Speakers

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  • IFINTEC 2022 Conference Speakers

    • Darco Akkaranfil - Burgan Bank - Executive Vice President, Information Technologies

      Darco Akkaranfil - Burgan Bank - Executive Vice President, Information Technologies

    • Enis Kurtoglu - QNB Finansbank - Consumer and Small Business Banking Executive Vice President

      Enis Kurtoglu - QNB Finansbank - Consumer and Small Business Banking Executive Vice President

      Mr. Kurtoglu graduated from Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Bogazici University in 1999, and completed his MBA in London Business School in 2006. He served in several managerial positions in marketing and sales at Citibank Turkey between 1999 and 2002, and in Citibank’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Headquarters between 2002 and 2006. He worked as Marketing Director in Citibank Turkey between 2006 and 2010; he joined Finansbank A.S. as Group Manager in charge of Retail Products in 2010. He served as Mass Banking Director between 2012 and 2014 and as Director of Mass Banking and Direct Sales from 2014 to May 2015. He became Executive Vice President of Consumer Banking as of May 2015, and has been serving as Executive Vice President of Consumer and Small Business Banking as of January 2022.

    • Gokay Dede - Alternatif Bank - Executive Vice President, Retail and Digital Banking

      Gokay Dede - Alternatif Bank - Executive Vice President, Retail and Digital Banking

      Gokay Dede graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Engineering, and has had over twenty years of experience predominantly in the financial sector, specializing in digital banking, business development, marketing, sales and innovation. Dede started his career at Interbank in 1998, taking part in the Bank’s MT programme until 2000, and continued at Dogus Holding in 2000-2001. In 2001, Dede took charge in Digital Channels Marketing and Digital Media at Garanti Bank. He served as Retail Sales and Digital Channels Director at Eureko Sigorta in 2008-2009. In 2009-2015, Dede took charge as Direct Banking Senior Vice President at Akbank, and as Managing Director at Starcom Publicis in 2018-2019. He later on served as Marketing, Product and Ad Business Director at Hopi. Dede joined the Alternatif Bank family as Retail and Digital Banking Marketing and Sales Executive Vice President in December 2020.

    • Halil Ozcan - Burgan Bank Turkey - Chief Digital Officer

      Halil Ozcan - Burgan Bank Turkey - Chief Digital Officer

      Halil holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Galatasaray University, in Istanbul, Turkey. He has 15+ years of professional experience in financial services and technology management with a wide range of innovation projects mostly focused on digital banking, and new technologies. Halil is Chief Digital Officer for Burgan Bank Turkey and leading neo bank “ON” as a business line. Prior to Burgan Bank he was in charge of sales and marketing of digital bank CEPTETEB at Turkish Economy Bank (TEB) BNP Paribas JV in Turkey. He had participated several roles in business development, marketing, mobile strategy including launch of CEPTETEB Pure digital bank. He also worked as consultant for IBM and focused on financial services projects such as new channel development for banks and insurance companies. Halil is fluent in Turkish, English and French.

    • Professor Janusz Filipiak - Comarch SA - Founder, President and CEO

      Professor Janusz Filipiak - Comarch SA - Founder, President and CEO

      Janusz Filipiak holds the title of Professor of Technical Sciences. In 1993, he established Comarch – the first Polish company based on knowledge. In the 1990s, he was an ordinary professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. By the age of 39, he had been awarded the title of Professor by the President of the Republic of Poland. He completed a managerial course in Japan. He also worked as a scientific consultant for France Telecom and held the function of Director Plenipotentiary at the Teletraffic Research Center at the University of Adelaide. He conducted research projects in laboratories in the United States and Canada. In 2013, Professor Filipiak received the prestigious IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award 2012 for his contribution to the development of the communications industry and IT technologies. He has received many honors for outstanding contributions to the development of telecommunications and information technology as well as achievements in charity and social activities. Author of books on teleinformatics, an editor and author of journals, and consultant for domestic and foreign institutions.

    • Kadir Mustafa Ozturk - Aktif Bank - Information Technologies Executive Vice President

      Kadir Mustafa Ozturk - Aktif Bank - Information Technologies Executive Vice President

      Born in 1977, Kadir Mustafa Ozturk graduated from Istanbul Technical University. Since 2000, he took an active role in internet branch, mobile banking, contact center, ATM, digital wallet and digital infrastructure development projects in companies that provide software on financial technologies. With 22 years of experience, Ozturk joined Aktif Bank in 2021.

