SPEAKERS

richardbranson

RICHARD

BRANSON

The Founder of Virgin Group

 

One of the most famous figures to be a part of Inspired Istanbul as a keynote speaker is Richard Branson. With extraordinary ideas that lead to leading enterprises in many fields including entertainment, transportation, technology and even space tourism, Richard Branson, the Founder of Virgin Group, will tell his entrepreneurship stories at Inspired Istanbul.

allentaylor

ALLEN

TAYLOR

The Managing Director of Endeavor

 

Having defined himself as architecture of change with a corporate mind, Allen Taylor is a successful advisor, who believes in the philosophy that positions entrepreneurship as a world-changing phenomenon. As the administrator of Endeavor’s office in San Fransisco, Mr. Taylor’s main occupation is to create connections in a portfolio of more than 600 fast growing companies. Allen Taylor will talk about the passionate relationship between investment and entrepreneurship at Inspired Istanbul event.  read more >

 

“At Endeavor, we believe entrepreneurs can change the world. Gatherings like ISTANBUL TALKS play an important role in enabling amazing entrepreneurs to share their stories to inspire others!”

“I’m excited to come to Istanbul – one of the most inspiring cities in the world – to meet some amazing and inspiring entrepreneurs!”

“People need role models. Folks they can look up to, stories that inspire them. That’s where High-Impact Entrepreneurship comes from. I’m excited for ISTANBUL TALKS to hear from some of the amazing speakers who will be joining us. They are the role models this world so desperately needs.”

“Events like this always make me think of that quote from Margaret Mead: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’ I’m excited to come to ISTANBUL TALKS to be part of a group that can change the world.”

“Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world. And ISTANBUL TALKS has the potential to become one of the most important events for entrepreneurs anywhere in the world. I’m thrilled to be a part of this inaugural event, and hope it is the first of many more to come!”

Rania webb

RANIA

ROSTOM

Chief Innovation Officer GE Middle East, North Africa & Turkey

 

Rania Rostom is Chief Innovation Officer for GE in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, and is responsible for leading innovation strategy for the region, as well as communications. Her work has positioned GE as a thought leader in the fields of advanced manufacturing, big data, and finding solutions for our customers’ biggest challenges through innovative and collaborative thinking and processes. She also leads GE’s Ecomagination and Healthymagination initiatives for MENAT.  read more >

NEVZAT

AYDIN

CEO of Yemeksepeti.com

 

Nevzat Aydın is the co-founder and global CEO of Yemeksepeti.com, the leading online food delivery portal in Turkey. Born in 1976, Nevzat Aydın holds a computer engineering degree from Boğazici University. After completing his studies he went to University of San Francisco to do his MBA.  read more >

Wendy Kopp

WENDY

KOPP

Co-founder and CEO of Teach For All

Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential.  read more >
 
 
“I’m honored and excited to be speaking alongside other changemakers as part of Inspired TALK’s effort to spark a new generation of social entrepreneurs in Turkey”
 

devitasaraf

DEVITA

SARAF

CEO of Vu Technologies

 

Devita Saraf, the Founder, the President and the CEO of Vu Technologies, will be one of the guests of Inspired Istanbul. The story of Vu, which became a leading player in Indian market by focusing on the technology of LED TVs, Ultra HD TVs, Super TVs, corporate displays, video walls, digital signage will reach out to the audience from first hand.  read more >

 

“Istanbul is in my heart, and I can’t wait to TALK”!

 “From India to Turkey, it’s going to be new Silk Route”

Yasmine

YASMINE

SHIHATA

Founder and CEO of VENUS MEDIA & PR 

 

Yasmine Shihata, the Publisher of Enigma Magazine and the Founding President of Venus Media & PR company, will talk about the significant aspects of communication in the world of entrepreneurs. As a communication specialist Yasmine Shihata is also the founder of Enigma Star and EnigmaShopping.com.  read more >

 

“I’m really excited to be taking part in these prominment and  exciting Inspired Istanbul talks. Istanbul is known as a city that prides itself on entrepreneurship and is a city full successful dynamic entrepreneurs; so it’s the perfect place to hold such a conference. And for me to be speaking alongside so many great entrepreneurs from around the world that have achieved so much in their industries, is a real honour. I’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences and being inspired by others in this amazing conference.”

Erica Nicole

ERICA

NICOLE

The founder of YFS Magazine

 

Erica Nicole is the founder of YFS Magazine – a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, B2B brand ambassador, entrepreneurship advisor and syndicated columnist.Erica Nicole makes headlines as a small business expert source by serving up fresh, provocative and insanely addictive behind-the-scenes business know-how. read more >

 

“The Istanbul TALKS Inspired 2016 Conference is poised to become a powerhouse conference, sparking provocative conversations and actionable ideas for women entrepreneurs across the globe.”

“The inaugural Istanbul TALKS Inspired 2016 Conference will spark smart, actionable and relevant conversations that will inspire entrepreneurs to think globally and act locally.” 

Alemsah Ozturk

ALEMŞAH

OZTURK

CEO of 4129Grey

 

Alemşah Ozturk graduated from Yıldız Technical University after finishing Kabataş High School. Because of his passion developed in student years for the internet, he started his career early.

In 1999 he established his first agency, Plus v.2 with his friends. Later on his career, he worked as a creative director in many advertising agencies. With the development of the digital advertising industry, he quit his job on Manajans and found his digital advertising agency 41?29! in 2007.  read more >

NICKLAS

BERGMAN

Serial Entrepreneur, Technology Investor and Futurist

 

Nicklas Bergman has spent the last 20 years working as a serial entrepreneur and investor focusing on emerging markets and technologies. With vast experience from navigating through turbulent and uncertain technology environments, he is a perfect guide when trying to understand what the future will bring. 

