2018 Management & Entrepreneur Awards Categories Judging Committee
Murat Ethem Eldem, Senior Director/Digital Payments & eCommerce
Etisalat, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Murat Ethem Eldem has over 24 years of experience, with extensive expertise in business management, organizational development and consulting, digital services innovation, digital product marketing and management. He is a disruptive launcher of many first platforms and solutions globally. Murat Etham was recently appointed Senior Director heading Etisalat Digital Payments, a business unit of Etisalat Digital that is helping to drive digital transformation of traditional commerce by enabling enterprises and governments to become smarter through the use of the latest digital payment technologies. The unit focuses on providing payment solutions in various domains, including electronic payment platforms, mobile payment, digital payment kiosks, managed POS, and Mobile payment devices. Digital Payment is successfully supporting almost all mobile devices in UAE, a portfolio of leading banks, and governmental entities for their payment solution needs.
Previously, Murat Ethem was managing the M2M and IoT business of Etisalat UAE for the past three years. Prior to joining Etisalat, he was responsible for all corporate mobile solutions including M2M/IoT, connectivity services, premium messaging, location based services and enterprise applications at Turkcell, Turkey’s leading mobile operator. Ethem joined Turkcell as Director for Organizational Development and was later promoted to Group Coordinator. He climbed the corporate ladder taking responsibility for innovation governance, Consumer VAS, and Partnership Management at Turkcell. At the start of his career, Ethem worked at local management consulting companies for executive search, management assessment, training, and organizational structuring. Ethem also worked at the leading professional services firm PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) Turkey to manage large organizational development projects for the public and private sector.
Ethem graduated from Austrian High School in Istanbul and completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration BA at Marmara University, Turkey.
Didem Acikalin Alpan, President
Linkage Germany GmbH, Oberursel, Taunus, Germany
Mandarr Agshikar, General Manager
Ajhinkkya FZE, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ece Aktan, Vice President, Consulting Services
Linkage Turkey, Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
Ihab Ayoub, Group Country Manager, MENA
Visa, Inc., Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ali Riza Babaoglan, Managing Partner
GROW IN EMEA, Istanbul, Turkey
Matthew Bebawy, CEO
Choice Accounts PTY LTD, Southport, Queensland, Australia
Matthew Bebawy is director and CEO of Choice Accountants Pty Ltd and Choice Australia Real Estate Pty Ltd. He is a CPA with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce majoring in Accounting and Business Law, and a Chartered Tax Advisor with 11 years of experience at large corporate accounting firms and in international real estate.
Mofid Bebawy, CEO
Choice Migration Australia, Southport, Queensland, Australia
Rahul Bhardwaj, Co-founder and Managing Partner
Cocoon Ventures, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Julide Birol, General Manager
Experto, Istanbul, Turkey
Chinun Boonroungrut, Group Lecturer, Psychology Program
School of Psychology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei, China
A Lecturer with working experience in top 3 universities in Thailand in human behavior and development psychology. Now studying Ph.D. in General Psychology at Central China Normal University.
Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman & CEO
RippleNami, Inc., Cardiff, California, United States
Jaye Connolly-LaBelle serves as chairman and chief executive officer of RippleNami, Inc., a global technology company that is redefining blockchain and mapping. RippleNami is dedicated to connecting to the unconnected through its proprietary, revolutionary visualization platform that consolidates big data, easily providing organizations and users with information that matters. In just under six months, RippleNami positively impacted 30+ million users (including farmers, women, children, refugees and veterans) in Africa and the United Kingdom.
Frank DiCarlantonio, Director of Business Operations
Scaffidi Restaurant Group, Steubenville, Ohio, United States
Richard Dixon, CEO
RJD Enterprises, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Collaborative, motivated, and inspiring leader who specializes in turnaround opportunities and groundbreaking market share growth. Thought leader who cultivates personnel to achieve personally and professionally by example.
Belinda-Jane Dolan, CEO
Clariti Group, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Ersoy Erkazanci, Correspondent
Bloomberg HT, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ersoy has been representing Bloomberg HT in Dubai since May 2016 and makes live broadcast from Dubai to Turkey 3 times a day. He gives financial market update to investors about oil prices, GCC markets and Asian markets. The topics he covers have a wide range starting from stock markets, currencies, commodities, fixed income , including mergers and acquisitions, business news to social life news.He also take guests for interview to talk about financial markets or some interesting sectors which are also important for Turkish audience.
Feyza Dereli Fedar, Marketing Director
eBay Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey
Charlotte Hammerbeck, Director
GSK, London, United Kingdom
Charlotte Hammerbeck is Director in the Communications and Government Affairs function at GSK (GlaxoSmithKline). Charlotte currently oversees all aspects of events and meetings technology for the organisation and previously headed up the Global Meeting Management Centre of Excellence for the company. Prior to working for GSK, Charlotte has held a number of positions in IT, communications and event management, amongst these being as UK Communications Manager for Sodexo and global configuration lead for the GSK implementation of a global room and video conferencing booking tool. Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Russian from Bristol University.
