Co-founder of Markafoni & Chairman of Entrepreneurship Foundation
Sina Afra is the Chairman of Entrepreneurship Foundation and the Co-founder of Markafoni, Turkey's and MENA's biggest Online Fashion Company. He has been helping young entrepreneurs since 2007 as an “Angel Investor". Beside Turkey, he has invested in Germany, United States, Holland, England and Switzerland. Furthermore, Sina has been actively undertaking social responsibilities, some of which are:
- Endeavor Turkey, Board Member
- Turkey IT Foundation (TBV), Board Member
- Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Vice-president of the Venture Capital Council and Member of Executive Committee of the Young Entrepreneurs Council
- Turkish Industry & Businessmen Association (TUSIAD) Member
Sina Afra graduated from the Department of Business Management of Münster University and speaks 5 languages. Before co-founding Markafoni, he worked at KPMG for 12 years and at eBay for 5 years. He has been awarded up to 20 awards in Turkey and Germany. He was chosen as the “Angel Investor of the Year" and the “Web Entrepreneur of the Year" resulting from a survey that had been conducted publicly. In 2014, Sina Afra was elected as one of the most important 100 entrepreneurs in Europe. He shares his personal ideas about the e-commerce sector through his personal blog (www.sinaafra.com) and Twitter account (@sinaafra).
Co-Founder and CEO of Lidyana.com
Hakan Bas was born in Istanbul in 1983, and graduated from Uskudar American High School. As a former record holder national swimmer, he was professionally involved with swimming throughout his high school and college years. He attended to many competitions on behalf of Fenerbahce and the national team. After graduating from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree in Economics, he worked at the Bank of America in New York for two years and Raymond James in Istanbul for one year as an investment banker. After completing his MBA degree in Yale University, he came back to Turkey as the Vice-president of Strategic Planning in Garanti Bank.
Hakan Bas discovered his interest in entrepreneurship during his years in Yale University where he successfully completed “Venture Capital' and “Business Planning” courses. He stepped into entrepreneurship during his years at Garanti Bank. In October 2010, he formed a social game company called “Peak Games” with one of his friends, using his previous experiences as an investment banker. Today, Peak Games is world's third largest social game company and hosts 15 million users daily.
After Peak Games, Hakan Bas founded a digital marketing agency called “Krombera” with Alper Ozdemir in March 2011. Krombera has been growing fast since and now serving companies from a variety of sectors in many ways.
After seeing a huge opportunity in the e-commerce sector, Hakan Bas founded Lidyana.com in February 2012, which is one of the leading fashion e-commerce sites of Turkey. Within 18 months of its launch, Russian investment fund Runet and German Investment fund Burda International invested 2 rounds in Lidyana.com and the company entered Wired UK magazine's “Europe's Top Preferred Investments” list in 2012 as the leading investment from Turkey.
Finally, Hakan Bas also founded an animation company called “Anibera”, a production company called “Probera” and a PR company called “Berabera” in 2014 with Alper Ozdemir.
Hakan Bas is an Endeavor Entrepreneur and an Advisor and he is a member of “Buyuk Kulup” and a congressman of Fenerbahce SK.
Founder & CEO of Inventures and Inveon IT
Yomi Kastro is the founder & CEO of Inveon IT and Inventures. Born in İzmir in 1989, he has been in the internet computing and technology sector since he developed his first software when he was 11 years old. He graduated with an honorary degree from Bogazici University in Computer Engineering and completed his graduate degree at the same department. The articles he wrote about artificial intelligence, internet technologies and software engineering during his PHD were published on many international magazines. He completed Harvard Business School's (HBS) “Private Equity and Venture Capital" program in 2011. Yomi Kastro worked in many international companies during his professional carrier, which includes Pfizer; however, not being able to prevent his passion for entrepreneurship, he founded Inveon in 2006. Inveon was selected as one of the most successful enterprises in 2008 by Endeavor. Yomi Kastro was chosen as the “Entrepreneur of 2009" by world's most distinguished entrepreneurship and business association, JCI.
Yomi Kastro is the co-founder of 12 internet companies, such as; 1V1Y, Trendyol, Bonvagon and Bulucak.com. He invested in various companies with his “investor" identity such as Supplemetler.com and Ideasoft.
Yomi Kastro is a member of various professional and philosophical associations. He is voluntarily mentoring students from the Bogazici University through BUMED. Some of his personal hobbies are discovering countries with his touring motorcycle, listening new age music and playing brain teaser games.
Google Turkey Public Policy and Government Relations Manager
Pelin Kuzey was born in Ankara in1975. She graduated from Ankara Tevfik Fikret High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Ankara University. She completed her PHD in University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. In 2000, she started her career in Ministry of Finance where she worked for 12 years in different positions concerning debates with European Union, external affairs and relations with international associations. She worked as an expert at the European Commission Directorate General for Internal Market and Competition in 2005. In 2008, she became the president of European Union and International Relations Department. During 2008-2012, she held positions as the coordinator of Fiscalis Program and board member of Ankara University European Community Research and Application Center. She has been working as the Director of Public Relations of Google Turkey since March 2012.
B+B Hukuk, Kurucu ve Yönetici Ortağı
Sıdıka Baysal, 1997 yılında Ankara Üniversitesi Hukuk Fakültesi'nden mezun olmuştur. Mezuniyetinin ardından stajını uluslararası hukuk alanında uzman bir hukuk bürosunda tamamlayarak 1999 yılında Ankara Barosuna kabul edilmiştir. 1999'da Londra Guildhall Üniversitesi'nde İngiliz Hukuku ve Uluslararası Hukuk konulu bir yaz eğitimine katılmıştır. 1999 yılından beri avukatlık yapmakta olup B+B Hukuk Bürosu'nun kurucu ve yönetici ortağıdır.
