Speakers

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  • IFINTEC 2019 Conference Speakers

    • Murat Ozlu - Citibank Turkey - Assistant General Manager,Treasury & Trade Solutions Head - Turkey, Central Asia & Caucasia

      Murat Ozlu - Citibank Turkey - Assistant General Manager,Treasury & Trade Solutions Head - Turkey, Central Asia & Caucasia

      Murat Ozlu is currently working at Citibank as an Assistant General Manager, responsible for Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) for Turkey, Central Asia and the Caucasus regions. He is based in Istanbul and he has been with Citibank for the last 9 years. He joined Citibank Turkey in 2010 as the Head of TTS Product Sales Group responsible for Corporate and Public Sector clients. He started his career in 1996 in the Finance Department of a multinational corporate institution while he was completing his master’s degree. Afterwards he started his banking career in 1999 at Bankekspres as a Corporate Banking Management Trainee. In the following years, he served as a Corporate Banking Senior RM, Head of Corporate Branch and Regional Head of Commercial Banking in the leading local and global banks such as TEB, HSBC, ABN Amro and RBS. After graduating from Dokuz Eylul University Business Administration Department in 1998, Murat completed his master degree in 2001 in Management and Organization Department of Business Administration Department again at the same university. Murat is married and he has two daughters.

    • Gokhan Gokcay - Akbank - Digital Banking and Payment Systems Application Development Senior Vice President

      Gokhan Gokcay - Akbank - Digital Banking and Payment Systems Application Development Senior Vice President

    • Omer Ragip Ozkan - Burgan Bank Turkey - Head of IT Project Management Office

      Omer Ragip Ozkan - Burgan Bank Turkey - Head of IT Project Management Office

      Omer Ragip Ozkan was a project and program manager in HSBC Turkey with over ten years’ work experience before joining to Burgan Bank Turkey as a head of IT Project Management Office. As a project and program manager, he managed several multimillion dollar projects and programs with global and local stakeholders in HSBC since 2007. He is very experienced in managing multinational, risk based, regulation, strategic and Agile IT projects. Between 2003 and 2007, he worked as a Telecommunication Expert in Turk Telecom. Ragip holds PMP (Project Management Professional), ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) and Cisco Technologies (CCNA, Cisco-QoS) certificates. He is currently giving seminars, mentoring and speech at universities regarding to career in project management for youth. Ragip graduated with a BSc degree from Istanbul University, Electronics Engineering Department in 2001. He is currently following MBA program in Istanbul Bilgi University and expected to complete in 2017. During his academic research in Turkey and the USA, he was author and presenter for two international - two national scientific articles.

    • Turker Tunbis - ICBC Turkey Bank - Head of E-Banking

      Turker Tunbis - ICBC Turkey Bank - Head of E-Banking

      He completed his undergraduate education on Economy and his graduate study on Business Administration. After working as a DJ and voice-over professionally for 5 years, he started to work in banking sector in 2001. During his banking career, he worked on various departments like call center, credit allocation, project management, digital channels management and took active role in merger&acquisition of 3 banks of which one is in Poland. He works on recycling and wooden furniture projects at a small atelier at his house. He holds CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and SCRUM certificates.

    • Yigit Behram Anayaroglu - Anadolubank - Director of Process Management

      Yigit Behram Anayaroglu - Anadolubank - Director of Process Management

      Yigit Behram Anayaroglu started his professional life at HSBC Bank in 1999. Between 2009-2012 he was in charge of centralization Project in Burgan Bank (Eurobank Tekfen), alsa he has taken part in core banking alternation Project. Between 2012-2016 he started to work in Odeabank as change management manager. Since August 2016 he is still working as director in Anadolubank and responsible from process improvement projects.

    • Funda Oney - HSBC - CIO

      Funda Oney - HSBC - CIO

    • Bulent Dedeoglu - SoftTech (A Subsidiary of Isbank) - Director, Card Payment Systems

      Bulent Dedeoglu - SoftTech (A Subsidiary of Isbank) - Director, Card Payment Systems

    • Emel Cuhaci - Yapi Kredi Bank - Director, Innovation and Customer Experience

      Emel Cuhaci - Yapi Kredi Bank - Director, Innovation and Customer Experience

    • Esra Alpaslan Azman - Aktif Bank - Director, CRM and Data Analytics, Payment System

      Esra Alpaslan Azman - Aktif Bank - Director, CRM and Data Analytics, Payment System

      Esra Alpaslan Azman graduated from Istanbul Technical University- Management Engineering in 2007 and attended to Entrepreneurship Fellowship program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology- Sloan School between years 2007-2008. She started her professional life at Turkcell company and make an enter to Card Business in Akbank Payment Systems Department. She continued her Business life at Avea as manager in Mobile Applications and Mobile Broadband division. Being in establishment of Bank Audi with the name of Odeabank in Turkey, she was in charge of Debit and Credit Card Division set up and maintenance until 2018 June. Since June 2018, she is still working as senior director and responsible of CRM and Data Analytics, Payment System Departments. Data Analytics, Digitalization and Leadership are famous subjects of her professional life.

