Speakers

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  • IFINTEC 2019 Conference Speakers

    • Bahadir Samli - ING Bank - Technology Assistant General Manager

      Bahadir Samli - ING Bank - Technology Assistant General Manager

      Mr. Bahadir Samli graduated from Computer Engineering Department of Ege University and he completed his MBA study on Business Administration at Ozyegin University. After working as Director at a private bank, he joined ING Bank Turkey team in 2012. Mr. Samli was assigned as Information Technologies Assistant General Manager in 2015. Area of responsibility of him was extended in 2017 and currently Mr. Samli has been working as Technology Assistant General Manager and Executive Committee Member in ING Bank.

    • Cigdem Carino - Akbank - SVP, Digital Banking Design and Innovation Head

      Cigdem Carino - Akbank - SVP, Digital Banking Design and Innovation Head

      Cigdem Carino did her undergraduate degree of Computer Engineering in Bogazici University which she also completed her master’s studies in 1995. After a short experience in Garanti Technology, she started working at Information Technology area of Akbank T.A.S. Highly experienced in management having 14 years of managerial experience during 19 years of her professional career. As a head of division and vice president, managed many departments consisting of different competency centers and led the implementations of many IT Systems in a wide range of application areas in nearly every domain in the bank. After being a vice president of different IT departments including Treasury, Investment, Private Banking, Bank Operations, Corporate and Commercial Banking, Credits, Customer and CRM Applications, In April, 2012 she was delegated as the vice president of Akbank IT Direct Banking. At the beginning of 2016, in addition to her role, she was also responsible from Payment Systems and Cash Management. As of the beginning of 2017, she transferred from Information Technologies to Direct Banking Business Unit and currently she has been working as SVP, Digital Banking Design and Innovation Head. Akbank IT Direct Banking Department has grown significantly ever since she is actively in charge of its management. So far Akbank Direkt Banking has been awarded in several important awards competitions including Apps of the Year in GSMA and Gold Stevie Winner in IBA.

    • 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.

    • Mucahit Gundebahar - Kuwait Turkish Bank - CIO

      Mucahit Gundebahar - Kuwait Turkish Bank - CIO

      Mucahit Gundebahar has more than fifteen years of IT experience especially in banking and finance industry. He has 5 banking conversion project experiences with different roles. He graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Computer Engineering in 1997, completed his MBA in Bilgi University in 2002 and got his a PhD degree on Business Administration from Halic University in 2016. Between 2005 and 2009 he had worked for Microsoft Turkey as Senior Application Development Consultant. He was Enterprise Architecture and R&D Department Manager at Kuwait Turkish Bank between 2009 and 2012. Currently he is the IT Group Manager (CIO) at Kuwait Turkish Bank. He gives direction to the roadmap of the bank by leading critical R&D projects. He had previously spoken at Gartner Excellent Experience Exchange, Microsoft IT Summit, Banking Technology Summit, Software Architect Conference, local and international academic conferences, university social programs and he has published articles. He taught academic lessons and he had given many written and TV interviews.

    • Bulent Ersoz - TEB - Card Payment System Director

      Bulent Ersoz - TEB - Card Payment System Director

      Bulent Ersoz is an expert in Payment Systems. He has been working heavily in the finance sector more than 20 years. Currently, Bulent is member of TEB Retail Management Committee and leads TEB’s Issuing and Acquiring Business. His responsibility is in full aspect of the product development, product management, sales coordination, p&l responsibility, vendor relationship of all types of Credit Card, Debit Card, Prepaid Card and Acquiring. With his leadership, TEB has been one of the fastest growing banks in sector in both of the major product lines and strong profit contribution to the Bank.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Gurhan Cam - DenizBank - Digital Generation Banking Senior Vice President

      Gurhan Cam - DenizBank - Digital Generation Banking Senior Vice President

      Gurhan started his professional life in Fortisbank as Management Trainee on Corporate Banking. By ending 3 years in banking, Gurhan converted his career to IT business and soon became Department Head of Core Banking IT Projects and accordingly Department Head of Retail Banking. Throughout his 8 years IT career Gürhan has successfully built business in both local and international projects. At March 2012 Gurhan has attended the foundation team of Digital Generation Banking at DenizBank as Department Head of Innovative Special Projects. By returning to banking business he has played leading role in building up new generation products and services in past 3 years. He is one of the architecture of award winning products FastPay, Twitter Loan, MobilDeniz, Direct Banking Platform (DijitalDeniz). He has spent many effective efforts resulting with DenizBank’s “Most Innovative Bank Of The Year” and “Global Innovator” title winning. Through the pipeline he gained the MSc degree on “Strategic Marketing and Brand Management”. Now he is working as Digital Generation Banking Senior Vice President, responsible from Mobile Platforms, Direct Banking and Digital Payment Systems. He is also President of DenizBank Innovation Committee coordinating the Innovation process all around the bank.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Emre Bilgin - Unico Insurance - Director, Information Technologies

      Emre Bilgin - Unico Insurance - Director, Information Technologies

    • Hakan Kantas - Halkbank - IT Governance and Continual Service Improvement Division Manager

      Hakan Kantas - Halkbank - IT Governance and Continual Service Improvement Division Manager

      He started his career in the midst of 1980 as author and editor at MacWorld, PC World and PC Magazine. He started his professional career in 1993 at IT Department of Pamukbank. Until 2007, he developed Credit Cards banking package and software, he took role in adapting IBM’s Core Banking packet into the design of Pamukbank Core Banking system, he worked as a project manager and technical manager in the installation of many projects like Pamukbank Digiturk TV Banking, Internet Banking. Since 2007 at the unit he worked, he managed ITSM (IT Service Management) and CSI (Continual Service Improvement) projects that supplied comprehensive innovative transformations to implement global best practices in IT by service oriented approach and IT process model compatible to regulations. He has Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and ITIL-Foundation certificates and he was a former board member of ISACA Turkey and itSMF-Turkey Chapter. Currently he is working at IT Governance and Continual Service Improvement Department and he’s responsible from following areas; Project Office, Management of Risk and Compliance, Quality Management, Performance Management, Chance Management, Project and Portfolio Management, Service and Information Architecture Management, Governance and Planning, IT Strategy and Value Management and Continual Improvement.

    • 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.

    • 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 17 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, 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.