U.S.-Turkey Investment
Partnership Summit

February 24, 2016
Washington, DC

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U.S.-Turkey Investment Partnership Summit


The American-Turkish Council is excited to host the U.S.-Turkey Investment Partnership Summit. The day-long Summit will incorporate five energetic and dynamic roundtable discussions with top experts; a Luncheon featuring keynote remarks; and an exclusive Networking Reception. Already, the Summit has attracted regarded U.S.-Turkey joint ventures, rapidly growing tech and finance companies, premier international law firms, and select government agencies.

Stepping away from a traditional panel format, the roundtable discussions will provide a platform for experts to engage in a free-flowing conversation and actively convene their diverse perspectives on issues and opportunities surrounding U.S.-Turkey partnerships including market entry, political and financial risk, business ecosystems, and prospects for cooperation in third-party markets.

Roundtable discussions will be held on a stage in the center of the venue, surrounded by the audience, thereby providing attendees a more intimate and engaging experience. This innovative format will provide Summit sponsors high visibility throughout what promises to be a memorable event.

U.S.-Turkey Investment Partnership Summit


Michael A. Lally
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce
Michael Lally is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  Mr. Lally leads efforts to develop trade policy and facilitate business development with U.S. firms in the EMEA region. His duties include business and policy development and operational oversight of five Washington business units and over forty U.S. Commercial Service offices in the EMEA region. Mr. Lally, a Senior Foreign Service Officer with rank of Minister Counselor, was previously Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Service in Ankara, Turkey, where he managed a countrywide business development portfolio in three Turkish cities focused on energy, infrastructure, and trade and project finance. He has served as Commercial Counselor in the U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Service in Mexico City, Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Philadelphia, Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, Senior Commercial Officer with the U.S. Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy, Kiev, Ukraine. His writings have been published in the Christian Science Monitor, the Foreign Service Journal, Turkish Policy Quarterly, and Inside a U.S. Embassy.
Howard G. Beasey
President & CEO, American-Turkish Council
Howard G. Beasey is an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and retired United States Marine. Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1993 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 2000, having completed his undergraduate education at North Carolina State University. For more than two decades Mr. Beasey served as an infantry man, combat engineer platoon and company commander.

In 2006, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA completing his Master of Arts in National Security Affairs and Foreign Policy and attended the Defense Language Institute and completed Turkish language instruction. Designated as a Turkish Foreign Area Officer and assigned to the region, he developed a deep respect for Turkish culture, diversity, and international engagement. Upon returning from Afghanistan in 2010, Mr. Beasey was assigned to the Pentagon as the European Affair Officer for the International Affairs Branch of Headquarters Marine Corps. Retiring in 2014 he joined Goldman Sachs as a Corporate Security Associate. Mr. Beasey joined American-Turkish Council in February 2015 as the President and CEO.
Alev Günay
Senior International Investment Specialist, SelectUSA
Alev Günay serves as Senior International Investment Specialist at SelectUSA, a U.S. federal government initiative that promotes and facilitates international investment into the United States. In her role she provides counseling to European investors on establishing their firm in the United States. In addition, she aids economic developers in the Mid-Atlantic region on the development and execution of their Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction strategy.

