TASSA 2008 Annual Conference Program

April 11-13, 2008
Harvard Medical School Conference Center
Boston, Massachusetts / USA

Conference Booklet (in pdf format). TASSA 2008 presentation and panel videos are now available online.

Conference Theme: Innovation as Driver for Social Transformation and Economic Growth

In an era of rapid globalization in social sciences, arts, technology, and healthcare, innovation has become a major source of economic growth for all nations. New ideas and technologies are changing how we live our lives and how we impact the socioeconomic fabric of our environment. As a very young and dynamic country, Turkey has recently shown an increasing interest in innovation in all sectors. Finance and investment sectors are booming with many creative ideas, universities are keenly interested in playing a major role in innovation and entrepreneurship, the role of R&D is exponentially growing in industry, philanthropy is becoming a common source of development in a number of sectors, there is an unprecedented growth in the involvement of communities in arts and humanities. In order to take advantage of this organic growth in innovation in Turkey and given the leadership role of the United States in innovation, TASSA decided to focus the theme of the fourth annual conference on the broader aspects of innovation and the annual meeting is entitled "Innovation as Driver for Social Transformation and Economic Growth."

The conference will start with a reception on Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 7:00pm. The scientific sessions will start on Saturday, April 12th, after a continental breakfast, and continue until 12:00 noon on Sunday, April 13th. The conference structure will create ample opportunities for meet and greet, and small group discussions. The keynote and plenary speakers will share with the attendees their experiences in innovation from various perspectives. The discussion panels and discussants will provide a platform conducive to discussions and questions and answers. Topics of high importance such as energy, environment, healthcare, management, arts and humanities, will be discussed.

Conference Chairs

Conference Honorary Chair
Kenan Sahin , PhD TIAX LLC

Conference Chair
Mehmet Toner, PhD Harvard University

Conference Co-Chair
Banu Onaral, PhD Drexel University

Conference Local Chair
Yaman Yener, PhD Northeastern University

Tentative Program Schedule

{Please visit this site frequently for program updates}

Friday, April 11, 2008

4:00-9:00pm Registration
7:00-9:00pm Welcome Reception

Saturday, April 12, 2008

8:00-8:30am Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Poster Set-up
8:30-8:45am Conference Greetings
Banu Onaral, President, TASSA
Süleyman Gökoglu, Founding President, TASSA
Mehmet Toner, Conference Chair, Harvard University
Kenan Sahin, Conference Honorary Chair, TIAX LLC
8:45-9:00am Conference Welcoming Address
H.E. Nabi Sensoy*, Turkish Ambassador to US
9:00-11:00am Innovation as Driver For Social Transformation and Economic Growth
Moderator: Süleyman Gökoglu, Past President, TASSA
9:00-10:00am Academic and Private Sector Perspectives
Kenan Sahin, CEO, TIAX
(Honorary Chair Keynote Address)
Dani Rodrik, Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard University (Host Institution Keynote Addresses)
10:00-11:00am Public Sector Perspectives
Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson*,
US House Representatives, (D-Texas/30th)
(Conference Keynote Address)
Nüket Yetis, Acting President, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TBITAK)
(Conference Keynote Address)
Mehmet Simsek, Minister of Economy, Republic of Turkey (Conference Keynote Address)
11:00-12:00pm TASSA - National Innovation Initiative (UIG) Joint Panel on Innovation
Moderator: Selçuk Özgediz, World Bank
Agah Ugur, National Innovation Initiative, Turkey, and CEO, Borusan
Yilmaz Esmer, Bahesehir University
Murat Yalintas, President, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce
Ali Riza Kaylan, Bogaziçi University and Quality Society (KALDER)
Q&A with panel members and speakers
12:00-1:00pm Luncheon
1:00-2:30pm Forum: Young Turkish Scholars Meet the Presidents
Co-Chairs: Hatice Altug, Boston University and Utkan Demirci, Harvard Medical School
1:00-1:30pm Plenary Lecture on Atatürk's 'Üniversite Reformu'
Arnold Reisman, Author of Turkey's Modernization: Refugees from Nazism and Atatrk's Vision
1:30-2:00pm Statements by Young Turkish Scholars
{Please see appended list}
Moderated by Cemal Ekin, Providence College
2:00-2:30pm Response by Turkish University Presidents and Administrators
Moderated by Ural Akbulut, President,
Middle East Technical University
2:30-3:00pm Poster Viewing and Coffee Break
3:00-4:30pm Parallel Session
TASSA- Turkish Academy of Sciences (TBA) Joint Symposium: Innovation in Healthcare Solutions

