Architects of Change

Architects of Change are an important building block within the Corporate Change Academy.

The CCA Architects of Change Platform, which brings together experienced business people who have proven themselves in the business world, provides a wide range of services that range from general management to personal career development. They apply the Fast and Simple approach to the works done by your companies and institutions to ensure Corporate Permanence and Agility.

We train Architects of Change within your company to ensure that a culture of continuous development during mentoring services and projects is sustainable over the longterm. In this way, we guide your continuing development towards Corporate Permanence and Agility.

Our Architects of Change

Prof. Dr. Adil Esen

Architect of Change

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Ahmet Ersin

Architect of Change

Dalyan Ahmet Ersin graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences – Department of Finance, in 1993.

Starting his professional career at Pınar Dairy Products Finance Department between years 1994-1997, Ersin continued his career with increasing responsibilities at Eurogold Mining Finance Department between 1997-1998 and Philip Morris Turkey Finance Department between 1998-2009, of which, last six months he served for Philip Morris Russia.

Starting from 2010 and still, Ersin is serving at Enda Energy Holding as CFO & Executive Committee Member. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Ersin is currently filling a chair in Board of Directors of several group companies. During his career, Ersin had the opportunity to gain experience in several fields of Finance, including but not limited to, tax accounting, cost accounting, treasury, transfer pricing, budgeting & reporting, capex, company valuation in food, mining, FMCG and finally energy sectors.

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Ahmet Kerem Kaymakçıoğlu

Architect of Change

Ahmet Kerem Kaymakcioglu, graduated from Middle East Technical University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences – Department of Business Administration in 2002.

Starting his professional career in 2003, joining Philip Morris Turkey Finance Team; Kaymakcioglu, served in PMI group with increasing responsibilities for more than 15 years. During his PM career, Kaymakcioglu gained experience in several fields of Finance; including cost accounting, tax and transfer pricing, budgeting and reporting, and pricing. In his last 2 years with PMI, Kaymakcioglu has served as the Financial Controller responsible for Egypt & Levant markets.

Following his long FMCG experience; Kaymakcioglu, moved into the retail sector, joining KFC Turkey in 2019. Kaymakcioglu, still serves as KFC Turkey Chief Financial Officer, and leads Finance, Supply Chain and Quality Assurance groups of the company.

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Ali Gizer

Architect of Change

He graduated from Journalism and PR Department of School of Press at the Istanbul University in 1991, and from the same university Master’s Program of Radio and TV in the Institute of Social Sciences in 1993. He worked as assistant lecturer at the same school. In his 30 years of professional life with his researcher identity, he is a manager and consultant for TRT, Diyojen, Akademetre, IkiYaka, PRNet, MetCap and Agromet companies; instructer for Yumlu, Koc Idea, and Kogem institutions; lecturer at Istanbul, Yeditepe and Bahcesehir universities; served as research supervisor at URYAD. Currently, he is serving as research and sustainability consultant with GTAlign London and AG Platform Istanbul, corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility consultant with SUCSR Sustainability Consulting, ZAY Strategy Management Consulting and EWA Corporate Communication Consulting. For the last ten years, he has been serving to many national and international companies that are leaders in their sectors on preparation of their sustainability policies and strategies, development and reporting of action plans and follow-up systems. He is a member of TUAD (Turkish Researchers Association), ESOMAR (European Society for Opinion and Market Research), WAPOR (World Association for Public Opinion Research), AC (Association for Coaching), TUGIM (Entrepreneurs and Business Mentors Association) and KALDER (Turkish Quality Association) and Board Member of BTBA (British&Turkish Business Association)

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Arif Nuri Bulut

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

Born in Ankara in 1953, Arif Nuri Bulut graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 1972 and from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, in 1977. He received his master's degree in Construction from Istanbul Technical University in 1979 and his master's degree in Business Administration (EMBA) from Koç University in 1995. He started his career in Tokar A.S. between 1978-1979. Following his military service, Arif joined Izocam in 1981 as Production Manager and then worked as Projects Manager in 1986 and Engineering Manager in 1992. Appointed as Technical Assistant General Manager in 1996 and as İzocam General Manager in 2002, Arif reported to Koç Holding between 2002 and 2006 and then to the JV of Saint Gobain and Alghanim Groups between 2006 and 2017. Then he served as Saint-Gobain Group Country Director for Turkey between 2017 and 2019.

Between 2005 and 2007, he served as Chair of the Board of Directors of İzoder, Heat, Water, Sound and Fire Insulations Association, where he has been a Member of the Presidents’ Committee since then. Since 2011, he has been the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Construction Material Manufacturers (İMSAD). He currently serves as an Independent Board Member at Türk Traktör ve Ziraat Makinaları A.Ş. and at Altın Yunus Çeşme Touristic Premises.

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Arzu Berk

Architect of Change

As a communication & corporate affairs manager experienced in both marketing communications and corporate communications management in Shell and Philip Morris International companies in Turkey. In addition to that, the stakeholder engagement experience has contributed and added value for the shareholders & stakeholders by representing the company in trade & industry association in EBSO, ESIAD, EIB, TOBB and TABA Izmir Brunch. The first national family business summit organization was consulted as the project director (TAİDER). She worked for İzmir ABİGEM (European Union Business Development Center), which was established to help SMEs increase their competitiveness in national and international markets and to develop their potential. After serving as the Corporate Communications Manager and General Coordinator at Kastaş Sealing Technologies respectively, Berk has been working as the Board Member and Coordinator to develop, implement and sustain Corporate Governance processes.

