Süleyman Demirel Convention Center,
Istanbul Technical University Ayazaga Campus
November 19-20th, 2015

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  • What is livable city, how should it be?
  • How livable is the city we live in?
  • What would you like to change in the city you live in?
  • How to increase the life quality in the cities?
  • What are the best practices?
  • What to do?

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Today, half of the world population –which is already above 7.2 billion- lives in the cities, according to studies conducted by United Nations, and this urbanization rate will reach 70 percent by 2050. Within only 15 years, urban areas will be doubled and approximately 1.2 billion vehicles will be on the road. World Bank’s data indicates that, the urbanization rate in Turkey—with a population of about 75 million, of which 72 percent currently live in cities—will likely surpass 80 percent by 2030.

The dramatic rise in urban populations, expected both in Turkey and in the World, requires the efficient use of resources that are already under strain. Cities are responsible for 70 percent of the energy-related emissions, and thus contain vast opportunities for solutions. If we are able to direct technological innovation and infrastructure development through resourceful planning and vision, we can make our cities smarter, more sustainable and livable.

Energy Efficiency Improvement Program Action Plan, developed by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, reveals that Turkey is one of the most energy-dense economies when compared with other developed countries, with energy consumption per unit GDP above the averages of OECD and EU-27 countries. As one of the six components of the Action Plan, energy efficiency in transportation is a critical area for improvements. Expanding public transportation, establishing smart bicycle networks in suitable locations, expanding pedestrianized areas closed to traffic, encouraging the use of vehicles with higher fuel efficiency, alternative fuel technologies and similarly innovative solutions that employ technologic advances are among the ways that cities can decrease energy use.

As part of the Action Plans developed in the EU adaptation process, urban transformation projects that are expected to be completed by 2023 are estimated to cost around 400 billion USD. Sustainable and safe transportation, efficient transportation, and accessible and inclusive transportation are among the five action items determined in the Transportation Sector Operational Plan. In the next seven years, the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance has allocated 440 Million Euros for the implementation of sustainable urban mobility plans in at least ten cities.

2015 presents great opportunities for Turkey to transform cities into more livable and sustainable places. The Annual Livable Cities Symposium, organized each year in November, hosts experts from Turkey and around the world to share best practises. Livable Cities Symposium aims to support decision-makers and implementers from various cities in building more sustainable and livable cities.

Event Program

Day 1 Day 2
  • 09:00 - 09:30

    Opening Remarks

    Arzu Tekir – Director, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities

    Randall Scheps - Vice President and General Manager, Alcoa Foundation

    A. Canan Ediboğlu - Board Chair, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities

    Ani Dasgupta - Global Director, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

    Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca - Rector, ITU

    Question - Answer
  • 09:30 - 10:45

    Cities Key to Green Growth andClimate Change

    Philippe Crist – Administrator of ITF, OECD
    Ani Dasgupta - Global Director, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities
    Simon Hansen – Regional Director, C40
    Mümin Kahveci – General Manager, İETT
    Moderator: Sinan Ülgen - Founder and Managing Partner of Istanbul Economics

    Question - Answer
  • 10:45 - 10:55
    Coffee Break
  • 10:55 - 11:10

    Zero Carbon Emission Systems

    Nezih Ertürk - Country Representative, Bombardier

  • 11:10 - 12:25

    Transport Solutions to Create Livable Cities

    Michael Glotz – Senior Project Manager, City of Bremen
    Gökhan Yılmaz – Head of Housing and Urban Development Department, İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality
    Çiğdem Çörek Öztaş – Urban Development and Accessibility Projects Manager, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities
    Tímea Lendvai – Project Manager, BKK Centre for Budapest Transport
    Moderator: Asst. Prof. Dr. Koray Velibeyoğlu - Izmir Institute of Technology

    Question - Answer
  • 12:25 - 12:35

    İTÜ Green Campus Project

    Prof. Dr. Tayfun Kındap – Secretary General, İTÜ

  • 12:35 - 13:15
    Lunch break
  • 13:15 - 14:30

    Cities Safer By Design

    Adrian VAN HERK – Consultant
    Celal Tolga İmamoğlu – Road Safety Projects Manager, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities
    Anne Erikson – Traffic Safety Engineer, Danish Road Directorate
    Ebru Kantoğlu - Corporate Communications Manager, Doğuş Otomotiv
    Modaretor: Prof.Dr. Ali Osman Atahan – Acedemicien, İTÜ

    Question - Answer
  • Parallel Session 1

    14:30 - 15:45

    Financing Sustainable Cities

    Ahu Serter - President, Farplus Group
    Mehmet Urcu - Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Başkanı Ekonomi Danışmanı , Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi
    Serge Perrin - Project Officer, French Development Agency - AFD
    Şule Topçu Kılıç - Deputy Counry Director, EBRD
    Modaretor: Ender Aykut Yılmaz – Acting Deputy Manager, Il Bank

    Question - Answer
  • 14:30 - 15:45

    Innovative Urban Mobility Solutions in Smart Cities

    Engin Çomakçı - Strategic Marketing & M2M Services Manager
    Nazım Salur – CEO, BiTaksi
    Sonal Ahuja – Regional Director, PTV Group
    Ali Halabi - Founder & CEO, Volt
    Moderator: Marcel Meeuwissen - Senior Consultant, City of Enschede

