An Iconic Fusion of Turkey and Web3 Culture

15-16 November 2022

IstanBlock 2022 Speakers

David Chaum
CEO of
Elixxir

The inventor of digital cash, Chaum is also known for innovations in cryptography, privacy, and voting. With a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, Chaum was the CEO of DigiCash and now heads up Elixxir.

Ciara Sun
Founder
C² Ventures

Ciara Sun is the founding partner of C² Ventures, a chain-agnostic blockchain investment company focuses on empowering builders with the capital and operational expertise to build and scale the next generation of Web3 and metaverse applications.

Prior to founding C² Ventures, Ciara was head of listings and blockchain investments at Huobi Global, a world leading crypto exchange. As Vice President of Huobi Group, She was the spokesperson of the company. She built the global business development and partnership department for the company and led global markets, institutional business unit, blockchain project listings, incubation and investments.

Ciara is a financial analysis MBA, worked across multinational consulting companies such as Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte Consulting and Ernst& Young. She advised Banking and Capital Markets groups for 15 major banks and performed investment analytics to support clients with billions of dollars of AUM.

Ciara is a known female leader in the blockchain space in especial for the Asian scene. Being a regular invitee to numerous prominent global events to conduct workshop and speeches for example, World Economic Forum 2020, Bloomberg Crypto Conference, EuroMoney, Forbes, Cointelegraph, Coindesk etc., she is also coined as the Female Asian Global Crypto Leader by her 250k followers on Twitter. On top of all, she is a strong advocate of gender equality and has founded Women Who Crypto, an NGO dedicated to empowerment and support of female participantion in the crypto scene.

Eren Özkan
Principal, Vice President
Mastercard Turkey

Eren Özkan is the Principal, Vice President at Mastercard Turkey. He has 13+ years of management consulting experience across 20+ countries in Europe, Middle East and APAC. He also has experience in project delivery & quality assurance, maintaining executive client relationships, P&L management, resource development, portfolio optimisation, and organisational design.

Gleb Kostarev
Regional Head of Asia
Binance

Gleb Kostarev, Regional Head of Asia, has extensive experience in marketing, operations and team managing and now leads the Asia market at Binance. He is a big advocate of innovations in the crypto industry, namely, NFTs. Prior to Binance, he was part of well-known cryptocurrency and financial companies, including the audit and consulting corporation EY and a blockchain platform.

Efe Bulduk
CSO
Troy & First Batch

Efe Bulduk is an experienced finance professional and a tokenomics expert, providing consulting services to companies that are transitioning to Web 3. Prior to his focus on Web 3, Efe was the regional head of East Europe and Mediterranean for Rystad Energy. He holds MSC degree on Energy Finance from Sciences Po Paris as well as blockchain and finance certificates from MIT and Harvard Business School.

Pankhuri Bansal
Blockchain Expert at United Nations / Blockchain Ambassador to UK Government

Pankhuri is the Director of Blockom with over 7+ years of experience in developing and scaling Blockchain solution in various industries. She is an appointed global blockchain expert with the United Nations (UN/CEFACT) and at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and is an ambassador for the UK government as a blockchain expert at the BSI. She is ex JP Morgan at the blockchain launch team and has supported multiple large organizations and start-ups in converting ideas into products.

She is a recognised expert in identifying trending digital tools, providing niche use cases of blockchain and designing solution architecture, converting ideas into commercially successful products. She holds triple Masters: an MSc in Internet of Things & Entrepreneurship from City University, UK; Post Graduate in Artificial Intelligence & Machine learning, McCombs Business School, Uni of Texas, Austin; & MSc in Economics & International Financial Economics, University of Warwick, UK and a bachelors in BSc in Economics & Finance, London School of Economics, UK.