Sıdıka Baysal, International Bar Association (IBA) Uluslararası Barolar Birliği'ne üyedir. Halen Uluslararası Barolar Birliği Avrupa Bölge Forumu'nda Eş Başkan olarak görev yapmaktadır. 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019 yılı Türkiye'nin en iyi teknoloji hukuku avukatı (Who's Who Legal) ödülünü almıştır.
ÖDE.AL Founder and CEO
He graduated from Istanbul Technical University Civil Engineering Department. After completing his master's degree in IT Project Management at ITU, he completed his MBA education at Boğaziçi University.
Today, Fevzi Güngör is the founder and General Manager of ÖDE.AL. Before establishing the company; from 2006 until 2012,he took place as the Founder and General Manager of Mobilnet which was Turkey's largest telemarketing operations. In this company, nearly 500 million USD sales were achieved by reaching 2.5 million different customers.
In 2008, he was among the founding partners of Turkey's largest mobile payment company, Mikro Ödeme (www.3pay.com - Wirecard). While dominating 65% of the market, in 2013 he left the board of directors of the company, which was sold to Private Equity named Mediterra in early 2012. Apart from these, he took part in many innovative initiatives as a partner.
Eczacıbaşı Holding İnovasyon ve Girişimcilik Koordinatörü
1984 yılında İstanbul'da doğan Emre Eczacıbaşı, lisans eğitimini 2006'da Harvard Üniversitesi Ekonomi Bölümü'nde tamamladı. 2011'de Columbia Business School'dan İşletme Yüksek Lisans diploması aldı.
Kariyerine PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Türkiye'de finansal danışmanlık yaparak başlayan Eczacıbaşı, 2008 yılında Eczacıbaşı Holding Stratejik Pazarlama ve Finansman Grup Başkanlığı'na geçti. 2011-2013 döneminde Türkiye ve gelişmekte olan ülkelerde geleneksel sanatları hayata döndürerek işsizliği azaltmak hedefiyle şirket kurarak mikrofinans ve sosyal girişimcilik projeleri gerçekleştirdi.
2013 yılında Türkiye'ye dönen Eczacıbaşı, 2014 sonuna kadar Yapı Ürünleri Grubu'nun Stratejik Pazarlama bölümünde çalıştı. Ocak 2015'te Yapı Ürünleri Grubu'nun mutfak iş alanında Genel Müdürlük görevini üstlenen Eczacıbaşı, mutfağı, yeni nesil ihtiyaçlara cevap veren bir yaşam merkezi haline getirmek için İntema Yaşam şirketini hayata geçirdi. Emre Eczacıbaşı, 2019 yılında Eczacıbaşı Holding İnovasyon ve Girişimcilik Koordinatörlüğü görevini yürütmeye başladı.
Mutlu Alkan Bemes Yapı İnşaat Turizm ve Danışmanlık San. Tic. A.Ş. Ortağı
Mutlu Alkan Bemes Yapı İnşaat Turizm ve Danışmanlık San. Tic. A.Ş.'nin Ortağı ve Vop Mühendislik İnş. San. Tic. Ltd. Şti'nin Genel Müdürü'dür.
OAIB Makine İhracatçılar Birliği Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi 2003-2009, TOBB Makine İmalat Sektör Meclis Üyesi, İkam İstanbul Kadın Araştırma Merkezi Kurucu Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi, ABD Genç Müslüman Liderleri Programı Uluslararası Seçilmiş Ziyaretçi 2006, TOBB Kadın Girişimciler Üst Kurul Üyesi 2007 - Halen, Avrupalı Genç Liderler Forumu Türkiye Katılımcısı, Kadın girişimciler İstanbul il icra kurulu üyeliği 2010-Halen, Adalet Ve Kalkınma Partisi Genel Merkez Karar Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi 2009-2013, ECO CCI Ekonomik İşbirliği Topluluğu Ticaret Sanayi Odası Kadın Girişimciler Konseyi Üyesi, Türkiye Temsilcisi, TOBB Kadın Girişimciler İstanbul İl Yönetim Kurulu Başkan Yardımcısı, KAGIDER Türkiye Kadın Girişimciler Derneği Kurul Üyesi 2015 Halen üyesidir.
2007'den bu yana TC. Bakanları ile farklı görüşten insanları iş dünyasından, sanat dünyasından bir araya getiren Buluşmalar Platformunu kurdu. Bugüne kadar 15.000 misafir ağırladı. Bu toplantılar çok sayıda yasa, genelge, tüzük, yönetmelik değişikliği sağladı ve halende devam etmektedir.
Yüksek öğrenimini Boğaziçi Üniversitesi'nde yapmıştır. Stratejik İşletme Yönetimi ve Mütercim Tercümanlık Bölümü mezunu olan ve İngilizce , Fransızca bilen Mutlu Alkan; girişimci olmadan önce Malkan Mak. San. Tic. Ltd. Şti.'nde Genel Müdür Yardımcısı olarak çalışmıştır. Yabancı ülkeleri gezerek farklı kültürlerle ilgili gözlemlerde bulunmak ve dış ilişkiler konusunda dünya tarihi ve günümüz siyasi gelişmelerini incelemek, tutkularındandır. Kitap okumak, sayısız yurtiçi ve yurtdışı seminer ve konferansa kadın girişimciliği konusunda konuşmacı olarak katılmıştır. Kayak yapmak , araba kullanmak ve seyahat hobileri arasındadır.