    Question - Answer
  • 15:45 - 15:55
    Coffee Break
  • 15:55 - 16:10

    Sustainable Solutions for Livable Cities

    Hayri Baraçlı – Secretary General, İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality

    Question - Answer
  • Parallel Session 2

    16:10 - 17:25

    Sustainable Urban Development: Transformation and Efficiency

    Prof. Dr. Pınar Mengüç – Member of Advisory Board, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities
    Jennifer Layke – Building Efficiency Director, WRI
    Gisela Mendez – Senior Coordinator, Network of Cities, EMBARQ Mexico
    Modaretor: Ahmet Cihat Kahraman - Director of Environmental Management Centre, Marmara Municipalities Union

    Question - Answer
  • 16:10 - 17:25

    UCLG-MEWA & IETT Partnership: Approaches on Public Transportation from the Region

    Eng. Mohammed Al RAHAHLEH - Manager of the Traffic Operations Department, Greater Amman Municipality, JORDAN
    Azzam Qasrawi- City Engineer, Nablus Municipality
    Fatih Canıtez- Strategy Development Department, Director of Business Intelligence and Project Management, IETT
    Umut Alkım Tuncer- Strategy Development Department, Business Intelligence and Project Management Directorate, Foreign Affairs Representative, IETT
    Modaretor: Assoc. Prof. Ilgın Gökaşar - Academicien, Boğaziçi University

    Question - Answer

WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities reserves the right to change the people and organizations in the draft agenda.

Opening Speakers

A. Canan Ediboğlu
Board Chair, EMBARQ Turkey

Canan Ediboğlu is a non-executive board member with ING bank and with Aygaz in Turkey, since 2009. Canan was the country chair and CEO of Shell Turkey between 2001 and 2009, until her retirement. Before Canan was the CFO, of Shell Turkey, preceded by a series of positions within Shell, all streams, in the disciplines of marketing, treasury and planning, starting in 1980. During her  tenure as CEO and country chair of Shell Turkey, she was involved and leading a significant number of  M&A s and nurtured the growth of Shell in Turkey, next to daily management and operations.She started her professional career as the Research Assistant at the Southampton University in UK and returned to Turkey in 1980 when she first joined Shell to be appointed as the Planning Manager. Canan received her secondary education at Ancaster House School and studied economics in Southampton University (Bsc), receiving her Masters Degree (Msc) in Financial Managerial Control in the same university.

Current NGO work: 

- Board Member of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Turkey. 
- Founding Board member and currently Chairperson  of Embarq - Centre for Sustainable
- Founding Board Member of Common Purpose in Turkey, a British NGO helping to build up competence of future potential leaders. 
- Member of Global Relations Forum (think tank group in Turkey) 
- Board member of Autism Society in Turkey

Former roles: 

- Former President of PETDER – Turkish Association of Petroleum Industrialists. She was the Chairwomen between 2004-2008
- Former Chairperson of Oil Industry Council Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) (2006-2010). This is an ongoing role until next General Assembly meeting.
- Board Member of YASED  (Foreign Investment Association, Turkey)

Ani Dasgupta
Global Director, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, WRI’s program that galvanizes action to help cities grow more sustainably and improve quality of life in developing countries around the world. Ani guides WRI Sustainable Cities in developing environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable solutions to improve people’s quality of life in developing cities. Ani leads the program’s team of global experts in sustainable transport, urban development and building efficiency, as well as its engagement across low-carbon energy, governance, water risk, and associated areas as well as serves as a member of WRI’s global management team, helping to shape the institute’s overall strategy and growth.

Prior to joining WRI, Ani served at the Director of Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank, where he provided leadership and direction for the Bank’s role in offering knowledge services for development. In 2010, he helped develop the World Bank’s first knowledge strategy. Before leading the Bank’s knowledge work, he coordinated the Bank’s internal reform program as the director of the Reform Secretariat. Prior to these corporate responsibilities, Ani spent the majority of this career in the operational part of the Bank including five years in the Jakarta office as the head of infrastructure.

An urban professional, Ani has dedicated himself for over 15 years to international development with a focus on the urbanization, urban environment and infrastructure. He has done extensive operational work in Asia and Eastern Europe as an technical expert centered on community based development, urban environment, disaster management, solid waste management, water supply and sanitation. He was extensively involved in the post tsunami reconstruction of Aceh as an advisor to the government on housing and infrastructure reconstruction and as the head of the Bank’s housing and infrastructure team. 

Ani holds a Masters Degree in City Planning and a Masters Degree in Architecture, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His PhD work, at the planning school at MIT, focused on services for urban poor. He received a Bachelor degree in Architecture with an emphasis on low Income Housing from the School of Planning and Architecture in India. 

He has researched and written widely on Community Driven and Community Based development, urban poverty in East Asia, and more recently on Knowledge and Learning for development.

Arzu Tekir
Director, EMBARQ Turkey

EMBARQ Turkiye Executive Director Arzu was appointed Director of the Turkish center of the EMBARQ Network in December 2011., where managed the establishment process of Sustainable Transportation Association. She initially joined EMBARQ in January 2011 as Operations Manager. Prior to joining EMBARQ, Arzu worked as a consultant and conducted several market research projects in New York and wrote business plans and reports for investors and telecom companies who were looking at developing innovative information technology (IT) projects in Istanbul. She also worked as European Union Projects Coordinator and External Relations Director for IT companies, directed the financing of research and development projects and initiated the firms’ participation in several key European Union (EU) organizations.