Wes Levitt
Head of Strategy
Theta Labs

Wes Levitt is Head of Strategy for Theta Labs, where he works on corporate strategy, marketing, press relations, and analytics. He’s been a speaker on blockchain topics at conferences like the New York Media Festival, Blockchain Connect, and NAB Streaming Summit among others. Prior to joining Theta Labs, Wes spent 8 years in real estate private equity and securitized debt. He holds an MBA from UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Cem Arcan
Ecosystem Lead
Stellar Development Foundation

Cem is Ecosystem Lead at Stellar Development Foundation. At SDF, Cem leads the relationships with key ecosystem stakeholders. He works with entrepreneurs and enterprises of all sizes to support them to grow their business while increasing the network activity. Prior to SDF, Cem worked in strategy, operations, and compliance roles for companies like Coinsquare and HSBC, and also worked as a consultant at PwC.

Beryl Chavez Li
Co-Founder
Yield Guild Games

Beryl cofounded YGG. She previously founded asset token platform, CapchainX, and was Entrepreneur in Residence at http://Coins.ph, a crypto exchange and payments startup acquired by GoJEk. Her experiences include backtesting fx trading algorithms at BlackRock London and product owning an investment platform at UBX’s Unionbank PH. She authored the Philippine Roadmap for Digital Startups and started her career in early stage Venture Capital in Shanghai in 2012.

Beryl holds a Master of Finance degree from Cambridge University.

Erhan Korhaliller
Founder of Istanbul Blockchain Week & EAK Digital / General Partner - MatterBlock

Erhan Korhaliller is the Founder of BlockDown Festival, EAK Digital, Istanbul Blockchain Week, a specialist blockchain PR agency. Prior to launching EAK Digital, Erhan previously managed large scale project teams for blue-chip brands such as Nike, Rolls Royce, and Vodafone, successfully guiding his teams to multiple advertising awards, including a platinum award from Campaign Magazine. Erhan continues to lead from the front, giving PR a voice in the blockchain industry as a speaker at global events.

Zoe Wei
Senior Business Director
BNB Chain

Zoe Wei is now the BNB Chain Senior Business Director and drive the ecosystem growth in Europe. BNB Chain is the leading public blockchain that has the most active users in the world. She has worked in several critical roles at Binance, the largest crypto exchange in the world, for the past 4 years. She managed the Binance Fan Token business and realized 3X growth on fan token market cap. She built the fiat business and Binance Connect from scratch and grew it to be a billion-dollar business in less than 2 years. Now Binance is the largest fiat-crypto gateway in the world in terms of user number and transaction volume. In the interim, she built the Binance NFT operation and led crucial deals in Binance Labs. When working at Binance Charity, she piloted the Binance Lunch for Children project, and designed the Pink Care Token which sponsored feminine hygiene products for 1 million young women in Africa. She holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University with concentration in social innovation and impact investing.

Yoshihisa Hashimoto
Co-Founder of Lv.99
Ex CTO for Square Enix

Yoshihisa is a co-founder of Lv.99, a new web3 game studio comprised of highly skilled game developers from big studios around the world. Lv.99 not only produces original tiles, but also provides advisory/funding to web3 projects beyond GameFi category that require gamification in their dApps. He focuses on development of AI, Metaverse, blockchain and other cutting edge technologies.

Yoshihisa is an ex-CTO at Square Enix, one of the biggest gaming companies in the world, publishing iconic titles such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest series etc. He also served as a technical director for Final Fantasy 14 which became the most played MMORPG in the world with 40 million players.

Prior to Square Enix, he served as a game director and technical director for Sonic Unleashed at SEGA, contributing to game design and new technology deployments.Besides game production, he spearheaded multiple game engine developments for Square Enix and SEGA which were utilized for AAA title game development. After Square Enix, he joined Life is Tech and produced a learn to code service which became No.1 by market share in Japan. Later, he produced another learn to code service called Codeillusion in collaboration with Disney.

David Palmer
Vodafone
Blockchain Lead

David Palmer is a digital visionary and global platform innovator. He is the Vodafone Business lead for Blockchain technology, and he has been key to exploring the application of blockchain to telecoms and wider business.