    • Serkan Fergan - TEB - Digital Banking Group Director

      Serkan Fergan - TEB - Digital Banking Group Director

      Serkan graduated from Kadikoy Anadolu High School in 1988 and continued his studies at Yildiz Technical University Computer Sciences Engineering Dept. and İTÜ Control and Computer Engineering Masters program. After two long term traineeships in Italy and Canada, he started his career at Pamukbank Information Systems Group. He continued this position until 2000 when he joined Disbank, Fortis. He worked as Head of Application Development Department of the Bank until 2011. After a short start-up experience, he consecutively worked at Verifone, ICBC and Turk Telekom. Following his experience in various responsibilities and roles, he joined TEB Retail and Private Banking Group in 2017 and is working as Digital Banking Group Director in addition to his previous Business Development role in the same company. In his current position, he’s responsible for CEPTETEB Digital Bank and managing partnerships with Fintechs.

    • Arda Samik - ING Bank - Head of PMO and Agile Transformation

      Arda Samik - ING Bank - Head of PMO and Agile Transformation

    • Bahar Savas - ING Bank - SVP, Core Banking Applications

      Bahar Savas - ING Bank - SVP, Core Banking Applications

      Bahar Savas holds a Computer Engineering degree from Bilkent University and an executive MBA degree from Ozyegin University. She has started working as software developer in 1997 at a local software company. She joined the IT team of Akbank in 2002, which is one of the largest local banks in Turkey and worked there for 10 years. She took on different responsibilities in Akbank as software developer, system analyst, project manager and program manager. She led the major transformation of Deposit Program as the Project Leader. Bahar joined ING Bank Turkey Technology team in 2012 as VP, Cash Management Application Development. During her experience, she has led the transformation of Core Banking Systems, where she had the opportunity to work with different business teams and led various technology teams. She has been promoted as SVP, Core Banking Applications in 2016 and is mainly responsible for Deposit and Investment Products, Treasury, CRM, Chatbots and Platform Development. As a woman leader, who leads of team of 100 engineers, %45 being women, Bahar thrives to be a role model for young women engineers. Being a mother of 2 daughters herself, she cares for work life balance at workplace, tries to inspire her team and encourages them to step up towards being leaders.

    • Cem Ergul - IsNet A.S. - CAE, Chief Audit Executive

      Cem Ergul - IsNet A.S. - CAE, Chief Audit Executive

      Cem Ergul is presently Vice President of ISACA-Istanbul Chapter. He is also founder of Internal Audit Department and is Internal Audit Group Manager in Istanbul, Turkey for Is Net A.S. (a telecom company and participation of Turkiye Is Bankasi). He has over 20 years experience in governance, auditing, information security, business analysis and software development. Cem has obtained Masters and Bachelors Degrees from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. During his first professional experience in the Middle East Technical University Computer Center, Cem was the coordinator of “Computing Information Service Newsletter” and has written the book “Beginners’ Guide to Unix”. After starting to work as a software developer for Turkiye Is Bankasi, he joined the first Information Systems Internal Control team of the Bank. Cem was Internal Audit and Control Manager for SoftTech A.S. (a software development company and subsidiary of Turkiye Is Bankasi). He was also senior consultant in Turkiye Is Bankasi, Anadolu Insurance Company, and Milli Reassurance Company for COBIT compliance projects. Cem, one of the many national and international conferences and panel speakers including Eurocacs, has CISA, CRISC, ISO27001 LA, ISO9001 IA and ITIL certificates.

    • Davut Gungor - Ziraat Technology  (A Subsidiary of Ziraat Bank) - IT Architectural Group Manager

      Davut Gungor - Ziraat Technology (A Subsidiary of Ziraat Bank) - IT Architectural Group Manager

      Davut Gungor graduated from Computer Sciences Engineering Department of Istanbul University in 1997. He completed his Business Administration MBA study at Beykent University in 2012. After working at managerial positions in the field of application development at various companies at Information Technologies and banking sectors, he started to work at Ziraat Technology in March 2017. After working as Project Manager and Application Development Manager, he worked as Core Banking 2 Group Manager between July 2014 and January 2018 at Ziraat Technology. Since January 2018, he has been working as IT Architectural Group Manager at Ziraat Technology.