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca
Rector, ITU

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca has completed his bachelor’s (1979) and master’s degrees (1981) in Meteorological Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. He received M. Sc. Degree (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He served as Vice-Director and Director at Institute of Sciences (1993- 1995), Vice-Director at Eurasia Earth Sciences Institute (2001-2002), Board Member of Research Fund (2001-2004) and Head of the Department of Climate and Marine Sciences (2001-present) at ITU. Prof. Dr. Karaca was appointed as Vice-Rector between 2008-2010 and was the founding Rector of ITU NCTR between 2009-2010. Prof. Karaca has taken over the position of ITU Rector in 2012. His main research areas of interest include Atmosphere and Ocean Modelling, Global and Regional Climate Change, Disaster Management and State of Emergency, Air Pollution and Air Quality, Urban Climate. Prof. Dr. Karaca is a member of American Geophysics Association, American Meteorology Society, National Geography Association (USA) and Society for the Protection of Nature.


Ahmet Cihat Kahraman
Director of Environmental Management Centre, Marmara Municipalities Union

Ahmet Cihat Kahraman has started Environmental Management Centre (EMC) within Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) since 2010 and worked as Director of EMC since 2014. Before MMU, he took in charge some rural development projects as a project assistant and project coordinator.

He completed undergraduate education in Selcuk University as Environmental Engineer, at the same time he  graduated Heat-Energy Department within Mechanical Engineering. He played a part some industrial waste water management and interdiciplinary renewable energy research projects. He completed post graduate education in Istanbul University with modelling about efficiency collection system and recovery on Electronical Waste.

He going on working as a member at task force about “solid waste and waste water management” and “energy efficiency” within Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS)  

Prof. Dr. Ali Osman Atahan

Prof. Ali ATAHAN received his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University. His research areas are: Traffic safety, design and analysis of roadside safety hardware, structural evaluation of impact-contact problems and vehicle crashworthiness. Dr. Atahan has more than 50 research papers published in scholarly journals, conference proceedings and research reports. He works as a consultant to highway barrier manufacturers in Turkey and Europe. He is an associate member of the American Concrete Institute, ACI, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, and Turkish Road Safety Board, YTMK. He currently works as a Professor of Department of Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. He can be reached at atahana@itu.edu.tr.

Ender Aykut Yılmaz
Acting Deputy Manager, İl Bank

Ender Aykut YILMAZ, is Deputy Director General, responsible for, securing finance from international resources for local administrations and banking transactions of local administrations issues in İlbank.

He is interested in financing of local administrations’ urban transport, renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management, water and waste water projects with external resources.

He is also conducting studies on alternative funding approaches that can be used while realising local administrations' projects, apart from traditional way of funding.

He graduated from Ataturk University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and got his MBA from Gazi University. He holds a PhD in Finance from Gazi University.

Ass. Prof. Dr. Ilgın Gökaşar
Academician, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi

Asst. Prof. Dr. Koray Velibeyoğlu
Izmir Institute of Technology

Koray Velibeyoğlu is an assistant professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Izmir Institute of Technology. The main foci of his research are urban design, planning history, knowledge management, local asset-based development, urban ICT policy-making and knowledge-based development processes.

Dr.Velibeyoglu is project manager of Izmir Peninsula Sustainable Local Development Project. He can be contacted at korayvelibeyoglu@iyte.edu.tr.

Marcel Meeuwissen
Senior Consultant, City of Enschede


Marcel Meeuwissen, University of Twente Siyaset Bilimi ve İnşaat Mühendisliği Bölümünden mezun olmuştur. 1993 yılından bu yana kent yönetimi, hareketlilik ve ulaşım danışmanlığı alanlarında çalışmaktadır. Enschede şehri için 2003 yılında çalışmaya başlamıştır ve akıllı hareketlilik ve şehirler hakkında kıdemli danışmanlık pozisyonunda görev yapmaktadır. Temel olarak odaklandığı konular; kent içi hareketlilik stratejilerinin geliştirilmesi, endüstri ve bilgi enstitüleri ile işbirliği içinde inovatif çözümler üreterek uluslararası işbirliği ve bilgi paylaşımını sağlamaktır. Kendisi, farklı alanları ve çeşitli partnerleri daha iyi ve yeni çözümler üretmek üzere bir araya getirmenin ona enerji ve motivasyon sağladığı ifade eder.

 EU Expertgroup ITS and Urban Mobility’nin üyesi olarak EUROCITIES Mobility Forum ve Economic Development Forum’la yakından ilişkide ve bunun yanında CIVITAS ağıyla bağlantı içindedir. 

Akıllı Şehirler konsepti, açık veri kullanımı ve akıllı hareketlilik arasındaki ilişkiler üzerine 6 aylık bir çalışmanın parçası olarak Avrupa’da birçok şehri ziyaret etmiştir. Şehirlerden bazıları; Londra, Oslo, Budapeşte, Karlstad, Göteborg, Helsinki, Nanates, Gent, Amsterdam, Barselona, Kopenhag’dır. Bu çalışma Brüksel’deki UITP ofisi işbirliğiyle gerçekleştirilmiştir.

