Virtual: Wednesday 16 March 2022, 10:00
SMMT is delighted to welcome Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye as an International Partner for SMMT Electrified. Prior to SMMT Electrified, we will be hosting a webinar with Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye to share about the electrification opportunities for UK automotive businesses.
The Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye is the official organization for promoting Türkiye’s investment opportunities to the global business community and for providing assistance to investors before, during, and after their entry into Türkiye. Directly reporting to the President of Türkiye, the Investment Office is in charge of encouraging investments that further enhance the economic development of Türkiye. To this end, the Investment Office supports high-tech, value-added, and employment-generating investments with its facilitation and follow-up services during whole processes of relevant investments. Active on a global scale, the Investment Office operates with a network of local consultants based in a number of locations including China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, the UAE, and USA.
10:00 Welcome: SMMT
10:02 Introduction: Mr Furkan Karayaka – Head of Overseas Activities Department, Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye
10:05 Mr. Okan BAŞ – CEO, Karsan
10:20 Dr. Ali Ufuk PEKER – CEO, Adastec
10:35 Mrs. Gül ERTUĞ – Director Innovation and New Ventures, Driventure
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Furkan Karayaka Head of Overseas Activities Department
Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye
Furkan Karayaka is Head of Overseas Activities Department of the Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye since December 2019 in charge of overseas promotion and lead generation activities. Reporting directly to the President of Türkiye, the Investment Office is Türkiye’s national investment promotion agency responsible for promoting Türkiye’s investment opportunities to the global business community and providing investors with assistance before, during, and after their entry into Türkiye.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Karayaka held a number of posts within the Investment Office; from 2012 to 2015, worked as a Senior Project Director responsible for energy investments, as well as a Project Director in charge of attracting and supporting investment projects from the Gulf Countries. From 2015 to 2019, he served as the Head of Investment Promotion Services Department of the Investment Office.
Okan Baş CEO
Having received his undergraduate and graduate degree from Boğaziçi University, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Clemson University (USA), Department of Mechanical Engineering, respectively, Mr. Baş embarked upon his professional career at TOFAŞ Bursa Plant in 1987 in Engineering Support Department in the capacity of Mechanical Engineer. He has served at various positions at TOFAŞ until June 2016.
Mr. Baş has served at TOFAŞ Bursa Plant as Workshop Production Supervisor, Engine Production Unit Manager, Body Production Unit Manager, Assembly Production Unit Manager and Doblo Product Manager between 1991 and 2002, and has worked at Tofaş Head Office İstanbul between 2002 and 2016 in various positions such as After-Sales Director, Mini-Cargo Project Manager, After-Sales Spare Part Director, FIAT Business Unit Director, and Aegea Project and Business Development Director.
Gül Ertuğ Director Innovation and New Ventures
Ms. Ertuğ graduated from Boğaziçi University, Engineering Faculty, Industrial Engineering Department in 1997. In the same year, she started working in Ford Otosan MP&L Production Planning Department. She earned her MBA degree from Boğaziçi University in 2000, Executive MBA degree from Koç University in 2006 and PLDA degree from Harvard Business School in 2019. In her Ford Otosan career, she worked in several different functions in the positions of MP&L Team Leader (CMMS3 Launch and R/C Coordination), Technical Assistant to General Manager, PD Finance Manager and Senior Manager, Ford Asia Pacific Finance Controller for CD Car & Lincoln (Shanghai) and Business Strategies Finance Manager. She was assigned as Innovation and New Ventures Director as of February 1, 2019. In addition to this, she is also fulfilling the General Manager responsibility of Driventure, the corporate venture capital of Ford Otosan since December 2019.
Dr Ali Ufuk Peker CEO
Dr. Ali Ufuk Peker, CEO, Adastec Corp. (B.Sc. 1991, M.Sc. 1993, Ph.D. 2017 Computer Engineering, at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul) has 25+ years of experience in IoT, mobile and LBS. He started as a software designer and become a software architect at Nortel. (1992-1995). Thereafter he became the software development director at GISMAP Inc., responsible for GIS applications (1997-1999) In the year 2000 he became vice president of Infotech. He was the CEO of Infotech till 2018. Together with his five partners, he founded Adastec Corp, an autonomous driving software company for public transportation, in San Francisco, USA. His PhD. Is titled “Digital map and GNSS fusion to enhance localization for intelligent vehicle applications”. His research interests are focused on location-based technologies, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. He is also an Asst. Prof. in Okan University Computer Engineering department.