Moderator: Cem Elbi, Merck
  Plenary Lecture
3:00-3:30pm Sadik Esener, University of California, San Diego
3:30-3:45pm Emin Kansu, TBA and Hacettepe University Medical School
3:45-4:00pm Elif Erson, TBA-GEBIP Awardee, Middle East Technical University
4:00-4:15pm Fatih Yanik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4:15-4:30pm Orhun Muratoglu, Harvard Medical School
3:00-4:30pm Parallel Session
Symposium on Innovation in Energy Solutions

Moderator: Bülent Basol, Founding CTO, SoloPower
3:00-3:30pm Plenary Lecture - Jan Nahum, National Innovation Initiative, Turkey, and CEO, Hexagon A.S.
3:30-3:45pm Alex Stankovic, Northeastern University
3:45-4:00pm Mehmet Rona, TIAX
4:00-4:15pm Serpil Gran, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
4:15-4:30pm Bülent Basol, Founding CTO, SoloPower
4:30-5:00pm Poster Viewing and Coffee Break
5:00-6:00pm Workshops {Please see appended list for more details}
TASSA-Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) Joint Workshop on
Innovation in Grassroots Politics (Chair: Lincoln McCurdy)
Women's Leadership Workshop (Chair: Sema Basol)
TASSA-Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) Joint Workshop on
Financing Innovation (Chair: Sezer lk)
Immigration Law Workshop (Chair: igdem Acar)
6:00-7:00pm Featured Speaker: Western Horizons of Fatih Sultan Mehmet's Artistic Patronage
Gülru Necipoglu, Aga Khan Professor, Harvard University
7:00-10:00pm Stakeholders' Fair and Conference Dinner Reception

Sunday, April 13, 2008

8:00-8:30am Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00am TASSA-TBITAK Information Session on European Union Funding Opportunities for S&T
8:30-9:00am TASSA General Assembly Meeting
9:00-9:30am Awards and Honors
Managing and Financing Innovation: Academic, Civil Society, Private, and Public Enterprises
Moderator: Yaman Yener, Northeastern University
Barry Bloom, Dean, Harvard School of Public Health
(Host Institution Keynote Address)
Recep Akdag, Minister of Health, Republic of Turkey
(Conference Keynote Address)
Omer Aras, Finansbank, Group CEO and Vice Chairman
(Conference Keynote Address)
11:00-11:30am Poster Viewing and Coffee Break
11:30-12:45pm TASSA-Turkish American Business Connection (TABC) Joint Panel on Managing and Financing Innovation
Moderator: Olta nsal, Managing Partner, Smyrna Capital
Murad Bayar, Undersecretary for Defense Industry, Ministry of National Defense, Republic of Turkey
Halil Kulluk, Chairman of the Board, InTekno and DEIK
Efe Orhun, Co-Founder, Derivative Technology
Kadri Saman, Mersin Technology Development Region
Q&A session with panel members and speakers
12:45-1:00pm Closing Remarks and Adjournment


TASSA-TCA Joint Workshop on Innovation in Grassroots Politics

Chair and Presenter: Lincoln McCurdy, President, Turkish Coalition of America

Women's Leadership Workshop

Chair: Sema Basol, Leader, Global Women's Leadership Network, and Santa Clara University
Linda Alepin, Founding Director, Global Women's Leadership Network, and Dean's Professor of Entrepreneurship, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
Nakiye Boyacigiller, Dean, Sabanci University
Funda Serifoglu, President, Duzce University

TASSA-ITS Joint Workshop on Financing Innovation
Chair: Sezer lk, Georgetown University
Feyzi Çelik, CEO, Onepin
Vedat Eyüboglu, Airvana
Ahmet Özalp, Atlas Ventures
Hilmi zg*, Maven Networks

Immigration Law Workshop
Chair and Presenter: Cigdem Acar, Acar Law Firm

Forum: Young Turkish Scholars Meet the Presidents
Young Scholar Presenters:
Ragip Akbas, Stanford University
Alptekin Aksan, University of Minnesota
Hatice Altug, Boston University (Co-Chair)
Melis Anahtar, MIT
Utkan Demirci, Harvard-MIT (Co-Chair)
Can Erdogan, MIT
Hür Köser, Yale University
Hande Özdinler, Harvard University
Özgür Sahin, Harvard University

An Airplane Factory in Besiktas - Savas Güvezne
Women Who Dare - Binnur Karaevli

*confirmation pending