As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment.
Michael Froman was sworn in as the 17th United States Trade Representative (USTR) on June 21, 2013. As USTR, he is President Obama’s principal advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on international trade and investment issues.
Antony J. Blinken was confirmed by the United States Senate as Deputy Secretary of State on December 16, 2014. He was sworn in by Secretary Kerry on January 9, 2015. Mr. Blinken has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over two decades.
General James L. Jones is the former commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, where he led all military operations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as well as former National Security Advisor.
As the Chairman of the Economic Development Foundation (İKV) between 2014 and 2015, President Vardan delved into Turkey-EU relations and oversaw and led the publication of several reports, bulletins, journals as well as organization of conferences and meeting on Turkey’s EU process. In September 2015, Vardan was appointed as the President of Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK).
Mr. Howard Garrett Beasey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American-Turkish Council, a bilateral, non-profit organization dedicated to the strengthening of U.S.-Turkish trade, investment, defense and cultural relations, and to the promotion of awareness and understanding of U.S.-Turkish issues.
Chairman, Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAIK of DEIK)
As the Chairman of the Turkey-U.S. Business Council (DEIK/TAIK), Ekim Alptekin is committed to boosting Transatlantic trade and bolstering the commercial angle of decades-long Turkish-American partnership.
As CEO of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Fatih Ozmen uses his insight and experience to anticipate the emerging technological needs of the global marketplace, developing tomorrow's technologies today. Driven to innovate for impact—to improve the welfare of humanity and security of the nation—he leads SNC’s exploration of novel and cutting-edge technologies.
Entrepreneurial and humanitarian – Eren Ozmen embodies an inspiring American Dream story, bringing her passion and determination first to the United States, then to build one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies,” including to space with SNC’s Dream Chaser® program. With gratitude, Eren is focused on paying forward her success to benefit America’s next generation of entrepreneurs with similarly big dreams and aspirations.
Elif Dördüncü Aydemir is the founder and the main strategist of Quatro Strategies & Consulting, Llc based in Istanbul, Turkey. She works as a Strategic Consultant in Turkey, EU, Balkans, and Caucasus, and gives lectures and seminars on Political Science, Political Campaigns, Political Systems, and Government Relations for Corporations.
Murat Agirnasli is the President & CEO of Agime Group, LLC and has over 30 years experience in structuring complex transactions, forming investment syndications and limited partnerships, and creating financing models for business ventures.
Patrick L. Anderson is the founder of two US companies, and an award-winning author. Mr. Anderson founded Anderson Economic Group in 1996, and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. Anderson Economic Group is one of the most recognized boutique consulting firms in the United States, and now operates out of its offices in Chicago, New York, Istanbul, and East Lansing Michigan.
Government & Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Turkey
Ahmet Atay works as “Government & Corporate Affairs Director” for Microsoft Turkey since May 2013 responsible for driving company’s engagement and outreach activities with policy makers, industry associations and key stakeholders in Turkey.
Erhan Binici is the CEO of Ankaref, which he co-founded in 2007 with the objective to be one of the key players in the Internet of Things (IoT) market and has played an important role in shaping the industrial and personal IoT market in different sectors.
Global Fellow, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Andrew Bowen, Ph.D. is a Global Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is a Columnist for Al Arabiya and Arab News and a Senior Advisor to Greenmantle, a macroeconomic and geopolitical advisory firm.
Erdogan Cesmeli, PhD, MBA, is Executive Director of Catalyst at GE Ventures, which aims to establish collaborations with scientific entrepreneurs to generate world-changing outcomes, while shaping the future of GE.
Mr. Serhat Cicekoglu is an expert on Innovation Management with over 25 years of industry experience serving corporations in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Consumer Goods, and Industrial Products sectors, including AMD, Accenture, KPMG, and SAP.
Senior Director and International Business Development Leader, Honeywell Defense and Space
Peter Costello is the Senior Director and International Business Development Leader for Honeywell Defense and Space. He is responsible for leading Strategic Growth for the International business with an annual revenue target over $1B.
Emrah Dilsizoglu oversees the entire operations of Blackboard’s business development in Turkey, where he engages with schools, higher education, and pro-education organizations to help effectively use technology to support teaching and learning and improve student outcomes.