David is an expert on the convergence of digital technologies and new business models, and he is currently exploring the opportunities associated with IoT, Blockchain, DeFi and Metaverse.

Andrew Robinson
Head of EMEA Institutional Sales & Trading
Coinbase

Andrew Robinson leads Coinbase’s core institutional client business for the EMEA region. Andrew and his team help institutional investors, financial institutions, and corporates trade and custody digital assets through Coinbase’s suite of institutional products including Coinbase Prime.

Before joining Coinbase, Andrew advised sovereign wealth funds and corporates in the Middle East and Africa at A.T. Kearney on strategic equity positions and creating shareholder value. Prior to A.T. Kearney, Andrew held a variety of sales and trading positions and across fixed income and equities at banks including Lehman Brothers, Barclays, Nomura, Jefferies and HSBC.

Andrew received his MBA from the Columbia Business School in New York and his Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from Villanova University outside of Philadelphia. Andrew has been personally involved in cryptocurrencies since 2016.

Julien Bouteloup
Founder of Blackpool Finance, Stake DAO & Stake Capital

Julien Bouteloup is driven by risk. Since the age of 14, he has been dedicated to mathematics, code and artificial intelligence. With a background in electrical engineering, computer science in the United States with machine learning specialization. He then is an experienced nomadic serial entrepreneur and business angel. On a personal level, he took advantage of the data storage capacity and computing power he had at his disposal to run algorithms. He discovered Bitcoin in 2010 and Ethereum in 2015 and realized the disruptive potential of blockchain technology.He contributes to the construction of several protocols, and supports the constant innovation of the sector by offering more and more financial services strengthening the ecosystem. Alongside his activities, he is actively involved in educating the general public about what he sees as the new industrial revolution: blockchain. Beyond being an insatiable geek, he claims a vision and works towards its realization.This is how Stake Capital was born in 2018. Since then, he has created and participated in many decentralized projects, such as Stake DAO, Curve or BlackPool

Erkin Şahinöz
Academy Founder Strategic Management Consultant and Former Fed Economist

Erkin Şahinöz was deemed worthy of the Nebraska state’s most successful young businessman award in 2002. He started his professional career in 1999 as a Research Assistant, and between 2000-2002 he worked as a strategic management and finance consultant to banks and real sector companies at the Business Development Center, the national consultancy company of the USA. He was transferred as an economist by the US Federal Reserve (FED) in 2002. He was promoted with the financial model he developed using options, which predicts the interest rate changes of central banks, and was appointed to the FED as the Director of the Economic Research Group. He returned to Turkey in 2007 and established the Strategy Coordinator and Business Development department at Arıkanlı Holding, which also includes Yurtiçi Kargo.

In 2009, he was appointed as the Turkey General Manager of Erste Bank, the largest bank in Austria. He established Turkey operations from scratch and provided services to domestic institutional investors and London-based foreign investment funds in the fields of investment banking, acquisitions and mergers. He managed the corporate finance and public offering processes of many companies. Şahinöz is a columnist in many national magazines and newspapers, especially in Dünya Newspaper. He is also a regular commentator on national TV channels.

Erkin Şahinöz, who is an independent member of the board of directors of many institutions, also advises companies in the real sector in the fields of strategic management, corporate management, digital transformation, branding, financial management, export market research, blockchain and 4.0. He also attends around 450 events a year as a speaker on neuromarketing, disruptive technologies, the moment of human decision, economy, financial management, risk management, digitalization, blockchain and branding.

Elif Hilal Umucu
CM Europe/Turkey
Chainlink Labs

Elif Hilal Umucu developed her own alphabet at the age of 10 and started to write her writings in cipher. She learned that this alphabet is cryptography in high school and decided to develop herself in the field of Blockchain with encryption methods when she was 17! She established a global organization to gather people who think like her and want to specialize in the same subjects under the same roof, and while she was still a university student, she worked on blockchain at the Turkish Presidency Digital Transformation Office. Elif Hilal, who makes blockchain technology a lifestyle, community and research at Chainlink, is drawing a career on smart contracts, digital identities and innovations that blockchain technology will bring.

