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Emre Kurttepeli

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Mr. Kurttepeli is the founder and chairman of Mynet Group, Turkey’s leading local internet media with over 26 million users.

Columbia University/NY graduate, he also has been the founder or the investor of over 25 internet and technology companies in Turkey and in the region, mostly leaders in their own categories that ranges from e-commerce companies to vertical social network sites, mobile and gaming companies. He is also the co-founder and partner of 212 VC Fund that invests into the Turkish internet companies.

Mr. Kurttepeli is currently the president of Galata Business Angels (GBA), premier angel investor network in Turkey, he serves on the Board of the Endeavor, Turkish Venture Capital Industry Council and Turkish Entrepreneurs Council. Besides being the founding member of Columbia University Global Center in Istanbul, he also is a member of Global Relations Forum, YPO and is a Ashoka Fellow.

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David Steakley

David Steakley is an Angel investor in Houston.  Mr. Steakley serves on the Board of Directors of a number of his portfolio companies including HeatGenie, Pervino, Inc.,  Salient  Pharmaceuticals and Vendor Safe.  He is Chairman of the Houston Angel Network and Board Member of the Texas Halo Fund and the Alliance of Texas Angel Networks. Previously, Mr. Steakley was a Partner at Accenture, serving clients in the financial services industry, for almost 20 years.  Mr Steakley studied Mathematics and American Studies at Williams College.

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Marcel Dridje

Marcel Dridje, a principle investor in Vaelsys, brings his rich commercial acumen and business development experience to the team. A seasoned European Sales Executive, Marcel has substantial field experience helping IT and Telecom startups in the US and EMEA. Marcel has a broad range of experience in all aspects of sales, marketing, communication and management with direct experience with Fortune 500 enterprises (IBM, Nortel, Lucent, Cisco, EMC, ALU) and startups (Quantum, Andrew Networks, Pluris, Corvis, Ascend and Airespace). During the course of his career he has held Vice President roles most notably as VP EMEA Corvis (first all optical router) where he grew the team and business to an outstanding success. Of French and British origin, Marcel launched his career after completing a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Science from Portsmouth Polytechnic. He walked away from his first position with IBM UK as an Applications Engineer greatly relieved to embark on a career in sales…his forte and passion. He hasn’t looked back since. Bi-Lingual in French and English with a working knowledge of Spanish, Italian, German and Arabic.

Two major highlights from his career include where he helped Airespace to be the #2 WLAN in EMEA market share and positioned Cisco to be #1 WLAN vendor worldwide. He also pioneered the French ISP Internet business while leading Ascend’s insertion into France Telecom Wanadoo’s first ISP business to include ISDNET, OLEANE and Internetway. Again not looking back, Marcel most recently left 35 years in IT and Telecom Sales to start his new venture as a Business Angel to help startups with seed money, VC connections and Business development. Vaelsys is one of his star ventures. A self proclaimed Serial Entrepreneur, Marcel loves new Challenges in sharing his 35 years IT& Telecom experience with new High-tech Start Ups Ready to expand their Sales & Mktg success.

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Juliana

Juliana is the Managing Director Houston Angel Network  (3rd most active network in the US in 2013) and a Kauffman Fellow. Juliana was the Manager of the Sophia Business Angels network in the French Riviera (EBAN’s Best European Angel Network in 2010) and of Antipolis Innovation Campus, the Business Innovation Centre in Sophia Antipolis, as well as Project Manager of several International Projects funded by the European Commission.
Previously, Juliana worked for 5 years in Singapore: first as an International Trade Consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain in a broad range of industry sectors and then as a Project Manager for the Asia Technology Office of Citigroup, leading projects both at national and international level.

Juliana obtained an MBA at the London Business School, specializing in Entrepreneurship and the EBN Euroleaders Award for Fast Track Access To Early Stage Finance in 2008. Juliana is President of one of Sophia Business Angels sidecar funds SBA ISF Holding and Expert Committee Member of Succes Europe (EBAN’s Best European Early Stage Fund 2010) as well as International Founding Member of Istanbul’s Galata Business Angels.