Nurdan Erbuğ is the founder and president of Anadolu Hayvancilik (1996) which is a major frozen bovine & ovine semen and embryo importing company in the Turkish dairy industry. Anadolu Hayvancilik has been acting as the exclusive distributor for Alta Genetics Inc since 1996 which is the biggest privately owned genetic company globally.
Professor of Military History, Command & Staff College
Dr. Edward J. Erickson is a Professor of Military History at the Command & Staff College. Professor Erickson is a retired US Army officer with over seventeen years of overseas service as a field artilleryman and Turkish foreign area officer.
Nicole Fisher, HHR Strategies Inc,’s Founder and CEO, is a health care, human rights and health economic advisor mainly focusing on Health Policy, Reform, Medicare, and Medicaid, specifically as they impact vulnerable populations.
As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hüseyin Gelis is responsible for the overall strategic management and leadership for all Siemens activities in Turkey. He is also, the Chairman of the Siemens Leasing Financial System and the Chairman of the Siemens Pension Trust
Joseph D. Gustavus is a corporate attorney and leader of Miller Canfield's Export Controls Group representing multinational clients and clients primarily in the automotive, defense, aerospace, software and information technology sectors.
Mr. Herdem is the Managing Partner of Herdem Attorneys at Law and has worked to attract new investors, identify new economic models, turning the new inflow of information into new projects, analyzing sectors in detail, and finally helping to establish a wide communication network.
Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Fred P. Hochberg is Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (ExIm Bank). During his nearly six years of leadership, Ex-Im Bank has supported nearly 1.3 million American jobs and financed exports with a value exceeding $200 billion.
President, Dolin International Trade and Capital LLC
Over the past 30+ years, Mr. Dov Hyman has built a distinguished track record of successfully structuring and implementing Industrial Partnership programs, international trade and project finance programs, cross border mergers and acquisitions, and knowledge transfer programs.
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council
Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr. is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. He comes to the Atlantic Council after almost forty years of US Government service in advancing US international energy interests.
Barbaros M. Karaahmet, is a partner at Herrick, Feinstein LLP and utilizes his wide-ranging experience and contacts as a Turkish-American attorney to assist clients in the U.S. and abroad, including the Republic of Turkey itself.
Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Planning, BAE Systems
John Kelly is Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Planning of BAE Systems. Based in Arlington, Va., he is responsible for oversight of all business winning activity for the sector including activities within the BAE Systems home markets.
Jason Kleinman has experience in a wide range of domestic and international tax and estate planning matters. He is a creative problem-solver, offering practical solutions to help clients achieve their goals.
Hakan Kocer is the Chief Strategy Officer at NEF Real Estate. In the last 26 years of his career, Kocer has worked in IT, Telecom, and SDA sectors first as a Product Manager, then COO, and finally as CEO, board member and shareholder.
Fergül Kuzucuoğlu is the founder of AFK Strategies Inc., a boutique consulting company helping SME’s in different industries to achieve their analytical, revenue and business development goals with creative integrity.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), U.S. Department of Commerce
Michael Lally is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Lally leads efforts to develop trade policy and facilitate business development with U.S. firms in the EMEA region. His duties include business and policy development and operational oversight of five Washington business units and over forty U.S. Commercial Service offices in the EMEA region.
Director for Public Affairs and International Business Development, AGCO Corporation
Mr. Philip de Leon is based in Washington, DC and is the Director for Public Affairs and International Business Development at AGCO Corporation. AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery.
Director, J-5, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff
Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr is the Director, J-5, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff. Prior to becoming the DJ-5, Lt. Gen. McKenzie served as the Commander Marine Forces U.S Central Command from June 2014 to November 2015.
Eisenhower Research Professor of Tourism Policy and Chair of the International Institute of Tourism Studies
Presently at the George Washington University School of Business, Dr. Hannah Messerli is the Eisenhower Research Professor of Tourism Policy and Chair of the International Institute of Tourism Studies.
Vice President of Business Development, Pratt & Whitney's Military Engines
Lt General (Ret) Michael Moeller is the vice president of Business Development for Pratt & Whitney's Military Engines division where he is responsible for engaging with governments and industries from around the world to secure new international and domestic business for Military Engines' products and services.
Dūcō Expert | Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination, PJM Interconnection
Jonathon E. Monken is Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination in the ITS Division of PJM Interconnection. In this capacity, he works to build enterprise-level resilience in the areas of business continuity, physical and cyber security, risk management, operations and planning.
