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The Future of Smart Cities in Turkey post Covid-19

Online, Monday, 17 August 2020 at 12:30 (UK Time)

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The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to join a webinar on the future of smart cities in Turkey post Covid-19; market insights, business continuity and key trends in the sector with technology as an enabler. You will hear from UK companies established in the market who will share their in-market experience, highlight opportunities and reflect on some of the challenges they are facing and how they are responding during the pandemic.

Why attend?

Smart Cities sector is rapidly growing in Turkey. Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation published nationwide ‘Smart Cities Strategy and Action Plan’ for 2020-2023 earlier this year. This helped increase the awareness of smart city applications among municipalities and the private sector, which resulted in the demand for smart city technologies to rise in the short to medium term. This is a great opportunity for UK technology companies offering products and solutions in this sphere who are looking to internationalise.

This webinar will help participants to learn Smart City initiatives in Turkey including progress to date and strategies for future. There will also be highlights on key trends and opportunities in the sector with technology as an enabler and insights on exporting to Turkey and business continuity in the challenging post pandemic world.


12:30 Welcome & Introduction by Moderator, Jawad Sardar, Future Cities & Prosperity Specialist - Technology & Smart Cities, DIT

12:35  Presentation by EY Turkey, Mehmet Gulez, Innovation Leader – Consulting

12.45 Presentation by BSI, Emilia Cardamone, Certification Manager – Digital Construction, Built Environment

12:55 Presentation by KocSistem, Hakan Eksioglu, Senior Segment Marketing Manager - Smart City Initiatives

13:05 Q&A

13:20 Webinar ends


Mehmet Gulez, Innovation Leader – Consulting, EY Turkey

Mehmet started his career in his family business at the age of 21 and become an entrepreneur by founding 3 startups between the ages of 21-27.

He served in major NGO's and National Institutions in Turkey as the head of strategy, designing and leading major nationwide digital transformation projects in sports and media sectors. He joined EY as the Business Development Leader, 7 years ago.

Mehmet is an Associate Partner and also the Markets and Innovation Leader in EY Consulting Turkey. He led major projects in Turkish Government, Istanbul and Bursa Municipalities, conglomerates such as Koc Holding and Turkcell and major startups. Having worked on several Smart City strategy projects, Mehmet is leading the Future Cities and Fintech solutions and also EYnovation program in Turkey where EY supports startups to grow and expand internationally through open innovation.

Mehmet’s areas of expertise are innovation management, design thinking, digital strategy and transformation.


Emilia Cardamone, Certification Manager – Digital Construction, Built Environment, BSI

Emilia Cardamone is a Construction Engineer, with 5 years of experience in the market.

In BSI from 3 years, she firstly worked in Italy as a Business Development Manager for the Product Certification before joining the Global Product Certification Team as a Digital Construction – Certification Manager.

Emilia is responsible for the development and management of new Certification Schemes to support the digital transformation within the Built Environment sector. This involves Stakeholder engagement, facilitating discussions and workshops and create a partnership approach within the Construction Industry.

She is currently managing the Smart Cities and Smart Communities Kitemark, where she has strong technical background in Urban Planning and Policies. Also, she supports the global team with the development, sale and management of the BIM Kitemark Schemes.


Hakan Eksioglu, Senior Segment Marketing Manager - Smart City Initiatives, KocSistem

Since 2017, Hakan has been working as a Senior Segment Marketing Manager responsible for the International Business, Energy, Tourism and E-Commerce segments at KocSistem. He has taken part in different projects on Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IOT), Blockchain and AR / VR Technologies.  

Hakan previously worked as a Radio Access Network Executive and IOT Product Manager in Vodafone Turkey with an experience in sales, corporate marketing, product management and project management.

Hakan received BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul University and Master's degree in Management Information Systems from Marmara University.

Who should attend?

This webinar will be of particular interest for UK technology companies and organisations in a number of areas within the smart cities sector including; Data analytics & AI, automation, sensors, IoT applications and communications networks, geospatial technologies, smart transportation and mobility, urban planning and smart governance.  


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