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Barbaros Özdemir

Barbaros Özdemir

GENERAL MANAGER, LIFECELL VENTURES & TURKCELL EUROPE

He is graduated from Bilkent University Computer Technology and Programming Department in 1990 and then started his early career as a System Analyst at an IBM SoftwareHouse Step Reseller that advanced his technology sophistication and technology perspective.

Barbaros was previously employed as Deputy General Manager at Superonline Turkcell, Sales Director at Borusan Telecom and BMC Software, Enterprise Solutions Sales Manager at HP Turkey (9 years).

He joined Superonline in 2008 as Deputy General Manager of Sales, Marketing and Whole Sale and then held Fixed Solutions Sales Director role. Prior to his recent role, he was responsible from Medium Business Sales Director between 2015-2016. He is currently working as Corporate Solutions and Services Director at Turkcell Corporate Sales with 10 years’ experience in Turkcell Group sales and marketing.

Barbaros has a business experience with 26 years in digital transformation, marketing and sales leadership roles. He is a member of IMD Business School International Leaders Program. He is also senior trainer for Digital Transformation Leadership Program at Turkcell Academy.

Nejat Murat Erkan

Nejat Murat Erkan

MBA, PMP, EVM, ITIL, CPCC, ACC

In 1996, Mr. Erkan started out his career as a business consultant in USA. He continued his career in pharmaceutical and telco industries respectively. Since 2005, he managed large accounts and large programs in Turkcell Group. Recently, he worked as Head of Sales and Marketing of Turkcell Technology. Currently, he works as Turkcell Lifecell Ventures Sales & Marketing Vice President with the ambition to spread out “Turkcell Group Digital Solutions” to transform the telco operators to digital operators.

As a hobby, he likes volunteering at PMI activities and lecturing about project management & business development in universities and coaching professionals. And he enjoys attending regattas with Turkcell Sailing Team.

Mr. Erkan holds an engineering and MBA degrees and he believes in “life time learning”. He speaks fluent Turkish, English, French, basic Spanish and Russian.

Gürkan Kurtoğlu

Gürkan Kurtoğlu

Products and Services Manager

Gürkan joined Lifecell Ventures in October 2017 as Products and Services Manager.

He is responsible for LCV global products portfolio. Prior to joining LCV he has 14 years of Telecommunication experience. He has worked in Ericsson as a Solution Architect and last 6 years in Turkcell as a Product Manager for number of Telco and OTT service & products.

Gürkan was born and raised in İstanbul and spends some 8 years in Canada, he holds a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering from YTU (Turkey) and a BSc. Computer Science from UOttawa (Canada).

Cüneyt KARACAN

Cüneyt KARACAN

Finance & Administration Manager

Cüneyt started out his career as Corporate Finance Specialist in banking sector. He became Customer Relations Manager two years after. He took a part in Turkcell Group after military service. During his service he has been in charge of different managerial roles as Payments Systems and Revenue Sharing Manager, Collection Strategy Manager, Risk Manager in order of occurrence. He managed the Financial Controlling and Reporting department of Kıbrıs Turkcell between the years 2014 -2018. Currently, He is working as a Head of Turkcell Lifecell Ventures Finance Function.

He was born in 1973 and raised up in İstanbul. He had his BSc in Economics from Istanbul University. He got his MBa degree from University of Bilgi in 2011.