Sep 17,2013

Watch TechWadi Leaders Speak at UC Berkeley

For access to full video coverage of the event, please visit the BPED Youtube page here.


In the last decade alone Turkey has generated one of the most respectable GDP growth rates in the world. For the first time in 30 years, inflation has fallen to single digits, helping to accelerate growth. Its GDP per capita has tripled and has expanded into new regions and markets. Between 2009 to 2011, the country succeeded in generating 3.2 million jobs, a figure that is greater than the total number of jobs created in all of the 27 member states of the European Union during the same time period.

The Berkeley Program on Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East along with TechWadi organized a conference on “Turkey & the Middle East in the New Century: Successes, Failures, and the Future” to discuss the success of the Turkish developmental model and its applicability to the MENA region. Sponsored by Bank of the West and the BNP Paribas Group, the conference brought together some of the most prominent Turkish and Middle Eastern thought leaders to discuss macro-economic, governance, foreign policy, banking, legal, cultural, and institutional contributors to the success of the Turkish model. A main goal of the event was to generate actionable policy recommendations for Turkey’s neighbors.

8:00 am to 8:15 am
Coffee and Breakfast
8:15 am to 8:30 am
Pierre Olivier Gourinchas, Director of the Clausen Center for International Business and
Policy and Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley
8:30 am to 9:00 am
Special Speaker: Ilker Ayci, President Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency
9:00 am to 10:15 am
Panel One: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Financial Reform, Improved Governance, and Economic Development

Jeffrey Gedmin, President and CEO, Legatum Institute and former President of Radio Europe
Ahmad Abdulkader, Partner Architect, Microsoft
Moderated By: Dariush Zahedi, Director, Berkeley Program on Entrepreneurship
and Development in the Middle East
10:15 am to 10:30 am
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Panel Two: Rise of Entrepreneurship
Cross-Borders Collaboration, Joint Ventures, International Expansion

Ossama Hassanein, Chariman, TechWadi
Abderahman Salaheldin, Egyptian Ambassador to Turkey
Didem Altop, Managing Director of Endeavor Turkey
Moderated By: Atef El Toukhy, Chairman, Aurum Capital Management
11:45 am to 12:45 pm
12:45 pm to 1:15 pm
Keynote Speaker, Goli Ameri, President and CEO, The Center for Global Engagement and former Assistant Secretary of State
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm
Panel Three: The Road Ahead
Political Awakenings, Constitutional Rearrangements, and Economic Impact

Allen Collinsworth, President, Fara Group
Noosheen Hashemi, President of the HAND Foundation
Ali Ezzatyar, Executive Director, UCB Program on Entrepreneurship & Development in the Middle East
Moderated By: Steven Fish, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm
Panel Four: Success Factors
Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Platforms, and the Role of High Technology

Mustafa Kilicaslan, Director, Public Private Alliances at Microsoft Corp
Dilawar Syed, CEO, Yonja Media
Moderated By: : Deena Shakir, Business Development, Tech. for Social Impact, Google
3:15 pm to 3:30 pm
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Conversation: Turkey and the Middle East
Successes, Failures, and the Future

Hossein Askari, Professor of International Business and Affairs, George Washington University
Ahmad Ghoreishi, Professor of Political Science at the Naval Post-Graduate School
Moderated By: Harry Kriesler, Executive Director, Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley and Executive Producer of Conversations with History
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Special Speaker: Dr. Ibrahim Turhan, Chairman and CEO of Borsa Istanbul
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Next Steps; Networking

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