THURSDAY 10 MAY

Turkey: Economic Inclusion for Competitiveness

Wadi Rum Hall, Ground Floor

This investment outlook session will explore how economic inclusion – the opening up of economic opportunities for the integration of three core groups: women, the young and people living in remote areas – can benefit the Turkish economy.
Economic inclusion is at the core of our mandate and a top priority for our Turkish investments. In Turkey, almost 66 per cent of companies report difficulty filling vacancies, with a further 10 per cent reporting that a poorly educated workforce is their main constraint on growth. This presents Turkey with significant opportunities to improve productivity and competitiveness.
With appropriate measures in place to equip women, young people and the increasing numbers of refugees with appropriate training and skills, there is clearly scope for Turkey to increase workforce participation and access to economic opportunities, thereby reducing labour market tightness and making companies and the economy more competitive.
This session will look at specific policies of the government, initiatives of the EBRD and development partners such as European Training Foundation (“ETF”) as well as examples of how the private sector can be a critical force driving inclusive and sustainable growth.

The EBRD in Turkey

 

 

 

Moderator

Arvid Tuerkner

Managing Director, Turkey, EBRD - Istanbul

Speakers

Lida Kita

Specialist in VET and Social Inclusion - Country Desk Serbia and Turkey, European Training Foundation

Selin Oz

Manager, Garanti Bank

Kivanc Ozer

Head of Planning, Nurol Holding INC.

Nazli Soydan

HR Manager, Ford Otosan

Kemal Çağatay İmirgi

Director General, Undersecretariat of Turkish Treasury

Lida Kita

Specialist in VET and Social Inclusion - Country Desk Serbia and Turkey, European Training Foundation

Lida Kita is a specialist in vocational education and training and social inclusion at the European Training Foundation, and EU agency, where she previously worked as a country manager and social inclusion specialist. In 1993 she was appointed as an education and social sector project officer at the World Bank office in Tirana, Albania. Ms Kita has also been a lecturer at the University of Tirana, a textbook author and a curriculum expert at the Albanian Ministry of Education and Science.
Lida graduated from the University of Tirana in 1981. She has an MSc in the management of development from ILO-Turin University and an MSc in public policy and management from the Centre for Financial and Management Studies at SOAS, University of London.
Her main areas of expertise are public policy on education and training, VET and social inclusion.

Selin Oz

Manager, Garanti Bank

Selin Öz received her undergraduate degree from Middle East Technical University and her MBS from the Manchester Business School in 2001. Since 2010, she has been the SME Banking Entrepreneurship Banking Manager at Garantibank. She has also been leading the development and implementation of the Women Entrepreneurship Program at Garantibank, Turkey's first private bank that has developed a specific program for women entrepreneurs as a worldwide best practice. She has led banking, marketing, strategy, and fund raising management of Women Entrepreneurship Program with many IFIs, government organizations, NGOs and universities. She has more than 15 years of professional experience, in retail banking and SME banking. She is the member of advisory board of Independent Women Directors Project. She received the Women in Business Award by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Kivanc Ozer

Head of Planning, Nurol Holding INC.

Kıvanç Özer (B.Eng & MBA) has joined Nurol Holding Inc. in 2003 and served as Director of Foreign Economic Relations Department until 2008. He was appointed as Planning and Budget Control Department Manager in 2009 and still working as Department Head since 2017.

His area of responsibility includes; planning, managing and reporting of budgeting and performance evaluation processes, ifrs reporting and consolidation, project financing and evaluation, m&a transactions and implementation of incentive legislation through 22 subsidiaries of Nurol Group of Companies.

Nazli Soydan

HR Manager, Ford Otosan

Arvid Tuerkner

Managing Director, Turkey, EBRD - Istanbul

Arvid Tuerkner leads EBRD operations in Turkey. He focuses on investments and policies that promote sustainable energy, improve infrastructure, make Turkish businesses more competitive, deepen capital and local currency markets and provide greater opportunities to young people, women, refugees and firms in remote regions to support the country’s long-term growth.

Mr Tuerkner joined the EBRD in January 2009 from the German development bank DEG, where he was Senior Banker in the Financial Institutions team in Moscow. In 2013 he became Director for Regional Development and Deputy Head of the Moscow Office, and in 2015, Head of Russia, later becoming Director for Corporate Debt.

He undertook postgraduate professional training at the German Development Institute and has an MBA from the Free University of Berlin.

 

Kemal Çağatay İmirgi

Director General, Undersecretariat of Turkish Treasury

K. Çağatay İmirgi joined Turkish Treasury in 2000. He served as Treasury Expert and Head of Department respectively at the Department of International Capital Markets. He was appointed as the Deputy Director General for Foreign Economic Relations in December 2014. Beyond capital markets, he was responsible for external debt, including project financing and public private partnerships. He is currently the Director General of Foreign Economic Relations of Turkish Treasury since August 2017. He is mainly responsible for external borrowing on behalf of Turkish Republic, Treasury guarantees and policy on PPPs and relations with IFIs. He holds a BA degree in Economics from Ankara University and MBA degree from Kenan-Flagler Business School of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.