Ms. Günay is seasoned in international business development, with a focus on investment promotion and FDI. In 2007 she was asked to help launch the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey in the United States. Through 2011 she held the role of Director for the East Coast region and was instrumental in securing over USD 110 million in investments into Turkey, creating over 1,000 jobs.
Barbaros Karaahmet
Partner, Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Barbaros M. Karaahmet, co-chair of Herrick’s Turkish Practice Group, utilizes his wide-ranging experience and contacts as a Turkish-American attorney to assist our clients here and abroad, including the Republic of Turkey itself. Mr.Karaahmet has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, particularly in cross-border transactions for multinational and Turkish clients in a wide range of sectors. He also offers experienced counsel on a wide range of international trade matters including multinational agreements, international codes, and conventions affecting commercial transactions and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. He is a member of several Turkish-American organizations and has served as the two-term President of the Turkish-American Forum. He is the former President of the Rotary Club of New York.
Serkan Elden
Senior Managing Director, Capitalinka
Serkan A. Elden is an international affairs and investment management expert with 25 years of experience in global markets as a Senior Executive & Advisor, Investment Manager, Financier and Public Speaker. Over years, he created, managed and provided advice to investments, companies and joint ventures in global markets owned and funded by the U.S., European, and Asian Governments, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, state asset management companies, banks, endowments/foundations, family offices, and global companies. He was Managing Director of AIG’s US$750 billion AUM investment business, and later CEO/President-Eurasia. Elden continues to take active roles in various capacities on boards, advisory councils and as an entrepreneur, strategic advisor, investment manager and ombudsman in ventures, challenging corporate growth/dispute/turnaround management situations worldwide. Elden currently leads Capitalinka Investments, a Connecticut-based global investment management and strategic advisory firm, assisting international investors and corporations, education institutions, governments and multilateral organizations, in establishing governance, executing growth and financing strategies and managing investments. Elden is a recipient of the Rotary International Peace Award and a holder of Kazakhstan National Medal of Honor in Finance & Investments.
Şafak Herdem
Managing Partner, Herdem Attorneys at Law
During the past five years, Mr. Herdem has been the Managing Partner of Herdem Attorneys at Law where he has worked to attract new investors, identify new economic models, conduct comprehensive analysis of several sectors, and develop a wide communications network. He has hosted hundreds of companies having organized over fifteen global and local conferences. Mr. Herdem has experience in industrial cooperation, and he assists public authorities in law making pertaining to offset regulations. He established a Washington, D.C.-based legal committee titled Global Offset and Counter Trade Association. He maintains close relationships with both public and private sector entities in Turkey, and acts as a consultant to several ministries. He is motivated to bring new foreign investment to Turkey, and to facilitate and support commercial alliances.
Philip J. Crowley
Professor of Practice & Distinguished Fellow, The George Washington Uni.
Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley is a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University. P.J. appears frequently as a commentator on national and global television networks. His opinion pieces have been published in multiple outlets, including The Washington Post, The Guardian and the BBC. He is also the author of several analysis for law journals and think tanks.

He served as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Spokesman for the U.S. Department of State between 2009 and 2011 under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He resigned from that position after making public comments critical of the government’s pre-trial treatment of Private First Class Bradley/Chelsea Manning. Atlantic Magazine named him as one of 21 Brave Thinkers in 2011.

P.J. is a retired Air Force colonel and served on the National Security Council staff under President Clinton.
Tayfun Bayazıt
President, Bayazıt Consulting Services
Tayfun Bayazit began his banking career at Citibank in 1983 and subsequently worked in senior executive positions within Cukurova Group for 13 years, including Yapi Kredi Bank (Senior Executive Vice President and Executive Committee Member), Interbank (CEO) and Banque de Commerce et de Placements S.A., Switzerland (President and CEO). In 2007, Mr. Bayazit became CEO and Managing Director of Yapi Kredi where he subsequently was appointed Chairman in 2009. Mr. Bayazit concurrently serves as Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Group Turkey, and is also a board member of Marsh Italy SpA, Chairman and Senior Advisor at MB Advisory (subsidiary of Mediobanca) and Chairman of Taaleri Asset Management. He is an independent board member at Boyner, TAV, Migros and Dogan Holding.
Hayal Koç
Vice President, Sales & Business Development, Expertera
Hayal Koc is a Partner and the VP of Sales & Business Development at Expertera. As the first and only expertise resources company in Turkey and the region, Expertera connects experts from all industries and specializations with companies for project-based assignments. With its innovative, on-demand business model, Expertera has quickly become the go-to expertise platform for the world’s leading investment firms, consultancies and global corporations.