Over 20 years’ experience in commercial environments characterized by marketing communications, internal communication, advertising, revitalizing and/or new corporate and brand identity and start-up communication discipline in the company, sponsorship management, corporate social responsibility, crisis and issues management, media relations. Berk carried out various projects with public, private sector and non-governmental organizations. Berk currently holds different roles in NGOs supporting local and regional development.

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Ayşe Kırımlı

Architect of Change / Marketing and Business Development Coordinator

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Ayhan Güler

Architect of Change / Bursa Regional Coordinator

Born in Germany in 1967, Ayhan GÜLER graduated from Bursa Işıklar Military High School in 1986 and from the Air Force Academy Department of Aircraft Engineering in 1990 with the rank of Air Lieutenant. He worked as an airspace management / operations plan officer in radar and air operations centers for 9 years. In Izmir Air Language School Command; after a technical and general English instructor training in Texas Lackland AFB-USA, he worked as aviation and technical English instructor for 5 years. After a one-year service as radar operations training commander in Erzurum radar site, he was appointed as the Current Operations Supervisor at the NATO Air Operations Center in Greece for two years. In 2008, he was appointed as the head of NATO Radar Acquisition department at the Turkish Air Force Headquarters Logistics branch. Two years later he was appointed as the Head of the Turkish Air Force Operations Command and Control Section and meanwhile he was also the representative of the Turkish Air Force in NATO Air and Missile Defense Committee. In 2013, he was appointed as the Diyarbakır 2nd Air Force Air Defense Branch Manager. Ayhan GÜLER, who retired from the Air Force with the rank Colonel in 2015, provided consultancy services for 8 months for management and organization in order to restructure the TEKBAY company whose partnership structure changed in İzmir in 2016. As of June 2017, he is still the Business Development Consultant of Bursa Aerospace and Defense Cluster

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Erdem Eren

Architect of Change

Erdem Eren received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University after completing his secondary and high school education in Galatasaray and Tevfik Fikret High Schools.

He started it’s business life in the Medical Sector in 1995 and he continued to work in White Goods and Electronics Sector of the KOÇ Group Companies Arçelik A.Ş. and Beko Elektronik A.Ş. in the fields of Production, Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain, as of Engineer, Middle and Top management for 12 years.

Since 2007, he has been doing his own business and has been working on value-added product development, commercial activities and collaborations in order to meet the product and service needs of targeted GSM, Internet & TV operators, Electric-Electronic and White Goods compaines.

He has various memberships in Sectoral Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations due to the importance he gives to people, nature, animals, transformation, development, creativity and sustainable projects.

Their prominent knowledge and experiences within the 25-year of working life are; Company Management, Team Building, Partnership Relations, Trade Management and Collaborations, In-Company Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain and Purchasing, Logistics, Productivity, Crisis Management, Project Based Working Models, Business Development, Customer Relations and Cash Flow Management.

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Ergenç İneler

Architect of Change

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Erol Lengerli

Architect of Change

Erol Lengerli, TRAngels Angel Investment Network Co-Founder. Bogazici University, Industrial Engineering Faculty, graduate 1982. 18 year experience in IBM Turkey & USA as Systems Engineer and Consultant, IBM International Technical Support (IBM-USA) Specialist for Networking and Systems Integration. He installed banking, telecom and airline infrastructures. While working at IBM Raleigh NC, USA as Advisory Networking Specialist developed, authored and led IBM Networking Technical books, workshops, projects (Five IBM Redbooks). Additionally he led and delivered technical project materials, whitepapers, delivering hands-on education workshops all over the world (In USA, Japan, China, Malaysia, Brasil, Europe...). He also delivered systems integration courses as Masters Degree Instructor at Bilgi Univ. ‘Bilişim Hukuku’, Boğaziçi Üniv (MIS), Sabancı University and Bahcesehir University ( five years). Awards he appointed: Three times "IBM Technical Excellence" Award, a couple of "IBM Professional Technical Excellence"" Awards, "IBM Networking APPN Implementation and Integration Award" (One of the best implementations in Europe, presented by IBM La Gaude Lab, France). "High Quality IBM Mainframe-Network ATM/Router Project Award", in IBM ITSO Raleigh-USA. "World-wide Mainframe-Networking Integration Award", Worldwide Award, IBM-USA.

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Galip Arbak

Architect of Change

Galip Arbak started his professional career at Arçelik, one of the Koç Group companies. Between 1995-2005, he worked in production, maintenance, quality, purchasing , supplier improvement, plastic part design and product management units. From 2005 to 2009, he ran his own business on HVAC. In 2009, he returned to corporate life as being plant manager at Ulusoy Elektrik in Ankara. He started the lean transformation of the company between 2009-2012. After he structured HR, Quality, Production Engineering, Product Development and Planning units, company reached its top performance on operational efficiency and profitability during 2011-2012. By 2012 as being Technical Operations Director in French origin company Legrand, he initiated the lean transformation. In 2013-2014 the factory honored to be stated as Global Best Practice in means of Legrand Way – Legrand style of lean studies. In 2015 he started his new role as Managing Director of Production facility of Swiss owned Sunparadise. In the same year he founded the Turkish local sales company. In the early stages of his appointment he restructed the management team, production, HR, finance, product development and IT units. During ERP transition project in 2017, he combined lean transformation with agile techniques. In 2017 company ranked as 52 out of 1000 companies in means of innovation capabilities by TİM. Sunparadise won design award in 2017 by a concept door design in Design Week organization. During 2015-2018 Turkish local sales company increased sales output by 3 digit each year with the help of innovative approaches and lean sales and marketing techniques. Galip Arbak has been appointed as Managing Director of sales of UK, Benelux, France and Turkey markets since 2018.

