Gürsel BARAN
Chairman of Ankara Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Baran was born in Siirt, Turkey, in 1960. In 1981, he started his business life with 'Dost Boya Construction and Automotive Industry and Trade Inc.' where activities in construction and paint materials sector had been carried out. In 2004 local elections, he was elected to the Assembly of the Municipality of Altındağ Provice and re-elected for a consecutive term in 2009. Mr. Gürsel BARAN has been a member of ACC Assembly since 1999, and has been activly involve in ACC functions such as ACC Committee (1999-2000), ACC Specialization Commission (2000-2008), ACC Price Estimation Commission (2002-2009) and Chairman of ACC Accounts Review Commission (2003- 2016). In the mid-term election of Ankara Chamber of Commerce taken place in December 2016, he took charge of the post as Chairman of the Board. Besides being the Chairman of the Board of ACC, he is also a member of the Board of Credit Guarantee Fund. He is an active member of Siirt Education Culture and Aid Foundation along with the Installation and Construction Industry Supplies Association (TIMKODER). He is married and father of three children and three grandchildren.


M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu earned his B.A. degree in Economics and Management from Gazi University in Ankara. After completing his undergraduate degree, his career started in family business and currently he is the Chairman of Eskihisar Group of Companies, which operates in the fields of construction, construction materials, export and import, investments, land development, food industry and automotive sector. After a one year vice-presidency period at The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) , the largest non-profit business organization in Turkey, covering 365 Chambers and Commodity Exchanges and representing 1.5 million companies, Hisarcıklıoğlu was elected as the President of TOBB in 2001 and was re-elected respectively in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2018. Hisarcıklıoğlu has received the Legion of Honour by the French Republic, Gold Medal of Merit by the Austrian Republic, the 'Commendatore' from the Italian Republic, Spanish Order of Civil Merit with degree of Encomienda, the Medal of Inspiration from Mongolia, Medal for Development of Friendship and Cooperation from Kazakhstan and the Mediterranean Leadership Award by the John Hopkins University, USA. Hisarcıklıoğlu was awarded with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Gold Medal, Medal of Honor from the Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Honorary Membership Award from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, Medal of Honor by Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Medal of Honor by Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Gratitude Award from the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Hisarciklıoğlu holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Karadeniz Technical University, Izmir University of Economics, Niğde University, Bayburt University, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University and Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University in Turkey. Hisarcıklıoğlu has received the Honorary Townsman Awards, by Edirne, Çankırı, Kırşehir, Niğde, Kırıkkale, Kütahya Hisarcık and Malatya Battalgazi municipalities.

Minister of Industry and Technology

He was born in 1976 in Trabzon. He finished Istanbul Imam Hatip High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Middle East Technical University. He holds a master's degree in the Department of Computer Science at Indiana University in the USA. He also worked as a specialist at Florida State University and as a researcher and system administrator at the Pervasive Technology Institute of the University of Indiana. In 2005, he started working at the Prime Ministry. It was brought to the Prime Minister's Chief Counselor in 2011 and to the Chief Counselor in the Presidency in 2014 respectively. In 2016 he received the title of Ambassador. He has been particularly interested in high technology, computer technology and applications, defense industry and research and development fields, as well as other duties given by our Prime Minister and President during his duties as chief consultant. He is married and father of two children.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

Bekir Pakdemirli was born in İzmir in 1973. Having graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration of Bilkent University, he received his MBA degree from Başkent University, and PhD degree in Economics from Celal Bayar University. He worked as a free entrepreneur in the fields of food, agriculture, animal husbandry, technology and automotive. He also served in the foundation and management of various companies. He was appointed as the general manager of a company, which is among Turkey’s top 500 industrial corporations, and of a public food company. After serving as a senior executive for an international food company, Pakdemirli provided consultancy services for the same company. He acted as a board member of Turkcell, BİM and Albaraka Turk Participation Bank. As part of his social responsibility activities, he is currently Board Member of Historical Kemeraltı Inc. as well as of Turkey Mental Health and Therapy Association, Member of Board of Trustees of the Anatolia Autism Foundation, and a member of the Capital Markets Investors Association. He is a captain, a pilot and an amateur radio operator. Married with four children, Pakdemirli speaks English.

