East Technical University in 1985 and his master’s degree from the same department in 1988.
He began his professional career as a Hardware Designer at the R&D Department of Aselsan in 1984. He worked in the wireless design projects from 1984 until 1988. Later, he worked as a Systems Engineer in the “Trunk Wireless System Project” developed by Aselsan. From 1991 until 1993, Bayız participated in the master plan preparation processes for the TAFICS and TASMUS projects undertaken by the Turkish Armed Forces. After 1993, he managed the design team which designed and produced the 1919 and 1920 GSM mobile phones at Aselsan. 
From 2000 until 2002, he worked in the Electronic Warfare-Proof Wireless Link project which was a part of the TASMUS project and co-developed with Bilkent University.  Bayız worked as engineer in various system projects from 2002 onwards. In 2006, he was appointed as the Professional Communication Systems Director at Aselsan, a company which is also active in the field of Public Safety Communication Systems. 
Bayız still continues in his position as Director.  He is married with two children.


Experteam /Co-Founder
Migrating Europe to 2010

After graduating from the Department of Management Engineering of Istanbul Technical University, Mr. Alpcan has worked in the areas of sales, production and purchasing in various industries. While continuing his professional career as a Baan Enterprise Resource Planning Consultant, Alpcan joined the Experteam Consultancy Services as a founding partner and assumed the position of Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Software Consultant. So far, he has successfully completed various projects at leading companies in Turkey such as Petrol Ofisi, Sanko, Garanti Bank, Vakıfbank. At Experteam, Akcan currently serves as the Support, Improvement and Infrastructure Manager at Johnson Control Inc. Europe and Technical Project Manager at Oracle R12 Global Implementation Project.

DHB Consultancy for Healthcare Strategies / Co-Founder
Management of Social Responsibility Projects and Being Result-Driven in Health Care Sector- EU Project -Case Study
Aydin Dortok MD has come back to Istanbul in October 2009 after 15 years of ex-pat life at Novartis, where he worked for almost 20 years in total. He established the new ‘’Healthcare and Wellness Strategic Consulting’’ division of Bersay, which offers the clients consultancy on external relations, stakeholders management, patient advocacy, public affairs, public relations and corporate communications. Aydin, in his last position between 2006-2009, established and managed the newly created External Affairs Department of Region Europe of Novartis Oncology and also worked as a member of the Steering Committee of Europe. In this position, he was responsible for Novartis Oncology’s external relations with stakeholders with an interest in health policy and cancer. These included the European institutions, governmental bodies, academic institutions, policy experts, think tanks, key opinion leaders, patient advocacy groups and the media. In that period he extended his department by adding communications, market access and pricing. He spent significant time in Brussels and involved in various EU projects where he represented EFPIA and EuropaBio. He has around 10 years of international and local experience in the above mentioned disciplines and has various corporate and presidential awards in his previous company.Aydin holds a Medical Doctor Degree and a postgraduate degree in Business.


Siemens - pm@Siemens Coordinator
Project Management Career Path
She was born in İstanbul in 1976. She completed primary and secondry schools in Adana and gratuated from METU Food Engineering department in 1999. After graduation, she worked in food and pharmaceutic packaging company as a Quality Assurance Manager between 1999-2004. Then she started to worked in Bureau Veritas as a quality, environment, health & safety and food satefy system standards auditor, consultant and trainer between 2004 to 2006. After BVQI, she joined to Siemens in 2006. First she has been responsible for Change and Quality Management in sector healthcare then she will be appointed as QM Director in 2008. Now, she is responsible for deploying business excellence strategies and governance of PM@Siemens for Siemens Turkey. She is Quality Award assessor both in EFQM in Europe and KalDer since 2008.

IBM / Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager
Corporate Service Power Project
Burçak Semerci started her professional career as a consultant on European Union Development Projects for Bosphorus Consulting in 2004. She provided consultancy services for various non-governmental organizations and SMBs with respect to accessing and using EU funds. During the time she was in USA, she carried out projects concerning “Strategic Funding Models” and “Marketing Plans for NGOs”. Since 2008, Semerci has been carrying out IBM’s global corporate citizenship projects in Turkey as Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager at IBM Turk. Semerci graduated from the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University as a high honor student and completed a master's program in International Development Management from the George Washington University in USA with a Fulbright scholarship.