    • Okan Acar - Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank - Digital Transformation Group Manager

      Okan Acar - Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank - Digital Transformation Group Manager

    • Atika Guler - TEB - Process Design & Development Senior Manager

      Atika Guler - TEB - Process Design & Development Senior Manager

      Atika Guler has begun her career at Garanti Bank. As a young graduate, she worked at many pioneer projects such as BPR and Abacus with highly talented and experienced IT & banking experts. In 2007, she designed and implemented Central Operation Business Model Project at ICBC Bank. In the same year, she has moved to TEB; since then she is responsible for designing and managing high scaled end to end business transformation projects. She got her B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering at Gazi University and M.S. degree in Management & Organization at Marmara University. She has mastered at Lean 6 Sigma with Black Belt degree. During her 19 years long career, she has been conducting numerous transformation projects related to efficiency and customer experience aspects. She has combined her extensive business practice knowledge in various projects with strong notion in holistic, lean and creative process design background. She is a mom with two children and She accepts “continuous improvement and learning” as her life motto.

    • Can Us - Odeabank - Direct Banking, Digital Banking Head

      Can Us - Odeabank - Direct Banking, Digital Banking Head

      Can took over as the Head of online, mobile, ATM and self service banking in Odeabank in 2018, with the aim of exceeding its ambitious growth targets, and enhancing its reputation for innovation and customer service. Prior to his new role, Can headed up Odeabank’s change management, looking after program management and business analysis teams to advertently build and grow a greenfield bank - reputedly the first new player to enter the competitive Turkish market in over a decade. He moved to Istanbul for Odeabank during its inception days in 2013 from a Fortune 500 company, Capital One, headquartered in McLean, VirginIa, where he started his career and held variety of roles in his 7-year tenure - including process manager, unit manager and business analyst. Throughout his career, Can has sought out roles that are customer centric and enjoys leading large teams through change and helping people develop themselves and achieve their potential. Can holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering and a MSc in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida.

    • Colin O’Neill - Daon - Director of Sales (EMEA)

      Colin O’Neill - Daon - Director of Sales (EMEA)

      With almost 20 years’ experience working in authentication software companies in a variety of roles spanning both technical and commercial, Colin has amassed a great deal of knowledge in Biometrics and the practical applications of Biometrics into mobile applications for financial intuitions. Colin is currently responsible for Sales and Marketing of Daon’s award winning Human Authentication Platform IdentityX and manages a range of banking customers across the EMEA region.

    • Cuneyt Dincer - Garanti Bank - Digital Banking, Digital Agile Projects Manager

      Cuneyt Dincer - Garanti Bank - Digital Banking, Digital Agile Projects Manager

      Cuneyt Dincer has completed his primary and secondary education at Arı College. After finishing Science High School, he has entered the Economics Department at Bilkent University in 1997. After graduating in 2001, he had different responsibilities in Turkey's leading financial institutions, related to Online Banking, Websites Management, ATMs, Kiosks, Voice Technologies and Mobile Financial Services. He has taken several managerial positions in all of the digital channels, created new platforms with these technologies, and developed innovative projects to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing digital channels. In 2007 he has participated Dogus Group as Eureko Insurance Alternative Delivery Channels Manager. After 2009 he has taken managerial roles in the Digital Banking in Garanti Bank. He has introduced many successful digital projects in the Turkish financial market and led several international award-winning digital applications. Currently, he continues to work in the Garanti Bank as Manager of Digital Agile Projects Manager.

    • Deniz Omer - Calypso Technology - Senior Sales Executive

      Deniz Omer - Calypso Technology - Senior Sales Executive

      Deniz Omer is Senior Sales Executive at Calypso Technology responsible for Capital Markets across Turkey and the Middle East. He has over 15 years’ experience selling complex financial technology solutions into a diverse range of financial institutions including investment banks; asset managers; hedge funds and central banks and has worked at blue-chip technology companies each with a view to grow their companies and move into new territories and markets. Deniz started his career in London at Blomberg LP where he dealt with some of the largest banks in the world at a time of great change within the financial markets. He regularly speaks at industry events around the subjects of capital markets and automation; risk management; operational efficiency and the changing landscape of the Treasury in emerging and developed markets. Deniz holds an LL.B (Hons) Law Degree from London and has specialized in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law

    • Emre Bilgin - Unico Insurance - Director, Information Technologies

      Emre Bilgin - Unico Insurance - Director, Information Technologies

    • Jacques Caers - Guardsquare - Sales Manager, Financial Markets

      Jacques Caers - Guardsquare - Sales Manager, Financial Markets

      I have over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and has an extensive track record in business development for some of the world’s leading banking software companies.