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Ayse Inal

Secretary General

Born in 1983 in Istanbul, she was graduated from Mef High School in 2001, and Koc University Economics department in 2006. She started her career in PricewaterhouseCoopers assurance department. She continued her career at Fiba Holding in Financial Reporting Department. Later in her career, she joined CNN Turk and Kanal D in Financial Reporting and Budgeting Department. She holds General Secretary position at Galata Business Angels since 2011.

She is the founder and the president of Koc University Economy Club. She is also a member of Business Professional Women Association. She holds the board member position in Koc University Graduate Committee.

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Alemsah Ozturk

Born in 1977, Alemsah Ozturk is the Chief Happiness Officer & Founder of 41? 29! since 2007. He started his career as art director creating websites for brands, earning awards. He quickly recognised as one of the top talents in Turkey and at the age of 24, he became the youngest creative director in Turkey. After becoming Creative Director, Ozturk spent his time honing skills and bringing innovation into market with different approaches. At 2007, he founded 41? 29!, a digital marketing agency which became one of the well known creative agency in the market in a very short time. 41? 29! Has won more that 70+ awards in 5 years with innovative projects. At 2009, He has been chosen as Endeavor Entrepreneur and his work is globally supported by the foundation. At 2010, he founded a social gaming company, a digital media buying agency and a social shopping startup Grupanya. In Turkey, Ozturk has won many awards and shortlists at local awards such as Crystal Apple … His work has been shortlisted at Cannes, Golden Drums and NewYork festivals. Recently, USVP John Biden has mentioned him as the global example of Turkish entrepreneurship. He is also very well known in social media with 40K+ followers on twitter and with his speeches, seminars at universities, he is the top of mind guy about social media in Turkey. Two years ago, Alemsah received his greatest award with the arrival of his twins Selim & Naz. Dividing his time between his twins and his companies, Alemsah still feels it’s just the beginning.

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Arif Akdag

Arif Akdag, founder of EKA GLOBAL (a network of companies spanning a variety of businesses) is a serial entrepreneur and an experienced venture investor with a seemingly endless appetite for starting new businesses.

Mr. Akdag joined Arthur Andersen’s Moscow/Russia (and later Almaty/Kazakstan) offices in 1992 where he worked for six years. Mr. Akdag was a member of the team that built Arthur Andersen’s Russian Federation and Kazakstan audit, tax and legal services practice.

He has provided audit compilations, performed financial, operational and internal control reviews for Arthur Andersen’s multinational, Russian, Turkish and Kazakh clients active in the banking, construction, manufacturing, oil & gas and hospitality industries including Menatep Bank, Troika-Dialog Bank, Coca Cola Bottlers CIS, Kempinsky Hotels Russia, Dow Chemical, Nordica Energy, Occidental Petroleum and Newmont Mining. He was also involved in many Russian and international audits, restatements, evaluations, diagnostic studies and due diligence reviews. Mr. Akdag audited The National Bank of The Republic of Kazakstan for two consecutive years and also assisted the European Commission Defense Conversion Program for Moscow Area.

Mr. Akdag left Arthur Andersen and focused on coordinating family-run businesses and assets in real estate, manufacturing, foreign trade and maritime industries.

Mr. Akdag initially concentrated on real estate development projects. He utilized local knowledge, overall international business consultancy background and an extensive network within and outside Turkey to source the best available properties for development. He established engineering, architectural, legal and accountancy teams with real estate, construction and investment experience and completed numerous real estate projects in historical districts of Istanbul and throughout Turkey.

In order to build an influential community of business angels, Mr. Akdag became an active member in Galata Business Angels and participated in local and international business angel forums and networks. Mr. Akdag not only invested in many innovative business start-ups but has also become one of the pioneering and leading business angels in Turkey focusing on technology-enabled services, mobile, internet, media, digital advertising, entertainment and advanced manufacturing industries. Mr. Akdag is dedicated to creating a sustainable and a nourishing environment for promising entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and he is continuously seeking new opportunities in emerging growth companies.

Mr. Akdag received his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, USA in Business Administration (major), Economics (minor) and Russian (concentration). Mr. Akdag is also a graduate of Robert College in Istanbul with honors and outstanding achievements in student activities.

He is fluent in English, Russian and Turkish.