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JONAS

KJELLBERG

Co-Creator of Skype and One of the Authors of the ”Gear Up” Book”

 

Jonas Kjellberg, one of the creators of SKYPE, is a much appreciated lecturer at Stanford University and Stockholm School of Economics where he lectures on entrepreneurship and how to create a winning sales culture. He is also one of the authors of the book, Gear up, written together with Harvard and Stanford professors.

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Alican Ozsoy

ALICAN

OZSOY

 

Alican Ozsoy is the creative founder of Steaking, one of the best restaurants in Paris, was born in Istanbul and he is 27 years old today. Moved to Paris when he was 15 years old, graduated from the International School of Paris (ISP), then he went to Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland, where he studied hospitality management. Finally he has done his second university degree on Entrepreneurship major in the American University of Paris. He speaks English, French and Turkish fluently.

His first venture was the creation of the first DJ Agency in Europe when he was 19 years old, then he moved on to creating another company called “Game of Arts” making exclusive events where art and entertainment met, and finally on his 25th birthday, he has opened doors of Steaking in one of the best areas in Paris, Saint Germain.  read more >

”Istanbul TALKS will wind its audience up and motivate them to become future entrepreneurs.”

”Besides being a great conference, Istanbul TALKS is a great platform where entrepreneurs and businessmen/women could exchange with each other.”

”This conference gives great access and opportunity to listen to these huge names all at the same place in the same day.”

 

Rina-Onur

RINA

ONUR

Co Founder of Peak Games & Hemenkiralik.com

 

Rina Onur Sirinoglu is the Co-Founder of Peak Games, the leading gaming company of Turkey & MENA, and HemenKiralik.com, the largest short-term property rental platform in the region. Rina co-founded Peak in October 2010 and raised $30m in VC funding for the company to develop games that fit the unique interests of emerging markets. Following Peak’s success, Rina co-founded Hemenkiralik.com, the leading local marketplace for short-term rental space in Turkey targeted at domestic and neighboring markets with over 40,000 unique properties. Rina helped HemenKiralik raise over $6m in funding to strengthen its presence not only in Turkey, but also in MENA and Eastern Europe.  read more >

SAUL

SINGER

Author

 

Saul Singer is the co-author, with Dan Senor, of the best-selling book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. He is a former Editorial Page Editor and columnist at the Jerusalem Post. Tom Brokaw called Start-Up Nation, “a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of corporate leaders.” The book has reached #5 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal business bestseller lists, and is also a bestseller in Israel, India, and Singapore. read more >

PAUL

SMITH

Founder and CEO of Ignite

 

Paul Smith is a startup investor, advisor and CEO and co-founder of Ignite, one of Europe’s longest running and most successful accelerator programmes for early-stage startups. He is also the co-founder of Campus North, a 15,000 sq ft co-working space in the North of England, and Tech for Life, a national initiative to support technology education for all ages.  read more >

“It’s my first time in Istanbul, and I’m genuinely excited to meet so many entrepreneurs with big ideas and the passion to see them through.”

bunyamin aydin

BUNYAMIN

AYDIN

Founder and Creative Director of Les Benjamins

 

Bunyamin Aydın was born in 1989 in Germany. He lived and followed his education in Switzerland, Germany and Turkey. His life in three different countries taught him to how interact with different cultures at very early ages and helped him develop a broad angle of understanding. read more >

Istanbul TALKS Inspired eventuates the meeting that is needed in Istanbul.”

KEREM

ALPER

Co founder of ATOLYE Labs

In 2012 Kerem was selected a Lightspeed Venture Partners Fellow through which he founded a agriculture software startup called Farmulate. Later on he worked at Nest Labs (www.nest.com) which was acquired by Google in 2014. He returned to Istanbul in 2014 as the co-founder of ATÖLYE Labs, an interdisciplinary design and innovation studio and ATÖLYE, an interaction and creativity platform. He is also part-time teaching faculty at Ozyegin University and Bilgi University on design thinking and innovation.  Read More >

”A conference that brings together an inspiring and transdisciplinary group of global thought leaders. Very excited to be part if it.”

NIKOLAOS

KATSARAS

Fintech Entrepreneur

 

After his PhD in Data Mining Nikolaos Katsaras held various positions along the value chain of internet. That gave him the fortunate opportunity to take a look at the tech  industry from all possible angles and perspectives…as a manager, investor as well as founder.

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EMİR

BAHADIR

Principal and Co-Founder of RLTY NYC

 

Emir Bahadir, a Principal and Co-Founder of RLTY NYC, hails from a fourth-generation real estate family who operates one of the most established real estate companies in Turkey. By working with his family, Bahadir has been able to acquire extensive knowledge of property development, construction and sales management.

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YOMI

KASTRO

Founder and CEO of Inveon and Inventures

 

Yomi Kastro is the founder and CEO of Inveon and Inventures. He programmed his first software at the age of 11 and has dedicated himself to information technologies and internet ventures ever since. In 2006 he founded Inveon to develop web based software solutions and e-commerce infrastructures for corporates in addition to creating internet ventures requiring advanced technology.

 

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DEVRIM

ERBIL

Professor, Artist

CUNEYT

YAVUZ

CEO of Mavi

 

Cuneyt Yavuz began his career with Procter & Gamble in 1992. He held various sales and marketing positions during his 20 years with the company. He managed Duracell, Oral-B, Braun and Gillette brands for Turkey, as well as for Eastern Europe, Balkans and Israel from the Istanbul headquarters. He was appointed Country Director-Poland in 2003 and lived in Warsaw for 5 years managing the whole portfolio of brands for Poland and the Baltics.