IBM Global Entrepreneur SmartCamp Istanbul, Turkey Mentors
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IBM SmartCamp Istanbul Mentors
Here's the great list of mentors scheduled to be at the IBM Global Start-up SmartCamp Istanbul, Turkey,
scheduled for October 4th, 2011. All our mentors have excellent credentials and accomplishments. They will be
helping the Smartcamp Start-ups fine tune their business plans and provide vital tips for success.
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IBM SmartCamp Istanbul has just announced the Final 5 startups in this year’s competition.
Voting is now open. Polls close at 9:30 am ET on Wednesday, October 5.
Burak Büyükdemir graduated from the department of Management Engineering in Istanbul Technical University in
1994, and received his master degree from the MBA program in Management in Boğaziçi University in 1997. Having
worked in Interbank, Intertech, Vestelnet, and Tepum, he received his master degree from the MBA program in
International Management in Berlin in 2003. He is the author of the book "Kümesteki Kartal Neden Uçamaz" (Why
can not an eagle in hen house fly), which tells the stories of Turkish Internet Entrepreneurs. He has been the
founding partner of the firms operating through the Net. He is the founding partner of Goril AŞ. He is the
founder of Etohum, which brings Internet entrepreneurs and investors together. He gives lectures on Electronic
Commerce Strategies as a part-time instructor in Istanbul Technical University and Bahçeşehir University.
Bülent Çelebi stays in business as a CEO in one of the respected wireless communication system companies,
AirTies. He graduated from Berkeley University, Electrical and Computer engineering departments. His
proffessional career started in Process Control Equipment Co. When he obtained an offer from National
Semiconductor to manage the Asian zone of the company, he moved to Hong Kong. After spending some time and
recognizing Aisan market, he returned to United States and started to execute the General Managership of Ubicom
and Analog Devices. In 2002, he got selected to the “top 10 creative” by Red Herring magazine. From 2004 to
present, he is the chairman and CEO of AirTies.
Dr. Baydar is a seasoned senior executive with experience in establishing and growing new business operations,
incubating capabilities within existing organizations and penetrating international geographies. He has
extensive global management experience in four continents including US, Europe, Middle East and Africa with
expertise in several industries including; Information Technology, Internet, Telecom, Pharma and Financial
Services. Baydar has worked with many Fortune 500 companies as a business consultant in the areas of large-
scale program management, marketing and sales strategies, customer-centricity, Business Intelligence and
Business Analytics; and Risk Management. He has also involved in the due diligence of many start-ups during
various investment and partnership stages. Selected clients include ATT, Sprint, Verizon, STC, Turk Telekom,
Cell-C, Telkom SA, Is Bank, Garanti Bank, AIG, Bank of New York Mellon, Master Card, Citadel Investment Group,
ABN Amro, Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bayer, Pfizer, Sainsbury's.
Cem Soysal is general manager at Inventram Inc, which is a company that transmits fresh and smart ideas into
commercial instruments. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a bachelor’s degree on Civil
Engineering and admitted to a masters degree in Pace University on Computer Science. Finally, he participated
in an executive marketing management program of Columbia University. In his former career, he performed as
general manager at Koç Holding, served as board member and shareholder at NeoBiz Inc (Online Earning
Mediation), CO Group Inc and country manager at Fujitsu – Siemens Computers.
Haluk Safi is a Turkish entrepreneur who founded EES Ltd in 2003. Haluk Safi was born in Ankara, Turkey in
1969. His first entrepreneurship trial was to sell sandwiches which his mother prepared for the public market
when he was 11 years old. He attended to a public high school and he wanted a bachelor's degree in Mechanical
Engineering in Middle East Technical University and graduated in 1991. He also attended Ex-MBA in the Middle
East Technical University in 2000-2001. After finishing his university in 1991, he started in Gama Industry
which is a civil and steel construction company. He worked in sell business as an account manager then sales
manager in Karun, as a sales manager in Boston Scientific (a global company in healthcare industry), and as a
sales manager in Superonline (Internet Service Provider) companies. After 13 years of professional life, he
decided to found EES Ltd in 2003. By more than 140 employees, EES is committed to channel value to the
hospitals and associations through its technology and specialized after-sale service with the continuous
progress approach. EES become 11th fastest growing firm in Turkey in both Deloitte’s Technology Fast50 Turkey
2009 and 2010 Programs with its great growth rates in lustrums. Moreover, EES become 123rd fastest growing firm
in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in Deloitte’s Technology Fast500 EMEA 2009 Program and also
165th fastest growing firm in Fast500 EMEA 2010 Program.