Galip Arbak is graduated from METU Mechanical Engineering Department in 1995, and completed the MBA program at the same university.

In addition to being the founder of the concept of “Lean Blitz” , Galip Arbak applies tailor made solutions to transformation needs of the company. He also formulized “High Reliable Organization” concept to supply chain and management processes by unique methods. Since 2014, he has been transferring his experience in B2B Marketing to MBA students of Eskişehir Anadolu University.

Kemal OK was graduate from the Turkish Naval Academy as a Mechanical Engineer in 1885 and completed his Master's Degree in “Business Management and Organization” in 2000, “Commandership and Headquarters Officer” at the Turkish Naval Academy in 2003 and “Leadership (EDU)” program at the Sabancı University in 2016.

In addition to his military training, he received trainings from KalDer, TÜSSİDE and Lean Institute on subjects such as Change Management, Strategic Planning, Process Management, Lean Management Techniques and EFQM.

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Gönül Hendek

Architect of Change

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Gültekin Güldür

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

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Gürol Kurt

Architect of Change

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Güven Borça

Architect of Change

Güven Borça graduated from Middle East Technical University (Turkey), Department of Industrial Engineering in February 1985. His professional life started at İpek Tissue Paper, a joint venture of Eczacıbaşı and Fort James (USA).

In 1991 he moved to Colgate-Palmolive where he worked for six years, in positions from Brand Manager to Marketing Manager. He was Colgate’s instructor of global marketing training programs. Since then, he is making seminars, giving courses and writing articles on marketing and branding in Turkey.

Güven Borça has been working as Brand Consultant since January 1997. He is the founder and manager of Markam Brand Consultancy. (www.markam.com.tr ) Markam is the leader in its field with 6-8 full time consultants. Markam has served more than 100 Turkish brands so far.

Güven Borça has seven books titled “Can a Global Brand Bloom from These Lands?” (2002), “Behind The Ads”(2003), “Marketing Recipes”(Turkish:2004, English:2009), “Başka Akmerkez Yok”(2007), “Brand Management”(2009), “İleri Dönüşüm Kutusu”(2010) and Ballı Fındık (2018). He is married with two children.

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Hasan Murat Şakar

Architect of Change

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Hasan Egeli

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

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Hüseyin Yeşilbademli

Architect of Change

Born in Izmir in 1961, Huseyin is graduated from Bornova Anadolu Lisesi (Izmir Maarif Koleji at the time) in 1978 and then received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boğaziçi University in 1982. Starting his business career in energy department of Koç Holding Research and Development Centre (ARGE), he focused on optimized energy usage in industries. After the military servicing, together with a colleague, he set up his own engineering company that was representing Westinghouse Electric in Turkey in the field of microprocessor based programmable logic controllers. After about 10 years of successful serving the industries he started his 2nd term Koç Holdings managerial role (1997 to 2001) at Nakkastepe headquarters as the Manager of Energy Group by forming partnerships with global companies of energy sector. Meantime he contributed to the establishment of electric power trade and exchange mechanisms (state market clearance).

As from the beginning of 2004 till 2019 he worked at Heidelberg Cement as the Strategy and Business Development Director for the area Mediterranean Basin, Middle East and Africa, responsible of mergers, acquisitions, disposals and high level strategic moves of the Group. Heidelberg Cement is a DAX-30 blue chip company of Germany. During the 15 years at HC, Huseyin has traveled almost every country in Europe, Middle East and Africa and represented HC at various company boards’ level. His main role was to prepare the grounds for new markets with best mode of entry, negotiate fruitful partnerships and execute SHA (shareholders) and SPA (sale and purchase) agreements, prepare files for decision making and get approval from the company’s Managing Board (Heidelberg, Germany). He also has vast knowledge on global seaborne trade with a special focus on cement, clinker and cement-like materials.

As from the Q4 of 2019, he is part of a new initiative serving Small and Medium Enterprises whether they are in need of growth or downsizing, while mentoring on their medium term strategies as an advisor or a board member.

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Işıl Dinçer

Architect of Change

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İbrahim Dölen

Architect of Change

İbrahim Dölen has 20 years’ experience of responsibility for P&L as CEO and Business Unit Managing Director with outstanding leadership results in the service sectors, supply chain management, logistics and port industries.

Ibrahim is skilled in Strategy Development, Business Planning, Development and Execution, Supply Chain Optimization, Product Positioning and Pricing and Value Creation in complicated and competitive business environments. He stablished new related companies in Ukraine, Iran, Dubai, Holland, Kazakhstan and Germany to support the strategy and started up new business units to increase the wallet share of existing key customers; developed and implemented investment projects on time and within the budget of over 100 M$.

Ibrahim designed IT backbone structure, initiated change for a seamless digital company on operational, intelligence and presentation layers and created fully integrated management dashboard and system. He coordinated M&A processes and gained post-M&A integration experience as the Integration Coordinator of the international business unit after acquiring Balnak, a Turkish logistics company in 2011.