Citibank / EMEA Consumer Technology Platform Manager
Project Management in Virtual Environment
Born in1968. Got his BA degree in Computer Science of Bogazici University in 1991 and got his MBA from Sabanci University. Is Vice President at Citibank and works as Platform Support Head in EMEA Consumer Technology .Since 2007, is a board member of TBD, Informatics Association of Türkiye, Istanbul and a member of the Advisory Board of Sabanci University. Is married and has a daughter.

IRM / Deputy Chairman
Emerging Risks / How to Build Resilient Business Strategies?
Chris started his career as a Royal Navy Officer and after leaving the Navy in 1981 worked as a loss adjuster in London, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, travelling through most of the Asia Pacific region. He moved to risk management and loss prevention in 1997, working for CURM in Singapore, returning to the UK as Managing Director in 1999 and overseeing the acquisition of the business by Thomas Miller. In 2007 he moved to HSBC to develop their global captive business. Since Marsh acquired HSBC Insurance Brokers in 2010, Chris has been providing a range of Risk Management, Risk Financing and Change Management consultancy work for assorted clients. He lectures, presents and authors regularly on Risk Management issues.

Anthony EVE, PMP, MAPM, Prince 2 Practioner
BMC/ Senior Partner, Group Director
Optimising Project Management in Multinational Projects

Mr. Eve specializes in the design and implementation of project/program management systems with a particular strength in the people development areas of this discipline as well as management of complex change programs. His professional career of more than twenty five years' within the Aerospace, Cargo, Engineering, Facility Management, Manufacturing and Transportation industries includes 15 years with three major blue chip companies, British Airways, BAE SYSTEMS, and Airbus where he has led a variety of multi disciplinary teams in project and change management initiatives. One of his more notable activities includes the harmonization, integration and development of the Airbus Project Management System following the merging of the company into a single organization.

Akbank / IT Program Manager
A Discussion on the Sourcing of Transformation
Completed bachelor’s degree in Hacettepe University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. After completing system engineering training in NTT Data / Japan, worked as software analyst in Central Bank of Turkey until May 1998. Worked as analyst and application architect in Yapi Kredi Bank between 1998 and 2006. Anayurt carried application development unit manager position in Softtech A.Ş. (subsidiary of İşbank) until September 2008. Anayurt is currently working as program manager in Akbank Information Technologies, Project Management Department. Anayurt is managing IT projects and programs of banking applications on mainly treasury and investment areas. She is also in charge of treasury, risk management, private banking departments’ IT portfolios and relationship management.

Selnur GULUM
PPG Industries Inc / Senior IT Manager - Industrial Segment EMEA
A Journey in Project management Carreer through London-Paris-Geneva
I have a double major in Chemical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Before joining PPG Industries Kimya Ltd., I worked for K&N, worldwide leader in transportation & logistics markets. During this period, I was a system administrator, offering support on various NT systems. I worked there for two years, and then it was time to leave and look other opportunities. Then I joined PPG in 2000 as IT supervisor in Turkey. In 2002, I joined the Oracle team in Paris as Business Analyst for Costing. Between 2004 and 2006 I was part of and managed the Oracle Europe SBU support team in London. Late 2006, early 2007, I managed IT integration of the PMC/Ameron acquisition in the Netherlands and UK. Afterwards, from March 2007 to June 2009, I was the IT Manager in European IT Department, was managing EUR 54,000,000 budgeted European reorganization and restructuring project. I was reporting to the Business Project Director & Europe IT Director with management responsibilities of 23 project team members and in charge of the IT deliverables. In February, 2010, I took the Senior IT Manager responsibility of Industrial Segment SBU’s which covers Automotive, Packaging and Industrial. Business size of Industrial Segment in EMEA is almost 1Billion Euro sales in this Region. My main responsibilities are; Identify and prioritize initiatives for value creation; Provide project management skills for key business IT projects; Manage SBU IT Budget which is almost 15Million Euro.