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Burak Divanlioglu

Born in 1973 in Istanbul, he was graduated from Istanbul Technical University Architecture Faculty. After working as a freelance architect, he founded ARK Information Technologies with Serkan BORANCILI in 1999. Up to 2004 GittiGidiyor was administered by ARK. As one of the founders’ of Turkey’s most frequently visited shopping mall GittiGidiyor. GittiGidiyor was acquired by eBay in May 2011. Since then, Burak DIVANLIOGLU and the two other GG founders founded a company called iPara A.S., a new online payment solution for Turkey’s ecommerce sites. Burak DIVANLIOGLU is also the co-founder of UzmanTV, Istanbul.net, Timsah.com, Cimri.com, Markapon.com. He’s an angel investor in Pabbuc.com, Indirdik.com, Pembepanjur.com, Gideros Mobile, Setrow, Yenimoda.com and Sosyo.com.

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Cem Soysal

Graduated from Kadıköy Anadolu High School, Soysal received his BS degree in Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, MS degree in Computer Science at Pace University and completed a Marketing Management Program at Columbia University, USA.

He started his professional life as an Engineer in 1987 and from 1992 on he worked as IT Director in hi-quality fabric industry in the USA. He joined Istanbul Stock Exchange as IT Systems Group Manager in 1994. Between 1997 and 2002, he worked as General Manager of Vestelnet Inc., subsidiary of Zorlu Holding, which he turned into country’s second largest ISP, generating an annual revenue of $74 Million. From 2003 to 2005 he was appointed as Group President of Design and Production Companies at Teknoloji Holding. Following that, he became the Group President of Doğan Online Companies at Doğan Holding. Between 2007 and 2009, he worked as the Country Manager of Fujitsu Siemens Computers Turkey, achieving an annual revenue of $112 Million. Soysal has been the General Manager of Inventram Inc. since 2010, an early stage hi-tech investment company of Koç Holding.

He is the member of Galata Business Angels, METUTECH Business Angels, GYİAD (Young Managers and Businessmen’s Association), GM Club, Futurists Association and Rotary Fındıklı Club. He received “Top Young Platinum Managers of Turkey” Award in 2000.

Soysal was born in 1964, in İskenderun. He is married with one child. He speaks English and French.

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Erinc Ozada

Erinch R. Ozada is the Chairman of AZVA Overseas & Trading Ltd., a global trading, consulting and development company.

Mr Ozada was born in 1959 in what is today Turkish Northern Cyprus. He was educated on Cyprus until his mid-teens, when he moved to the United States. He completed secondary school in the United States (TC Williams High School, National Honor Society) and then attended Hamilton College (BA, magna cum laude, 1982, Economics and Political Science) and Columbia University (MBA, honors, 1984, International Finance). After successfully undergoing one of the world’s most vigorous selection processes, Mr Ozada, also in 1984, joined Goldman Sachs in New York, rising to become Vice President of its Private Wealth Management Division. At Goldman Sachs, Mr Ozada advised clients on asset allocation and portfolio management, and he managed discretionary investment accounts in excess of US$1 billion. He performed this work for select high net-worth individuals, family offices, and a variety of institutions throughout the world, including the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. At Goldman Sachs, Mr Ozada developed a disciplined approach to investing by implementing customized risk-adjusted performance review procedures. He also became expert at dealing with the needs and cultural differences which are presented by investors from so many backgrounds. Mr Ozada ultimately declined partnership at Goldman Sachs in order to remain in New York City and to use his specialized knowledge to establish his own fund management business.

In 1996, Mr Ozada founded Archery Capital of which he was the Chairman and CEO for more than a dozen years. Archery Capital was enormously successful and was for a number of years one of the most successful hedge funds in the United States based on its return to investors. Mr Ozada worked in every aspect of modern capital markets at Archery, with an emphasis on advising both family groups and institutional clients on asset, portfolio, and risk management. Mr Ozada was responsible for setting the overall strategic management, exposure, and asset allocation processes for the funds managed by Archery, which numbered up to the many hundreds of millions of US dollars.

Upon his marriage to his Turkish wife in 2007, Mr Ozada relocated to Istanbul and is now the proud father of two sons.

