08:20 Opening Speeches

M. Rauf Ateş

Publisher, Capital & Ekonomist Magazines

Özgür Maraş

General Manager, Garenta and ikinciyeni.com

Luciano Poli

India, Middle East and Turkey (IMET) President, Dow

08:30 Mehmet Şimşek

Mehmet Şimşek

Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey

09:00 The Future of Global Opportunities

This session will be about which regions, sectors and companies offer more opportunities in the global arena; and the attraction of key countries of future including China and Africa would be discussed.

Yüksel Yıldırım

CEO, Yıldırım Holding


Abdullah Kavukcu

Chairman of the Board, Simit Sarayı

Erol Bilecik

President, Turkish Industry & Business Association

Gülden Yılmaz

Member of the Board, Koton

Ömer Kızıl

Vice Chairman of the Board, Uludağ Beverage

Ümit Zaim

Chairman of the Board, Derimod

10:20 The Future of Agriculture

This session will be about the current and future studies done in Europe and Turkey in general in agriculture and animal husbandry; the action plan of sector players; and the suggestions for a sustainable agriculture sector.

Hakan Ateş

CEO, Denizbank


Ahmet Hacıince

Chairman of the Board, Hacıince Group of Companies

Hakkı Yıldız

Chairman of the Board, Yıldızlar Holding

Jannes Maes

President of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)

Muharrem Yılmaz

Chairman of the Board, Sütaş

11:10 Digital Future

In this session, how far digitalization would carry companies and societies in future will be discussed, and information about what the technological level would be in the new period will be shared.

Colman Deegan

CEO, Vodafone Turkey


Daniel Kottke

IoT Smarthome Entrepreneur and First Apple Employee

Derya Matraş

Country Manager, Facebook Turkey

Hakan Binbaşgil

General Manager and Member of the Board, Akbank

Murat Emirdağ

Founder, M-Factory Ventures

Peter Theo Sorgenfrei

CEO, Autonomous Mobility

Thomas Frey

Senior Futurist, DaVinci Institute

12:15 – 13:15 CEO Gathering – Special Guest: Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey Mehmet Şimşek SIDE SESSION

Closed Session / Private Invitation – Hosted by DKY İnşaat

13:20 The Future of Turkey

In this session, the discussion points will be about what should be done to establish the grounds for growth in Turkey on solid economic foundations in future; the position of Turkey in future in the changing global economic balances; and the future plans of locomotive sector players in Turkey.

Cemal Kişmir

CEO, BNP Paribas Cardif Turkey


Osman Çelik

Undersecretary of Turkish Treasury

Özgür Tort

CEO, Migros

Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı

Chairwoman of the Board, Doğan Holding

İzzet Garih

Chairman of the Board, Alarko Holding

Mesut Toprak

Chairman of the Board, Tay Group

Nihat Özdemir

Chairman of the Board, Limak Holding

14:40 The Future of Production

In this session, the discussion points will be the future of production in Turkey, the importance of production-based growth, and the requirement for new manufacturing facilities for current deficit. In addition, how the production would be shaped in the new period and the effects of Industry 4.0 and digitalization will be discussed.

Hüseyin Aydın

General Manager, Ziraat Bank


Ahmet C. Dördüncü

CEO, Akkök Holding

Buğra Kavuncu

CEO, BASF Turkey

Tayfun Küçükoğlu

General Manager, Betek Boya

Temel Kotil

President & CEO, Turkish Aerospace Industries

Zaur Gahramanov


15:00 – 16:00 CEO Gathering – “Digital Agenda” SIDE SESSION

Closed Session / Private Invitation – Hosted by NGN Teknology

  • Special Guests:

Arun Pudur

Founder and President, Pudur Corporation

Daniel Kottke

IoT Smarthome Entrepreneur and First Apple Employee

Thomas Frey

Senior Futurist, DaVinci Institute

16:00 The Future of Society

In this session in which the solution suggestions regarding saving the future of the society and the business world would be discussed, the arguments will be the position of women in future society and the subjects that should be in the current agendas in shaping the future.

Selen Kocabaş

President of YKKD


Carl Manlan

COO, Ecobank Foundation

Carl Pope

Principal, Inside Straight Strategies

Zainab Salbi

Founder & CEO, Women for Women International

16:50 Banking: The Future of Finance

In this session which will be held with the participation of leading players of the sector, the discussion points will be the route of growth in finance sector both in Turkey and in the world, and how the new technological developments would shape the future of the sector.