Republic of Turkey Minister of Trade

Born in Manisa/Turkey in 1958. Graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1980 and completed her graduate studies at the same faculty. Mrs. PEKCAN started her professional career at TSKB- Industrial Development Bank of Turkey in 1981 and served as General Manager and Board Member of different companies. In harmony with her professional achievements, Mrs. PEKCAN played important roles in NGOs. She was the Co-Chairperson of Turkish-Syrian Business Council, Board Member of Turkish-Libyan and Turkish-Iraq Business Councils. Moreover, Mrs. PEKCAN undertook active roles about creating awareness and promoting women entrepreneurship in Turkey. In that vein, She served as the Vice Chairwoman of Woman Entrepreneurs’ Board of TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchange of Turkey), member of Istanbul Women Entrepreneurs Committee in ITO (Istanbul Chamber of Commerce), Board Member of Woman Entrepreneurs of ECO-CCI (Economic Cooperation Organization Chamber of Commerce and Industry). Mrs. PEKCAN received the IWEC (International Women Entrepreneur Challenge) award, which was given by Barcelona/Manhattan/New Delhi chamber of commerce in 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Moreover, she was selected as the Global Ambassador of IWEC (International Women Entrepreneur Challenge) in 2012. She is one of the founding members of BPW (Business Professional Women) Istanbul Club. Mrs. PEKCAN speaks English, she is married with two children. On July 10th 2018, she was appointed as the Minister of Trade at the 1st cabinet of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

First Lady

First Lady Emine Erdoğan was born as Cemal and Hayriye Gülbaran’s fifth child and only daughter on February, 16 1955 in Istanbul. Mrs. Erdoğan, originally from Siirt, was educated at Istanbul Mithatpaşa Vocational Institute for Girls and has been actively involved in social activities since her youth. Mrs. Erdoğan was among the founding members of the “Idealist Women’s Association”, which she named herself. She closely followed the events organized by the National Turkish Student Union and the Ladies Foundation for Science and Culture. With author Şule Yüksel Şenler’s contribution, Mrs. Erdoğan made a life-altering decision and dedicated herself to social projects. During this period, she met Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and married him on July, 4 1978. Mrs. Erdoğan has been the greatest supporter of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, one of the most significant leaders in Turkish political history, during his political struggles. Mrs. Erdoğan served as a founding member of the Provincial Women's Branch Administrative Board of the Refah Party when Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected the Istanbul Provincial Head and she pioneered an era that paved the way for women's active participation in politics in Turkey. She launched a women's movement, which greatly contributed to the success of the Refah Party in the elections. After her husband Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Mrs. Erdoğan took part in various social responsibility projects. She contributed to the establishment of an aid corridor between different social groups by initiating the “iftar tables where the poor and the rich meet” tradition, which is still carried on by the mayoralties of AK Party. Mrs. Erdoğan, who has 2 daughters and 2 sons, has always actively participated in the social and political life and continued her activities during her husband's Premiership. She has practiced the spirit of philanthropy, that she inherited from her family, in all fields of her life and lent her helping hand to thousands of people. She led the foundation of the “Center for Social Development” (TOGEM) in 2005 and has supported important projects concerning the education of women and children. With the Ministry of National Education, Mrs. Erdoğan launched a country-wide campaign to resolve the issue of the girls who were not allowed to go to school by their families. Almost 300 thousand girls have been provided with education through the campaign “Come on Girls, Let’s Go to School”. Mrs. Erdoğan continued her efforts in education with “Mothers and Daughters at School” campaign, which she named herself. Through the campaign, she solved the problems of the mothers, who had not had the opportunity to learn to read and write. Mrs. Erdoğan has also struggled against physical abuse of children and child forced labor and supported several campaigns emphasizing the significance of education in early childhood such as the “7 is too late” campaign. By inviting First Ladies of various countries to these projects, Mrs. Erdoğan has enhanced the sphere of influence of these campaigns. She has tremendously contributed to the “Sister Family Project”, which has received a strong support and interest of the people across the country. Mrs. Erdoğan has supported the “Voluntary Envoys” project, developed by the Ministry of Family and Social Policies to promote volunteering in society and to harmonize public services. With the wives of the governors from all 81 provinces, she has led a campaign to improve the living conditions of the women, the elderly, the children, the disabled, the veterans and families of the martyrs. The project, which was awarded the “Golden Compass”, the academy award of public relations, in the best public project category, has attracted great interest among the projects cited by the UN. The project has continued under the auspices Mrs. Erdoğan since 2012. Mrs. Erdoğan, along with the wives of the leaders in the region, has supported the international conferences held on the theme of “Women in Business Life” so that women can participate in business life more actively. Her efforts for more active participation of women in business world as well as politics have not been limited to her activities in the party. She has encouraged women to take part in politics all over the country. Mrs. Erdoğan has supported and promoted the projects of many NGOs working to solve the problems of the women, the disabled and to provide healthcare and education. First Lady Erdoğan has always expressed that she values Turkey's accession to the EU for swift structural reforms in many areas in Turkey. In addition, she has paid attention to the cries rising from different geographies in the world, stood by the oppressed and the poor, and vehemently opposed violations of human rights. She has not remained silent in the face of the humanitarian tragedies in Gaza, Myanmar and Pakistan, and organized international events. After the attacks against Gaza in 2009, she hosted the wives of the Western and Arab leaders and called the whole world to “stop the war.” In 2012, Mrs. Erdoğan personally went to Myanmar to observe the human tragedy there despite the critical security threats and provided humanitarian aid to the region. She has articulated the feelings of millions of mothers by putting this issue on the world agenda and helped launch big aid campaigns. First Lady Erdoğan, the wife of the first directly-elected President of the Republic of Turkey, continues to exchange views with First Ladies of various countries on social responsibility projects during her foreign visits. She also contributes to the publicity of Turkey by inviting First Ladies to our country when needed. Mrs. Erdoğan pays close attention to cultural and artistic events and pays visits to educational and medical facilities during her visits. She closely follows the studies in traditional medicine, which is increasingly regarded as a complement of modern medicine in the world. She values healthy living and natural eating, and is especially interested in studies that will increase the social awareness on these matters. Mrs. Erdoğan enjoys reading and listening to the world music during her spare time.