    • Wouter Meijs - ING Turkey - Technology Executive Vice President

      Wouter Meijs - ING Turkey - Technology Executive Vice President

      Completing his undergraduate and graduate education in the Netherlands and stepping into the ING family through the ING Talent Programme in 2006, Wouter Meijs held several managerial positions within the bank as well as senior executive roles in DevOps Delivery Centre, IT applications at ING in Australia and cloud services for ING. Meijs joined the ING in Turkey family as Technology Executive Vice President as of January 1, 2022.

    • Ahmet Sedat Postacioglu - VakifBank -Director, Digital Banking and Distribution Channels

      Ahmet Sedat Postacioglu - VakifBank -Director, Digital Banking and Distribution Channels

      He was born in 1976 in Antalya. He graduated from METU Mathematics Department. He started to work as an auditor at VakifBank in 2003 and worked especially in the field of Information Systems until 2012. After 2012, he took management roles in the Call Center, Customer Services, Internet and Mobile Banking, IT Business Development and Investment Management, IT Planning and Coordination and SME Customer Experience units. He has been working as the Director of Digital Banking and Distribution Channels since 2019.

    • Amru Kotb - Comforte - Senior Vice President Sales

      Amru Kotb - Comforte - Senior Vice President Sales

      Amru Kotb was born in Cairo and has been living and working in Munich for more than 30 years with his wife and two sons. Amru is passionate about sports and a sustainable life style. In addition to his business degree, he acquired an MBA from Henely Business School, UK, and continued his further education in strategic and innovation management at Stanford Business School, USA. He likes bridging the intercultural gaps between different worlds. The evolvement of IT technology has triggered Amru to be passionate about a maximum simplicity applying IT solutions to make our life easier and better. He has been working in the IT security industry with global companies such as Giesecke & Devrient advising customers in Europe, USA, MEA to apply smart card solutions to the banking, governments and telecom industry. Amru has built his expertise taking on different roles in product marketing, project management, sales management and general management over the last two decades. He expanded his knowledge by working for Oracle supporting customers in Germany through their digital transformation journey to migrate on-premise applications to cloud applications. Amru has been with Comforte since 2021 as Senior Vice President Sales to support customers in MENAT to accelerate the digital transformation through a state of the art innovative data centric security approach to be ready for tomorrow, today.

    • Aziz Fahri Arkan - AgeSA - Executive Vice President, Business Technologies

      Aziz Fahri Arkan - AgeSA - Executive Vice President, Business Technologies

    • Berrak Yenal - Intertech (A Subsidiary of Denizbank) - Executive Vice President

      Berrak Yenal - Intertech (A Subsidiary of Denizbank) - Executive Vice President

      Berrak Yenal works as Executive Vice President at Intertech a subsidiary of Denizbank - Emirates NBD group in Turkey. Responsible for Retail Banking, SME, Commercial Loans and Credit Risk software development at Intertech, which has 54 financial corporate customers including 35 banks in 11 different countries around the world. Works towards the goal of building a strong team spirit and collaboration with an Agile mindset. Skilled in delivering successful products and services by focusing efforts on creating business value and has experience to lead large software development groups. Drives the transformation of the organization, utilize new technologies and adopts practices Agile, Micro-Services, and DevSecOps. She has over 22 years of software development and implementation experience in banking and finance industry, and has worked at MSM- Iktisat Bank - group, Denizbank and Intertech. Mrs.Yenal graduated from the University of Istanbul in Turkey with a Bachelor of Computer Science Engineering, also completed the Oxford University Executive Leadership program.

    • Erkan Dervis - Fibabanka - Director of Digital Channels

      Erkan Dervis - Fibabanka - Director of Digital Channels

      Erkan is the Director of Digital Channels in Fibabanka. Responsible for Internet and Mobile Banking Department, Call Center Platforms Department and CRM Technologies Department. Skilled at leading Digital Transformation of banking digital channels, Platform Banking, SuperApp, Open Banking, Payment Systems, and IT Transformation. In addition to more than 20 years of programming experience, he worked as software engineer, software architect and middle-high management positions in his 15 years of professional business life. Before Fibabanka, worked at Ziraat Bank, Turkey Is Bank / Softtech, Meteksan and Dogan Holding companies. Took key roles in major software development, IT transformation projects and business process improvements. Graduate from the Eastern Mediterranean University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, in addition, holds a MBA Degree from Bilgi University.

