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Turkey Trade & Export Finance Conference 2017

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Thank you to all who attended the Turkey Trade & Export Finance Conference 2017!

Welcoming over 250+ Turkish companies involved in international trade and investment, no wonder this event has quickly become the primary industry gathering.

Event photos available on Facebook and Google!

For Turkish companies involved in international trade and investment, GTR‘s annual event in Istanbul has quickly become the primary industry gathering at which to meet and discuss their exporting and financing requirements with like-minded organisations, as well as with those institutions tasked with financing them.



“Great as usual. Probably the best place to find all stakeholders working in trade finance.”
K Sirdar, Borcelik

“Extremely useful for networking and learning about new developments.”
Y Tufekcioglu, Sace


On March 21, over 300 delegates are expected to meet at the Swissotel the Bosphorus in this important city for global trade, a vital bridge between Europe, Mena and Asia.

As the only event of its kind, and with established support from key industry associations, public bodies and institutions, 2017’s event features new and innovative content designed to foster maximum engagement.

Learn from and network with hundreds of delegates involved in regional trade in one day, and avoid having to plan countless separate meetings over the course of a week, or more.

Providing the keynote address is Emre Alkin, Economist & Consultant & Board Member, representing Istanbul Kemerburgaz Üniversitesi, TIM, Plastkart, UEFA and Dunya Gazetesi. As a leading global economist, Emre will assess today’s primary business threats and opportunities in a rapidly evolving climate, and question if a pivot to the East could enhance growth prospects for Turkey’s private sector and economy.

Also on stage will be high level representatives from the likes of Temsa Global, Vefa Holding, Ekinciler Holding, Yildizlar Yatirim Holding, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and many more.


Topics to be discussed include:

  • Geopolitics, global financial markets, and trade: Fault lines forming, or fresh opportunities ahead?
  • EU accession negotiations: An update from the coalface
  • International trade growth: Identifying the potential, assessing the risks
  • Pinpointing opportunities for trade and investment in the Mena region
  • Iran update: Assessing the current market Environment
  • Case study: A trade finance guide to Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Treasury, trade and working capital optimisation: Providing vital support for global trade growth
  • Case study: FX risk management: A tailored approach
  • Case study: Receivables financing: Key techniques and practical challenges
  • Structured export & ECA financing: Challenging times ahead for export risk management?
  • Opportunities in the pipeline: Infrastructure investment hotspots in 2017
  • Bridging trade finance gaps in the commodity supply chain
  • Case study: The power of data: Automating processes to maximise financial efficiency
  • Industry leaders’ debate: Working towards the 2023 Vision



Why register?

  • GTR’s proven format of streamed morning and afternoon sessions provides greater choice and flexibility – focus on what’s most relevant to you
  • Meet all stakeholders involved in international trade in one place, on one day – no need to organise meetings over separate days!
  • Our relationships with local institutions and those most experienced in international trade means on-stage contributions read like a Who’s Who? of the industry
  • Connect with fellow delegates before, during and after the conference via the GTR Members Area networking site

Join the discussion on social media with the official conference hashtag #GTRTURK.

View photos from 2016’s event by visiting our Facebook page.

Corporate speakers

Kerim Kemahli, Chief Financial Officer, Nurol Holding
Omur Sukan, Chief Financial Officer, Ekinciler Holding
Kagan Sirdar, Finance Unit Manager, Borcelik
Burak Kurtbay, Head of Trade Finance, Calik Cotton
Serkan Bilen, Deputy General Manager, Daikin
Hakan Ozhuy, Vice-Chairman, Jokey Plastik
Umit Coskun, Financial Affairs Manager, Kordsa Global
Mertol Genc, Chief Development Officer, Structured
Finance & Business Development, MNG Group
Gary Slawther, Director, Corporate Advisory Resources, Octal Petrochemicals
Robi Bahar, Treasury Manager, Shell & Turcas Petrol
Baris Gokalp, Treasury & Finance Director, Sisecam
Ural Inal, Chief Financial Officer, Temsa Global
Hikmet Kalender, Chief Financial Officer, Vefa Holding

