Keynote Speeches





13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Fuji Main Hall ⏐ 10am – 10.15am

Keynote 1:

Paul Doany, Chief Executive Officer, Turk Telekom, Turkey

Empowering the World’s Economies With Partnerships Between Corporate Ventures and Angel Investors

The world early-stage investment markets need innovative approaches to leverage startup and SME ecosystems worldwide. Almost all global corporates have departments that leverage the innovation pipeline within the company. This keynote speech will address the importance of global corporates forming partnerships with angel investors and angel networks and the impact of such partnerships the competitiveness of local economies with global markets. In this keynote speech, Paul Doany, CEO of Turk Telecom and a private angel investor, will present an innovative exit roadmap for angel investors and ideas for leveraging the efficiency of innovation teams and increasing the impact of R&D departments – all of which will empower economies worldwide.

13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Fuji Main Hall ⏐ 10.15am – 10.30am

Keynote 2:

Alastair Lukies, UK Prime Minister's Business Ambassador for FinTech at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), UK

Is This FinTech’s Tipping Point?

The disruption to traditional banking models caused by financial technology (FinTechs) may be reaching a tipping point, but some investors are looking beyond the US to Europe and China, where the scale of innovation may surpass traditional expectations. The FinTech industry has long been touted as the future of financial services. Indeed, many would say that that ‘future’ is already here. And according to a recent Citibank Payment Services (CPS) report, China has already reached the tipping point of digital disruption in traditional banking services, with the US and Europe not far behind. The industry as a whole saw a total investment of $19bn in 2015. Alastair Lukies, the UK Prime Minister's Business Ambassador for FinTech at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), will highlight the challenges of the FinTech industry and recommend innovative solutions to the key issues.