Hayal has over a decade of experience in strategy consulting and corporate finance. She began her career in investment banking at JP Morgan Chase and moved into the consulting industry following her MBA. Hayal served as a project manager in the Strategy Consulting group at Ernst & Young (EY), where she specialized in the life sciences and media fields. Relocating to Turkey in 2012, she joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s Istanbul office as a manager in the Strategy Consulting group, where she led market entry strategy and due diligence projects in a variety of industries.

Hayal served on the board of the Turkish American Business Forum and is a lifelong active member of several Turkish American associations.
Gillian H. Turner
Senior Associate, Jones Group International
Gillian Turner is a Senior Associate at Jones Group International and a Fox News contributor. Ms. Turner worked at the White House National Security Council during the presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Under the Obama administration she served as the Acting Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council, where she liaised between the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives on foreign policy and national security issues.

During the Bush administration she served as a Research Assistant in the Office of the National Security Adviser, where she had the distinction of being one of the youngest ever recipients of the National Security Council Outstanding Service Award.

Ms. Turner has worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; the U.S. House of Representatives in the Office of the Minority Leader; and the Albright Group, LLC. She was also a Sharp Fellow at Columbia University in New York City.
Ömer Er
Founder and Managing Partner, MiddleBridgePartners
Omer Er is the Founder and Managing Partner of MiddleBridgePartners, a boutique venture capital firm investing in early stage companies of the new economy in the US. Omer started his career at law firm Dentons as a corporate attorney. He provided legal, public policy and corporate strategic advice to several multinational corporations such as LehmanBrothers, Newscorp (FOX, Myspace), Turner Broadcasting (CNN-TNT), Shell, Nokia in complex cross-border M&A transactions and foreign direct investments in different jurisdictions. With a special interest in a global free market economy Omer has published articles and editorial works on foreign direct investments. Omer is an active participant of civic and social organizations and the US-Turkey relations. He is a board member of Independent Business Association USA, member of the Istanbul Bar and former Ex-officio Board Member of Turkish American Business Council.
Izak Koenka
CEO, Ulusal Faktoring
Izak is the Chief Executive Officer and a shareholder of Ulusal Faktoring A.Ş., one of the major factoring companies in Turkey. He founded the company in 1999. In 2011, he entered a merger agreement with a global private equity company PineBridge Investments. At the time of the merger, Ulusal Faktoring A.Ş. had become the 3rd largest non-bank factoring company in Turkey. Izak is a graduate of Ege University, Istanbul University, and Stanford University.
Doreen Edelman
Shareholder & Co-Leader Global Business Team, Baker Donelson
Doreen Edelman is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker Donelson and is a co-leader of the Firm's Global Business Team. Ms. Edelman has 25 years of experience counseling companies on global expansion. She advises clients on cross border agreements, and export, import and compliance obligations. Ms. Edelman has served the American-Turkish Council as its legal counsel for many years and has represented both Turkish and U.S. entities in accessing the other's market. This has included policy work with both governments as well as structuring foreign investment vehicles and finding partnerships to grow market share in Turkey, the U.S., Iran, and other third markets. Ms. Edelman has a well-established relationship with OFAC officials inside the Department of Treasury and has successfully obtained numerous licenses for transactions involving embargoed and sanctioned countries. She also assists with customs, FCPA and export compliance issues in merger and acquisitions due diligence. She is a frequent speaker and contributor on export and anti-corruption compliance and has developed an on-line, on-demand training module for companies, Export Compliance Tools, as well as regularly blogging about relevant export topics on her blog, Export Compliance Matters.
Leocadia I. Zak
Director, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency
After being appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, Leocadia Zak was confirmed by the United Senate as the Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in 2010. Serving as the Director, she leads an agency dedicated to encouraging economic growth in emerging markets and the export of U.S. goods and services to those markets. The agency achieves this by helping U.S. businesses create jobs in these emerging economies by linking U.S. companies to export opportunities and funding projects. While promoting sustainable development overseas, the Agency focuses its funding activities in priority countries and key sectors by concentrating its investments in areas with high potential for U.S. exports.
Prior to serving as Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Zak was the General Counsel (2000-2006) and Deputy Director (2006-2009) of the USTDA. She was previously a partner in the Washington and Boston offices of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Ms. Zak was also an Adjunct Professor Law at the Boston University School of Law, as well as the Georgetown University Law Center.
Hakan Karataş
Director, International Cooperation, TUBITAK
Mr. Karataş is the Director for International Cooperation at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), where he oversees a team of 65 experts. His role encompasses connecting strategic stakeholders, such as public institutions, universities, industry and NGOs to proactively seek for the best policy recommendations on science and innovation, as well as facilitating the realization of collaborative research projects on the international level. He also is the National Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 (H2020), EU’s Research, Development and Innovation Framework Programme for 2014-2020 with a budget of almost 100 Billion USD, which requires him to actively participate in the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC), as the official representative of Turkey and contribute to the formation of EU level policies in the field.