Dr. Bahadir Kaleagasi
President,
Paris Bosphorus Institute

Dr. Bahadir Kaleagasi is president of the Paris Bosphorus Institute and lecturer at the Galatasaray University in Istanbul where he teaches European Union’s international economic relations, globalization and the sustainable development. He is also Brussels Energy Club’s honorary chairperson, European Council on Foreign Relations-ECFR, the Atlantic Council and Global Relations Forum (GIF/GRF) member, board member of Argüden Governance Academy, Women on Board Association, Yanindayiz(HeForShe), Kalangos Foundation, Berlin Bosphorus Initiative and Forum Istanbul, and adviser to several companies, startups and nongovernmental organizations. He was formerly a EU Jean Monnet and NATO scholar, an academic at Université Libre de Bruxelles teaching international relations theories and the EU’s decision-making process and global economic relations, visiting academic at Harvard, Georgetown and Jerusalem universities, researcher for the European Commission’s Forward Studies Unit; successively EU representative, international coordinator (Brussels, Washington DC, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Berlin, Paris, Dubai/Gulf, Silicon Valley/San Francisco), and CEO of Turkey’s main business association TUSIAD; executive board member of BusinessEurope (The Confederation of European Business) and a delegate to OECD and B20/G20. He is author of several books and articles on international affairs, sustainable development, and Turkey.

Eray Dengiz
CEO at Kriptomeda and
Cointelegraph Turkey

Eray Dengiz is the CEO of Kriptomeda, Turkey’s leading cryptocurrency media company based in Istanbul which has the most valuable publishing online media sites such as Coinkolik.com, BTCHaber.com, and CoinBilgi.net. Also, he is the CEO of Cointelegraph Turkey, the most known media company in the world. Eray previously worked for own agency, Badbaz Digital Communication since 9 years and also best communication and media agencies such as MediaCom, Grey Group, and Leo Burnett. Eray continues to develop successful business for the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry on the media side.

Andy Crosby
Founder and CTO
SWIM

As SWIM Founder and CTO, Andy leads tech architecture and tokenomics strategy for major brands yearning to bridge the gap from web2 to web3. Drawing on his previous experience at KPMG, PwC, and Capgemini leading workshops and management consulting to Fortune 100 CEOs. Prior to launching SWIM, Andy helped develop and roll out the Smart City infrastructure for the City of Denver, Colorado. Andy is also an award-winning musician (formerly signed to Sony Records) and an alumnus of University of Technology-Sydney.

Tim Mangnall
CEO
Capital Block

Tim Mangnall, the CEO of Capital Block. A leading NFT consulting agency. Capital Block help sports IP owners build clear and robust NFT strategies for the long-term and connect them with the best NFT platforms, blockchains and partners in the market. Capital Block help create true fan engagement through NFT strategies and call the likes of Galatasaray, AS Monaco, Legia Warsaw, Trabzonspor and many other European super clubs their partners.

Zia Word
Co-founder & General Partner
Matterblock

Zia is an experienced entrepreneur with two exits. Involved in blockchain since 2013, she was co-founder & CSO of crypto & blockchain ecosystem 途赞 in China, exiting late 2018. She has since consulted with many of the top Web3 projects and VCs in the space. Zia started Matterblock, with partner Erhan Korhaliller to invest in and support Web3 projects pushing the culture forward. She regularly appears on Sky News & Sky Business sharing insights on the industry.

Nikita Sachdev
CEO & Founder
Luna PR

Nikita Sachdev is an Indian-American serial entrepreneur and investor. Nikita has had a keen interest in multiple industries, yet found her passion in the Crypto and Blockchain space in 2017, after working for the crypto giant, Huobi.