Mayıs 2015’ten beri bir AB Projesi olan EMPOWER (www.empowerproject.eu) ‘da yer almaktadır. Sürdürülebilir hareketliliği teşvik etmek ve yakıtlı araçların kullanımını azaltmak amacıyla EMPOWERT Projesi ITS/bilgi/teşvik hizmetlerinin kullanımını incelemektedir. Projenin gerçek bir etkiye sahip olması için projeye daha fazla kentin ve paydaşın dahil edilmesi üzerine çalışır.






Sinan Ülgen
Founder and Managing Partner of Istanbul Economics

Sinan Ülgen graduated in 1987 from the University of Virginia with a double major in computer sciences and economics. He undertook graduate studies at the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium where he received, in 1990,  a masters degree in European economic integration. He then joined the Turkish Foreign Service as a career diplomat.

In 1992, he was posted to the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union in Brussels where he became  part of the team that negotiated the Turkey-EU customs union.

Ulgen is the founder and managing partner of Istanbul Economics. The consultancy specializes  in market entry strategies for international companies, political and economic risk analysis related to Turkey and regulatory affairs. Ulgen is also the chairman of the Istanbul based think tank, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. His research and opinion pieces have been published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for European Policy Studies, Center for European Reform, the Atlantic Council, German Marshall Fund, Brookings and the World Economic Forum as well as newspapers such as Le Figaro,  Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, European Voice, Project Syndicate and the International New York Times. He is also the co-author of a book on Turkey-EU relations with Kemal Dervis and a frequent commentator on Turkish affairs in the international press. Ulgen is the academic advisory board member of the NATO Defence College in Rome and was a member of the international policy experts group setup by the NATO Secretary General Rasmussen.




After a career in a major Dutch shipping company, started to work for the Dutch ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in 1991 as policy adviser in the field of public transport and the mobility of people with mobility restraints. He worked for two years with the European Commission on issues related to the transport by road of freight and passengers. From 2006 to 2008 he was resident twinning adviser at the Ministry of Transport and Communications at Ankara for an EU-funded project for assistance to the Turkish road transport sector. In other EU-funded projects he provided the ministry of Transport and Communications with a road transport strategy for the period 2010-2015, participated in a twinning project on intermodal transport for the ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications and assisted that ministry in developing plans for improving the mobility of elderly people and people with disabilities.

In 2012 he organised a seminar at Ankara on road safety. 

He is the co-author of various reports and publications on the mobility of people with mobility restraints. 

He is married to a Turkish lady and can, therefore, be considered an enişte. He lives at Ankara.

Ahu Serter
Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Strategist

Seri Girişimci , Yatırımcı ve Stratejist Yatırımcı ve teknoloji, yenilik, ulaşım çözümleri girişimcileri, kadın-öncü girişimcilik Ahu Serter, bir seri girişimci, yatırımcı ve stratejisttir. Türkiye’de yenilikçilik, ulaşım/mobilite çözümleri, iş geliştirme, sanat ve kadın liderliğinde girişimcilik üzerine lider olarak düşünülüyor. Otomotiv, ev aletleri ve turizm girişimlerinden oluşan Farplus Grubu başkanı olan Ahu Serter, ayrıca Far+Plus’ın kurucusu ve başkanıdır. Far+Ventures, sürdülebilir ulaşım alternatifleri üzerine çalışan, otomobil, elektronik ve yazılım yetkinliklerini birleştiren akıllı ulaşım alanındaki yenilikçi yeni girişimlere yatırım yapmaktadır.
Şimdiye kadar MAsinga, araba paylaşma platform ve daha iyi sürüş ve ulaşım çözümleri için çalışan bir şirket olan Comodif’e fon sağlamıştır. Bununla birlikte, Mata Otomotiv gibi yenilikçi otomobil şirketlerine ve iç mekanlar için fiber karbon üreticisi olan Tesla, Aston Martin gibi şirketlere de yatırım yapmıştır.
Galata Business Angels’ın atif üyesi olup, ARYA women Investment Platform kurucusudur. Bilkent Üniversitesi,Ankara’da işletme bölümünden mezun olan , daha sonra New York, Pace Universitesi’nde Yatırım Yönetimi üzerine MBA derecesini tamamlamıştır. Türkçe, Almanca, İngilizce ve İspanyolca bilmektedir.

Ali Halabi
Founder & CEO, Volt


Ali Halabi graduated in 2005 from the Lebanese University of Beirut with a BA in Marketing Management. He started his career in a technology startup after which he transitioned to Procter & Gamble where he served several assignments across the Middle East and Turkey. During his last assignment in P&G Istanbul, a city that he calls home now, he found out that 8 out of 10 cars in Istanbul have only the driver, which he saw as a huge inefficiency in transportation that is causing Istanbul's notorious traffic.

In October 2013 he started Volt, a mobile app that connects any car owner that have empty seats with passengers going in the same direction. Volt helps car owners get back their car ownership costs while offering passengers the convenience of a car travel at affordable rates that were not possible before. Volt launched in July 2015 and today enjoys the support of 3 of Turkey's top internet investors. Volt aims to solve Istanbul's traffic problem by increasing the efficiency of car usage in traffic, and thus reducing the number of cars needed in the long run.

Anne Erikson
Traffic Safety Engineer, Danish Road Directorate

Cycle and survive! Urban friendly and safe transport [PDF]

I graduated from the Technical University of Denmark in 1988 and have since worked with roads and road traffic in public road administration. Since 1999 my field of work has been traffic safety, and as I have worked with city traffic in both Copenhagen City and Gladsaxe municipality, my focus have been on safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Presently I work in the Danish Road Directorate with traffic safety on state roads. Beside my experience in Denmark, I have also worked on short traffic safety assignments abroad, mainly in South America. I am a guest teacher at the Technical University of Denmark.

