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Turkey Trade & Export Finance Conference 2016

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Istanbul once again played host to GTR’s Turkey Trade & Export Finance Conference 2016, taking place at The Shangri-La Hotel on March 22-23. The event is now the largest trade finance gathering in Turkey for those companies undertaking international trade and investment, while providing a key forum for their financial sector partners to meet and discuss future priorities. This year’s conference welcomed over 300 senior representatives from across the corporate, financial and state sectors, who were keen to discuss the latest trade and financing opportunities with their industry peers.

Reflecting the crucial role of Turkish exports in maintaining economic growth and the challenges currently being faced by businesses operating out of Turkey, a host of high-profile speakers participated at the two-day conference including Bader Arslan, Secretary-General, Turkish Exporters’ Association (TIM), Pinar Artiran, Director, Research Centre on International Trade Law & Arbitration, Ahmet Cimenoglu, Chief Economist, Koc Holding, and Emma Edhem CC, Chairman, Turkish British Chamber of Commerce & Industry. They were joined on the conference programme by leading institutions such as GS Banque Geneva, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), US Exim, Sem Plastik, DEIK, UniCredit and more, providing an ideal forum for debates surrounding intra-regional trade and infrastructure development to take place.

“The Turkish market remains one of the most vibrant and fast moving across Global Trade Review’s global footprint”, said George Mitchell, Senior Conference Producer at GTR. “The decisive result of Turkish national elections last November provided some respite from a prolonged period of uncertainty for the region’s corporates and financiers, and was broadly welcomed by the international business community. Now focus can be concentrated on finding solutions to business challenges such as the volatile situation in Mena impacting some of Turkey’s primary regional trading partners, and the tough conditions gripping global financial markets. Finding alternative destinations for trade and exports is a speciality of Turkey’s corporate sector. As always the conference agenda covered all the latest global trade opportunities, and the financing options enabling companies to capitalise.”

In order to maximise delegate interaction, the two-day event incorporated numerous networking breaks throughout the course of both days, while dual content streams allowed for comprehensive topic coverage. The evening drinks reception on day one gave attendees the opportunity to continue discussions in a more informal setting.

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  • Abou Jallow, General Manager, Operations, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
  • Ahmet Cimenoglu, Chief Economist, Koc Holding
  • Ahu Acar, Head of Trade Finance Product & Sales Management, Finansbank
  • Alessandro Dellino, General Manager, Central Eastern Europe & Turkey, Astaldi 
  • Ali Hürol Albayraktar, Director, Head of Cash Management & Trade Finance Product Management, Corporate & Commercial Banking, Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi
  • Antonio Sala, Executive Director, Global Export & Agency Finance, Santander
  • Artug Acartürk, Director, Head of Cash Management & Trade Finance Sales, Corporate & Commercial Banking Management, Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi
  • Bader Arslan, Secretary-General, Turkish Exporters’ Association (TIM)
  • Balim Ipek Gocen, Director, Head of Trade Finance Product & Sales, Odea Bank
  • Beril Esendal, Finance & Investor Relations Director, Borusan Holding
  • Bilgin Aygül, Chairman, Turkey-Iran Business Council, Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK)
  • Bora Baysal, Chief Financial Officer, Yildizlar Yatirim Holding
  • Cenk Eynehan, Chief Executive Officer, Pasha Bank Turkey
  • Chris Brodie, Director, Prolog Supply & Services
  • Chris Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Iran Business Hub
  • Cihat Takunyaci, Managing Director, Country Manager & Senior Representative, Turkey, BNY Mellon
  • Daghan Karakas, Country Treasurer, ABB Elektrik
  • Dogan Çelik, Treasury & Financial Planning Manager, OMV Petrol Ofisi
  • Emre Aydin, General Manager, UbiQ
  • Emre Ozer, Chief Executive Officer & Board Member, Coface Turkey
  • Enis Gültekin, Deputy-General Manager, Insurance, Turk Eximbank
  • Eylem Ekmekci, Head of Global Transaction Banking, Corporate & Commercial Banking Management, Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi
  • Fatih Tokkal, Treasury Director, Yildirim Holding
  • Gamze Sarioglu, Country Manager, Turkey, Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC)
  • Isil Eskici, Assistant General Manager, Yapi Kredi Factoring
  • Jan von Allwörden, Head of Department Underwriting, Euler Hermes
  • Katya Arikan Torus, Manager, Head of Structured Trade & Export Finance, Corporate & Commercial Banking Management, Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi
  • Kemal Girginer, Head of Finance, Siemens Turkey
  • Kerim Kemahli, Chief Financial Officer, Nurol Holding
  • Korhan Kurdoglu, Head of China Network, Tusiad, Chairman, ATA Holding
  • Murat Kolbasi, Chairman of Turkish–Chinese Business Council, DEIK, Chairman, Arzum
  • Korhan Öz, Chief Financial Officer & Board Member,
  • Muzaffer Aksoy, Chief Representative, Turkey, Bank ABC
  • Okan Böke, Advisor to the CEO, GS Banque Geneva
  • Onur Tanriverdi, Director, CEEMEA Trade Sales, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Paul Harle, Head of Receivables Finance, Global Trade Finance Group, Bank ABC
  • Peter Aurich, Head of Infrastructure Financing, Turkey, UniCredit
  • Pinar Artiran, Director, Research Centre on International Trade Law & Arbitration, Istanbul Bilgi University, World Trade Organisation (WTO) Chair Holder
  • Raymond Ellis, Vice-President, Global Business Development, US Exim
  • Riza Kadilar, Senior Country Manager & Representative for Turkey, Natixis
  • Selen Karlibel, Head of Structured Trade and Export Finance, Intesa Sanpaolo, Istanbul Branch
  • Selen Özhisarcikli, Chief Financial Officer, Göknur Gida Maddeleri
  • Senem Dedeoglu, Vice-President, Turkey, Bank ABC
  • Seyed Kamal Seyed Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Export Guarantee Fund of Iran (EGFI)
  • Stefano Stangoni, Head of Financial Institutions & Structured Deals, Corporate & Investment Banking Division, Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Turkay Oktay, Chief Executive Officer, Leaseplan
  • Umut Firat, Managing Director, TCI Sigorta Brokerligi 
  • Yavuz Eroglu, General Manager, Sem Plastik
  • Yeliz Tufekcioglu, Head of Istanbul Office, Turkey & Near East, Sace
  • Zeynep Dereli, Executive Director, APCO Worldwide

Address: Shangri-La Hotel , Istanbul

Telephone/Fax: +90 212 275 8888/ (90 212) 275 8889


“Congrats to GTR for another excellent conference with up-to-date topics, insightful, open discussions and diverse & select audience.”

S Ozcan, UKEF

“GTR’s event is an excellent occasion to bring the trade finance industry together for networking and discussion of important topics.”

A S Gundogdu, ITFC

“Very well organised. It’s always a pleasure for Eximbank to be part of these events in order to meet exporters.”

B Erkok, Eximbank

“The organisation is like a great family meeting. Every year it is more attractive than the previous one. The best event for all sides of the industry to share their experiences and expectations.”

B Gokalp, Vestel Group

“A very well attended, insightful event with influential presenters. A must attend for all trade finance professionals.”

I Soylugolu, Isbank

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