    • Jamal Dweik - Pio-Tech - Associate Director

      Jamal Dweik - Pio-Tech - Associate Director

      A technologist with very shrewd knowledge in the banking sector and over 13 years of accumulated experience in the computer software industry. Mr. Dweik has a unique blend of technical and business experience gained from over 4 years of hands-on core banking solution implementation and similar duration involvement in positioning and deployments of business intelligence projects for the financial sector. A speaker in a number of conferences and forums; recently, presented a working-paper on “The impact of advanced Technology on Compliance” at the “Combating Financial Crimes: Compliance with evolving global AML/CFT standards” Forum. Mr. Dweik is a natural bi-lingual speaker with exposure to both Western and Eastern cultures and enterprises. He has a BSc degree from the University of South Florida, College of Engineering. Before relocating to the Middle East and during his study-work life in North America, he completed his internship at Intuit and worked for IBG Group.

    • John DesJardins - Hazelcast - VP Solution Architecture

      John DesJardins - Hazelcast - VP Solution Architecture

      John DesJardins is currently VP Solution Architecture and CTO for North America at Hazelcast, where he champions growth and adoption of our in-memory computing platform. His expertise in large scale computing spans Microservices, Big Data, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Cloud. He is an active blogger and speaker. John brings over 25 years of experience in architecting and implementing global scale computing solutions with top Global 2000 companies while at Hazelcast, Cloudera, Software AG and webMethods. He holds a BS in Economics from George Mason University, where he first built predictive models, long before that was considered cool. He was worked with some of the biggest banks architecting solutions, including Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, the European Central Bank, Capital One, Visa and others.

    • Mehmet Besek - The Interbank Card Center - Manager

      Mehmet Besek - The Interbank Card Center - Manager

    • Mehmet Ilgar - Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank - Manager

      Mehmet Ilgar - Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank - Manager

    • Nalan Yildirim - TEB - Marketing & Product Development Manager

      Nalan Yildirim - TEB - Marketing & Product Development Manager

      Nalan Yildirim completed her undergraduate education on Economy and her graduate study on Business Administration. She started to work in banking sector in 2002. During her banking career, she worked on various departments like credit cards, POS, insurance sale, project management, marketing, product development. Currently, she continues to work in the TEB as Merchant Services Marketing & Product Development Manager and also Agile Scrum Product Owner for two team.

    • Rolf Schroeder - Wacom - Senior Sales Manager EMEA, Business Solutions

      Rolf Schroeder - Wacom - Senior Sales Manager EMEA, Business Solutions

      Currently developing the emerging markets and he combines 25 years of successful sales career. He developed the strategic B2B Business for Wacom Signature Solution in the last 15 years and created a 100 Billion Euro Business out of it. Before Wacom he developed the B2B Consumer Market for Canon in Germany for nearly 10 years.

    • Unal Sezer - QNB Finansbank - Group Manager, Internet and Mobile Banking Channels

      Unal Sezer - QNB Finansbank - Group Manager, Internet and Mobile Banking Channels

      Born in 1980, Sezer graduated from Computer Engineering Department of Kocaeli University. He got his Master of Science degree on Data Mining. Between 2003-2005 he worked as software consultant at corporate companies and between 2005-2011 he worked at Sabanci Group as senior software engineer. In 2011 he took part as software team leader at Finansbank internet branch, call center channel projects and enpara.com internet and call center channels which was first branchless banking in Turkey. Currently he is working as group manager of internet and mobile banking channels at QNB Finansbank/IBTECH. Also he is a columnist at technology magazines and he is also coaching voluntarily to start-up companies in IT sector.

    • Turhal Temizer - Akbank - Smart Digital Asistant Application Product Owner

      Turhal Temizer - Akbank - Smart Digital Asistant Application Product Owner

    • Visal Ahmet Ozten - Albaraka Turk Bank - Manager, Alternative Delivery Channels Department

      Visal Ahmet Ozten - Albaraka Turk Bank - Manager, Alternative Delivery Channels Department

      Visal Ahmet Ozten has more than 19 years of experience in Payment Systems. He has also worked for several banks in Turkey and abroad as a manager in Payment Systems Departments. Visal Ahmet Ozten was working for credit Europe bank in Kyiv and Bucharest for 5 years as Credit Cards Group Head previously and his current position is Manager in Albaraka Turk Participation Bank’s Alternative Delivery Channels Department. He has completed master’s studies in 2012 in Okan University Banking Department while he holds BA degree. He was a member of Security Council of BKM while he also was a representative in different work groups. He led many projects in Payment Systems Operations, Alternative Delivery Channels, Project and Product Management Departments of different banks. Main projects Visal managed are card schemes launching projects, EMV conversions, loyalty projects, Display Card which can generate OTP and Mobile wallet can be mentioned here.