Mr Ozada has a long and distinguished record of professional, public, and philanthropic activities. He has been a regular speaker at hedge fund industry seminars, conferences, and roundtables, including events sponsored by Mar Hedge and Pension Bridge. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Hamilton College, speaking on a broad array of current topics pertinent to the financial services industry, with special emphasis on hedge fund and asset management sectors. Mr Ozada helps his students to understand these subjects in the wider context of world events and the impact of economic decisions on the development of societies. Mr Ozada was for a number of years a member of the Board of Directors of the American Field Service-USA, which is an organization praised throughout the world for its high-quality programs and its role in promoting educational exchanges so that young people may experience the world outside their own countries. Mr Ozada is keenly interested in education and fostering inter-cultural understanding, as he sees this as the best bulwark against the prejudices and misconceptions which so often lead to conflicts between peoples. So, he also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Turkish Philanthropic Fund which was organized to support charities in Turkey, in particular to promote and engender a renewed culture of philanthropy and community-building amongst Turkish Americans. Mr Ozada also personally supports and helps to educate various individuals, including young emerging artists. He has created the Ozada Scholarship which provides support both at Turkish schools and at schools in Europe and the United States. He is an active member of the Istanbul Bosphorus Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO/WPO), of Galata Business Angels (GBA) and is a founding member of Columbia University Global Center in Istanbul.

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Fatih Isbecer

While studying at Galatasaray High School in Istanbul, Fatih Isbecer went to the US in 1992 as an AFS exchange student where he noticed that the technology revolution in the United States will spread to Turkey soon. Upon his return to Turkey, Isbecer initiated his first internet venture, Pentagraph, with 4 other college friends while completing his degree in Physics at Istanbul Technical University.

At the age of 24, he founded his 2nd venture Pozitron. A company that now provides mobile software solutions for Fortune500 companies from Turkey, Middle East and Europe. In 2007, Isbecer’s success was recognized by Endeavor Global when he was selected as “Entrepreneur of the Year”. Later in 2010, he was honered with an invitation to “Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship” held by Barack Obama. Isbecer is also a member of Endeavor Advisory board and TÜBİSAD administrative board. He has also given speeches in well-established schools like MIT Sloan School and Stanford GSB.

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Ferhan Cook

FERHAN COOK, Co-Founder, m-Spark.org

Ferhan Cook’s digital and business career spans over 25 years of international business experience in technology marketing, international business development, creative event design and marketing, content publishing, and international content licensing and negotiations.

Ferhan recently co-founded m-Spark.org, as a virtual Accelerator and a web platform for start-ups, especially those that can be empowered and scaled to make social impact by using mobile and internet technologies as well as film and television. M-Spark wants to help build the emerging Impact Investing ecosystem in Turkey, and is committed to help social entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses through the use of latest digital technologies. m-Spark’s international advisors and supporters include, Ashoka Global and Turkey, The GSM Association Development Group, Nokia Asia, Orange France.

Ferhan Cook worked 11 years for Apple as head of multimedia in California and in Paris between 1983 and 1994, launching Apple’s groundbreaking innovative technologies around the world during 80′s and 90′s. She held positions in Education, Electronic Publishing, Multimedia Communications, and led international Apple teams to develop markets for these new products.

She left Apple in 1994 to establish her digital agency Mediaplay International, where she made many successful content licensing deals for digital publishers and game developers.

From 2000 and 2011, in addition to digital strategy consulting, Cook created and helped grow the digital conferences of MIPTV and MIPCOM Television and Interactive Content markets in Cannes, France to world class stature. She launched Mobile Television and Content 360 MultiScreen Content awards for 8 years, helping many producers find funding and international partners for their projects.

Ferhan also served on various industry juries such as the International Interactive Emmys, Korean GMCA awards, a MIPCOM Mobile TV Awards and the Content 360 Cross Media Festival at MIPCOM and MIPTV.

She was the Program Director of a Creative Festival called PICNIC in Amsterdam in 2009, and the host and curator of the TEDxSilkRoad conference which took place in Istanbul, in April 2012, which was about technology powered social entrepreneurship.

In addition to building the m-Spark accelerator, Cook is currently an active member of the Galata Business Angels investment group in Istanbul, she is an Ashoka “Co-Creator”, member of Turkish WIN association, and a mentor with the Social Change Labs at Özyeğin University, and a Jury member within Intel’s latest Social Business Platform in Turkey.

