4th Investing in Turkey Forum 2016

The 4th Annual Investing in Turkey Forum took place in the beautiful surroundings of The Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London. With over 120 registered participants, the majority of them UK and Turkey based industry professionals the event was sponsored by Otoyol A.S (Silver), Isbank (Silver), Bezen & Partners (Bronze) and NKY (Bronze) Sponsors. .

The Forum was opened by conference chair, Leland Rice, Editor-in-Chief, The Business Year (TBY) - followed by a welcoming speech by our honorary guest, H.E Abdurrahman Bilgic (Ambassador, Turkish Embassy in London).

The Investment Climate in Turkey Today was offered with an informative presentation by Necmettin Kaymaz, Chief Project Director, Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), who outlined the investment climate incentives and future outlook, including a review of the 2023 goals. The first morning panel discussion: Turkey - A Country worth investing in? Was moderated by Aytug Goksu, Commercial Counsellor, Turkish Embassy in London. Fellow panellists included: Leland Rice, Editor-in-Chief (TBY), Ali Sherwani Regional Head UK Export Finance (ECGD), Phil Redman Technical Director, Mott MacDonald and Peter Ward, Director of Healthcare Projects, John Laing.

After a well-deserved coffee break and a chance to network with each other, participants once again took their seats for the next session dedicated to Infrastructure PPP's and Investment  Opportunities in Presentation by Kayahan Karadas and Cihan Sensoy, Isbank (Silver Sponsor). The presentation was on the Turkish Bank's perspective on financing infrastructure PPP and Energy projects. This was followed by a presentations from Mr Stephen Tillie (Price Forbes) who highlighted the risk in infrastructure PPPs and following this detailed speech the stage was left to the presentation by Murat Kosal, Deputy CFO, Otoyol AS for the Case-Study of the Gebze-Izmir Motorway-Financial close project and was by

Following the networking lunch, we were given insight of the World's Biggest PPP Hospitals: Made in Turkey presentation by Omer Unlu, General Coordinator, NKY. The introduction to PPP panel was by Mike Davey, Board Member of YDA.

The PPP panel was opened and moderated by Tylor Hartwell, Assistant General Manager, SMBC, and included: Yesim Bezen, Partner, Bezen & Partners, Gideon Tilburgs, Investment Director, John Laing, Jean-Patrick Marquet, Country Director, EBRD, Marco Rosso, Business Development Director, Meridiam and Murat Sogancioglu, Director, IC Holding who all contributed in sharing their opinions and perspectives on assessing successful implementation of PPP projects. 

The networking coffee break finished and the Energy session opened with Yesim Bezen, Partner, Bezen & Partners presentation on Investment Opportunities.

The last panel of the day examined opportunities in the Energy market and was moderated by Riza Kadilar, Senior Country Manager, Natixis and  joined by panellists: Sinan Oktem, CFO, Limak Energy, Sevgi Seckiner, Principal Investment Officer, IFC, Serkan Ata, Strategic Planing & Risk Manager, IC ICTAS Energy and Taylan G. Onerci Business Development Manager, GAMA Energy.

The day closed with a Cocktail Reception hosted by Bezen & Partners - where guests had the perfect opportunity to network with each other further and discuss ideas whilst enjoying a glass of wine and canapés.

EEL Events would like to give special thanks to the Sponsors: Otoyol A.S, Isbank (Silver Sponsors) and Bezen & Partners and NKY (Bronze Sponsors) who helped make this event more successful.

EEL Events will be providing a series of Infrastructure and Energy forums in 2016. If you would like to be involved as a sponsor, speaker, panellist or delegate please contact:

Jacklyn Ocekci

Project Manager (Europe & Turkey)


T: 0207 275 8063

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