Nikita co-launched Luna Management, a talent management agency and production house in 2015. Soon after that, she discovered the Crypto and Blockchain space, which piqued her interest. She began investing in crypto and working alongside some of the largest companies in the fintech space as an advisor, which led her to eventually exit Luna Management and launch her own public relations and marketing agency, Luna PR.

Nikita travels globally to speak at universities and conferences, such as University of Miami and Oxford University, to educate people on the potential of Blockchain. Nikita’s growth has since been tremendous and has recently caught the attention of government officials worldwide.

Dr. Alireza Dorfard
Head of Market Data + Services,
Deutsche Börse

Alireza Dorfard is Head of Market Data + Services and part of the Deutsche Börse Trading & Clearing Management Team. Market Data + Services encompasses Deutsche Börse Group’s data dissemination business and focuses on continuous development and enhancement of the group’s data products.
Before Alireza Dorfard joined Deutsche Börse Group, he was responsible for Mastercard’s Data & Services business as part of the management team in Germany and Switzerland.
He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group, consulting clients in the financial services and capital markets industry.
Alireza Dorfard studied mathematics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and received his PhD in economics from the University of Trier

Burçak Ünsal
Attorney at Law
Ünsal Law

Burcak Unsal is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and Istanbul.
Unsal is also a Patent and Trademark Attorney admitted to European Patent Institute and the Patent Institute of Turkey.

Unsal has been the regional counsel to Google & YouTube and has represented or is currently representing, among others, giants like Huobi, Dell/EMC, Yandex, GE, Coca-Cola, NEC and etc. in various fields of law.

Unsal has also gained invaluable multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary experience at Baker Botts LLP in the US, Kobayashi Todo in Japan and DLA Piper in the UK.

Unsal holds a M.Sc. at Aegean University Institute of Science, LL.M. at the University of Virginia and LL.B. at Marmara University Faculty of Law.

Unsal is a member of the Bosphorus University, Information Systems Research Systems.

Dr. Çağla Gül Şenkardeş
Founder
Durugoru Consultancy

Dr. Cagla GUL SENKARDES is the founder to Durugoru Consultancy and founding member of Istanbul Blockchain Women Association. With over 20 years of professional career as a manager, and educational background combined with a BS and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and Communications at PHD level, makes it possible for her to create an holistic ecosystem for humanity and inspire on technology. Being an academician at İstanbul Bilgi University in Turkey, she is a believer in technology and committed to impact humanity on a global scale and is true supporter of gender equality. Gül Şenkardeş is the Board member of Istanbul Blockchain Women Association, Yeniden Biz Women Association, Advisory Board member to Tomorrow, team member at Blockchain Turkey Platform. She carries out academic researches on blockchain technology and gender equality focused sustainability topics and has published academic articles.
Gül Şenkardeş, as an interdisciplinary researcher, focuses on technology and people. She is an academics in the fields of blockchain technology, gender equality and sustainability. Gül Şenkardeş, who has published several scientific research articles and 2 books, has introduced a new theory of feminism, “Cryptofeminism”, to the academic literature at the International World Congress of Women in 2022.

Erhan Kahraman
Editor
Cointelegraph

Erhan Kahraman is an editor at Cointelegraph. A passionate storyteller and content creator for more than 15 years, Erhan ensures people and technology are heard and acknowledged by a global audience.

Blake Kuhre
Co-Founder and COO
SWIM

As SWIM’s Co-Founder and COO, Blake’s passion for cultivating what’s next in tech and entertainment stems from a decade at Disney launching A-list celebrities and Company franchises, to rolling out live streaming strategies, international growth and development, and IRL events with stints at Tencent and Bytedance, paving the way for musical.ly’s transition to TikTok. Prior to SWIM, Blake practiced Corporate Development at Meet Group, helping take the company private and selling to ProSieben & General Atlantic for USD $500MM in 2020, along with forging a 3-year partnership with Match Group. Blake is also a former presenter for NBC, ABC and a J-School alumnus at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Kamile Uray
Economist & Financial Analyst