Azzam Qasrawi
City Engineer, Nablus Municipality

Nablus City [PDF]

Azzam Qasrawi has been appointed recently in 2015 in the position of Nablus City Engineer, as head of engineering departments including transportation and traffic sections in the Municipality, Eng. Qasrawi is a civil engineer who was graduated in 1987 from An Najah National university with a wide experience in construction management, infrastructure solutions, water and wastewater treatment solutions Qasrawi has  occupied several positions in Palestine and abroad, he was the GM for the largest construction and development company in Palestine and worked in the field in construction management solutions in the United Arab Emirates for one of the specialized firms in USA  in a variety of mega projects in Dubai. Eng. Qasrawi is deeply willing to see creative solutions that will lead to smooth and healthy traffic in Nablus city which have an ancient living  heart which is thousands of years of age.

Celal Tolga İmamoğlu
Road Safety Projects Manager, EMBARQ Turkey


Celal Tolga İmamoglu is a transportation engineer (M. Sc.) with topographical engineering background. He received his topographic engineering degree from Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, followed by a master's degree in transportation engineering at Istanbul Technical University. During his master's degree at Istanbul Technical University, He worked as a Course Assistant for the Earthwork and Railway Engineering module. His thesis was about the Environmental Effects of Transportation "The Effects of Scrap Tires in Asphalt Pavement on Highway Noise Damping". Previously, he worked as a field engineer for a Turkish contractor company during the construction of New Shakhtar Donetsk Stadium in Ukraine. His involvement included devising a business strategy, carrying out detailed analytical & structural analyses, synchronizing all building process, and managing business plan simultaneously within given deadlines.

Çiğdem Çörek Öztaş
Urban Development and Accessibility Projects Manager, EMBARQ Turkey


She started within EMBARQ Turkey in October 2013. Before, she worked on the TUBITAK Project worked as a project assistant "Metropolitan Area in Industrial Clusters: Spatial Clustering of Jewellery Industry in Istanbul, Competitiveness and Solidarity Networks". She worked for a short time in Ankara Çankaya Municipality. About 4 years, she worked as a specialist in the Western Black Sea Development Agency, Strategy Development and Programming Unit.

In EMBARQ, she completed the preparation process of TR81 Level II Region 2010-2013 and 2014-2023 regional plan. She took part in the design team who won the honorable mention at "Kahramanmaras Cultural Park Architectural Competition" and who won the purchase during "Usak Intercity Terminal Complex Urban Design and Architectural Design Competition". She had undergraduate education at Gazi University Faculty of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning, she completed her master's degree in Social Policy Program, Institute of Social Sciences in ODTÜ. She is continuing her doctoral studies at Gazi University, Department of City and Regional Planning.

Ebru Kantoğlu
Coporate Communication Manager, Doğuş Otomotiv

Ebru Kantoğlu who was completed high school education in Notre dame De Sion was graduated from Bogazici University Sociology department  in 1998. She completed her master degree in Palazzo Spinelli Art&Business School Firenze between 1998 and 1999. Kantoğlu began work life in Image Communication in 1999. She worked with major companies in sector in various fields such as corporate communication, strategic consultancy, media relations, marketing and public relations, crisis management. After executive in various fields of communication, from marketing communication to digital media management, in 2005 she started her first assignment in Doğuş Otomotiv. She took part as communication executive in the brand of Volkswagen which is in the roof of Doğuş Otomotiv and coordinated all communication, public relations, sponsorship and event organisation issues of Volkswagen Türkiye. During the years of her management mission, Kantoğlu carried out many success such as Crystal Apple Awards, Volkswagen Arean Agreement, ODD Gladitor Awards, Effie awards. She has assumed as Doğuş Otomotiv Corporate Communication position in February 2015. 

Engin Çomakçı
Strategic Marketing & M2M Services Manager, Turkcell

Turkcell Smart City Solution [PDF]

Engin Comakci has been working as M2M Services and New Business Manager at Turkcell since January '15. Engin had started at Turkcell in 2008 and he worked respectively solution sales, product management and solution development department in different roles.

Before he started to Turkcell, he had worked at Mikes Electromechanics that is participation of Aselsan in project management and business development department during 3 years. Engin graduated from Hacettepe University electronics department and he started his career as an engineer.He got a master's degree in the same university.

Fatih Canıtez
Strategy Development Department, Director of Business Intelligence and Project Management, IETT

He was born in Istanbul in 1988. After finishing the Ataturk Science High School in 2005, he graduated from Boğaziçi University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. In 2011, he began to work for IETT, Istanbul’s public bus authority and operator. After working for Knowledge Management Department as business analyst for 2.5 years, he became the manager of Business Intelligence and Project Management department. He is responsible for coordinating all the projects in the company, supporting the top management by using data to get meaningful information, business development and foreign relations. At the same time, he finished his graduate studies in industrial engineering with a thesis on performance management in public transport companies in 2015. This year he began his PhD studies in the area of Business Management.