Ayyap Hariharan, Senior Strategy Advisor
Motivaluate Consulting & Training FZ LLC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Batul Hasan, CEO
BSH Consultants, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Started my career as a Psychologist, then transferred my academics into Consumer Understanding. Worked in Unilever as a Consumer / Market Insight manager. At Unilever Pakistan I have been a Facilitator for Total Quality Management- a company based program .After 17 years at Unilever, I moved out to start my Market Research agency and managed it for 15 years. Currently I am taking Consultancy projects.
Sven-Olof Husmark, CEO
Egain Group, Molndal, Västergötland, Sweden
Mustafa Oget Kantarci, General Manager
eBay Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey
Levent Kiziltan, CIO
Eczacibasi Holding, Istanbul, Turkey
Gladys Kong, Chief Executive Officer
UberMedia, Pasadena, California, United States
Gladys Kong, CEO of UberMedia, is an expert in mobile technology and data solutions. Since joining UberMedia, Gladys has been responsible for assembling a best-in-class data science team and pivoting it from a social media app developer to a leading mobile data and analytics company. Under her leadership, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal have recognized the organization as a top leader in innovation.
Gladys, an entrepreneur and founder of multiple tech companies, holds numerous patents in the mobile technology space and has been recognized for her work in digital mobile innovation by Business Insider and Mobile Marketer.
Cihan Koral Malak, Founder/ Independent Consultant
Por Muta, Istanbul, Turkey
Anil Machado, President
India Sklep Sp.z.o.o., Sieradz, Lodzkie, Poland
26 years successful experience providing fiscal, strategic and operations leadership in uniquely challenging situations. Dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of performance in turnaround and high-paced organizations. Utilize keen analysis and insights and team approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best practices. Superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex (sales, human resources, legal, financial, operational) issues and motivating staff to peak performance.
Susan MacKenty Brady, Executive Vice President, Commercial Strategy
Linkage Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
Mehmet Mengenli, Director of TELCO Channels & Partnerships
OSN, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mr. Mehmet Mengenli, who is currently working as Director of Telco channels and Partnerships in OSN for MENA region has high-level knowledge and expertise in Business Development & Marketing with +18 years of experience in leading telecoms, financial services, consulting and media companies across Eastern Europe, MEA and APAC regions.
Özgür Mutlu, Director of Financial and Administrative Affairs
Ankara Netmon A.S., Ankara, Turkey
Tunc Noyan, Partner & Senior Advisor
ValuesBox, London, United Kingdom
Tunc Noyan is a strategist, experienced innovation leader and solutions-oriented executive with more than 20 years of experience in IT domain, within global organisations such as Microsoft, IBM and Fiat. He has co-founded the company ValuesBox, where they define the mission to make the world a better place for us all, and work with a community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and institutions and act as a catalyst for co-innovation. He brings expertise and unique insights in strategising and leading digital transformation and change management projects in this ever-faster changing world.
Baris Ozistek, CEO
Netmarble EMEA, Istanbul, Turkey
Barıs Ozistek led the sale of two successful internet companies in the SHR Group, which he joined as CEO in early 2011, to foreign investors. Since 2013, he has been serving as CEO of Netmarble's EMEA region, one of the world's largest gaming companies. Mr. Özistek is one of the founders and a board member of “StartersHub”, the largest venture building program that supports Startups in Turkey. Mr. Özistek has worked for several companies at top executive positions such as Adecco and Bureau Veritas in Turkey, Caspian Sea and Middle East & North Africa region. He is one of the founding partners of “Hugent”, a well-known HR company in Turkey. He is also one of the investors of various technology ventures. He holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing in addition to his MSc degree in Energy and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University. After studies on multiple trainings of management, sales and marketing, he completed an advanced leadership programme from IMD Business School / Switzerland. Barış Özistek has acted as the President of Turkish Digital Games Federation (TUDOF) and also board member of Turkish Informatics Foundation. In addition he has roles among several NGOs and associations like 1907 Fenerbahçe Association, Entrepreneurship Foundation and TUSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association).
Rahul Patil, Lead Process/Operations Engineer
BASF, Sugar Land, Texas, United States
Bülent Peker, Co-Founder & CEO
REM People, Istanbul, Turkey
Ugur Zel, PROF.DR./Dean
Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey
Prof. Ugur Zel is an experienced academics with over 20 years of research, training, consultancy and coaching experience. He received his PhD degree in 1999 from Hacettepe University/Turkey on management and did a doctoral research at Cranfield University/UK as a Chevening Scholar. He is a certified EFQM award assessor and trainer since 1996. He has also a wide range of experience on design and delivery of “leadership development programs” for large-scale global companies. He is also a certified instructor of "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" and "Principle-Centred Leadership" programs of Covey International Inc. He has also 10 years of experience on design and delivery of Assessment/Development Centres and takes part in advisory boards of big scale companies on promotion and employee development projects. He is an accredited “Executive Coach” from International Coaching Federation (ICF) with ACC batch. He is the author and co-author of seven books and numerous articles on leadership, human resources management and strategic management. He is the co-owner of "Ethiquality® Model" which measures the ethical maturity level of companies. Prof. Zel is a professional member of the “Human Resources Management Association”, “European Business Ethics Network”, “International Coaching Federation” and “Turkish Business Council Association”.
He is married with two children.