Previously, he worked as the National Contact Person of Turkey, for the European Union (EU) Research and Innovation Programmes, where he specifically focused on the schemes for excellence-oriented science and regional development funds between 2005 and 2010. He then served for 2 years as a public officer responsible for the “Science and Research” as well as “Information Society and Media” Chapters of the EU membership negotiation process at the Ministry for EU Affairs. There he actively took part in the legislative works on the competition policies of Turkey for the electronic communications market.Following the EU experience, he was appointed as Head of Department at the Prime Minister’s Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities in 2012.
Barış Ornarlı
Washington Representative, TUSIAD
Baris Ornarli was appointed Washington Representative of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) in September 2012.

Mr. Ornarli’s professional experience has focused on bilateral relations between Turkey and the United States. Prior to being appointed to his current position, Mr. Ornarli worked as a correspondent for the Turkish Service of the Voice of America (VOA). He was the anchor of a television news and public policy program broadcast live from studios in Washington, D.C. to audiences nation-wide in Turkey. Mr. Ornarli also worked as a researcher for the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., where he conducted in-depth research and analysis on U.S.-Turkey relations.

Baris Ornarli received his M.A. in International Affairs and his B.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University.
Peter S. Rashish
Senior Advisor, Transnational Strategy Group LLC
Peter S. Rashish is Senior Advisor for Trade and Transatlantic Relations at Transnational Strategy Group LLC, a Washington-based international business and government affairs advisory firm. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a Senior Advisor to the European Policy Centre in Brussels. Peter served earlier as Vice President for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Senior Advisor for Europe at McLarty Associates, Executive Vice President of the European Institute, and on the staff of the International Energy Agency. He has also acted as a consultant to the World Bank, the German Marshall Fund, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Atlantic Council, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Peter has been a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and on the faculty of the Salzburg Global Seminar, and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the advisory board of the American Security Project. His commentaries have been published in The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, and Foreign Policy, and he has made television appearances on PBS, CNBC, CNN, and FoxBusiness. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University.
Joshua Walker
Vice President, Global Programs, APCO Worldwide
Dr. Joshua W. Walker is a perpetual global bridge-builder, having earned his PhD from Princeton University and specializing in the Middle East and East Asia. He currently serves as the Vice President of Global Programs at APCO Worldwide, a leading strategic communications firm based in Washington. There, he is the chief global strategist and oversees APCO’s 34 international offices for the Founding Chairman and CEO, most recently setting up the organization’s newest office in Tokyo, Japan. Before joining the private sector, Dr. Walker worked at the U.S. Department of State three different times, most recently as a senior advisor to Secretaries Kerry and Clinton. He is also a Transatlantic Fellow in the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and he teaches the Politics of National Security at the George Washington University’s Elliot Graduate School of International Affairs. Dr. Walker is a prolific scholar with books and regular commentary for a variety of media outlets. He is also passionate about furthering international affairs and the next generation of foreign policy leadership through his service on half-a-dozen national boards including on the Executive Committee of American Turkish Council, Sister Cities International and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He speaks Japanese as a result of growing up in the northernmost island of Hokkaido with his parents, Turkish having lived in Ankara as a Fulbright scholar, and Virginian English given his family’s Richmond roots and his current residence in Alexandria near George Washington’s home.
Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the U.S.
Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman is the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States of America. Prior to her US appointment in 2015, Ms. Abdul Rahman was the High Representative to the United Kingdom.