Gisela Méndez
Senior Coordinator, Network of Cities, EMBARQ Mexico

Efficient cities through urban development [PDF]

Gisela Mendez is the Senior Coordinator for EMBARQ Mexico's Network of Cities program. She has a background in architecture with a particular focus in urban architecture. Her work has stimulated her interest in urban policy and the power of cities to transform people's everyday lives. Gisela was previously a private consultant for public sector officials and the academic world. In recent years, she was dedicated to expanding the capacity of the Instituto de Planificación de Colima (Planning Institute of Colima). Particularly in the context of international environmental affairs, Gisela views urban planning and development as key to the global exchange of knowledge among diverse actors, and crucial to bettering the quality of life in cities worldwide.

Gökhan Yılmaz
Head of Housing and Urban Development Department, İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality

İstanbul'da Kentleşme Süreci [PDF]

He was born in 29.05.1973 in Istanbul, he married and has a son. He has graduated from Kabataş High School in 1990. He has graduated bachelor degree of Urban and Regional Planning Department of Yıldız Technical University in 1994.  He has graduated Master Degree of Urban Regional Planning Department of Istanbul Technical University in 2003. He also has graduated Local Government Department, Public Administration Department and International Relation Department.

He worked Directorate of Housing at Kağıthane District  Municipality and then he worked as  Director of Housing Directorate between 1998-2009. He worked as Deputy Manager of Housing Directorate in 2009, then he worked as Deputy Manager of Urban planning Directorate, he worked as Director of Urban planning Directorate in May of 2013, then he promoted at Head of Housing and Urban Development Department in July of 2014 and he is currently working at same position.  Project and tasks; he managed most of Urban Master Planning of districts in Istanbul, beside planning Urban Master plan, he also managed 1/100.000 scale Istanbul Metropolitan Environment Planning during his task of Urban Planning Directorate.

At the additionally beside the task of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, he also took charge as delegate of Istanbul Municipality at 1 Number, 2 Number and 3 Number Cultural And Natural Heritage Preservation Board during his task of Istanbul municipality. Since the beginning of the task of Head of  Housing and Urban Development Department he has been task as member of Istanbul Governorship Preservation of Land Board and he also has been Deputy Chairman Board of Management  İstanbul Otobüs İ.C. 

Hayri Baraçlı
Secretary General, İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality

Yaşanabilir Şehirler İçin Sürdürülebilir Çözümler [PDF]

Dr. Hayri Baralı graduated from Yildiz Technical University Industrial Engineering Department in 1989. He has obtained his master’s and phd degrees at the same university. Dr. Baralı started his academic life as research assistant in 1990. Since that time, he has been giving lectures, including 10 year-experience of Air Force Academy.

Dr. Baraçlı has served as management consultant at public and private sectors. He has completed so many academic and professional studies on business administration, re- structuring, strategic management and planning, holistic quality management, human resources management, feasibility of investments and efficiency management.

Besides his academic studies, Dr. Baraçlı has also worked as Rector Consultant, Public Relations Coordinator and Head of Human Resources Development Center at Yildiz Technical University between 2008 and 2009. He was appointed as General Manager of IETT Establishments in 2009. Since May 2014, he has been serving as Secretary General of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

Dr. Baraçlı, who defines innovation and change as his private and professional life’s motto, has given seminars and conferences and presented proceedings nationally and internationally about industrial engineering, operations research, management and organization, simulation and optimization, change management, financial management, entrepreneurship and public transportation.

Dr. Baraçlı’s first book about financial management at corporate companies, which was published in 2011, precede his second book “Yönetimde 40 Dörtler”, which was published in June 2014. 

Jennifer Layke
Building Efficiency Director, WRI


Jennifer Layke is the Director of the Building Efficiency Initiative of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Jennifer leads the Building Efficiency Initiative’s research and collaboration with WRI cities teams and global buildings experts.

From 2010-2014 Jennifer ran Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency a global initiative to provide information and analyses on the technologies, policies, and practices to deliver high performance buildings. In addition, she supported strategic planning on corporate energy, sustainability and policy goals.

Jennifer’s prior experience includes 12 years at the World Resources Institute where she was deputy director, Climate and Energy Program. She founded The Green Power Market Development Group which developed innovative energy procurement paths for corporate use of clean energy in the U.S. and Europe. Jennifer also managed corporate partnerships focused on strategies to reduce GHG emissions and was the lead for WRI’s participation in USCAP, a partnership between environmentalists and business providing consensus recommendations on carbon cap-and-trade policy approaches.

Jennifer’s international experience includes consulting for the World Bank and the U.S. EPA on Montreal Protocol technology transfer. She has an A.B. in Asian Studies/Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and a M.S. and MBA from the University of Michigan. In 1990, she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship for a year of sociology research in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Mehmet Urcu
Chief Economic & Financial Advisor to Mayor – Antalya Metropolitan Municipality

Mr. Mehmet Urcu is currently a Senior Advisor to Mayor for Finance and economic development. He is also the Chairman and the President of Anet Inc. which is one of the largest municipality-owned companies in Antalya. 

Before his mission in Antalya, he has been a well-known investment banker for 25 years. He worked at TSKB, YF Securities and Prudential Financial. He has successfully completed several international deals in various sectors. He is the Winner of the Top 100 International Adviser Award representing Europe in 2014. He is also the Winner of the Deal Maker of the Year Award in 2013 by Finance Monthly published in UK. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from Istanbul Technical Univercity, and a Masters Degree in Management Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

Michael Glotz-Richter
Senior Project Manager, City of Bremen

Transport Solutions to Create Livable Cities [PDF]

Michael holds a diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the TechnicalUniversity in Berlin (1984). In his professional career, Michael has always worked on the link between urban development, transport strategies and urban lifestyle.