Mubeyyet OZGEN
Emaar / Senior Manager - Lawyer
How to Reach Common Understanding in Multinational Projects
Mübeyyet Özgen is a 2001 graduate of the University of Marmara Faculty of Law. Beginning 2002, she continued her studies on a merit-based scholarship at South Texas College of Law in Houston, where she worked as a research assistant. She was accepted into the LL.M. in International Law program at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. Focusing on international commerce, project finance, corporations and negotiation techniques, she graduated in 2004. Mübeyyet is the first foreigner to complete an internship at the Supreme Court of Texas within the American Bar Association program. After graduation, Mübeyyet joined a boutique law firm in New York, advising clients on corporate and commercial law. Between 2004 and 2006, she worked at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership on mergers & acquisitions, banking & finance, contracts and real estate projects. Mübeyyet joined Emaar Properties Turkey in 2007, where she is in charge of all legal processes and manages the legal department. As Senior Manager – Legal, she provides general counsel on a wide range of issues, including real estate, banking, contracts, commercial law, consumer protection, and advertising. Her consulting experience includes risk analysis, strategic planning, business process design, dispute management and reporting to the Executive Legal Director of Emaar Properties PJSC and the Board of Directors on certain issues. Mübeyyet competes in local regattas in the IRC 3 class. As a volunteer runner for Adım Adım Oluşumu, she raises fund for Turkish Spinal Cord Paralysis Association’s electrical wheelchair project. She also serves as the Vice President – Public Relations for Istanbul Toastmasters Club.

Nordex / Project Management Office Manager
Renewable Energy Projects

After completing my high school education in 1997, I gained entrance to the Boğaziçi University. During my university years, besides the regular academic studies, I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the construction industry for two years by becoming a member of the Construction Club. After completing my undergraduate studies, I began my masters studies in Project Management with a scholarship I won from the Nottingham Trent University. I returned to Turkey in 2003 after completing my thesis on Risk Management. I began my professional career at the Çalık Holding as a Planning Engineer. I participated in the deployment of the ERP system within the scope of supporting Project Management Processes and worked in construction sites of the Holding in Turkmenistan during the commissioning stage of the system. After completing my military service in 2006, I continued my professional career in the Planning Department of Zorlu Energy Group. In my capacity as the Manager of the Planning Department, I participated in the construction phases of combined natural gas cycle power plants and wind farms in Russia, Israel and Turkey. I left Zorlu Energy Group in 2009 in order to turn a new page in my career as a Project Manager at Nordex Turkey. I currently serve as the Manager of the Projects Department of Nordex Turkey.

Murat Cem MEKIK
Freelance Consultant
Turkish Project Teams in Multinational Environment
MEKIK was born in Vienna, Austria. He graduated from Whitney Young
High School in Chicago and received his MS from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. In 1977, he started his career as project team member in Chicago, Ill., USA, working as draftsman in an engineering/contracting company. Although he studied medicine for a short while, he settled on his chosen professional path when he later switched to engineering and project management. Now, with 32 years at all levels and tasks of international project teams, he accumulated experience in all realization processes and stages of a project through initial conception to proposal preparation/submission and implementation. MEKIK is also an experienced trainer, having taught at universities, vocational schools, companies and as private tutor for over 25 years. Currently he is involved with the movement to promote “Project Management as an Emerging and Misunderstood Profession” in Turkey.


USA, Cathedral Hill Health Center Project / Senior Project Manager
Emerging Trends & Innovation in Construction Projects
Baris Lostuvali is a senior project manager with HerreroBoldt, a general contractor in San Francisco, California. Baris is a construction professional with hands-on experience on project management, estimating, scheduling, and virtual design and construction. Upon receiving his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey), Baris began his career with the renovation of Philip Morris Tobacco Factory in Krasnodar, Russia. He obtained his M.Sc. in Project Management at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). Over the past 14 years, Baris has worked on a wide variety of construction projects including preconstruction, new construction, and building renovations for healthcare, commercial office buildings and industrial facilities. Currently, he is practicing lean construction principles in CPMC Cathedral Hill Hospital Project in San Francisco.Baris is LEED accredited and passionate about incorporating environmental conservation and sustainability during every phase of construction. A trusted advisor to clients for the latest in sustainable design, Lean Construction and Building Information Modeling, he has developed presentations and publications on these areas.

Fonksiyon IT Training and Consultancy/Co-Founder
The Unknown Dynamics of Program Management
Hakan Aksungar has BS degree in Mathematics Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and Management Business of Administration (MBA) degree from Marmara University. He joined Yapı Kredi Technology Co. and worked as an application developer in the Product Development Department. After that he established and managed LAN Management department. Later, he defined and managed LAN operations and IT activities for Quality Assurance. Some of the projects he managed are IT infrastructure for Treasury Departments of bank, HQ LAN infrastructure, YKB Operation Centre’s LAN/IT Infrastructure in Gebze. Finally, he took part in managed the web based technological transformation of YKB branches, as a program manager in the Project Management Office.