Before her career in public service, Ms. Abdul Rahman worked as a journalist for 17 years. She began her career on local newspapers in London and won the Observer Newspaper’s Farzad Bazoft Memorial Prize in 1993, which led her to work at The Observer and later at the Financial Times. She worked for the FT in Britain and in Japan, where she was Tokyo Correspondent.

Ms. Abdul Rahman was born in Baghdad. Her family briefly lived in Iran in the mid-1970s before moving to Britain in 1976. She is a history graduate from London University.
Haluk Bulucu
Advisor to the CEO, FNSS Defence Systems
Mr. Haluk Bulucu is the Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer at FNSS Defence Systems Inc, an Ankara-based JV formed by Nurol Holding-Turkey (%51) and BAE Systems–USA (%49).

Mr. Bulucu has been with FNSS for the last 25 years. He has served at various positions ranging from Project Manager, Proposals Manager and finally Director of Marketing and Strategy.

He actively represents the Turkish Defence Industry as the head of the Turkish Defence Manufacturers Association (SASAD) strategy group and he is the Vice President of the Turkish Defence Council. He also represents the Turkish Defence Industry in Brussels as a member in ASD (European Aerospace and Defence Association).
Banu Onaral
H. H. Sun Professor, Drexel Universitys
Banu Onaral is H. H. Sun Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. She received her BS and MS in electrical engineering from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1973 and 1974 respectively and earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Dr. Onaral joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute at Drexel University in 1981. Starting in 1995, she led the strategic planning to transform the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute into a university-level interdisciplinary school. She served as the Founding Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering Science and Health Systems since its creation in 1997 to 2014. She currently leads ‘Global Innovation Partnerships’ initiative as Senior Presidential Advisor at Drexel University.

Dr. Onaral has led major research and development projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Naval Research (ONR), DARPA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the US Marines. She has actively forged international academic and innovation partnerships with institutions in China, Israel, Italy, Spain and Turkey.
Dr. Paul Sullivan
Professor of Economics, National Defense University
Dr. Paul Sullivan is a Professor of Economics at the National Defense University, an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University, a Senior International Fellow at the National Council of US-Arab Relations, and an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Future Global Resource Threats at the Federation of American Scientists. He was an adviser to the Sudan project looking at the potential resource impacts of a splitting of the country at the United States Institute of Peace for March 2009 to July 2010 and a Senior Fellow at the East West Institute (EWI) in 2007. Dr. Sullivan has been involved in the energy work at the UNCTAD with a focus on Africa. He has testified to Congress on issues related to the XL Pipeline and on the Nile River Basin and other water security issues. For six years, Dr. Sullivan taught classes and conducted research on the economics, economic history, and political economy of the Middle East at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He has been teaching classes on the Middle East and Turkey at the National Defense University since arriving in DC from Cairo in 1999. He was a columnist for a Turkish newspaper for 4 years.
Trita Parsi
President, National Iranian American Council
Trita Parsi is an award winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), for which he conducted more than 130 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American decision-makers. Treacherous Alliance is the silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. Parsi's latest book A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press) was released early 2012 and was selected by Foreign Affairs Journal as the Best Book of 2012 on the Middle East. Parsi's articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Jane's Intelligence Review, the Nation, The American Conservative, the Jerusalem Post, The Forward, and others. He is a frequent guest onCNN, PBS’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, the BBC, and Al Jazeera.