Ibrahim developed and led winning teams and won respected awards from worldwide and Turkish organizations. He resolved company culture by means of transformation projects like VoC, CRM, 6Sigma, Strategy Formulation Process and EFQM. He became the market leader in every company and business unit worked.

His personal characteristics are: he is result- and success-oriented, strategic, diplomatic, outgoing and easy to communicate at all levels, a team builder, process and product excellency, hardworking and an explorer.

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İnan Şahin

Architect of Change

İnan Şahin completed his undergraduate education at Dokuz Eylül University, Maritime Faculty, MBA at Bahçeşehir University and applied psychology at Üsküdar University. He is currently a PhD candidate in Engineering Management at Bahçeşehir University.

He started his professional career in the maritime transportation sector in 2004 and worked in various shipping companies.

İnan took a position in the procurement department of Enerya, a joint venture of STFA and Global Investment Holding, in 2006. He joined ASB Group in 2013 as the Sales and Procurement Director. In 2015, he was appointed Deputy General Manager. İnan is currently a member of the Board of some of the ASB Group Companies. He is currently the Deputy General Manager of ASB Group.

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Kadir Özgür Oğuz

Architect of Change

Kadir Ozgur Oguz has received his BAAS degree in Electronics Science from Marmara University in 2001 and graduated from Economics, BA at Anadolu University, and MBA at Maltepe University.

He has started his carrier as Operation Coordinator at Turkish Airlines in 2000. After completing 5 years in airline operation vertical where the punctuality and resource management is highly critical, he was assigned to a new position to revolutionize and improve Turkish Airlines’ ground service processes through re-engineering and technology between 2005-2008. He and his team completed 26 transformation projects in 3 years.

He took the role in the transformation of the Turkish Aviation Academy by leading two signature projects “Critical Job Functions Qualifications and Skill Management System” and “Transformation of Training System and Training Management System” in addition to many variable projects.

He resigned from Turkish Airlines when he was Training Manager and he co-founded Seven Gates Interactive Technologies. Since 2012, Kadir has been completed over 60 projects for SMEs that have limited access to technology and capability to re-design their processes and business models.

He is the CEO and co-founder of Further Corporation Limited that disrupts the airline industry by re-invention of the business model as a technology start-up.

He has multi-disciplined experience and expertise in disruptive technologies, problem solutions, product development, and international business development.

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Kemal Ok

Architect of Change

Kemal OK started his naval officer career as a Lieutenant at 1985 and retired as a Colonel at 2006 by his own request. During his naval officer career, he worked as a Chief Engineer / II Engineer for several mine warfare vessels of the Turkish Navy during the 1985 to 1995. 1995 to 1999 he worked as a Team Training Officer at Yıldızlar Naval Training Central Command, 1999 to 2005 worked as Human Resources Manager at Naval Command and 2005-06 Deputy General Manager of Human Resources at Gölcük Shipyard Command. Also during this period, he was the project leader of the Navy Change Management Project. The year between 2006 and 2018, he worked as the Training and Management Systems Manager at İskenderun Demir Çelik A.Ş. He also led many projects during these years such as Lean Transformation, ISO 50001 Energy Management, ISO TS 16949 Automotive Quality Management, ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems and Knowledge Accumulation, Emergency Management, Quality Document Management System integration, Content Management System.

Kemal OK has been performing Lead accessor/ accessor in National Quality Award processes since 2000, in the 2012-18 National Quality Award Executive Board and in 2018 as KalDer General Secretary. He is the Auditor and Lead Auditor of many Quality Management Systems. He founding Board Member and General Secretary of the RISK MANAGEMENT Association.

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Levent Alatlı

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

He was born in 1959 in Bandirma, Turkey. He graduated from Haydarpasa Boys High School in 1976, Bogazici University Mechanical Engineering in 1982 and Marmara University Business Management in 1989.

During 1983-1998; he worked as Project Engineer, Chief of Process Engineering, Investment Engineering Manager, Production Engineering Manager and Air Conditioning Plant Manager at Arcelik A.S.

During 1998-2001; he served as the General Manager at HSK HVAC company. He founded Elco Klima Ltd with 100% foreign capital and served as the General Manager during 2001-2007.

During 2007-2019; he worked as the General Manager at Koza Yonetim ve Servis A.S which is facility management company of Garanti Koza construction group. In 2014, he won the European Commission's International Innovation Award. In 2011-2014, he taught Building and Site Management as visiting lecturer at Kadir Has University.

He is the President of TRFMA, the Turkish Facility Management Association. He is also EuroFM's (European Facility Management Network) Ambassador to Turkey. He provides management, supervision and consultancy services in Building and Facility Management.

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Levent Sarıgözoğlu

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

Levent Sarigozoglu was born in Izmir in 1957. He graduated from Cınarlı Industrial Vocational High School in family business and technical education and after that Mechanical Engineering. He is a second-generation manager at SARIGOZOGLU, a car company founded by his father, Ismail Sarigozoglu.

Married with three children, Levent is a member of the Board of Directors of TEV (Turkish Education Foundation), where he promotes the importance of cooperation between education and industry. He has also opened a school, the Sarigozoglu Vocational Training Center, for whose students he provides an employment guarantee.

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Mehmet Ali Neyzi

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

Mehmet Ali Neyzi started his career at Koç Holding in 1980. In 1983 he moved to Arçelik, where he became Assistant General Manager for Marketing in 1994. In 1998 he transferred as General Manager to Ram and in 2004 he was appointed General Manager of Aygaz.