    • Funda Oney - HSBC - CIO

      Funda Oney - HSBC - CIO

    • Gokhan Yalcin - Yapi Kredi Technology (A Subsidiary of Yapi Kredi Bank) - Executive Vice President, Information Systems Security Management

      Gokhan Yalcin - Yapi Kredi Technology (A Subsidiary of Yapi Kredi Bank) - Executive Vice President, Information Systems Security Management

      Gokhan Yalcin has more than 15 years of experience in cybersecurity services. He is the executive vice president for security in Yapi Kredi Technology and the CISO for Yapi Kredi Bank. He started his career in the security team of Istanbul-based financial services technology provider Garanti Technology, and after working as a network security manager, he began working in the Yapi Kredi Bank as a cybersecurity operations senior manager. He built a 24/7 security operations center in the bank and then continued his career as a regional security consultant for two leading vendors in the cybersecurity industry.

    • Gurhan Cam - NEOHUB (A Subsidiary of Denizbank) - CEO

      Gurhan Cam - NEOHUB (A Subsidiary of Denizbank) - CEO

    • Hasan Reyhanoglu - Softtech (A Subsidiary of Is Bank) - Director, Information Security and Risk Management

      Hasan Reyhanoglu - Softtech (A Subsidiary of Is Bank) - Director, Information Security and Risk Management

    • Itir Aydogan - Yapi Kredi Bank - Strategic Business Development and Innovation Director

      Itir Aydogan - Yapi Kredi Bank - Strategic Business Development and Innovation Director

    • Kaan Konak - Aksigorta - Technology & Operational Excellence Assistant General Manager

      Kaan Konak - Aksigorta - Technology & Operational Excellence Assistant General Manager

    • Levent Yildirmak - ING Bank - Director, Digital Banking & Payment Systems

      Levent Yildirmak - ING Bank - Director, Digital Banking & Payment Systems

    • Murat Bitirici - Odeabank - Head Of Digital Banking

      Murat Bitirici - Odeabank - Head Of Digital Banking

      Murat Bitirici is Digital Banking Director who has 14+ years experience in Financial Services mainly in Banking, Insurance and Investment banking industries specialized on digital banking, innovation management, strategy formulation, business model design, operating model design, transformation program design and execution. Murat had executed variety of projects in Accenture Management Consultancy in digital domain almost 10 years. He decided to pursue his career on Akbank since 2017 in innovation management. He setup Innovation Center and rolled-out first impactful projects in Akbank. After completion of successful projects, Murat joined to National Bank of Kuwait, as Head of Digital Business and Digital Transformation Office. His main responsibility is formulating digital strategy and execution to gain competitive edge and realizing market making, innovative ideas as well to perform business results. Now, Murat is Head of Digital Banking at Odeabank since 2021, leading digital agenda and transformation program of the bank. Murat has been desirable expert in digital and innovation area as to perform various speeches, researches, point of views and lead strategist.

    • Rifat Deregozu - Fibabanka - Information Security, Governance and Compliance Director

      Rifat Deregozu - Fibabanka - Information Security, Governance and Compliance Director

    • 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.

    • Turker Tunbis - ICBC Turkey Bank - Managing Director of Digital Banking Department

      Turker Tunbis - ICBC Turkey Bank - Managing Director of Digital Banking Department

      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. He has focused on customer experience, usability and software development in the past few years. As the Managing Director of Digital Banking he is responsible from all digital channels of the bank including call center and branch network management.

