President of Links Angel BAN, Turkey
EBAN Vice President, Belgium
Baybars Altuntas is a global entrepreneur, best-selling author, angel investor, columnist, star of the Turkish version of the television show Dragons’ Den, President of the TBAA – Business Angels Association of Turkey, President of Deulcom International, Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and other Early Stage Market Players (EBAN), and the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s Ambassador to Turkey and the Balkan countries. One of the top global speakers on entrepreneurship, innovation and angel investment invited by US President Obama to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya. Advisory board member of the South East Europe Research Council in Greece. Recognised as the 7th JCI Ambassador after Bankee-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, New York.
He has been recognized by the European Trade Association of Business Angels (EBAN) and received the Best Individual in Europe Globally Engaging with the World Entrepreneurial Ecosystem award in both 2014 and 2015. He was the only entrepreneurship guru to be granted a special audience by US President Barack Obama at the White House, before the Presendential Summit on Entrepreneurship in 2010.
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TBAA Vice President
President, BUBA – Bo
gazici University BAN
Timucin Bilgor holds a B.A. in Management from Bosphorus University ’93. He is one of the co-founders of Yemeksepeti and early investors of DoubleClick. After 6 years in the media industry in UK, he returned to Turkey and founded BUBA, Bogazici University’s official angel investment network and startup incubator. Timucin is currently an angel investor.
TBAA Secretary General
Founder Partner & President of Homeros BAN
I was born at Eskişehir in 1969. I have graduated from Izmir Atatürk High School and continued my education in 9 Eylül University Business Administration Department (Studied in English). I have started working in the capital market during my second year in the university and I have spent 15 years working in the capital market(Bond,Stock,IPO,FX).I have SPK&VOB lience for the Turkish Capital Markets.I was interested in becoming an entrepreneur since I was 12. I have used my experiences that I have gained in the capital market while I was becoming an entrepreneur. I am investing in different sectors and I have bought “Sir Winston Tea House” which is a brasserie chain in the Aegean Region. I have learned a lot about intellectual properties and legal protection. I am one of the founder partners of “Keiretsu Forum Türkiye” and at the end of 2014 Founder partner of Homeros BAN which is Univesity of September 9 BAN. Since then, I am taking place in the jury of the entrepreneurship contests held by the Universities. And, I am a popular keynote speaker about angel investment and innovation. I am an independent jury in multinational companies, TUBITAK and the development agencies. Serial Entrepreneur, Start-up Hunter, Senator in Junior Chamber International, Mensa Turkey Founder Member, Chain de Rotisseurs.
TBAA Board Member
Ismail Haznedar is an entrepreneur, business strategist and Certified Management Consultant (CMC), with a successful professional experience in start-up, business modelling and value creation process for projects. Presently he is Managing Director of Stratejik Isler, a consultancy company focusing on growth, development and strategy execution and President-elect of JCI, a leading global network of young active citizens. Born in 1976 in Tetovo, Macedonia, Ismail Haznedar graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU), earning a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Business Management in 2000. He also completed Masters Degree on Marketing from Marmara University in 2005. He is a Fellow Member of Strategic Planning Society (SPS) and speaks Turkish and English. JCI is a membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 in more than 100 countries who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. Active citizens are individuals invested in the future of our world. They develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and take action. JCI members are active citizens from all sectors of society. JCI members embrace new ideas, collaboration and diversity.
TBAA Board Member
Founder & Presidet, Lab X BAN
Fuat Sami spent his early years in Turkey until high school. He attented high school at Eton College, one of the most prestigious schools in the world and later on he graduated from Imperial College and Imperial Tanaka Business School’s MBA program, respectively. After earning his Master’s degree, he had experiences in the pharmaceutical sector and after his final return to Turkey he worked in an international management consultancy company – Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Sami worked as a consultant, senior consultant and project manager for Booz Allen Hamilton and its local arm Helix Management Consultants for four years. He carried out projects in different geographical areas such as Europe, Middle East and Turkey and led business strategy, restructuring, organizational design and sales optimization projects for local and international companies. Mr. Sami also led several due-diligence projects for M&A activities and privatization of high-profile Turkish companies.
In 2007, after many years of management consulting experience, Fuat Sami founded LabX Business Angels and currently holds the position of general manager. LabX is Turkey’s first private business incubator backed up by a business angel network and forms a basis for entrepreneurs and business angels to meet and launch innovative business initiatives. Mr. Sami is an active business angel and serves on the boards of 8 different companies ranging from mobile technologies, internet, retail, food to the R&D Health sectors.
TBAA Board Member
President, Istanbul Startup Angels
Gulsum Ciraci has extensive experience in entrepreneurship in Turkey. She developed the first research activities on entrepreneurship. The books published by these activities include the findings on effects of entrepreneurship on unemployment and entrepreneurship climate in 9 Turkish cities. She was given a social responsibility award when she developed a project locating Istanbul based technology companies to different incubators in Asia Minor. She also helped creating four incubators just for women. She developed the largest entrepreneurship training project, where she trained more than 8000 people. She also co-created a first project for entrepreneur seeding with Avea, a major mobile operator in Turkey. Gulsum Ciraci is a managing partner in Startupbootcamp Istanbul. She is also the founder and CEO of Istanbul Startup Angels.
TBAA Board Member
Vice President, Links Angel BAN
He is the third generation entrepreneur in his family in entertainment business. After graduating Istanbul Technical University, Management Engineering and MBA at National University Los Angeles, he attended UCLA Film School. In 1993, after his return home, He has founded AFM Cinemas which has become the leader cinema operator in Turkey. He has introduced the luxury cinema experience to Turkey, resulting rapid national growth in 90’s as the market maker. In 2000, He has completed the first Private Equity deal ever that was done in Turkey with largest US insurance company AIG’ s Blue Voyage Fund. In 2001, He has co-founded If Istanbul “Independent” film festival to rejuvenate the film production industry as a prestigious international event. In 2004, He has completed the IPO of AFM Cinemas as the first entertainment company in Istanbul Stock Exchange. He has co-founded the first Turkish film distribution company, Kenda, with top Turkish producers, to support development of local productions. Kenda became the main driver behind %50 market share of local content in Turkish cinema within 3 years. He has sold the majority of AFM Cinemas to Russia’s largest group Alfa, eventually, exiting AFM at $118M MCap. Adnan has become the CEO of the acquirer and established Eurasia Cinemas. Eurasia Cinemas, in its third year has grown to 305 multiplex screens to become the leading cinema chain in Russia-Ukraine-Turkey region. Adnan exited his cinema ventures in 2012 to focus on his family entertainment business. He currently serves in several non-profit organizations. He is the co-founder of TBAA – Business Angels Association of Turkey and Cinema Owners Association, also active member of Young Presidents Organization. In 2012, Adnan has received a Red Cross Golden Mercy Medal for his life time con.
TBAA Board Member
Vice-President, LinksAngel BAN
Azmi Sarıbay was born in Hatay in 1952. He graduated from Marmara University, Academy of Economics and Administrative School of Business in 1975. He worked for the Ministery of Customs and Excise between 1976 – 1977 and during the year 1979-1985 he worked as an executive manager for ÜSTAY Construction. He founded Turkey’s the first franchising estate agent , TURYAP, and became the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Azmi Sarıbay has been the member of İstanbul Chamber of Commerce and the Chairman of the Committee of Real Estate Services for the last 5 years. He is also one of the fourders of Turkish Franchise Association – UFRAD.