In 2008, Neyzi joined the Zorlu Group as Vice President of Energy. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Vice President of Vestas in charge of Turkey and the Middle East. In 2011 he became CEO of STFA Holding. In 2015 he decided to join the academic world and began his Phd studies in history at the American University of Beirut.

Mehmet graduated from Princeton as an engineer in 1980 and attended a program at Harvard on strategic marketing in 1997.

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Mehmet Bilginsoy

Architect of Change

Mehmet Bilginsoy has worked in multinational companies in Turkey and in the Middle East with his around 30 years comprehensive management experience by taking different leadership roles. He graduated from Physics - Middle East Technical University in 1988.

In 1990, he started to IBM for the Government and University projects, then became Senior IT Architect and got different sales leadership positions. With the start of Internet era, he became the Internet System Integration Manager, after 9/11 happening, he took the Sales Management and the Leadership of Disaster Recovery and Management Solution Services.

In 2002, he joined as the “General Manager” to Austrian company S&T after their acquisition in Turkey. He achieved the transformation to restructure the new company. After that, he lead another acquisition to form a new company, in consequence, with the merger he achieved the growth with international solutions and applications not only in infrastructure but also in ERP area in Turkey.

In 2009, he started his “CEO” position in German CompuGroup Medical after the investments in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He successfully achieved the merger of the acquired companies, managed the projects in the region especially in Hospitals, Doctors, Clinics by providing information system applications, managed the R&D team in Turkey to develop new applications according to the world standards and export to the region.

In 2018, he became the “General Manager” to Etlik Integrated Healh Campus of Public Private Partnership which will be the biggest Hospital in Europe and managed the establishment of the operation and maintenance structure.

In his professional life, he successfully managed and provided solutions to private and public establishments about management, organizational structure, M&A, Business development, PPP Hospital Projects, Health Informatics, Hospital Information Systems, Sales Automation, System Integration and optimization.

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Mehmet Hepkorucu

Architect of Change

He was born in 1965 in İzmir. He graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Geophysical Engineering in 1986 as the top student and in 1991 he graduated from Ege University Computer Engineering in the first place. Graduated same year, Turkey's first "Statistical Package Program" has written and presented at international congresses. He worked in a company of Koc Group for 22 years “New Holland Trakmak -Türk Traktor company, has worked in the Information Technology and Information Security area, which manages IT systems, the 27001 area of Turkey made its first industrial company in the IT Directorate. At the same time, he played an active role in the company's "Information Security" studies.

He later joined the İnci Holding family as an IT Manager and worked as the IT manager for İnci Holding - Inci Akü - İnci Lojistik and other affiliated companies between 2010-2019. Das-Smart Teknoloji A.Ş., who has been working as a founding partner in Information Security, KVKK, Certification and Auditing since 2020. He works in his company. He is also the IRCA Information security Lead Auditor.

During his business life of more than 30 years, he has realized IT and digital projects in many fields from production, purchase, sales, R&D.

At the same time, Cevdet İnci Education Foundation is a volunteer trainer, provides information security training in many different places, especially schools, and tries to raise awareness about information security.

He teaches Economics University in the field of Information Technologies.

In addition, Taider Family Companies are Northern Star evaluators.

Although he is overly fond of books, he also writes articles and transfers his knowledge to the Y generation representatives by coaching and mentoring.

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Meral İnci Zaim

Architect of Change

Meral Inci Zaim worked on personal leadership, purchasing, cost accounting, management information systems and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems following her graduation from the Industrial Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University.

Meral İnci Zaim started her career in Jantaş A.Ş, an Inci Holding A.S. group company. Throughout her career, she worked in various management positions in Inci Group companies. She was a board member for Inci Holding for 37 years. She has served as the President of İnci Holding A.Ş between 2010-2013 and as the President of the Inci Family Council and Assembly between 2003- 2005. She was a Turkish Industry&Business Association Board Member between 2012-2013.

Meral Inci Zaim, currently serves as the President of Zaim A.Ş., Remuneration Committee Chairman at Inci Holding A.S., Member of Cevdet Inci Education Foundation Board of Trustees and Member of Vodafone Turkey Foundation Advisory Board. She provides advisory services on the management and institutionalization of family companies.

Meral İnci Zaim, who speaks English and Portuguese, is married to Mustafa Zaim and has a daughter.

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Mete Karaer

Architect of Change

He was born in 1959 in Ankara. Graduated from Istanbul Kadıköy Anatolian (Maarif College) High School in 1976 and Hacettepe University Faculty of Social and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics in 1981. In 1978, attended some courses as a guest student at Manchester University, Department of Economics.

After doing his own business for a while, he was enrolled to T. İş Bankası Ankara Head Office Economic Research Department as an Assistant Specialist in 1982 and than became a Senior expert in 1983. Has many Economic researches and a study called "Tourism and Development" published by the bank.

In 1984, he was transferred to Mepa Merkezi Pazarlama Inc .as Foreign Trade Coordinator responsible for the Middle East & Balkan Countries.

He joined Ram Dış Ticaret Inc. in 1987,which belongs to Koç Holding, as the International Sales Coordinator . After working in the Middle East and Iraq markets for 2 years, he was transferred to the USSR (CIS) Department in 1989. Between 1993 and 2003, he worked in Moscow /Russia as Manager and Director positions in different companies like Ram Foreign Trade Inc. Moscow Office (Russia), Ramtorg Ltd. Company and Arçelik Beko Russia Representation Office.