Ferhan divides her time between London and Istanbul.

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Firat Isbecer

Graduated from Robert College in Istanbul, Firat Isbecer received his BA degree in Communications and Journalism from Galatasaray University. Isbecer began his professional career in 2001 by preparing and hosting several radio programs on technology for Radio Kozmos in Istanbul. He also wrote articles on technology and mobility for daily Hurriyet newspaper. In 2004, he moved to Paris to receive his Master’s Degree in Geopolitical Studies from a joint programme by Universite I Sorbonne and Ecole Normale Superieure. After completing his studies in Paris, he began working as a research assistant at Ipemmed, a French think-tank. In 2006 he moved back to Turkey and became a Managing Partner at Pozitron. Since his period at Pozitron, the company grew 20x, won a business plan contest organised by Harvard Business School and awarded as a Fast500 Technology company by Deloitte. He also co-founded Pozitron’s constituent mobile marketing company Integmo and serves as a board member at lifestyle fashion brand Shakespeare In Love. Besides his work, Isbecer also has a TV and a Radio Show on football at a nationwide broadcast network.

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Dr.Haluk Elci

Dr. Haluk Elçi is an Angel Investor investing in seed, startup and early stage ventures. As a Financial Investor he manages a private portfolio focused on Turkish and United States stock markets. Dr. Haluk Elçi has a B.S. degree from METU Mechanical Engineering; M.Sc., M.Ph. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University; and an MBA degree from the University of Texas Austin. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center in the areas of robotics and iterative learning control for three years. After returning to Türkiye, he followed a professional career for 15 years in Management Consulting and Investment Banking having worked at senior positions in local and international firms.

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Melih Odemis

Born in Istanbul in 1976, Melih Ödemiş completed his degree in Computer Engineering at Boğaziçi University in 1999 and worked at Citibank Treasure Department. Concurrently studying his Masters degree in Management at Boğaziçi University, he founded yemeksepeti.com with his friends Nevzat Aydın and Cem Nufusi. Since then, Melih Ödemiş, has been working at yemeksepeti.com as Founder Partner and CIO. Yemeksepeti.com was chosen as ‘Endeavor Entrepreneur’ by Endevor Association Turkey Office in 2007. Melih Ödemiş continues taking places at different organizations to support entrepreneurship as an angel investor, besides having qualities of entrepreneur and manager. He is also among founders of Galata Business Angels as angel investor and supports entrepreneurs within E- Tohum foundation. He is also one of the founders of Food Banking Association.

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Kaan Boyner

Born in Istanbul at 1978 , Kaan Boyner is the CFO of Dore Group, specialising in textile and finance. Being a graduate of Austrian High School Istanbul, Boyner completed his BA degree in two majors, Economy and Computer Engineering at New York University and M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering at Columbia University. Kaan Boyner worked at Morgan Stanley -Prime Brokerage, NY and now, he continues his career at Dore Group. Boyner is currently a board member of Turkish Textile Employer’s Association.

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Nevzat Aydin

Born in 1976 in Istanbul, Nevzat Aydın graduated from Bursa Anadolu High School. He studied computer engineering at Boğaziçi University and after graduation, went to Silicon Valley to pursue his MBA degree from the University of San Francisco. There, he followed and analyzed the developments in e-business and in 2000, he returned to Turkey to realize his project “yemeksepeti.com”. Nevzat Aydın is the CEO of Yemeksepeti.com, which brought a new dimension into the e-business concept in the country. He is also a member of TOBB Young Entrepreneurs Supreme Board and the founding member of Galata Business Angels.

In 2004 and 2005, yemeksepeti.com was awarded “Best Website” prize in Altın Örümcek (Golden Spider) Web Awards, organized by Microsoft and DorukNet. Yemeksepeti.com also won first prizes in “E-Business” and “Services” categories. In 2006, yemeksepeti.com repeated its success by winning several new prizes in the same contest.