Jozef Kubin works for consultancy and engineering company Prota Engineering Ltd, as a Research and Development
Department Director. Besides, he performs as a part time instructor in Civil Engineering and Architecture
Departments in the Middle East Technical University (METU). In former career, he worked for Spektra Engineering
Consultancy Services and METU as a research assistant in the Institute of Earthquake Engineering department. He
graduated from METU – Civil Engineering department and also accomplished master degree on Institute of
Melisita Textile Industries and Retail Inc.
Kazım Yalçınoğlu is the CEO of Melisita Textile Industries and Retail Inc since 2005. Moreover, he stays in the
business as a chairman of Mirya Tourism & Investments and Antalya Kaleiçi Foundation, member of the board of
Metutech Metu-Technopolis and lecturer in Middle East Technical University- School of Management. In his former
career, he worked for Opal Apparel Industries Inc and Grand Stores Inc as a chairman too. He graduated from
Boston University with both Finance and International Relations diplomas. Furthermore, he accomplished master
degree in London School of Economics from European Economics department.
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Melih Ödemiş is both the founder and owner of the web site yemeksepeti.com which helps people to order various
types of meals easily via internet. He graduated from Boğaziçi University, Computer Engineering deparment in
1999. Later, he accomplished the MBA program in the same university. Today, yemeksepeti.com is accepted as the
leader online food-ordering website in Turkey with the percentage of %99. The wbsite contains 360.000
registered users and above 2.500 restaurants serving more than 30.000 people a day.
Mustafa İshan Kızıltaş
Mustafa İhsan Kızıltaş is both general manager at Metutech and serves as board member at Metutech-Ban. He is
also chairman at Turkish Technology Parks Association. He graduated from Middle East Technical University with
a bachelor’s degree on City and Regional Planning. Subsequenlty, he admitted to a degree of MS on Urban Design
Masters Programme from the same university and studied Planning of Technology Parks in his thesis. Mustafa İ.
Kızıltaş held a number of development and management positions in Metutech since 2003. Besides, since 2000 he
also worked in some planning projects such as; South – Eastern Anatolia Project (GAP) , METU – TRNC (Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus) Campus Design Project and Galipoli Peace Park Long Term Deverlopment Plan Project.
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A.Mete Çakmakçı is the member of Inverstment Commitee at IVCI(Istanbul Venture Capital Initiatrive). He
graduated from Middle East Technical University – Electrcial & Electronics Department. Right after his
graduation, Çakmakçı accomplished his master degree in Syracuse University. Later on, for a short period, he
gave part time lectures in Bilkent University – Industrial Engineering Department and Middle East Technical
University – Technology Polilcies Institute. On the other hand, he is still board member at Girişim A.Ş.,
chairman & member of IC at Teknoloji Yatırım A.Ş. and secretary general at Technology Development Foundation of
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Murat Ihlamur is the CEO of Netsis. He obtained his Industrial Engineering degree at Dokuz Eylul University in
1983, and received his Master´s degree in Computer Engineering from Ege University in 1985. He worked at Ege
Bilgi Islem, an IT company located in Izmir between 1985 and 1990, as the manager mainly responsible for
software development and all technical aspects of the business. He founded Netsis, in 1991, which, over the
years, has become an international business software group, leader in Turkey and with a presence in eight
countries. Today, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, he guides Netsis towards its goal of becoming a
global IT player. Murat Ihlamur is a lecturer in the Industrial Engineering Department of Dokuz Eylul
University and in the Computer Engineering Department of Ege University. He is also a member of the boards of
directors of the Software Assembly of the Union of Chambers and Lean Institute Association.
Numan Numan, currently a Managing Partner at 212 Venture Capital, has a solid background in global technology
services and international management. He has spent the last 20 years of his career to analyze technology
venture companies, identify their needs, and provide customized solutions for each enterprise.Most recently,
Numan was Vice President at Goldman Sachs where he spent over 12 years in Tokyo and New York, as a technology
evangelist in the firm’s leadership team. He managed global engineering teams, focusing on new technologies to
bring competitive advantage and addressing challenging business problems. Working closely with the firm’s
private equity and venture capital arms, Numan identified, evaluated, and reviewed start-up companies around
the world for the firm’s interest. He also initiated and oversaw the Global Mobile Technology team to define
and facilitate the firm’s mobile strategy. As VP of Technology Division, Numan designed and implemented more
than 40 global projects, identifying new products, facilitating M&A integrations, and maximizing
efficiency.Prior to Goldman Sachs, Numan provided technology solutions and built support systems at both
regional and global levels for companies such as CS First Boston, Dun & Bradstreet, and GTE.Being an
entrepreneur, Numan has ventured into other businesses. He currently serves on the board of directors and
advisory boards of various companies. Numan holds B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from Ege University and MBA from
Marmara University.Numan currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey where he is among pioneers cultivating the
Sadullah Uzun is a R&D and IT Manager in ISBAK Inc. He was born in 1979. He graduated from Dokuz Eylul
Univesity in 2003. He has taken many management educations in different fields. He started his career in MAC
Bilgisayar as a Technical Support Specialist in 1998. Then, He worked in Eksem Elektronik for four years as a
Sales Representative in 2000. In his current company, ISBAK Inc., he has been in different position, Chief
Marketing, Trade Manager, R&D and IT Manager. He is also married with children.