He is a consultant who gives courses and consultancy in the following areas: Strategic Management, CobiT Foundation, Implementing CobiT, Methodologies and Applications of Project Management, Advanced Application of Project Management using Microsoft Project, Management of Information Technology Projects, Process Modelling and Process Management. He is a member of Istanbul Project Management Organization (IPYD), as a PMP, he follows the methodologies of the Project Management Institute (PMI) in his work, and considers PMI’ s discipline as a reference. He is a member of Turkey Informatics Association and ISACA Turkey

Yogurt Technologies /Founder
The Traces of 16th Century War Techniques in Today's Business Environment
Cemil and his friends at Yogurt, have been making products and projects at the intersection of marketing, technology and design since 1995. A pioneer of web technologies in Turkey, he was responsible for the first (corporate site, advergame, SMS marketing campaign, 3D video game etc.). He teaches his brand course, "cyberculture" regularly at various Istanbul universities. Since 2007, he is working on Yogurtistan, an online browser based 3D social network start-up which will be public soon.

Freelance Consultant
Cultural Differences in Business Life
After graduating from “FMV Özel Işık Lisesi” in 1983, she studied Political Science at Boğaziçi University between 1983-88, and later obtained her MBA at Wayne State University in 2000. She worked as a dealer in the Treasury Department of the T.Emlak Bank, and later as asssistant manager at Marmara Bank. She also worked for Tourama Tourism as a finance and marketing coordinator. She moved to Michigan,USA in 1996 where she continued her career at JP Morgan Chase and later at Fifth Third Bank as a credit analyst for commercial loans. She later joined the Royal Bank of Scotland as an assistant vice president in the commercial loan analysis group. She was a board member of TACAM (Turkish American Assocaition of Michigan), founded the kid’s club for them and managed various aspects of the association for two years. She also served as editor of TACAM’s monthly magazine for two years. She worked as one of the founders of the Peace In the World Initiative in Michigan and received the best volunteer award. She has traveled to 43 countries. She gave a seminar about India for TACAM, about different religions and faiths at the Robert College Alumni Club and is still giving cultural differences seminars in Kafika.

İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts-Director İstanbul Biennial
12th Istanbul Biennial, 2011
Bige Örer, born in 1977 in Istanbul, received her B.A in Political Science and Public Administration in French at Marmara University. Örer completed her first M.A. in communications management at the University of Toulouse followed by a second M.A. in sociology at the University of Toulouse II- Le Mirail. Örer, who is currently Director of the Istanbul Biennial, has worked on the coordination of cultural and artistic projects for the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts since 2003. Örer also works as an independent expert in the evaluative process of the European Union division for cultural funds. She has been acting as a consultant and a jury member to several cultural and artistic  projects. She is a member of the project 'Capacity Building for Cultural Policy in Turkey', and a member of the team writing the alternative Cultural Policy Compendium of Turkey. Örer currently teaches at Istanbul Bilgi University.

Arpat OMUR
PE (ret), PMP, PMI-RMP
Risks Faced By Multinational Projects
Arpat Omur is a graduate of İstanbul Technical University, Electrical Faculty. He has started his career in local projects, working for Turkish and US managed companies (Mobil Oil operated ATAŞ, Foster Wheeler Turkey, and TPAO) in different project positions. In US, he has obtained professional engineer certificates and has worked on several overseas projects including several European and Asian countries, such as Netherlands, Slovakia, Romania, Japan and China. He has managed engineering, procurement and construction of several projects for various companies listed in the Fortune 500 category (Badger Inc., Stone & Webster, Raytheon Engineers & Contractors, Raytheon Netherlands Engr., Washington Group International, CSPI-CNOOC and Shell Petrochemical Co.).
He has been a PMI member for 20+ years, he has obtained his PMP and PMI-RMP certificates in 1991 and 2008, respectively. He has served as a member of Professional Risk Manager Certification Steering Committee. He has been active in PMI’s RISK-SIG group. Arpat Omur has training experience on project and risk management and has trained different groups in US, Romania and Istanbul (PMI Tampa Bay Chapter PMP Exam, Washington Group Managers at Ploiesti, Istanbul and Yıldız Technical Universities and Boğaziçi University) .
Currently he is providing risk management training for post graduate and construction management MBA students at Yıldız and Istanbul Technical universities, respectively, and providing consultancy services to US located PegasusTSI engineering company. He is the risk coordinator for projects at this company, which provides project and construction management services for both domestic and overseas projects.