In 2003 ,he returned to Istanbul Arcelik Head Office and started as a Sales Manager in charge of Middle East & Africa regions (MEA) than in 2008 Far East & South America regions . In addition to the Sales, Marketing and Logistics operations of all brands of Home Appliances (Beko, Grundig, Blomberg) to these countries ,he acted as the project leader of market entry strategies and establishment of local structures of Arçelik Group for ASEAN Region, India and Australia.

In 2012, he was appointed as Ukraine Country Manager to reconstruct the Country strategy and reestablish dealers network and assigned as the Managing Director of Beko Ukraine LLC.

Between 2016-2018 years ,Karaer worked as a consultant and representative for various Turkish companies in Ukraine. In 2018 ,he was elected as the Chairman of the Board of TUSIB (Turkish- Ukrainian Industrialists and BusinessmenUnion) in which he has been a member of the board since 2014. He has performed this task until May 2019.

He currently provides freelance consultancy on Export Development , Country Entry Strategies, Sales and Marketing .

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Murad Ardaç

Architect of Change

After achieving the Masters’ Degree in electronics engineering at the Aachen Technical University in Germany, he worked as researcher and lecturer at the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering at the same university and received his PhD in automatic control in 1988. Upon his return to Turkey, he worked at various functions within the Koç Group for more than 30 years. He started working in R&D at Beko Electronics, later focused on ICT at Koç Information Group and moved to Koç Holding in 2006 as strategy and M&A coordinator.

He was instrumental in the development of the Koç Digital Transformation Program in 2016 and has been leading the group wide program for 3 years. He was in the Board of ICT companies such as KoçSistem, Koçnet, Bilkom and Ultra TV as well as the innovation investor Inventram. Retiring from Koç Holding in 2019, he continues supporting Koç Group and other companies in their digital transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship efforts as senior advisor.

Dr. Ardaç also completed the Executive MBA program at Koç University. He lectured at Bosporus University in computer sciences, automation and business management, where he is in the Advisory Board for Industry 4.0. He continues to give lectures and speeches at different universities, NGO’s and companies, focusing on creating and developing awareness, competency and projects in digital transformation.

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Murat Özemre

Architect of Change

Murat ÖZEMRE has graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Aeronautical Engineering in 1996.

He started his career at ROKETSAN in Engineering Development department. In ROKETSAN, he worked for several national and NATO projects. In 1997, he worked in US Army Research Center as a ROKETSAN Representative. In 2000, he has got his M.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering and Executive MBA in Business Administration from METU. He joined STM Inc. (Defense Technologies and Engineering) in 2001 as Project Manager, responsible for Military Command and Control projects.

In 2005, he joined Arkas Group, as Head of Software Development in Bimar IT Services. He is responsible for system solutions that are mainly focused on Container Liner, Logistics, Depot and Terminal Management business lines. In the last 15 years Murat led several software development projects on Process, Technology and Organizational Change and responsible for management of software systems operating in 16 countries in Mediterranean and Black Sea Region.

He holds a Ph.D. degree with the thesis title “A Big Data Analytics Based Methodology for Strategic Market Analysis”. Currently, he is working as Assistant General Manager responsible for Software Development in BIMAR IT Services. His main areas of interest and work are, Digital Transformation, Big Data Analytics, Technology Management, R&D, Agile transformation and Culture, new approaches in software development.

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Mustafa Doğrusoy

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

Mustafa Doğrusoy is a business consultant for management, strategy and investment, and offers consultancy to companies in a variety of topics including Corporate Management, Corporate Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Institutionalization in Family-Owned Companies, preparation and implementation of Family Constitutions, as well as advising companies listed on the Stock Market in matters related to the Capital Markets Legislation. Mustafa’s services in corporate finance and consultancy include assisting companies in finding financial resources through foreign markets, project finance from foreign resources on sectoral basis, finding partners, company valuations, and mergers and acquisitions.

He is a member of the Executive Board of the Turkish Corporate Governance Association. As a guest lecturer in various graduate programs, he teaches courses on Corporate Governance, Institutionalization, Risk Management, formation, structure and functioning of Executive Boards, and strategic structuring of companies. He also has memberships in the advisory boards of universities. For many years, Mustafa has been a member in the Executive Boards and Boards of Directors in some of the reputable Turkish companies, and is currently serving as Executive Board member, Advisory Board member or as consultant to the Boards of Directors for various companies.

He is serving as Independent Board Member in publicly listed companies, including Doğuş Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş. (since 2014) and Garanti Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş. (2012-2018).

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Necip Özçer

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

His professional life began in food industry. He worked at Sabancı Holding Automotive – Tire group and then TUBITAK-TUSSIDE. He also worked as project manager in areas such as strategic management, culture, HR management, production, R&D, process management, permanent staff planning, performance management. Furthermore, he was the executive for the Project of creating strategy documents.

He gave seminars on various topics as well as being moderator and speaker in such meetings for sharing information and generating different ideas/strategies.