Having worked in Berlin and Cologne, he started at the City of Bremen in 1990. Since 1994 he has been responsible for sustainable mobility and for many internationally recognised model projects on sustainable transport and environmentally-friendly mobility. Key project elements are the promotion of integrated sustainable transport modes with public transport, taxi, cycling and Car-Sharing – and its integration with urban development. 

With this concept, Bremen was selected as showcase at the 2010 World Exhibition in Shanghai. The strategy was awarded with the German Transport Planning Award (2010) and the ‘European Sustainable Energy Award’ (2013). Bremen became also finalist for the IDTP Sustainable Transport Award 2013 (TRB Washington). In 2014, Bremen won the CIVITAS Award of the EU CIVITAS initiative (for public participation) and in 2015 the European SUMP Award.

Mohammed Al RAHAHLEH
Manager of the Traffic Operations Department, Greater Amman Municipality, JORDAN

Amman Transport [PDF]

Mümin Kahveci
General Manager, İETT

Mümin Kahveci has started his career as an engineer. He also continued his career as a lecturer in universities in Turkey, the UK and the USA between 1989 and 1996. He worked in Ankara Metro between 1995 and 2000. After that, he started to work in Istanbul Ulasim AS as deputy managing-director. He took part in many railway system projects both in Ankara and Istanbul. He also took charge in integration and redesign of fare collection system of Istanbul. He worked in IETT as deputy managing director between 2009 and 2014. He is appointed as the general manager of IETT in 2014.

Nazım Salur
CEO, BiTaksi

Innovative Urban Mobility Solutions in Smart Cities [PDF]

Nazım Salur is the founder & CEO of BiTaksi, Turkey’s taxi-hailing app and Getir, an on-demand delivery app delivering over 200 household items in minutes.

BiTaksi launched in 2013 and brought credit card payment to taxis for the first time. Getir launched in July 2015. Nazım Salur graduated from Bosphorus University with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1986 and has been a serial entrepreneur for over 20 years.

Nezih Ertürk
Key Customer Relations, Bombardier

Bombardier Zero Emission Systems [PDF]

Holds the degree of BSc in Mechanical Engineering, completed studies for degrees of MBA and postgraduate in Project Management.

He worked for university, railway administrations and manufacturers in Railway industry in Turkey and  Europe  in the field of  design,  manufacture, quality, project management, technology transfer/localization, currently working as representative for Bombardier Transportation in Turkey, since 2009.

Philippe Crist
Administrator of ITF, OECD

Philippe Crist is a Senior Economist and Administrator at the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He manages international research projects for the ITF’s 57 Member countries and coordinates the research of the ITF’s Corporate Partnership Board. His current projects address alternative and disruptive urban mobility scenarios, the potential for leveraging Big Data to improve transport decision-making, improving cycling safety, managing mobility in rapidly growing urban areas, assessing GHG emission strategies in the transport sector, as well as investigating national transport asset and network management strategies. He is an avid cyclist and mushroom hunter.

Prof. Dr. Pınar Mengüç
Member of Advisory Board, EMBARQ Turkey

Change at All Scales For Liveable Cities [PDF]

Professor Mengüç received his BS and MS from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and his PhD from Purdue University, USA in 1985, all in Mechanical Engineering. In 1985, he joined the University of Kentucky as assistant professor and was promoted to the ranks of associate in 1988 and full professor in 1993. He was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador in 2006. Professor Mengüç was the coordinator of the Umbrella Program on Nano-scale Engineering (UPoN) and the director of the Nano-scale Engineering Certificate Program (NECP) at the University of Kentucky. At the end of 2008, he was promoted to the ranks of Engineering Alumni Association Professor UK. He joined Özyeğin University as the founding professor of the Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program in 2009, and has established the Center for Energy, Environment and Economy at OzU in the same year. Since then, he serves as the Director of CEEE. Professor Mengüç is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and as of 2010, he became the Turkish delegate of the Energy Commission for the European Union Framework Programmes (EU-FP7).

Randall Scheps
Vice President and General Manager, Alcoa Foundation

Randall joined Alcoa in 2006 and is currently vice president and general manager of Alcoa’s truck wheel business for Europe, Middle East, and Africa since 2014. The business supplies lightweight forged aluminum truck wheels to all the major truck and trailer makers from locations in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, Paal, Belgium, and Durban, South Africa – and through an extensive network of value added distributors. Alcoa Wheel Products Europe was the first Alcoa business to produce DuraBright EVO® - the world leading wheel surface treatment for that keeps wheels bright and shiny for years while resisting corrosion and chemicals.

Prior to this assignment, Randall was global marketing director for Alcoa automotive rolled products in Detroit, working with global automakers to speed the shift from steel to aluminum in auto body construction. Randall served as chairman of the Aluminum Association’s Transportation Group (ATG). ATG is an industry trade group that is the voice of aluminum to the transportation industry in the US. Earlier in his Alcoa career he also led the automotive and commercial vehicle market sector team (MST) for Alcoa.

Prior to Alcoa, Randall has 13 years of automotive experience with Ford Motor Company and Visteon in engineering and manufacturing in the United States, Germany, and Mexico.