Servet Taze

General Manager, Şekerbank


Himmet Karadağ

Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Borsa İstanbul

Selim Kervancı

General Manager, HSBC Turkey

Serra Akçaoğlu

CEO, Citibank Turkey

Osman Arslan

CEO, Halkbank

20:00 Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner Speech:

Zaur Gahramanov


Ziya Altunyaldız

President Committee on Industry, Trade, Energy, Natural Resources, Information and Technology

08:30 The Future of Real Estate

What are in the agenda of sector players in the new period in real estate which is one of the most active sectors lately? What are the alarming developments in the sector? How would the sector be shaped in future; and how would the route of demand change?

Ahmet C. Dördüncü

CEO, Akkök Holding


Aziz Torun

Chairman and CEO, Torunlar REIC

Ali Dumankaya

Chairman of the Board, DKY Construction

Dr. Feyzullah Yetgin

Chairman of the Board, GYODER

Erden Timur


Ziya Yılmaz

Chairman of the Board, DAP Holding

09:40 The Future of Global Economy and Developing Countries

What is the route of global economy, how developing countries will react? Assumptions of central banks…

Özgür Tanrıkulu

General Manager, McKinsey Turkey


Dr. Duvvuri Subbarao

Former Governor of RBI

José De Gregorio

Former President, Central Bank of Chile

Ümit Leblebici

General Manager,TEB

10:00 – 12:00 Stars of Region Contest / Final SIDE SESSION

Live Presentation of Finalists and Jury Evaluation

  • Location:  Grand Yazıcı Restaurant
  • * Open to all UEZ participants

10:30 Opportunities at the Age of Digitalization

What would be the digital opportunities that will change the game rule in the new period when Industry 4.0 is on the agenda? What should the business world do to catch these opportunities?

İhsan Elgin

Director of Ozyegin University Center for Entrepreneurship


Adnan Bali

General Manager, ISBANK

Levent Çakıroğlu

CEO, Koç Holding

11:10 The Future of Europe

What would be the grounds for relations between Turkey and EU in future? Are those arguing that the EU would collapse right? How do you anticipate the future of the EU? What kind of a future is waiting for the EU both economically and politically?

Cansen Başaran Symes

Chairwoman of the Board, Allianz Turkey and Former TÜSİAD President


Anders Aslund

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Hüseyin Gelis

Chairman of the Board and CEO, Siemens Turkey

Prof. Ivo Josipovic

Former President, Croatia

Sir Dominick Chilcott

British Ambassador to Turkey

12:10 The Company of Future

Expert leaders and the representatives of business world will discuss new way of doing business and organizational structure of the new period in this session in which the discussion point will be the profile of future leaders and organizations.

Kaan Gür

CEO, Alternatif Bank


Agah Uğur

CEO, Borusan Holding

Atalay Gümrah

CEO, Eczacıbaşı Group

Philip Dunne

Head of EY-Parthenon United Kingdom

Paul Doany

CEO, Turk Telekom

Sani Şener

CEO, TAV Airports Holding

13:30 – 14:30 CEO Gathering SIDE SESSION

Closed Session / Private Invitation – Hosted by DAP Yapı

14:20 The Future of Health

Components required for a better performing and sustainable health system would be discussed with the participation of the leading bureaucrats of the world and sector representatives of Turkey.

Hülya Güven

Vice General Manager, Cisco Turkey


Ab Klink

Former Minister of Health Care and Sports, Netherlands

Daniel Bahr

Former Federal Minister of Health, Germany

Hamdi Akın

Chairman of the Board, Akfen Holding

Haluk Karabatak

CEO, Philips Turkey

Hüseyin İnceöz

General Manager, Health Investment

15:20 The Future of Entrepreneurship

In this session which will host different entrepreneurs both from Turkey and the world, the discussion points will be the groundbreaking enterprises of the recent period in the world, and how they achieved success.

Kenan Bozgeyik

Chairman of the Board and Director General of PTT, Chairman of the Council of Administration of the Universal Postal Union


Ali Sabancı

Chairman of the Board, Istanbul Organization Committee, Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2018

Arun Pudur

Founder and President, Pudur Corporation

Doron Avni

Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, Google

Hasan Aslanoba

Chairman of the Board, Aslanoba Group

Hendy Setiono

Founder and CEO, Baba Rafi Kebab

Sheikha Alanoud Al-Thani

Director, Qatar Finance Center

16:40 Towards a New Future

In addition to successful global investors, special guests that will discuss the business world in Turkey will participate in this session which would be a guidance for companies desiring to exist in future world.

Bülent Hiçsönmez

Country Manager, Google Turkey


Chockalingam Palaniappan

Board member of Softbank Energy

Thomas Frey

Senior Futurist, DaVinci Institute

Irene Sun

Author, The Next Factory of the World