Turkey & the Middle East in the New Century

Saturday, October 12, 2013 (All day)
International House, UC Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Ave.
Berkeley CA
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Event contact: Ali Ezzatyar, aezzatyar [at] cal.berkeley.edu
Berkeley Program on Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East

The conference will feature some of the most prominent Turkish and Middle Eastern thought leaders that will seek to identify the key components behind the success of the Turkish developmental model and its applicability to the MENA region. The goal of the conference will be to shed light on some of the macro-economic, governance, foreign policy, banking, legal, cultural, and institutional contributors  to the success of the Turkish model. Our aim will be to generate actionable policy recommendations for Turkey’s neighbors. The conference will also endeavor to shed light on the future of secularism and the prospects for consolidation of liberal democracy in the Turkish republic. It will also assess the concerns that the increasing polarization of Turkish society may result in the return of shaky coalition governments,  flight of capital, and anemic growth. 

Please note that the program is subject to change. The latest agenda can be found at bped.berkeley.edu.

8:00 am - 8:15 am — Coffee and Breakfast

8:15 am - 8:30 am — Introduction, Pierre Olivier Gourinchas, Director of the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy and Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley

8:30 am - 9:15 am — Special Speaker: Ilker Ayci, President Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency

9:15 am - 9:30 am — Break

9:30 am - 10:45 am — Panel One: Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Financial Reform, Improved Governance, and Economic Development

  • Abdullah Celik, President and CEO, Bank of Aysa
  • Jeffrey Gedmin,President and CEO, Legatum Institute and former President of Radio Europe
  • Deena Shakir, Senior Partnerships, Google
  • Moderator: Dariush Zahedi, Director, Berkeley Program on Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East

10:45 am - 12:00 pm — Panel Two: Rise of Entrepreneurship Cross-Borders Collaboration, Joint Ventures, International Expansion

  • Güven Sak, Professor, Ankara University, Managing Director of TEPAV 
  • Francis J. Ricciardone, American Ambassador to Turkey
  • Abderahman Salaheldin, Egyptian Ambassador to Turkey
  • Moderator: Atef El Toukhy, Chairman, Aurum Securities

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm — Lunch

Keynote Speaker:

  • Goli Ameri, President and CEO, The Center for Global Engagement and former Assistant Secretary of State

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm — Panel Three: The Road Ahead Political Awakenings, Constitutional Rearrangements, and Economic Impact

  • Allen Collinsworth, President, Fara Group
  • Nosheen Hashemi, President of the HAND Foundation
  • Ali Ezzatyar, Executive Director, UCB Program on Entrepreneurship & Development in the Middle East
  • Moderator: Steven Fish, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm — Panel Four: Success Factors Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Platforms, and the Role of High Technology

  • Babur Ozden, CEO, Maana Big Data
  • Dilawar Syed, CEO, Yonja Media
  • Ahmad Abdulkader,Partner Architect, Microsoft
  • Moderator: Ossama Hassanein, Chairman, TechWad

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm — Break

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm — Conversation: Turkey and the Middle East Successes, Failures, and the Future

  • Hossein Askari, Professor of International Business and Affairs, George Washington University
  • Rifat Hisarciklioglu, Chairman TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey)
  • Christopher Schroeder, Author of Startup Rising: the Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East
  • Moderator: Harry Kreisler, Executive Director, Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley and Executive Producer of Conversations with History

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm — Special Speaker: Dr. Ibrahim Turhan, Chairman and CEO of Borsa İstanbul

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm — Next Steps; Networking