In 2007, Turkey office of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization that identifies and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets to facilitate and encourage long-term sustainable growth, announced yemeksepeti.com as “The Endeavor Entrepreneur”. The committee made its decision by evaluating the factors like entrepreneurship, innovation, ethical values, role model potential, contribution to the economy and conformation of Endeavor principles. Yemeksepeti.com, therefore, got the chance of benefiting from Endevaor’s global support network, intermediation in accessing to capital, strategic consultancy, mentoring and promotion supports. In 2010, Nevzat Aydın is chosen as the “The Most Successful Young Entrepreneur in Turkey” by CNBC-e Business magazine for his prosperous works with yemeksepeti.com.

Nevzat Aydın is among the 150 entrepreneurs invited from all around the world to the Entrepreneurship Summit, which was held by USA President Barack Obama on 26-27 April, 2010.

Nevzat Aydın is also among the 5 ‘dragons’ of Dragons’ Den Turkey, a TV show broadcasting in 22 countries.

In 2011, the Ekonomist magazine surveyed three thousand business men and women for its “Business People of the Year 2010” awards and Nevzat Aydın was awarded as the winner in “Male Entrepreneur of the Year” category. As of 2011, he is also a Board Member of the Trabzonspor football team.

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Omer Faruk Akarca

I was born in 1979 in İzmir. I grew up in Ankara and graduated from TED Ankara Koleji in 1996. After graduating from Başkent University with BA in Electrical Engineering I moved to Chicago to start my MBA in University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003. During these years I concentrated my studies on entrepreneurial studies within the Business School having encouraged from the fact that during that time the entrepreneurship program was amongst the top in the US. I provided entrepreneurial consulting services within the Small Business Association and later on with a group of friends from the Business School we developed our first successful business idea and successfully pitched to angel investors. After some time I exited from the company and had to return to Turkey. Before joining GBA and starting again to follow my true calling in life – angel investment – I worked couple of years in a foreign based boutique consulting firm as a business development consultant. Currently I manage the family business to make it to a more sophisticated national brand and I have three angel investments in my bag also.

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Omer Hiziroglu

Omer joined Inovent as Technology Transfer Director and General Counsel in 2006. He is the General Manager of Inovent since 2012. Omer is also the executive IP advisor to Sabanci University, Istanbul-Turkey.

Omer is particularly interested in commercialization of University Intellectual Property, the development of early stage technologies and seed and early stage venture investments. He assists Inovent spinout companies with strategic decision making, provides business development and transactional advice.

Since summer of 2011, Omer acts as senior IP and IAM advisor to Sabanci University working with the University to streamline its TTO activities and to leverage University’s considerable intellectual assets on a global scale.

He is an adjunct faculty member at Yeditepe University Law School (Istanbul) teaching Intellectual Property Law and International Licensing courses.

He is a founding board member and General Secretary of LES Turkey, and he is actively involved with LES International as an international delegate and chair of the YMC Committee with LES International.

Omer is also a founding and active member of Galata Business Angels (GBA) network. He is also a member of AUTM, ASTP.He has a BA in Economics and International relations from Tufts University, Massachusetts, and LL.M on European Union Law from University of Lausanne, Switzerland, a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and a LLB from Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey.

He is a member of the bars of State of New York, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Istanbul (Turkey).

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Onder Oztarhan

Ahmet Onder Oztarhan was born in 1972, Istanbul. Graduated from Sisli Terakki High School, he continued his undergraduate studies in Marketing and Business Administration at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He started his business career at his family company; Vepa Group which has played a value-added role in the development of Turkish retail sector by introducing global leading brands such as Estee Lauder Companies and Nike to the market.  Starting out at Vepa Group’s Cosmetics category during 1996-2000, he then appointed as Vepa Sport Retail Director in 2000 and General Manager in 2002.  He has been leading the company as the Chairman of Board of Directors since 2004 with a philosophy that emphasizes evolution, innovation, creativity and continuous quality improvement. This vision and management approach have resulted in achieving the “best distributor of the year” award in New Balance brand and in establishing the joint venture model with Shiseido Companies. Onder Oztarhan had been a board member at the United Brands Association during 2002-2005 and 2010-2012 terms and has been re-elected as a board member for 2012-2014 term.

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Orkun Tekin

After having pursued his professional career at various Internet service providers between 1999 and 2001, he left his positions for the sake of brand new developments, and he found ”Reklamz ,SEM ,Linkz ,Vidyoda and Mobilz” companies, which provide services in the field of online advertising and marketing.