Proje Yönetim A.Ş. Assistant Managing Director
Assistant Prof. Dr. Architect, Kocaeli University Faculty of Architecture and Design Department of Architecture
Aslı Pelin GÜRGÜN, PhD
Assistant Professor Okan University Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Department of Civil Engineering

Project Management of Pre-design Development Processes of an International Construction Project and Lessons Learned
Funda Karagoz Yildirim, completed her secondary education in Kayseri Anatolian High School and continued her studies in the Faculty of Architecture at the İstanbul Technical University. After completing her undergraduate studies, she worked, respectively, as the Kayseri Regional Architect with the furniture producer Istikbal Mobilya; the Finishing Works Supervisor in the Hilton Kayseri Construction with Almer Construction; and Project Assessment Specialist with the Kayseri Chamber of Architects. Orienting her career to the field of Real Estate Development and Valuation, she worked with Elit Real Estate Valuation, Inc. as Valuation Specialist in 2004. She joined PY Consulting International in 2005 as Real Estate Development Specialist and became a partner in 2008. Since 2010, she is a Member of the Board and Assistant General Manager responsible for Project Development. In this capacity she actively takes part in the development and completion of numerous large-scale national and international projects. Funda has furthered her education in the course of her career with the Real Estate Finance Program of the MIT in 2006 and an MBA from the İstanbul Bilgi University in 2010. Her fields of expertise include Strategic Planning, Investment Valuation, Real Estate Financing and Real Estate Valuation. She holds a PMP Certificate and a Real Estate Valuation Certificate from the Capital Markets Board of Turkey.

Ruveyda Komurlu, after graduating from Yildiz Technical University as an architect, has received her master's degree and Ph. D. in the same university preparing her both thesis about mass housing and their finance. She has worked in architectural offices and construction companies during her education and approximately for 10 years after her graduation, attending professional training programmes and gaining experience on housing market. She has been working in Kocaeli University Faculty of Architecture and Design as an assistant professor since 2007 lecturing about building construction, project management and quality management besides her administrative duties. She has presented papers on the same subjects in local and international organizations and publications. She is practicing a research project in her university studying earthquake effects on housing trends in Kocaeli. She is a member of ULI Turkey Young Leaders Group and Istanbul Project Management Association.

Asli Pelin Gurgun graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Civil Engineering in 1993. Same year, she started graduate studies at Bogazici University Department of Civil Engineering and earned master of science degree in 1995. She worked as project coordinator for constructions of residential buildings and gas stations in dfferent locations of Russian Federation and Azerbaijan at Lukova Construction. She continued her carrier as a research and teaching assistant at Bogazici University Department of Civil Engineering and completed Ph.D. studies with her dissertation titled as “Risk Management and Analysis in Construction Industry”. She participated repair and strengthening projects after 1996 Afyon Dinar and 1999 Marmara earthquakes, risk and project management projects supported by Tubitak, State Planning Organization and World Bank. Continuing her profession as manager for different project, risk and document management applications between 2002 -2009, she stayed at Northeastern University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Boston) as a visiting scholar. She has joined Okan University Department of Civil Engineering and been working as an assistant professor since 2009.

Akbank IT-Project Management Department, Project Leader
Using Metrics in Agile Project Management
Was born in Izmir in 1980. Received Bachelor of Science degree from Ege University Computer Engineering Department in 2002, and received a Master degree from Ege University Computer Engineering Department of Institute of Science in 2005. Worked for Yapı Kredi Bank Technology Management - Securities & EFT & Treasury department as a Analyst Programmer between 2003-2006. Worked for SoftTech Inc. - Securities Department as Software Analyst and Team Leader between 2007-2010. He works for Akbank IT-Project Management Department as a Project Leader on project management since October-2010.

Neslihan CAN
Tekeli-Sisa Architecture Partnership
Desing Management on Multinational Construction Projects and a Case Study
Neslihan Can was born in İstanbul in 1980. She graduated from Istanbul Technical University Architectural Faculty in 2002. In 2010, she completed her masters degree on Project and Construction Management Programme in the same University. She started her career in 2002 and since 2005, she is working as design architect in Tekeli-Sisa Architectural Partnership. Deva Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant, Habertürk Media Center, Sabiha Gökçen and Pristina International Airports are some of architectural projects she carried out design and design administration services. During the construction period of Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, she took part in architectural site supervision team, on behalf of Tekeli-Sisa Architectural Partnership. Since the Terminal was put into service, she is continuing to work on consulting services for the operator company of Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. She is a member of TMMOB The Chamber of Architects, IPYD and ULI.







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