Randall is a native of Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Randall and his family live in Budapest, Hungary.

Serge Perrin
Head of Urban Development & Environment Unit, AFD

AFD is France’s bilateral development bank, operating in developing/emerging countries and overseas France via a network of over 70 offices in the world. AFD works with central and local governments, public entities, private sector, and NGOs. In 2014 AFD provided EUR 8.1 billion of financing commitments. Serge Perrin worked on Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa region on various types of operations (global budget support, debt swaps, sector budget support, project loan). Prior to his current assignment in Turkey, he was based in Jordan where he was in charge of water & energy projects (PPP, policy loan). Before joining AFD, he had several experiences in higher education and research in France (Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech, French Institute for International Relations), and South Korea (Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, European Union Science & Technology Programme). He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne, MSc in International and Development Economics, and a BA in Korean Studies.

Simon Hansen
Director of Regions, C40

Simon is the C40 Director of Regions, where he is responsible for the management of C40’s Regions and Cities team.  Before joining C40, Simon served as Deputy Director in the City of Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Administration, as well as head of its City Development Department, where he oversaw  strategic planning, including the delivery of  Copenhagen’s ambitious plan for the city to be carbon neutral in 2025.  Previous to this, Simon has also held positions as Chief of Staff to the Lord Mayor of  Copenhagen, and he has worked as policy advisor in the UK Cabinet Office and the Danish Finance Ministry. Simon has been a frequent  lecturer at the University of Copenhagen with courses on City Governance and  Urban Strategy.  He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of  Copenhagen and the New School University in New York City, and a BA in political Science from the University of Copenhagen.  Simon is based in London. 

Sonal Ahuja
Regional Director, PTV Group

Innovative Urban Mobility Solutions in Smart Cities [PDF]

Sonal Ahuja is the Regional Director for PTV Group for Middle East, North Africa and Indian region. He has over 19 years’ experience in the design and management of Intelligent Transport Infrastructure, ITS, transport planning, modelling and research projects for clients in the EU, Middle East and India. His strategic management responsibilities include business development, team management, client management, financial control, research and development, practical application of transport modeling techniques acoss the Middle East, North Africa and Indian Subcontinent. He is involved in  training and development of staff and knowledge transfer of the excellence in transport technology and road safety in several countries. He has extensive experience of work and delivery and managing projects and clients in USA, U.K., UAE, Europe, South Africa, France, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Qatar, Bahrain, China & Hong Kong. He worked on designing and delivering several ITS and Road Safety systems across the world. Sonal coordinate’s delivery excellence in all transport infrastructures for the MENAI region and is responsible for overseas business development in the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. He has delivered research projects involving traffic simulation, road safety and strategic modeling and transport economics. He  developed multi-objective optimization for Traffic Signal Control for Urban networks with a focus on optimizing networks for pedestrian and environmental benefits using Evolutionary Algorithms and Fuzzy Logic. This was his PhD topic at Imperial College London.

Şule Topçu Kılıç
Deputy Country Director, EBRD

Deputy Director for Turkey at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sule Kilic has over 21 years of experience working on a variety of projects in project finance, financial advisory, M&A, private equity, bank acquisition.

Before joining the EBRD in June 2014 Sule has spent five years at Unicredit Group, most recently as Managing Director leading project finance activities for the Investment Banking Platform in Turkey. Prior to Unicredit, Sule held an array of Directorships and Vice Presidencies in project and structured finance, private equity in organisations such as Bayerische Hypo und Vereinsbank (Istanbul), Garanti Bank (Istanbul), and CitiBank (Istanbul).  Sule is a Turkish national with a PhD in Finance from Boğaziçi University, a Master’s degree from Manchester School of Management (UMIST) and BSc in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

Tayfun Kındap
Secretary General, Istanbul Technical University

Professor Kindap has a long history of experience in atmospheric modeling and research, along with use of numerical models to a wide range of applications including high-resolution weather forecasting, regional climate, long-range pollutant transport, nuclear emergency response, and urban air quality studies. Dr Tayfun Kindap got his PhD in Earth System Science, Climate and Marine Sciences, at Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, ITU. He was a Visiting Scientist at University of California, Davis and Georgia Institute of Technology for two

Timea Lenddvai

Benefits of MOL Bubi Bike sharing system in Budapest [PDF]

Geographer, urbanist. She was studying spatial planning at Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest and at University of Groningen. She was graduated in 2009.

From 2009 she worked as a regional planner at Studio Metropolitana Budapest, which was the urban planning and city marketing company of Budapest. From 2011 she has been working at BKK Center for Budapest Transport at the Urban Development office as project manager dealing with strategic planning, public space renewals. She also worked on communication campaigns, in 2012 and 2013 I was the project manager of the European Mobility Week in Budapest.

Umut Alkım Tuncer
Strategy Development Department, Business Intelligence and Project Management Directorate, Foreign Affairs Representative, IETT

Governance of Public Transport in İstanbul [PDF]

Umut Alkım Tuncer is a Turkish citizen born in 1988. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree on Translation & Interpretation at Hacettepe University in 2009, he started working as an editor at April Publishing and also translated a novel into Turkish for that company. In 2011, he was recruited to the public transport authority and operator of Istanbul, General Directorate of IETT. For a short period he accompanied Turkey’s 1st Minister of Youth and Sports as a consultant. He is currently studying Urban Systems and Transportation Management at Bahçeşehir University and Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.

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