USSAL ŞAHBAZ is a managing partner at Ussal Consultancy. Between 2016-2018, he was the director GE (General Electric) Istanbul Innovation Center, one of the 8 innovation centers the conglomerate started around the world. He managed the Business 20 and Think 20 engagement groups whilst Turkey chaired the G20 in 2015. He took leadership positions the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) and Centre for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), two of Turkey’s most prominent think-tanks. His government career included positions at the Turkish Competition Authority and President of Turkey’s Office.Ussal holds a master’s degree in International Development from Harvard University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics from Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University respectively. He writes weekly columns on Dunya, Turkey’s business daily newspaper, and publishes Global İşler+, a Turkish weekly e-mail bulletin on tech, society and policy. His work is featured in major global media outlets including Foreign Affairs, Forbes and Techcrunch.
Istanbul Tech Week, geleceğin teknolojileri konusunda farkındalık ve bilgi ağı oluşturmak, yeni teknolojiler ile ilgilenen farklı sektörlerden insanların veri, yapay zeka, bulut bilişim, artırılmış gerçeklik ve benzeri teknolojiler ile şekillenen yeni dünyayı anlaması ve işlerine/hayatlarına entegre etmesini sağlamak amacıyla düzenlenen Türkiye’nin ilk teknoloji haftasıdır.