The New Era of Finance

THE SEED, Sakıp Sabancı Museum – 5 March 2019





GC Academy is a platform bringing together business, technology and law professionals to exchange knowledge and experience, talk about current and upcoming business & technology trends; as well as providing a dynamic environment for networking.

GC Academy was founded by BTS & Partners in partnership with Microsoft Turkey  GC Academy started as a law-focused business platform and nourished into a leading technology driven business platform where we discuss business, technology, strategy and law with the leading professionals.

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by Zeynep Ünlü, Senior Managing Counsel @ BTS & Partners


1st Keynote Building a future operating model

by Deniz Güven, CEO @ Standard Chartered Virtual Bank


2nd Keynote How financial ecosystem is transformed by AI

by Neal Suggs, VP and Deputy General Counsel @ Microsoft


1st Panel Digitalisation driving the future of banking

by Moderation:
Yasin Beceni, Managing Partner @ BTS & Partners

Günce Çakır, Head of Legal @ ING Turkey
Tolga Ulutaş, Executive Vice President, Digital Banking @ Akbank
Ussal Şahbaz, CEO @ EDAM
Munir Kundakçı, Marketing & Operations Director @Microsoft


Coffee Break

14.45 - 15.00

3rd Keynote New Financial Services in Card-based Electronic Payment Systems

by Cem Kibaroğlu, Risk Services Director @ Mastercard Europe


2nd Panel Payment Systems’ Contribution to e-Transformation

by Moderation:
Cenk Bayrakdar, Managing Director @ REVO Capital

Tuğrul Sevim, Founding Partner @ BTS & Partners
Burhan Eliaçık, Chairman @ Öded
Koray Gültekin Bahar, CEO @ Foriba


Fireside Chat: What is next on digital banking and payment systems?

by Yasin Beceni, Managing Partner @ BTS & Partners
Uğur Şeker, Board Member @ Galata Business Angels
Varol Civil, Board Member @ TEB





12.30 - 13.15

Opening Speech / Welcome

by Selin Beceni, Partner @ BTS & Partners

13.15 - 13.20

1st Keynote: Future of Digital Economy

by Levent Erden, Founder @ Next Academy

13.20 - 13.50

1st Panel: Running Platform Businesses in Turkey

by Moderation: Murat Yılmaz, Enterprise Sales & Partners Group Deputy GM @ Microsoft
Kurtuluş Cumhur Korkmaz, CPO @ Blueground
Alptuğ Çopuroğlu, CFO & Head of Business Development @ BluTV
Emin Köksal, Assoc Prof, Economics @ Bahçeşehir University
Bentley James Yaffe, Managing Associate @BTS & Partners

13:55 - 14:40

Coffee Break

14.40 - 14.55

2nd Keynote: Offline to Online: Shaping the Digital World

by Steve Lidbury, Principal @ Eight Inc

14.55 - 15.10

2nd Panel: Defining Disruptive Technologies

by Moderation: Batu Kınıkoğlu, Partner @ BTS & Partners
Onur Koç, CTO @ Microsoft
Merve Nazlıoğlu, Partner & Head of Marketing @Insider
Yankı Yalçın, IOT Consultant / SAMSUNG HQ Regional Head of JDM Business Development
Aslı Deniz Helvacıoğlu, Assoc Prof, International Trade @ Boğaziçi University

15.10 - 15.55

Coffee Break

15.55 - 16.10

3rd Panel: New Dimensions in e-Commerce

by Moderation: Ozan Tatar, Founder @ DigitalTalks
Aslı Yaşasın Öztap, Deputy GM @ Boyner
Burak Ertaş, CEO @
Kaan Akın, Founder @ Hackquarters
Ecem Gündüz, Senior Associate @ BTS & Partners

16.10 – 16.55

Fireside Chat: The CEOs Agenda of Digital Economy

by Moderation: Yasin Beceni, Managing Partner @ BTS & Partners
İhsan Elgin, Founder & CEO @ Core Strateji

17.00 - 17.15

Closing Remarks

by Tuğrul Sevim, Founding Partner @ BTS & Partners



One great day

We’re honoured to have amazing industry professionals.


Event will be in Turkish and English with simultaneous translation service.


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GC Academy is a great platform for networking with key business people.




The Seed, Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi, Emirgan Mahallesi, Sakıp Sabancı Cd. No:42, 34467 Sarıyer/İstanbul





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