He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences in 1968 and completed his PhD at the University of Montpellier (1974). He became an associate professor in 1982 and a professor in 1989 at Hacettepe University. Profesor Tekelioğlu whose numerous academic studies have been published in Turkey and abroad has a good deal of international and national awards such as "Knight" and "Officier" medals by French Governme nt being in the first place, Akdeniz University Service Award and Turkey Economic Association Service Award for Economics and the last one is “Special Award for the Year 2015” which was given by TMMOB Chamber of Agricultural Engineers due to his works and contributions in the field of “Geographical Indications in Agriculture and Food Products”. Professor Tekelioğlu, between 1998-2009, carried out his duty in the directorate of “Mediterranean University Center for Economic Research of Mediterranean Countries”, which was the only organization in Turkey working on "Geographical Indications" and where he led the organization at that time. In this sense, Dr. Yavuz Tekelioğlu and his team accomplished to organize the “First International Antalya Geographical Indications Seminar” (2008) with its books published in France, which resulted in Antalya Declaration. Then, they ensured the second (2010) and third (2012) "The International Antalya Geographical Indications Seminar” with their books published both in France and Turkey. On October 15, 2012, he led the establishment of "Local Products and Geographical Indications Research Network in Turkey (YÜciTA)”. YÜciTA whose mission is to establish an ideal Geographical Indications system by raising awareness about the importance of Geographical Indications, to support the sustainable rural development by increasing the value of regional products and to protect the cultural and biological diversity", was created based on the voluntary principle and became an independent research network composed of members from different sections and profiles and is the most active non-governmental actor in the field of Geographical Indications in Turkey. YÜciTA has accomplished dozens of national and international publications with 8 international and 10 scientific activities. Having an interest in “Agricultural Economics and Policies” Prof. Dr. Yavuz Tekelioğlu has been working on Geographical Indications for the last 20 years and is currently the president of President of Turkey Research Network for Local Products and Geographical Indications (YÜCİTA), which he pioneered.