​ Parsi was born in Iran but moved with his family at the age of four to Sweden in order to escape political repression in Iran. His father was an outspoken academic and non-Muslim who was jailed by the Shah and then by the Ayatollah. He moved to the United States as an adult and studied foreign policy at Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies where he received his Ph.D. He founded NIAC to provide a non-partisan, non-profit organization through which Iranian-Americans could participate in American civic life. NIAC is a vocal proponent of dialogue and engagement between the US and Iran, which Parsi consistently has argued would enhance our national security by helping to stabilize the Middle East and bolster the moderates in Iran.
Michael Lally
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce
Howard G. Beasey
President & CEO, ATC
Alev Günay
Specialist, SelectUSA
Barbaros Karaahmet
Partner, Herrick LLP
Serkan Elden
Sr. Managing Director, Capitalinka
Şafak Herdem
Managing Partner, Herdem
Philip Crowley
Prof, G. Washington Uni.
Tayfun Bayazıt
President, Bayazıt Consulting Services
Hayal Koç
Vice President, Expertera
Gillian H. Turner
Senior Assoc., Jones Group Int'l
Ömer Er
Founder, MiddleBridgePartners
Izak Koenka
CEO, Ulusal Faktoring
Doreen Edelman
Shareholder, Baker Donelson
Leocadia I. Zak
Director, USTDA
Hakan Karataş
Director, TUBITAK
Barış Ornarlı
Washington Rep., TUSIAD
Peter Rashish
Sr. Advisor, Transnational Str.
Joshua Walker
Director, APCO Worldwide
B. Sami A. Rahman
U.S. Representative, KRG
Haluk Bulucu
Advisor to the CEO, FNSS Defence Systems

The Schedule


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9:35 am - 10:20 am

Why U.S.-Turkey Partnerships? Opportunities and Challenges

Representatives from joint ventures between U.S. and Turkey-based companies will address the motivations, thinking, planning, and execution that went into their formation. Panelists will furthermore address the advantages and constraints they confronted throughout the formation of joint venture projects, and shed light on the unique value of U.S.-Turkey partnerships.
10:45 am - 11:30 am

U.S.-Turkish Partnership in Emerging Sectors: Integrating Turkish Companies into the Global Value Chain

Turkey's fastest growing companies demonstrate the dynamism of the Turkish private sector, and reveal to U.S. investors which sectors are worth targeting. In this panel, a select group of representatives from growing Turkish companies will talk about their perspectives on ways to improve economic relations between Turkey and the U.S. The panelists will also discuss the role that Turkish companies can play in U.S.-led global value chains.
11:35 am - 12:20 pm

Tapping into the Turkish Market: Understanding Turkey's Business Ecosystem

Panelists representing law firms and U.S.-based companies with a presence in Turkey will provide their insights and advice on how to properly navigate the country’s business landscape.
12:30 pm - 1:55 pm

Luncheon & Keynote Speaker

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Tapping Innovative Ideas: Exploring Partnership in R&D and Tech into the Turkish Market

Panelists will discuss how to expand U.S.-Turkey cooperation within the high tech space, as well as the prospects for Turkey to become an R&D center for U.S. companies.
3:05 pm - 4:30 pm

U.S.- Turkey Partnerships in Third-Party Countries: Moving Beyond Geopolitical Challenges

Turkey sits in the heart of a $25 trillion market that straddles Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. Although the region possesses enormous potential for U.S.-Turkey partnerships, companies must grasp the risks associated with entering these regions. The U.S. also offers a myriad of avenues into markets previously unexplored by Turkey. This panel will touch on U.S.-Turkey partnerships in third party countries, and what advantages the U.S. and Turkey provide each other as a springboard into other markets.

U.S.-Turkey Investment Partnership Summit


Event Venue
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037


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