Leyla Arsan

CEO – leyla.arsan@tages.biz

Born in 1966 in Ankara, she graduated from the Middle East Technical University Statistics Department. After developing and managing many Information Technology projects in the banking and finance sector for 11 years, she developed and managed analytical CRM projects based on Strategic 1to1 Marketing Consulting and Solution services for 2 years. She developed B2B e-business project for the manufacturing SMEs industry, as well as developing the European Union Communication Platform as a portal, namely ‘euturkey.org.tr,’ and managing the project.

Being one of the main founders of TAGES Industry and Information Technology Research Development Implementation, Istanbul, she develops new business lines for meeting SMEs’ requirements in order to increase their competitive advantage through science, technology and international activities. She provides project development and management consulting to SMEs on EU funded technology projects in collaboration with technology foundations and public SME organisations enabling technology transfer and knowledge dissemination activities through SMEs.

She speaks native Turkish and Italian, fluent English, and beginner’s French and Japanese.

Aslıhan Kağnıcı

Projects Consultant – aslihan.kagnici@tages.biz

She graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Statistics. She is currently continuing her master’s degree in Economics at Galatasaray University. She worked as an intern at Deva Holding in June 2008, at Turkish Statistical Institute in July 2008 and at TAGES from August 2008 to June 2009. She worked as an Assistant Consultant at TAGES between 2009 and 2012 and she has been working as a Projects Consultant at TAGES since 2012. She has 7,5 years of expertise in EU Framework Programme Projects, CIP ICT Policy Support Programme, Life Long Learning Programme, EUREKA and EUROSTARS and other European R&D, culture and civil society development funds. She has participated in several EU project workshops and networking events both in Turkey and EU. She is experienced in project management and coordination and on preparing financial EC reports.

She speaks native Turkish, fluent English and intermediate Italian.

Hikmet Barutcu

Coordinator – hikmet.barutcu@tages.biz

Born in 1964. She graduated from Hacettepe University’s Economics Department in 1985 and has got her Master’s degree from the same university in Banking and Capital Systems and its relationship with enterprises. Between 1986 and 1990, she did economic research studies on the Manufacturing Industries of Ankara at the Ankara Chamber of Industry and served as a Consultant to the Board. Between 1990 and 2000, she worked as a branch manager of the Yapı Kredi Investment Securities Company in Ankara. She is currently working on entrepreneurship, employment policies, social innovation, regional development, clustering and innovation as an expert consultant with certification from  Ankara University on European Union policies. She is also interested in civil society development funds and projects. She has a wide network of business oriented NGOs and clusters both in Turkey and in the EU and she has very close relations with them. She is a member of Entrepreneural Business Women and Support Association (ANGIKAD) and Technology R&D Science Innovation Association (TABID). She has been working as a Coordinator at TAGES since 2003.

She speaks native Turkish and is fluent in English.

Erdem Gülgener

Consultant – erdem.gulgener@tages.biz

Born in 1966 in Istanbul, he graduated from the Bogazici University Computer Engineering Department. Since 1988 worked in ICT sector as a professional and entrepreneur, developed and managed numerous products and projects, reaching more than 1 million power users. Besides his ICT management skills (Product Development, Quality and Test Management, Product Marketing, New Business Development) he is in worldwide research and innovation since 1995, planned, developed and managed joint research projects including projects funded by European Union research Funding Programmes since EU FP5. He is an expert in Supply Chain Execution, Business Interoperability and Integration, Social Networks, Value Chain Management, eBusiness, eCommerce, Virtual Enterprise, Digital Market, Banking Transactions, Enterprise Application Integration, SME Needs. Besides being member of Istanbul ICT Watchdog Group, he is also one of the experts in European Digital Agenda Localization in Turkey Project responsible for Digital Single Market and Interoperability and Standards pillars.

He speaks native Turkish, fluent English and German, and beginner’s French.

Selen Akçalı

Independent Consultant – selenakcali@som.eu.com

Born in 1981 in Istanbul, she graduated from the Saint-Michel French High School. She completed her BA degree at Marmara University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. She fulfilled the International Exchange Programme of European Studies in Sciences-Po Paris. She received her master’s degree from the Political Science and International Relations Department of Bogazici University. She received her PHD degree in history at Bogazici University. Her PHD thesis is on the propaganda activities of Turkey during the Single- Party Regime (1931- 1946) from a comparative approach. She took part in research studies on EU communication strategies, European lobbying, the role of European think tanks and new type of European Civil Society Organizations. She has experience of FP Programs and worked as expert in FP6-VERITAS and FP6-EASIER Projects and she is active on project proposal preparation and management to EU programmes. She is a member of Bogazici University Alumni Association and KA-DER (Supporting and Training Woman Candidates Association).

She speaks native Turkish, fluent French and English, and beginner’s Spanish.

Prof. Oğul Zengingönül

Independent Consultant – ogul.zengingonul@gmail.com

Born in 1966 in Ankara, he graduated from Gazi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences,  Business Administration Department.  He started his academic life in the year 1990 in Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences as a Research Assistant. He received his master’s degree with his thesis named ‘’University-Industry Collaboration within the Framework of European Community Comett Program’’ from Dokuz Eylul University in 1992. Between 1993 and 1995, he conducted studies for his doctorate thesis in the University of North London and he completed his doctorate degree in 1998. Both of his mastre and doctorate theses were published as books. In the year 2005 he received the title of Associate Professorship with his book named ‘’Globalization: On the Axis of Poverty, Development and Labour Markets’’. He has more than 20 published articles, papers in many national and international conferences and four published books. He has also experience on FP and EU Programs based project proposal preparations.

He speaks native Turkish, fluent English and French.

Prof. Gonca Telli Yamamoto

Independent Consultant – goncatelli@superonline.com

She had been a Professor in the School of Applied Sciences at Okan University, Turkey where she also founded and directed Okan University Distance Education Center at. She teaches, consults and conducts research on mobile and integrated marketing, and new learning technologies in business. Her minor is Technology Management. She has been studying integrated marketing, technological developments and customer value for more than a decade in the academic field. She is also interested in broader implications associated with the emerging information society. She has written some books and chapters in sales, integrated and mobile marketing, IT Ethics and e-Learning. She has written more than 100 articles and more than 5 books and other academic works.

Acro (Acrobat)

Born in 24th April, 2003 on the submission date of an FP6 ICT project. Acro is the team motivator of TAGES. She gives energy with her dynamic personality during the working hours.