Featured conference speakers

Emre Alkin, Economist, Consultant & Board Member; Istanbul Kemerburgaz Universitesi, TIM, Plastkart, UEFA, Dunya Gazetesi
Pinar Artiran, Chair Holder, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Zeynep Dereli, Executive Director, APCO Worldwide
Jean-Patrick Marquet, Managing Director, Turkey, EBRD
Famer Engin, Senior Regional Manager, Eastern Mediterranean & Caucasus, EDC
Mario Diel, Chairman, Energy Council of Foreign Investors
Louis Robinson, Regional Head of Business Development, Middle East & North Africa, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC
Berkan Tamer, Chief Representative, Istanbul, LBBW
Riza Kadilar, Senior Country Manager & Representative for Turkey, Natixis
Vedat Mizrahi, Head of Research, Unlu & Co


Registered companies, as of March 16

3K Logistics
Adco Petrol Katk?lar? Sanayi Ve Ticaret
Aksa Enerji Uretim AS
Aktif Bank
Altinmarka Gida Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi
Altiparmak Gida San
American-Turkish Council
Apco Worldwide
Aydin Kuruyemis

Bank ABC
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bayern LB
BCP Bank
Bes Plastik
BNP Paribas
BNY Mellon
Borusan Holding
Bozlu Holding
British Arab Commercial Bank

Cag Kimya
Calik Cotton
Çal?k Denim Tekstil
Calik Enerji
Cengiz Holding
CNH Industrial
Corporate Advisory Resources

Daikin Industries Co
Defacto ozon Giyim Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
Deniz Tekstil San
DenizBank A.S.

Eaton Corporation
Eczac?ba?? Holding
Ekinciler Holding
Elkon Beton
Energy Council of Foreign Investors
Entas-Ener Construction
Er-Bakir Elektrolik Bakir Mamulleri
Euler Hermes
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

F?GO Ticari Bilgi ve Uygulama Platformu A.?
Ford Motor Company

Garanti Factoring
GarantiBank International NV
GE Healthcare
Gentas Genel Metal
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Hayat Kimya Sanayi

IE Singapore
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
?? Leasing
Isbank (Turkiye Is Bankasi)
Islamic Development Bank
Istanbul Kemerburgaz University

Jokey Plastik

Kaltun Madencilik
Kaptan Demir
Kastamonu Entegre
Kerim Celik Mamulleri Imalat Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi
Keymen Ilac
Kordsa Global

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg
London Forfaiting Company
Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Madofo Company
MAR Solar Panel
Marmara Pamuklu Mensucat
Marzuk Agri
MNG Group

Nurol Holdings

Odea Bank AS
Orbak Metal Ta??mac?l?k
Ozkan Demir Celik

Park Cam
Peyman Kuruyemi?
Philips Capital


Sabah Agriculture
Sanko Holding
Sberbank of Russia
Shell & Turcas Petrol (STA?)
Siemens Financial Services
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Sweet Futures

TEB (Turk Ekonomi Bankasi A.S.)
Temsa Global
Tiryaki Agro
Tosyali Holding
Trade Asset Exchange
Trade House
Turk Eximbank
Turk Telekom

UbiQ Innovations
U?ur Konfeksiyon
U?urlu Bal?k (Lucky Fish Co)
Unlu & Co

Vefa Holding
Vestel Group

World Bank Group
World Trade Organization (WTO)

Yapi Kredi Bankasi
Yildirim Holding Inc
Y?ld?z Holding
Yildizlar Yatirim Holding

Ziraat Bankasi
Zorlu Holding

Address: Swissotel the Bosphorus , Istanbul

Telephone/Fax: +90 212 326 1100


“Great as usual. Probably the best place to find all stakeholders working in trade finance.”

K Sirdar, Borcelik

“This was my second year attending the conference. It was very useful and there were an expert choice of speakers and topics. I am looking forward to future GTR conferences.”

B Namiq, Saudi Arabian Economic TV

“The conference was very well prepared, thank you.”

L Albukrek, Siemens

“The conference is extremely useful for networking and learning about new developments.”

Y Tufekcioglu, Sace

“A very convenient platform to gather information about various topics surrounding trade finance.”

A Kemal Kucukcan, Sekerbank

“Another excellent international conference by GTR.”

C Parker, Iran Business Hub

“Very useful and great for networking.”

T Cobeoplu, Cinez Group

“A very good platform to analyse new developments on financial tools which help develop production and trade.”

H Ozhuy, Jokey

“Excellent conference.”

B Erkoc, Bayern

“The conference was very interesting and useful for raising awareness and networking.”

F Babayer, Pasha Bank

“You must go to a GTR conference!”

M Ersoy, Intesa Sanpaolo

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