Semih Çetin is the co-founder and managing partner of Cybersoft Information Technologies from 1995 to present.
In his former career, he worked as a software engineer, consultant and AR – GE director in various companies.
After graduation from Middle East Technical University Computer Engineering department, he also completed
master degree program on Computer Aided Software Engineering and doctor’s degree program on Information Systems
Acquisition & EUROMETHOD in the same university. Together with his performance on Information Technologies
industry, Çetin gives computer engineering lectures in Çankaya and Middle East Technical Universities.
Sina Arfa is the managing founder & CEO of Markofoni, which is a special type of shopping website that presents
different facilities and opportunities to customers, introduced as “private shopping”. In addition to his role
at Markafoni, Arfa is still the chairman of the firms Zizigo(online shoe shopping), brandsExclusive(private
shopping), ModnaKasta. Moreover, he takes place in the board of BrandGalaxy. Previously, he took position as a
director at eBay and principal at KPMG. Sina Arfa graduated from University of Münster with a bachelor’s degree
on Business Administration.
Şahver is the Managing Director of BiNiCi Mediterranean PVT. The Binici Mediterranean focuses on healthy Mediterranean food and beauty segments with innovative packaging and marketing approaches, with customers in Americas and Asia. Previously, Şahver assumed Director of Business Development, Senior Strategy and Globalization Consultant roles in companies such as IBM, Siemens and Deloitte in the US, Germany and New Zealand. She holds a B.S. degree in Physics, M.S. degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management with strategy and entrepreneurship focus.
Şerafettin Ceceli graduated from Ted Ankara College, and then he recieved his bachelors degree in the
department of Management, faculty of Polıtıcal Scıences ın Ankara Unıversıty ın 1988. He Started his work life
in their family business when he was a student, and now he is the chaırman of the board in Ceceli Group. He has
been the member of the chamber assembly of Ankara Chamber of Industry since 1994. He was in the board of
directors in 1999-2006, and he has been in the board of directors since 2009. He is a member of the steerıng
committee of Metu Technopolis and Teknopark a.ş on behalf of Ankara Chamber of Industry.
In 1995, Berkman started as a junior auditor in Deloitte&Touche/Istanbul. After his MBA, he worked as a
consultant in Monitor Company focusing on telecommunication and retailing projects at their New York branch.In
June 2000, he started working for Koç Holding as the Business Development Manager. He managed the M&A deal of
Apple Turkey for Koç Group. He established the first internet travel company in Turkey called Bookinturkey. He
became the board members for Apple and Bookinturkey. He was the leader of the first comprehensive e-
transformation project in Turkey for the Koç group with Cisco. In 2002 Berkman transferred to Tanı Marketing
Corporation. Tanı is the first direct database marketing company in Turkey and has a unique customer base of 26
million customers. At Tanı, he was the Operations& Planning Group Manager In 2004, he became the Business
Development Manager for Arçelik Corporation that produce and retail white goods and home electronics in the
world with a revenue of 6 Billion dollars.From 2005 to 2007 he worked as the Marketing Group Manager for
Arçelik and managed 1 Billion TL budget. On July 2007, he started working as the Strategic Planning Director in
Avea Communication Services Corporation. As the Strategic Planning Director he was responsible for the pricing
of all tariffs,company strategies,and new business development. Since January 2009, he is working as Corporate
Customer Segment and MVNO Director. As the Corporate Customer Segment Director, he is responsible for the
corporate brand identity and advertisement, corporate tariffs, corporate dealer marketing activities, CRM
activities of corporate customers. He is also responsible for the MVNO segment. Berkman established the first
MVNO business model in Turkish telecommunication market and deployed Fenercell and GSMobile. He became General
Manager at People Communcations Media Agency on June 2010.