Kamile Uray is a graduate of Gazi University İ.İ.B.F., Department of Economics. After working as the Chief Financial Analysis Specialist in Deposits, Credits, and Intelligence at T. Halk Bankası A.Ş. between 1989-2002, she transferred to the Undersecretariat of Customs as a Researcher. Between 2007 and 2016, she worked as Deputy Branch Manager at the Department of Strategic Management and Planning and Management Information System at the Ministry of Customs and Trade.
She worked on deposits at Halk Bankası – bank loans analysis, objective-subjective analysis and financial evaluation, balance sheet analysis, preparation of intelligence reports, commercial loans, letter of guaranteed loans, foreign currency and individual loans, loan offers, and payment. At the Ministry of Customs and Trade, she worked on strategic plan preparation coordination and preparations, Undersecretariat Action Plan coordination-preparation-follow-ups, YOIKK Foreign Trade, Customs Technical Committee Actions Monitoring and Coordination, and Strategy Action Plans for Combating Informal Economy.
She also worked on the preparation of the Internal Control Action Plan, Minister Presentation, Activity Report, and the process analysis of the Strategy Development Department. In addition to that, she created processes for the Ministry of Finance SGB.NET system in the Undersecretariat of Customs.
In 2017, she was a Criminal Expert at the Ministry of Justice (on Banking and Strategic Management). She retired at the end of 2018.
After that her focus was Foreign Currency Loans, Letter of Guarantee Loans, Financial Analysis Techniques, Reporting Techniques, Banking Law, European Union Basic Training (ATAUM-39) MAYEM Public Financial Management Training, EUGS- Strategic Planning Training, ABGS- Project Development and Project Fiche Writing, Logical Framework Matrix Preparation Training, and Technical Analysis Trainings in Financial Markets.
Since starting to work at the bank, she has been actively trading in Financial Markets, including Crypto (Spot-Future), Borsa Istanbul (BIST) Stock, and Futures Options Markets (VIOP). Now that she’s retired, she gives Technical Analysis Training in Financial Markets at Vuca Borsa with Sait Arslan.

Ori Levi
CEO
NFTrade

Ori Levi, CEO of NFTrade Bitcoiner and cryptocurrency enthusiast since 2012. Digital marketer with over 15 years of experience in PR, SEO, and content marketing. Designing and building projects from ideation to completion, and has been advising top blockchain projects for the better half of a decade.

Paula Tavangar
Investment Principal
SwissBorg Ventures

Paula Tavangar is a serial entrepreneur and renowned leader within the Fintech, Blockchain, and Quantitative Finance space. Recently, Paula joined forces with Swissborg Ventures, where she occupies a senior level role utilizing her expertise in blockchain technologies and venture capital to lead the investment process and promote deal sourcing.

Ece ILDIR
Managing Partner
Law of Techs. Co.

Ece ILDIR graduated from Istanbul University Law Faculty and has an LLM degree in economic law from Bilgi University. She has started her business life in a private bank Legal Proceeding Department and after the merger with an international bank she has transferred to another private bank Legal Affairs Advisory Department in 2007 as legal counsel. She is well experienced in capital markets, tax, banking and finance. She also served as legal advisor to all head office departments and branches of the bank on the issues, including but not limited to project finance, Islamic finance, payment systems, intellectual property, labor law, litigation etc. She has worked as president to Payment Systems Committee of the Banks Association of Turkey. She is legal advisor for financial institutions, investors, entrepreneurs, tech companies, universities, incubation centers, venture capitals. Her profession is tech law, finance law, tech law, blockchain, cyrpto, crowdfunding, angel investment, intellectual property. She has achieved extraordinary results over 10 year experience and following the distinctive vision on solving problems.

