Keynote Speakers

Ruhsar Pekcan

Minister of Trade

H.E. Berat Albayrak

Minister of Treasury and Finance

Speakers

General James L. Jones

American-Turkish Council (ATC)

Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ

Turkey-US Business Council (TAIK)

Howard G. Beasey

American-Turkish Council (ATC)

Panelists

Elvin Yuzugullu

General Dynamics Information Technology

Kristina Podnar

Kristina Podnar

Onur Bulbul

InnoNative Advisors

Rob Nelson

GE Healthcare

Scott Siler

GlobalWonks

David Buresh

GRM Information Management

Adam Stern

American Wind Energy Association

Sibel Selcuk

The Heritage Group

Travis Caples

The Will-Burt Company

Robert Johnston

Adlumin, Inc

Devry Boughner Vorwerk

Cargill

Tim Springer

Level Access

Baris Ornarli

Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD)

Dr. Banu Onaral

Drexel University

David Koranyi

Atlantic Council

Program

  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

    Continental Breakfast

    Continental Breakfast

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Opening Ceremony

    Opening Ceremony, Welcoming Remarks, and Keynote Address

    Speakers:

    General James L. Jones

    Howard G. Beasey

    Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ

  • 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

    [Political Plenary] Repairing Ties: Mending the U.S.-Turkish Alliance in Difficult Times

    The opening plenary of this year’s conference will center on the restoration of political and business relations between the United States and Turkey, focusing on the ways in which the refurbishment of industry-to-industry relations may function as a gateway for mutual understanding and cooperation across sectors. Panelists will address the major issues affecting both countries while simultaneously depicting how collaboration may serve as the ultimate tool of engendering success, as individuals from either side are encouraged to develop mutually-beneficial solutions to common problems. This panel will underscore the historical value of the U.S.-Turkey alliance as well as demonstrate its prevailing significance, noting that hardship provides a unique opportunity for growth and the evocation of even more formidable relations going forward.

  • 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

    Morning Networking Break

    Morning Networking Break

  • 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

    [Defense Session] U.S.-Turkey Defense Industry: Opportunities for Future Cooperation

    This panel will provide an update on the Turkish government’s domestic defense industrial advancement program and discuss how it will impact US-Turkey relations in addition to Turkey’s relations with other NATO allies. The Turkish government’s new program aims to modernize Turkey’s military forces and help balance its trade deficit, which provides a unique opportunity to improve cooperative endeavors between American and Turkish defense industry firms while increasing the vitality of the overarching relationship. Our expert defense industry panelists from both Turkey and the United States will provide valuable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for future cooperation presented by the shift in Ankara’s defense industrial policy.

    Speakers:

    Col (Ret.) Jerry Kaffka

    Jerry Hurd

    Osman Okyay

    Travis Caples

  • 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

    [Trade] The Next Step for U.S.-Turkey Trade Relations

    Despite resurgent support for protectionist trade policies, ongoing diplomatic uncertainty, and the obstacles created by new tariffs, one of the world’s best destinations for foreign direct investment (FDI) continues to be the United States. This trend holds true with U.S.-Turkish trade, as bilateral trade and the number of Turkish firms investing in the United States have both increased tremendously within the last five years, demonstrating the benefits of a robust, productive partnership. This panel will discuss viable markets for investment in the United States with the help of recent FDI patterns along with the impacts of the recent steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration on trade relations between the two countries.

    Speakers:

    Jay C. Campbell

    Onur Bulbul

  • 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

    Tuesday Luncheon with Keynote Speaker

    Amb. John R. Bolton, National Security Advisor, U.S. National Security Council (INVITED) | H.E. Berat Albayrak, Minister of Treasury and Finance of Turkey (INVITED)

  • 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    [Construction and Infrastructure] Opportunity at the Intersection: Technology, Transportation, and Infrastructure

    Both the United States and Turkey stand at the intersection between the past and future of infrastructure. As Turkey’s middle class grows, so does its demand for energy and access to amenities like personal vehicles, making the development of Turkey’s energy and transportation infrastructure integral to its economic growth for the immediate future. The United States, meanwhile, stands in desperate need of an infrastructure overhaul, both to maintain existing systems and to create new methods of meeting the demands created by new technologies. This panel will discuss how countries can benefit from mutual investment as well as business-to-business and business-to-government partnerships.

    Speakers:

    Defne Sadiklar Arslan

    Ebru Ozdemir

    Matthew Jordan Tank

  • 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    [Cybersecurity] Cloud Computing: Potential and Security

    Cloud computing is a scalable platform that uses servers pooled together to provide modern-day assets, such as virtual computing, storage, and additional services in order to meet the needs of every type of organization, from small-to-medium enterprises to multinational corporations and governments. However, the transition into the Cloud is often clouded by many unknown variables pertaining to security, privacy, reliability, and performance. For example, a security breach through one organization has the potential to affect everyone operating over the cloud, making it more important than ever for allies to work together to guarantee each other’s security online. Our expert panelists from Turkey and the United States from both sectors, public and private, will discuss the benefits and challenges of cloud computing, the best practices for cloud security, and the most effective methods of enhancing protection through the implementation of cloud-based services.

    Speakers:

    David Buresh

    Mark Supko

    Robert Johnston

    Tarkan Gurkan

  • 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    [Environment] Zero-Waste Discussions

    Zero-Waste Discussions

  • 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

    Afternoon Networking Break

    Afternoon Networking Break

  • 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

    [Energy] Impact of Renewables on the Power Market

    The majority of global energy investment is now going to renewable energy production, while almost two thirds of net power capacity around the world in 2017 was generated by renewable technologies. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that, within the next five years, growth in renewable energy generation will be twice as large as that of gas and coal combined. This prodigious growth has prompted the American private sector to push for investment in renewable energy production, while Turkey has diversified its energy portfolio and made renewable energy production capacity the centerpiece of its new national energy strategy. This panel will explore the future outlook of renewable energy capacity and its impact on the electricity market as well as potential partnership and investment opportunities between the U.S. and Turkey.

    Speakers:

    Adam Stern

    David Koranyi

    Elvin Yuzugullu

    Sinan Ak

  • 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

    [R&D and Innovation] Artificial Intelligence: Smart Machines, Smarter Policies

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly invisible and assimilated into our daily lives as it quietly penetrates almost every major industry, from healthcare and finance to transportation and education. AI has many benefits, but brings with it myriad potential challenges and questions that will affect the future of work, privacy, and public policy. Understanding the models used to design new AI technology is essential to maintaining public safety. AI’s potential impact on innovation and its inherent risks require us to identify the role that policy and institutions play in promoting effective incentives for safety. This panel will discuss AI’s potential of delivering benefits to society, increasing efficiency, improving quality of life, and the policies required to minimize risks.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Banu Onaral

    Kristina Podnar

    Rob Nelson

    Scott Siler

  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Networking Reception

    Networking Reception

  • 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM

    Keynote Remarks and Gala Dinner

    Keynote Remarks and Gala Dinner

  • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM

    Award Ceremony

    Award Ceremony

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