    • Walter Merz - Dermalog - Head of Business Development

      Walter Merz - Dermalog - Head of Business Development

    • Yesim Calidag - Fibabanka - Director of Technology Strategy and Operational Excellence

      Yesim Calidag - Fibabanka - Director of Technology Strategy and Operational Excellence

      Supervises the Agile Delivery & DevOps, Operational Excellence & Service Management Processes, CIO Office, test & quality, robotic process automation and enterprise architecture units. Owns and leads the digital transformation programme of Fibabanka in agile delivery, robust operations and operational excellence. Builds mechanisms to enhance strategic value of IT. Sets the strategy and roadmap to achieve excellence in technology delivery utilizing agile processes and practices. Leads the development and continuous improvement of all ITSM processes and Agile Software Development (SDLC/DevOps) in IT, working closely with the development and infrastructure teams. Leads the enterprise process improvements and development of process automations through designing, developing, testing and maintaining processes through Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and enhanced workflow automation platforms. Leads the design and implementation of a logging, monitoring, analysis and reporting structure to create visibility of IT in order to get insights for strategic planning risk and performance, including teams, infrastructure and applications. Sets the testing and automation strategy, standards and guidelines for the organization in line with best practices; ensures that each software product released is tested according to the standards. Responsible for financial management and budgeting and supports risk and overall compliance of IT.

    • Yusuf Ozer - Insurance Information and Monitoring Center - Information Security Director

      Yusuf Ozer - Insurance Information and Monitoring Center - Information Security Director

      Mr. Ozer completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at the Bogazici University. He held expert and managerial positions, respectively, in the banking, telecommunications and IT consultancy sectors. In addition to his professional career, he completed the Leadership School program at the Bilgi University and he worked as a guest lecturer at Medipol University. As of July 2018, he joined the Insurance Information and Monitoring Center and is currently working as Director of Information Security.

    • Aytekin Guzelis - Allianz Turkey - CISO

      Aytekin Guzelis - Allianz Turkey - CISO

      Aytekin Guzelis graduated from computer engineering in 2001 and completed MBA in Yildiz Technical University. He started to his professional life as a software developer in Finansbank. Afterwards served as an International Network Support engineer in Alcatel-Lucent. In 2007 he joined Ziraat Bank IT audit team and respectively worked as IT Auditor, Vice President of Board of Auditors and Head of IT Service Management Department. After working as CISO in AvivaSA, Guzelis is currently serving as the CISO in Allianz Turkey and has CISA and CRISC certificates.

    • Davut Gungor - Ziraat Technology (A Subsidiary of Ziraat Bank) - Analytic Banking Group Manager

      Davut Gungor - Ziraat Technology (A Subsidiary of Ziraat Bank) - Analytic Banking Group Manager

    • Emre Olcer - Is Bank - Digital Banking Division Head

      Emre Olcer - Is Bank - Digital Banking Division Head

    • Gokhanalp Arslan - Is Bank  - Head of Artificial Intelligence, Agile Tribe Leader

      Gokhanalp Arslan - Is Bank - Head of Artificial Intelligence, Agile Tribe Leader

    • Levent Kazim Oguz - Denizbank - Senior Vice President, Digital Channels and Open Banking

      Levent Kazim Oguz - Denizbank - Senior Vice President, Digital Channels and Open Banking

    • Michal Holenia - HID Global - Director of Sales for Europe & LATAM and Global Business Development

      Michal Holenia - HID Global - Director of Sales for Europe & LATAM and Global Business Development

      Michal Holenia is a Director of Sales and Global Business Development at HID Global in the area of IAM and Consumer Authentication. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of security, IT infrastructure and Data Center Solutions for large organizations across multiple industries worldwide. In his current role, Michal leads a team that advise banks and financial services providers on how to offer innovative and engaging consumer facing solutions. He has a master’s degree microelectronics engineering and has obtained several certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), and a Certified Data Center Design Professional (CDCDP). Michal is also proficient in multiple languages, he speaks Slovak, Hungarian, English, French, Russian and has a master’s degree in German language.

    • Nedim Kaya - Halkbank - Information Security System Manager

      Nedim Kaya - Halkbank - Information Security System Manager

      Graduated from ITU Computer Engineering at 2003. Started his career at Denizbank-Intertech between 2003-2005 as network security engineer. After that worked at Halkbank since 2005 in different positions including Network Security, Incident Response , Pentesting Teams as Senior Specialist and Team Leader. Currently working as Information Security Systems Manager at Halkbank for 2 years.

