Turkish-German Innovation Summit


Date: October 21-22, 2014

Location: Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel


Below, please find our schedule for the Turkish-German Innovation Summit.


Please click here to download the Summit Booklet (PDF, 1,4 MB)


09.00 - 09.30 Registration
09.30 - 09.40

Işınay Kemmler, Founder & CEO of GSC

09.40 - 10.20

Opening remarks
Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education & Research
Fikri Işık, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Republic of Turkey

10.20 - 10.40

Kick-off Speech
Prof. Dr. Yücel Altunbaşak, President of TÜBITAK - The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey

10.40 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.30

Plenary Session

Innovations across country borders A conversation on the benefits of pursuing research and development via joint forces, featuring the personal experiences and perspectives of German and Turkish executives.

Lothar Kuhn,  Journalist & Head of Department Technic & Science - Wirtschaftswoche 

Rolf A. Königs, CEO - AUNDE Group

Cem Kural, Director R&D - Arҫelik A.Ş.

Prof. Dr. Şener Oktik, CTO - Şişecam Group

Iffet Türken, Executive Board Member/Business Development - Kässbohrer AS

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch & networking
14.00 - 15.00

Parallel Panel sessions

Technology as a driving force in innovative capacity A discussion of current trends, regional technology clusters, opportunities for global firms in German und Turkish technology sectors and chances for SMEs in Horizon 2020.

Dr. Alper Kutay, Vice President of TÜBITAK - The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey

Prof. Dr. Michael Heuken, Vice President Corporate Research & Development - AIXTRON SE

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Horst Stöcker, Scientific Director - GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH

Dr. Christian Garbe, Managing Director - FIZ Frankfurt Biotechnology Innovation Center

Hakan Karataş, Director, Directorate for International Cooperation, TÜBITAK - The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey 


Location, Location, Location Analyzing economic trends that influence industry decisions on where to locate in Turkey and how to use this information to your advantage.

Fatih Yülek, President - TÜBITAK TEYDEB, Technology and Innovation Support Program 

Dr. Cem Bozkurt, CEO - Alvimedica

Klaus Burger, CEO - MAHA Maschinenbau Haldenwang GmbH & Co. KG

Michael Schneider, CFO - HAHN Automation GmbH


Higher Gains with Higher Education How to find partners among the many leading education and research institutions in Germany and Turkey and how to capitalize on these relationships.

Prof. h.c. Dr. Joachim U. Knebel, Chief Science Officer - Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)

Frank Stührenberg, Member of the Executive Board and Head of the Corporate Sales Network - Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
Otto Bauer, Chairman of the Board - Festo San. ve Tic. A.Ş. Turkey

Savaş M. Özaydemir, President - Endel Group and Chairman of Board - Eskişehir Chamber of Industry


Advanced Manufacturing A discussion on the status of advanced manufacturing today, covering various opportunities in the field, the latest developments in the economics of producing in Turkey, and efforts to expand this industry within the country.

Dr.-Ing. Dagmar Dirzus, Managing Director - VDI/VDE Society for Measurement and Automatic Control (GMA)

Prof. E. h. Dr.-Ing. Johann Grabenweger, Chief Sales Officer - KHS GmbH

Ali Eren, CEO - Erensan Group

Recep Kurt, Director R & D - Martur Sünger ve Koltuk Tesisleri Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş.

15.00 - 15.30 Refreshments/Networking
15.30 - 16.30

Parallel Panel sessions

Sourcing Talent Abroad A conversation about how to most effectively make use of the ample supply of talented professionals present in Turkey

Prof. Dr. Martin Kornmeier, Head of International Business Department - Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg

Sultan Tepe, Chairman - Tepar Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret A. Ş.

Okan Gedik, General Manager - Assan Hanil Otomotiv San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Ümit Özdurmus, Global Head - SAP Security Practice


Automotive Innovation A discussion on how big data and advanced analytics are driving the changes and innovations in the automotive industry.

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Becks, Head of  Technology and Innovation - VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies 

Iffet Türken, Executive Board Member/Business Development - Kässbohrer AS

Karl-Josef Kuhn, Principal Engineer, Corporate Technology - Siemens AG


Protecting Your Innovations A discussion of patent laws in Germany and Turkey, what you should know about protecting the results of your R&D and their global monetization. This panel will feature experts in patent law and personal experiences of Turkish and German executives.

Dr. Roland Lentz, Division Manager Innovation and Environment - Chamber of Industry and Commerce Darmstadt Rhein Main Neckar 

Dr. Gert Fregien, Vice President, Innovation & Technology - Knorr-Bremse AG

Prof. Dr. Habip Asan, President - Turkish Patent Insitute


Advanced Materials Systems Driving Innovation A discussion of how materials technologies are driving innovations for both ecosystem and business models.

Prof. Dr. Volker Schulz, Prodekan Fakultät Technik - Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Mannheim

Şinasi Beliğ Ünlüer, Founder, Vice President of the Board and General Manager - Nedex Kimya San. ve Tic. A.Ş. 

Prof. Dr. Ender Suvacı, Professor - Materials Science at Anadolu University in Turkey

Dr. Rainer Bueschl, Head of Knowledge Management Performance Materials - BASF SE

16.30 - 17.00 Closing remarks
17.00 - 18.00 Get together






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