He successfully completed “Gestalt Coaching” program and participated in “Turkish National Innovation Entrepreneurship Platform”. He is the certified corporate trainer of Blanchard’s “Situational Leadership”. He is the author of two books titled as “Strategic Approaches /Küresel Yaklaşımlar” and “Creativity and Innovation in Management / Yönetimde Yaratıcılık ve Yenilikçilik”. Furthermore, he is the co-author of “Learning Organizations / Öğrenen Organizasyonlar”. He performed as an accessor for Environmental Management Systems, Quality Management Systems, Business Excellence Model (EFQM) and ISO (Istanbul Chamber of Industry) innovation model. He was also a board member in KALDER (Turkish Quality Association) for 6 years.

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Ömer Akif Yenigün

Architect of Change / Content Creation Coordinator

Ömer Akif Yenigün was born in 1972, graduated from Istanbul Technical University, department of Electrical Engineering and received his master's degree in Management Information Systems from Marmara University.

Yenigün has 23 years’ total professional experience (11 years at Arçelik, 5 years at Koç Zer, 5 years at İlbak Holding, 8 months at Kalder, 2 years at his own consultancy company Onomy.

Yenigün took positions of Quality Assurance Engineer, 6 Sigma Leader, Purchasing Manager, Strategic Planning Director, Purchasing Director, Management Systems and ERP Director.

Yenigün has high level competences in corporate development and transformation program management, strategic planning, ERP transformation project management; 6 sigma deployment (black belt), performance, process improvement, target deployment, knowledge and project management, strategic purchasing and supply management, cost analysis and cost improvement.

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Özgür Bekiroğlu

Architect of Change / Istanbul-Bursa Regional Coordinator / Business Development Team Leader

Received B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degrees from Middle East Technical University (METU). And Mangement Program for Engineers (MIYEP) from Ankara University.

The first 7 years of my 26 year career journey took place with close emphasis on quality assurance, quality control, business development, planning and system design and optimization. Beginning with the year of 2000, my main focus switched to international business development, export marketing and sales, channel management, product management and customer excellence and after sales servicing on a global domain. I found the chance to practice such disciplines in companies like Eczacibasi Artema, ECA Valfsel, Kale Group and Metair/Mutlu Battery Companies and had the chance to act as Deputy General Manager, Executive Director, Member of Executive Board and Counseller to Management Board.

I have experience in building materials, automotive, aerospace and engineering services sectors.

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Sait Demirbağ

Architect of Change

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Sait Tosyalı

Architect of Change

Graduated from Columbia High School, Tx-USA, Sait Tosyali received his BSc from Industrial Engineering and MBA, both from Bosphorus University. Played active role during feasibility, tender and management processes of M&A Projects of Koc Group Consumer Goods division. Assumed responsibility as GM of packaging, energy and land development companies. Acted as Vice Chairman and Managing Director for German based Linde Gas; managed operations in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Jordan, being responsible from multinational and cross-border M&A’s (2007-16). Appointed as of Sept 2017, as GM of Education Volunteers of Turkey (TEGV), has responsibilities as independent board member of Tat Canned Food and Yapi Kredi Koray Real Estate companies.

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Selçuk Karaata

Architect of Change

Completed post-graduate studies in the fields of business, finance and innovation management after his mechanical engineering undergraduate education. He has been working in the corporate system since 1991. During 15 years of this period, he worked at Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş. He took a role in the corporate banking team, afterwords acted as the assistant general secretary and managing the CEO Office, which is the equivalent of the general secretariat. He joined Sabancı University in the period following 15 years in the bank. Gave lectures in the field of innovation management. During this period, under the roof of Competitiveness Forum, a think thank which is the liason Office of the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, he prepared reports on leading themes such as competitiveness, innovation and nanotechnology for the private sector and took part in long-term projects. The reports were published by national NGOs such as TÜSİAD, as well as by the relevant units of the EU and the United Nations Development Programme. He was also responsible for the coordination of National Innovation Initiative and National Nanotechnology Initiative, civil organizations led by Sabancı University.

He has been working at Yaşar University since 2013. He established the R&D center and technology transfer office at the university, and built the incubation center. His current job is coordinating strategic planning processes. During the same period, he worked in TÜSİAD’s Innovation Working Group and Digital Transformation Working Group. He worked as an arbitrator in the SD2 project carried out by TÜSİAD. Continues to be the president of the Digital Transformation Working Group at EGİAD. Coordinated by the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly and Sabanci University, he has been providing mentorship under the INNOSUIT Programme to the private sector firms in order to establish an institutional innovation system.

His areas of expertise can be summarized as innovation management, future-foresight studies and digitalization. Karaata acts as a catalyst in the process of transforming knowledge into value for institutions and serves with team spirit in the processes of building the future of institutions.

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Selim Ergün

Architect of Change

Selim Ergün graduated from Kadıköy Anadolu High School, attained his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and his M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from The University of Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.

His career started in Unilever Turkey and continued in the executive leadership teams of JohnsonDiversey and GoodYear in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has formed, developed and transformed end-to-end Supply Chains of these multinationals in emerging markets, with a focus on growth and restructuring in mature markets for 16 years. He ran his own business with partners for several years. Selim has taken leadership roles in the executive teams and board of directors of various companies of Kale Group for the last eight years, where he has moved from operations into general management.

His professional experience covers Foods, Chemical, Automotive, Building Materials, Mining, Logistics, Defence and Aerospace sectors.