Leyla Arsan
CEO
TAGES

CEO of TAGES and innovation consultant, with statistics background and ICT business, R&D and innovation knowledge for more than 32 years, experienced in EU funded R&D and Innovation Projects, innovation management, consulting and collaborating with industry, academia, NGOs, and mainly SMEs and Start-Ups. R&D and Innovation Consultant in ICT based innovative application and services on Self-Sovereign Digital Identity Wallets, Smart Cities, Sustainability and Circular Economy and as Data enthusiast; Open and Linked Data, Interoperability, Big Data, IoT, AI, digital identity, Blockchain impacting on SDGs. Member of the advisory boards of various academic and non-profit groups in Turkey and Europe. Active partner of the Plastic Twist Blockchain based circular economy platform and GLASS Blockchain based eGovernance for the Cross-border Citizen Services Project. Founder and Board Member of Istanbul Blockchain Women Association. Active in European Communities of Big and Open Data, Digital Identity, ICT, Digital Social Innovation and Open Innovation platforms as a member of NEM(Network and Media), NESSI(Software and Services), ODI(Open Data Institute), DSI(Digital Social Innovation Initiative) and eIDAS(Regulation on electronic identification and trust services) Expert Group.

Ebru Guven
Chairwoman
Istanbul Blockchain Women

Banking professional over 20 years with several positions at the headquarters and branches, mainly in corporate banking of reputable banking institutions of Turkey. She was the head of a retail branch in İstanbul, when she first met the Blockchain universe and ecosystem with one of her clients being the first crypto Exchange of the country. Inspired by the technology and determined to be actively involved in the community, she ended her career as a banking professional to participate in an ITO Project as the CFO. Since 2018, she is active in blockchain community, co-founder and currently the Chairwoman of Istanbul Blockchain Women. Ebru has been working as a consultant for Blockchain and ICO projects within Tim Consulting, and she is a guest lecturer in Bahcesehir University Masters Program on Fintech courses.

Başak Burcu Yiğit
Country Lead
Amber Group

Başak Burcu Yiğit was trained in circular economy and sustainable agriculture in Canada during her master’s degree. After her education, she worked as a researcher at Bogazici University to conduct academic studies. Meanwhile, she took part in sustainability projects. In the same period, she was the Turkish Representative for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. After a while, she received a proposal for the coordination of the Cyber Security Center, which would be carried out within the Bogazici University Management Information Systems Department and supported by the Ministry of Development. Accepting this offer, Başak started to take an interest in information technologies. Having met with blockchain technology in the same period, Başak believed that she could combine her sustainability history with blockchain technology. Then, she took part in several blockchain companies which are wallet, arbitrage platform, DeFi project and launchpad. Currently, she is working for Amber Group as a Country Lead. Besides her professional career, she has co-founded one of the most prestigious blockchain-related association called Istanbul Blockchain Women in Turkey.

Aysegul Sensoy
Chief Strategy Officer
XYZ Teknoloji

Business professional with 20 years of management experience in the fields of blockchain, emerging technologies, fintech, business development, investors’ relations, marketing and sales, building and enhancing B2B and B2C sales network, dealership building, resource management, finance, brand launching, operations, building new markets inland and abroad, supply management, budgeting, business development in zero to rocket projects in eligible companies operates in emerging technologies, Blockchain, fintech, regtech, home appliances, retail, consumer goods, and real estate.

Asst. Prof. Bora Erdamar
Director
BlockchainIST Center

Asst. Prof. Bora Erdamar is the founder and director of the first university research and development center in Turkey for Blockchain Technology, BlockchainIST Center and the founding director of Bahçeşehir University Experimental Economics Lab. Additionally, Erdamar is the director of BAU Graduate Education Institute, Economics and Finance Graduate Programs, which includes only FinTech Graduate Program in Turkey. After completing his undergraduate education in the Department of Mathematics at Boğaziçi University, Erdamar received his PhD in Economics from Ecole Poytechnique, Paris, with high honors in 2013. After working at Paris School of Economics, Moscow Higher School of Economics, University of Rochester and Columbia University for post-doctoral research in political economy and electoral systems for 3 years, he has been working at BAU for the last five years.

Research Interests: Blockchain Technology, Experimental Economics, Game Theory, Behavioral Finance and Political Economy.

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