Senior Vice President of Business & Product Development, EXIM Bank of the U.S.
Bob Morin is the Senior Vice-President of Business & Product Development of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank). EXIM Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States Government.
Dr. Mark D Newman is President of Market Solutions LLC, a leading U.S.-based international food and agriculture consulting firm providing clients with Insight for Action to help build markets worldwide.
Baris Oney is the Founder and Managing Partner of Globalturk Capital. He is currently active in the boards of numerous portfolio companies as an early stage investor and/or a co-investor with international private equity funds as well as strategic investors.
Director of Structured Finance & Insurance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
William Pegues leads the debt financing of energy and infrastructure projects in emerging and frontier markets at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), which is the development finance institution of the U.S. government.
Executive Vice President of Aerostructure Group, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)
Naki Polat, Executive Vice President of Aerostructure Group of Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), was born in Kırıkkale in 1961 and graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University in 1983.
Todd M. Rosenblum is an IBM Senior Executive for National Security Programs and Strategy. He is responsible for identifying market engagement opportunities for IBM’s Safer Planet, Enterprise Insight Analysis suite of capabilities.
With an extensive experience in leading and directing major domestic and international infrastructure as well as real estate development projects, Mike Sarimsakci is responsible for ﬁnancial and real estate development activities for Alterra International, LLC located in Dallas and Istanbul.
Vice President, International Government Affairs, Lockheed Martin International
Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel has close to 30 years of experience in the international trade, and global defense and aerospace sectors, having worked on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch, as well as in a major trade association and in increasing leadership roles within the Lockheed Martin Corporation. In January 2016, Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel was named Vice President, International Government Affairs, Lockheed Martin International (LMI)
Strategic Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Jeffrey J. Schloesser is Strategic Vice President at Sierra Nevada Corporation. A retired US Army Major General and former President of AAR’s Airlift Group, he has been a consultant to governmental agencies and businesses seeking expertise in Defense and National Security Affairs, Aviation, Counter Terrorism, and Strategic Planning.
As of July 2005, Aziz Sipahi has taken over the General Management of VESTEL Defence Group of companies; AYESAS (Aydin Yazilim ve Elektronik San. A.S.) which is a Joint Venture of ZORLU Group (Turkish Holding active in Textile, Energy, Consumer Goods, Mining and Property Development) and L-3 Communications, and as well VESTEL Defence Industry Inc.
Director, Head of the Washington D.C. Representative Office, EBRD
Michèle Small was appointed as Director, Head of the Washington D.C. Representative Office of EBRD, effective 9 May 2016. The primary purpose of the Representative Office is to support business development by establishing and maintaining senior relationships with key potential foreign direct investors into the Bank’s regions and to raise awareness of the Bank’s mandate, capabilities and instruments.
Senior Director for Distance Health, Cleveland Clinic
As the Senior Director for Distance Health at the Cleveland Clinic, Matt Stanton leads a department that develops and manages the Cleveland Clinic’s telemedicine initiatives; creating technology solutions to expand the reach and improve the efficiency of healthcare.
Director of Plans and Policy Directorate, Turkish General Staff
On 28 July 2016 he was promoted to Lieutenant General rank and was appointed as the Director of Plans and Policy Directorate at the Turkish General Staff. LTG. TURKGENCI is currently serving in this position.
Currently Ms. Gillian Turner is a Senior Associate with Jones Group International (JGI), a global strategy firm, where she works directly with former National Security Adviser Jim Jones. She has a regional focus on Africa and the Middle East.
Dr. Joshua W. Walker is a perpetual bridge-building policymaker, trained as an academic and passionate about global affairs with a specialization in the Middle East and East Asia. He currently serves as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and he teaches the Politics of National Security at the George Washington University’s Elliot Graduate School of International Affairs and Leadership and the American Presidency at the George Mason University.
Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative of Kentucky's 1st congressional district from January 1995, until his resignation in September 2016. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Andrea Zacharias is the head of sales at DC Trunk Club and plays a central role in the general management of the DC location and also helps to guide and execute company-wide initiatives with the senior sales leadership team.
Armin Zerunyan is the Hilton Worldwide Turkey Country General Manager, in charge of Full Service and Luxury Properties, with a total portfolio of 10 hotels including Hilton, Doubletree by Hilton and Conrad Brands, since January 2011.