    • Nevzat Yegin - Takasbank - Information Security Manager

      Nevzat Yegin - Takasbank - Information Security Manager

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

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

      Okan has 19 years of banking experience in several departments including Credit Analysis, Product Development, Retail Marketing, SME Marketing, Digital Marketing and Private Banking Marketing. He also taught undergraduate courses at private universities for 3 semesters. He has a PhD in Finance at Istanbul University. In addition, he has an advanced CMB license, credit and corporate rating licenses and a BES certificate. Since April-2018, he has been working on the digital transformation program of Kuveyt Turk with the main objective of maximizing Customer Experience.

    • Sadik Bas - Garanti BBVA Bank - Head of Retail Banking Segment Management

      Sadik Bas - Garanti BBVA Bank - Head of Retail Banking Segment Management

      Sadik Bas graduated from Yildız Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering in 2007 and completed his Master of Business Administration (Executive MBA) from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Business Administration in 2018. After working in Dogus Automotive Investor Relations, he moved to Garanti BBVA and held various positions for about 15 years. Currently, he is responsible for Affluent segment customers’ marketing activities at retail banking. He has major expertise and background in marketing management, business development, and sales management by particularly focusing on advanced analytics such as AI, machine learning and algorithms. He has passion for innovative marketing ideas, creating seamless customer experiences and creating autonomous teams for excellent work outcomes.

    • Nukhet Celik - Ziraat Technology (A Subsidiary of Ziraat Bank) - Data Architecture and Governance Manager

      Nukhet Celik - Ziraat Technology (A Subsidiary of Ziraat Bank) - Data Architecture and Governance Manager

      Nukhet Celik graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, in Istanbul, Turkey. She began her career at Ziraat Teknoloji. She worked in information technology management for 11 years in several positions including Business Analyst, Data Warehouse and Reporting Analyst, Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Project and Portfolio Manager. She has focused on business development, quality and risk management, process development and improvement, IT strategy, business planning, transformation optimization, project management, agile methods, analytics and data warehouse solutions, ETL, big data solutions, reporting and business intelligence in the past years. Currently working as Data Architecture and Governance Manager at Ziraat Technology. She is responsible from all data governance management, DAMA, data architecture, master data management, data discovery, data modelling, data quality, data protection and GDPR.

    • Onur Gurcan - The Interbank Card Center - Vice President, Corporate IT Architecture & Application Development

      Onur Gurcan - The Interbank Card Center - Vice President, Corporate IT Architecture & Application Development

      He completed his education in METU Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in 2001. Then, after working in Yapi Kredi Bank's System and Software Development departments for 5 years, he continued his career in Internet Banking Software Development department in Akbank Information Technologies. After a five-year career in Akbank, he founded G-LCK Consulting Co. as his own entrepreneurship. During this time, he participated in many projects including software development, agile transformation, electronics and automation. For the last two years, he has been working as vice president in the Corporate IT Architecture & Application Development department in BKM(Interbank Card Center).

    • Ozer Gulce - Alternatifbank - Head of Information Security, Quality and Project Management

      Ozer Gulce - Alternatifbank - Head of Information Security, Quality and Project Management

    • Selim Tastan - Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank - Head of Digital Transformation and Innovation

      Selim Tastan - Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank - Head of Digital Transformation and Innovation

      Selim Tastan began his banking career in Turkey in 2005 when he started working in IT department at Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank having different roles, Quality and Project Manager until 2013. He worked as the head of IT at KT Bank AG in Frankfurt, Germany until 2017. He came back to Turkey and continued his career as the Application Management Manager in Kuveyt Turk's IT Group. Dr. Tastan has been working as Head of Digital Transformation and Innovation in Strategy Sector since 2018. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Computer Information Systems, he completed his MBA at the University of Texas in 2005. He completed his PhD in Business Administration at Halic University. In his doctoral thesis, he conducted his study on Economic and Technological Determinants of New Entrepreneurs Emerging in the Global Financial Technology (Fintech) Sector.

    • Selma Yaldiz - TEB Finansman - Digital and System Development Senior Manager

      Selma Yaldiz - TEB Finansman - Digital and System Development Senior Manager

      Selma Yaldiz graduated from Mathematics Department of Bogazici University. She worked in IT for 20 years in several positions. She started her career at Koc Finans in 2000 as Software Specialist. She went on her career at TEB – BNP Paribas as Software Development Manager between 2007-2011. She has been working at TEB Finansman as Digital and Transformation Senior Manager since 2011. She implements transformation strategy and applies digital solutions to the company.