Mr. Orkun Tekin is still holding the position of the Member of the Board of Directors at Ballroom International Holding based in Munich, which has invested in these companies founded by him.

Mr. Orkun Tekin, in addition to his own ventures, contributes to such ventures as ”S-mple Advertising Agency ,CSO Photography, Miniçiçek, fizy.com, kimdir.com, businessdb.com, insertionad.com, pembepanjur.com”, etc. as an angel investor, and he also provides digital communication consultancy for a variety of banks, e-commerce platforms and hospital networks.

Orkun Tekin has invested into stilsos , mapps , aktivito , joyfoodz, businessdb and mavikep.

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Serhat Gorgun

Mr. Serhat Görgün held the position of the General Manager of Inovent Intellectual Property Rights Management and Investment Inc. from January 2006 to February 2012 which is fully owned by Sabancı University. Being the first technology transfer and intellectual property management and investment company owned by a university, Inovent helps inventors and technology holders from all universities, research and development institutes and industries in Turkey in terms of seed and early stage investment, business development, legal and financial issues. Inovent also manages a technology center at GOSB Technopark where the invested and supported companies are incubated.

Prior to his current job, Mr. Görgün was the founder and the general manager of GVZ Speech Technologies Inc., a Koç Holding company since 2000, which was the first and the only speech technologies company in Turkey. Before GVZ, Mr. Görgün was responsible for enterprise level customers of Microsoft Turkey as an account manager. He joined Microsoft from Turkey’s one of the largest system integrator company KoçSistem, a Koç Holding company where he served as sales specialist and sales manager between 1995 and 1999. Mr. Görgün has graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Management.

Mr. Görgün is also the founding member of Galata Business Angels’ Network and member of The Union of Chambers and Commerce, Enterprise Capital Council.

Mr. Görgün played active role either as an investor or founding partner in 20 start-up companies since 2006.

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Serkan Borancili

Born in 1971 in Ankara, he was graduated from Istanbul Technical University Architecture Faculty. After working as a freelance architect, he founded ARK Information Technologies with Burak DİVANLIOĞLU in 1999. Up to 2004 GittiGidiyor was administered by ARK. As one of the founders’ of Turkey’s most frequently visited shopping mall GittiGidiyor. GittiGidiyor was acquired by eBay in May 2011. Since then, Serkan BORANCILI and the two other GG founders founded a company called iPara A.S., a new online payment solution for Turkey’s ecommerce sites. Serkan BORANCILI is also the co-founder of UzmanTV, Istanbul.net, Timsah.com, Cimri.com, Markapon.com. He’s an angel investor in Pabbuc.com, Indirdik.com, Pembepanjur.com, Gideros Mobile, Setrow, Yenimoda.com and Sosyo.com.

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Sina Afra

Sina Afra, Chairman & CEO at markafoni.com, Turkey’s leading Private Shopping Club, and Chairman of its subsidiaries in Australia, Korea, Greece and Ukraine, started his career in 1993 as a consultant at KPMG. His last held position was Principal where he was responsible for Consumer Industrial and Technology unit with a team of 800. In 2006, he joined eBay and served as Director of Corporate Development and M&A Europe, and Board Member of eBay Turkey for 4 years. He is also a board member of Galata Business Angels which he co-founded in 2010. Sina Afra holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Münster and speaks 5 languages. He has more than 25 articles and frequently shares his observations and thoughts about e-Commerce on his blog www.sinaafra.com

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Ugur Seker

Seker is one of the founders of the first digital media agency in Turkey and he made his first digital agency sale in 2007. He has expertise in interactive media and marketing areas. He has managed over 4.500 campaigns, has took part in juries of many competitions, has taught classes in various universities, has played a part in many pioneering projects in the sector, in addition to these, he is the mastermind behind Mynet Webschool and Webstar Turkey. He currently is the General Manager of Dijital Buro Istanbul, his second enterprise. He is a board member at IAB Turkey, GBA, and IPTV institution. He has produced 4 feature movies and 2 documentaries for his family firm Sugarworkz. Uğur Şeker who is married to Mrs. Pınar Şeker and has a handsome son named Can; also provides professional consultation services to a variety of foundations and institutions as well as supporting many digital projects as an Angel Investor.