Dr. Ulaş Akın

Ulas holds an M.Sc. in Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Istanbul Technical University. Also holds international diploma on public management and urban governance from I H S of Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has professional experience in the fields of urban management, real estate, culture, arts, music, neighborhood organizations, EU projects, and various planning projects addressing ecology, transport, environment, cultural heritage, logistics and capacity building. Recent activities focused on training of urban professionals and lectures to graduate students from various disciplines all around the world. Ulas facilitated workshops, project meetings, excursions and gave lectures in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, FYR of Macedonia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Slovenia, Spain, Somali, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States so far.

Since 2006 he has worked as several positions like copyright contractor, city planner, chief of city planning, chief of international projects at IMP, Metropolitan Planning & Urban design Center managed by BIMTAS, consultancy company of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Simultaneously he is a partner at Play The City Foundation in Amsterdam and develops new generation collective decision making tools for cities, project base partner at Istanbul Technical University on social innovation, Urban Planning Task Force Member of NALAS, Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe.

Batuhan Aydın
Batuhan received his degree in Industrial Engineering at Sabanci University. After working as an application consultant at LA Consultancy, he started to work at UNILEVER in 2012. He has worked there as a Warehouse & Distribution Executive, Demand Planning Specialist (Home Care Category), Assistant Demand Planning Manager (Food Category) and currently holds the position of UltraLogistik Transportation.

Dr. Thomas Hanke

Tom is Professor of Business Administration and Logistics at the FOM University of Applied Sciences. Previously, he worked as a lecturer and researcher for several academic institutes and was responsible for a number of international R&D projects. In many years of management experience in various business functions, Tom also demonstrated his practical skills in banking, management & technology consulting, in managing a startup incubator, and in running his own consulting company. Tom holds an M.A. in Communication Science and a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in Business Administration from the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Dr. Ani Melkonyan

Ani has finished her habilitation (June 2015 at the University of Duisburg-Essen) in agricultural economics with the title “Climate Change Impact on Agriculture in Developing Economies”. She received her PhD (with a DAAD scholarship) at the same university in environmental sciences with a thesis on “Statistical Analysis of Long-Term Air Pollution Data in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany”. Ani received her master’s degree in mathematical modeling in macro-and micro-economy, and her bachelor degree in general economics at the Yerevan State University in Armenia. Currently she is the scientific coordinator of the research project “ILoNa” (Innovative Logistics for Sustainable Lifestyles) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Centre for Logistics & Traffic.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Noche

For more than 20 years Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche has been designing and optimising logistics chains. After his study of “Technical Cybernetics” which he finished as graduate engineer, he firstly worked as a research assistant at the University of Dortmund. From 1983-1987 he worked as a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (formerly: Institute for Transport and Physical Goods Distribution) in Dortmund. Since 1987 he has been manager of the SimulationsDienstleistungsZentrum GmbH.

He started his career in 1982 and since then has been a consultant for the design and optimisation of logistic systems by means of simulation models. The support ranges from the planning of logistic systems, the test of controlling software to the installation of scheudling and simulation software. For many years he has engaged in developing logistic guidelines based on a holistic view including flow principles, customer and quality orientation.

In October 2000 he assumed the professorship in the area of Transport Systems and Logistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (formerly Gerhard-Mercator University Duisburg). His working areas are: location planning in distribution logistics, acceptance of logistics systems, scheduling systems, simulation and planning of distribution centers, design of intermodal transport chains and monitoring of supply chain management systems.

Devrim Şavli

Devrim Şavli is a Ph.D. candidate at Middle East Technical University on the study field of “Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments.” Since 2003 he has worked for local governments and business associations. As of 2010 he has been working for East Marmara Development Agency as a regional development specialist. His main areas of interest are entrepreneurship, innovation management, industrial clusters and maritime transport.


Prof. Dr. Metin Türkay

Prof. Dr. Metin Turkay is a full professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of Koc-IBM Supply Chain Research Center. He received BS and MS degrees from METU and PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked as Principal Consultant at Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan, on the development of optimization models and algorithms for supply chain management and logistics prior to joining Koc University in 2000. His research interests include optimization theory and algorithms and applications in sustainable supply chain management and logistics including intermodal transportation. He received AIChE/CAST Ted Peterson Student Paper Award in 1997, TUBITAK Young Scientist Encouragement Award in 2006, IBM Supported University Research Award in 2007, and an IBM Faculty Award in 2009.

Murat Vefkioğlu

Murat graduated from the Department of Architecture at the Istanbul Fine Arts Academy in 1972. He then carried out his postgraduate degree in Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University for his Urban Design Master’s degree (M.Sc). During his studies he also worked as a part-time assistant architect at Law-Dunbar Nasmith Architects, Edinburgh. After his graduation he returned to Turkey and started working as an assistant at the Department of Istanbul Fine Arts Academy, Urbanism Unit and 3rd year project group for the Architecture Department in the Faculty. In 1982 he returned to Edinburgh and started his research studies for his PhD degree at Edinburgh University for a year under Prof. Percy Johnson-Marshall. After his research studies he left his mission from the Faculty of Edinburgh in 1983 and returned to his country and resigned from the Mimar Sinan University. Between 1983-89 he practiced and joined the national competitions in Scotland. He founded his own office in 1990 in Istanbul, focussing on architecture and urban design concepts, projects, public space design, environmental design and projects and tourism resort complex projects.

In 2005, he was nominated the Urban Design Competitions Group Coordinator at the Istanbul Metropolitan Planing and Urban Design Center (IMP) by the executive commitee. He ran national urban design competitions, international urban design projects from invited architects, organizing and opening whole national urban design competitions and exhibitions between 2005 and 2010 in the Center. In 2008 he also started to coordinate whole urban design and competitions group in the center. He also coordinated national and international workshops for public spaces, spatial urban design project areas, urban regenerations and urban renewal projects. Furthermore, he has delivered presentations and papers at national and ınternational symposia and seminars related with urban design topics and has organized meetings for workshops and charettes in the center. Finally after 8 years of work his mission completed in April, 2013.

At present, he is running his own architecture and urban design professional practice.

Oğuzhan Yıldız

After graduating from Bilkent University, Department of Industrial Engineering in 2002, Oğuzhan started his career at B/S/H Turkey Cerkezköy Production Center as a production planning head of section, taking an active role in the establishment of B/S/H Turkey. He has held various management positions such as production planning, purchasing, material planning and warehouse management and finally supply chain director in Avery Dennison EMEA between 2007 and 2011. Oğuzhan worked as the logistics center manager responsible for the operational processes – initially the Supply Chain – of DeFacto company between 2011 and 2013. After one year experience as a plants director in Vefa group he joined Ekol A.Ş and was appointed as an Operational Excellence manager in 2014.  Oğuzhan is a specialist in the fields of establishing efficient management systems, organizational structuring, as well as operational excellence and logistics.