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Sertaç Ersayın

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

Sertaç Ersayin started his business career in 1989 in Demirdöküm, one of the Koç Group companies. Between the years 1989-2000, he worked as a manager in the Engineering, Technology Development and industrial design departments of Demirdöküm within the Building Products Group. After 2000, he worked as Design Director for designing and developing products for Arçelik, Aygaz, Beko, Altus, DD and other international group brands. In 2005, he became the Far East Director and was in charge of the management of manufacturing and marketing companies in South China and HK.

In 2011, he joined the Kale Group as Vice President / Design and Innovation. Mr. Ersayın graduated from Metu Faculty of Architecture, Department of Industrial Product Design, Koç University, Strategic Marketing, Coaching, Leadership and MBA programs.

He currently provides management consulting services with Re/form/ist Strategic Design and Design Development Services, of which he's the founder. He also serves as President of the Board of Directors of Industrial Designers Society of Turkey and Creative Industries Council of Turkey. He is Executive Board Member of Design Turkey and a member of the Creative Industries Assembly of Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

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Tamer Soyupak

Architect of Change

Tamer Soyupak received a degree in Economics from Istanbul University and also have a degree in MBA from Koç University in 1995. After completing his military service in 1988, he started to work in T. Emlak Bankası as a Credit Officer in Istanbul.

In 1990 he was transferred to Arçelik A.Ş.as the company finance supervisor. He became Finance manager in 1995 and Finance Director in 1999 at the same company. Mr. Soyupak moved to Beylikdüzü/Istanbul as the CFO of Beko Elektronik A.Ş. in 2005.

In 2007 Tamer was appointed CFO of Tat Gıda A.Ş. Until 2014, he was also Board Member in Harranova A.Ş. and Düzey Pazarlama A.Ş.

He then became a Management Consultant in TaN Management Consultancy, which he established himself. He provides specialized, objective advice with the aim of improving management capacity of the client company board, maximizing growth and developing business performance.

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Tarık Sarıoğlu

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

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Tuna Ercilli

Architect of Change

She graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Business Administration in 1991. After starting her business life in Pamukbank Treasury Unit, she took active roles in launching and managing units and branches of many domestic and foreign banks, including Dışbank, Bank Europa, and Deutsche Bank. After working as unit or branch manager in commercial and retail banking areas she worked at Garanti BBVA for more than ten years, in the field of private banking. Following her banking life, she continued her career in the financial sector at the Italian company Azimut Portfolio Management.

In 2017, she entered to the venture capital sector with a partnership in Boğaziçi Ventures. During the investment pursuit for the BV Growth Fund of which the company is the founder; she had close contacts with many domestic and foreign corporate and individual investors, from the Treasury to universities, from acceleration centers to private pension companies, from family offices to portfolio management companies, as well as many initiatives.

She has been actively involved in the establishment and growth of the BV Crypto Fund, which was created in the field of crypto money investment within the Boğaziçi Ventures company since the end of 2018. Currently, she is the general manager of the BV Crypto, which continues its life as BV Dijital Saklama ve Teknoloji A.Ş.

She has a CMB (SPK) Advanced Level License. Tuna Ercilli, who is a volunteer mentor of BUMED, has memberships in the Istanbul Blockchain Woman Group and the Women's Association in Technology.

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Tunç Atıl

Advisory Board Member / Architect of Change

Born in İstanbul in 1959. Gratuated İstanbul German Highschool in 1978, Boğaziçi University Mechanical Engineering in 1982. Began his businesslife before graduation in Hidropar, representative of Bosch Rexroth at that time. While working, studied Business Administration at night school in İstanbul University.

After his military service worked in Demetaş 1 year long and then founded Dinamik Makina together with his partner in 1987. In 1990 returned back to the company he began his businesslife, which in the meantime has been bought by Bosch Rexroth.

In 1998 he founded HKTM to operate as a sales partner of Bosch Rexroth Turkey, working still today in the field of motion & control technologies as an acereditated R&D center by Turkish Ministry of Industry. For the time being he is the Chairman of Board in HKTM, whilst being member of assembly in Kocaeli Chamber of Industry, head of Digital Transformation Comission and board member in ENOSAD Industrial Automation Association.

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Yavuz Soybakış

Architect of Change

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Yavuz Zaman

Architect of Change

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Yusuf Ziya Gündüz

Architect of Change

Ziya was born in 1954 in Istanbul. He obtained his BA degree from Ankara Economical & Commercial Science Faculty and continued his studies on HR & Business Management in London. In 1980, after completing his military service, he joined Shell Turkey. During his 20 years with Shell he occupied various managerial positions in Sales, Marketing and Business Development departments in Turkey, at Shell Head Office in London as well as at Shell in France managing Consumer Lubricants across Europe. After realizing an investment project in Russia for a Turkish-Russian JV in 2001, Ziya moved back to Turkey worked at the privatization of Petrol Ofisi as Sales and Marketing VP. In 2003, Ziya joined Yurtiçi Kargo as Managing Director, and served at the same time as cluster manager for Balkans & CIS countries. After forming a successful JV between Geopost and Yurtici, he left the Group and became the CEO of Aras Holding in July 2008. He played a key role in establishing various partnerships at Aras. In 2012, Ziya became the CEO of Multinet and worked for 5 years. During 2017-2019 he worked in Athens at the newly established Greek subsidiary of the UP Group called Up Hellas.

Since January 2019, he has moved back to Turkey and formed his own consulting company and started to offer various solutions ranging from board memberships to M&A, transformation and efficiency projects.

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Zafer Uran Zaman

Architect of Change

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