Director for International Relations - European Commission DG for Agriculture and Rural Development

John Clarke is the Director for International Relations at DG Agriculture in the European Commission. He was previously Head of the EU Delegation to the WTO and the UN in Geneva. He joined the European The commission in 1993 as a trade negotiator. From 1983 to 1993 John Clarke was an official of the Hong Kong Government, working in the team responsible for raising HK's standard of living and bringing it to developed country status by the late 1980's. Mr. Clarke graduated with first-class honors in literature from University College London and has an M. Phil in history from the same university.

President - Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network (OriGIn)

Former Director - National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO)

Jean-Louis BUER has been a high rank civil servant of the French ministry of agriculture and food for over 30 years. He is a wine policy expert and has been the deputy head of the French wine agency. Between 2006 and 2009, he headed the department in charge of education and research, directly in charge of the network of the technical secondary schools, the agronomical engineers universities, the veterinary schools and the research institutes. Previously, he was several times counsellor to the Minister. He is presently the head of the audit and inspection service of the ministry.

Avv. – De Tullio & Partners

Attorney-at-Law admitted to the Bar in Italy since 1994 and litigator before the Italian Corporate Courts specialized in Intellectual Property, Elio De Tullio is the founder and managing partner of De Tullio & Partners, Intellectual Property Law Firm. He is registered as European and Italian Trade Mark & Design Attorney since 2005. He matured considerable expertise in providing IP services to companies and organizations operating internationally, particularly in the agri-food and technology sectors. He is Vice Chair of INTA Geographical Indications Committee. He is also member of the Geographical Indications Committee of AIPPI. He is the expert involved by KPMG to coordinate and draft the EUIPO-EU Observatory Study on the Protection and Control of Geographical Indications for Agricultural Products in the EU Member States published in January 2018.

Policy Officer – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

CEO Metro Cash&Carry Turkey


Cem Seymen says “everything starts with imagination”; following his Tourism Management education in Bilkent University, he received “Politic Economy” education in City University of New York and “Television Broadcasting” education in New York University. After completing his education, he started working as economy interviewer in BRT television, and presented the “Hayatın Renkleri” program in the same channel with life news written with a different wording. He also worked in New York General Consulate for 6 years. When he returns to Turkey, he followed his passion of literature and entered to Beykent University Department of English Language and Literature with scholarship. Seymen completed his master’s thesis with the title of “Traces of Colonialism in Novels of Joseph Conrad” with the poet Cevat Çapan and he continues his human oriented programs focusing on courage, determination, endurance, tenacity notions.


He was born on 20 June 1975 in Bilecik. He obtained his Master's degree in Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University.


  • 1997-1998 ASKA Construction Contracting and Trade Inc. - Technical Office Engineer
  • 1998-1999 METU Civil Engineering - Research Assistant
  • 1999-2001 Ahsel Construction Contracting and Trade Inc. - Technical Office Engineer
  • 2001-2003 Turkish Patent and Trademark Agency - Assistant Brand Expert
  • 2003-2011 Turkish Patent and Trademark Agency - Brand Specialist
  • January-April 2012 Turkish Patent and Trademark Agency - Acting Head of Brands Department
  • 2012-2015 Turkish Patent and Trademark Agency - Review and Evaluation Board Member
  • 2015-2017 Turkish Patent and Trademark Agency - Review and Evaluation Committee Coordinator
  • Ongoing - Turkish Patent and Trademark Office - Head of Geographical Indications Department


  • Ankara University European Communities Research and Application Center (ATAUM) European Union Basic Education Certificate
  • WIPO Distance Learning - Industrial Property Rights
  • European Brand Office - Brand Expertise Training
  • University of Alicante (Spain) - Commercial Law Certificate Program
  • Various Trainings and Meetings in the World Intellectual Property Organization
  • International Olive Council - Geographical Indications Training
  • French Brand Office - Geographical Indications Training
  • Department of Agricultural Development, UK Department of Food - Geographical Indications Training
Head of Food Category - Metro Wholesale Market

Head of Bursa Region Agricultural Cooperatives


Ebru Baybara graduated from Marmara University, Tourism Guidance Department. She worked as Secretary General of Tourist Guides Association and Istanbul Chamber of Guides between 1997-1999. In 2001 she opened Cercis Murat Konağı, the first touristic initiative of Mardin with 21 women, which became the region’s first restaurant.Having completed her license in Culinary Arts at Anadolu University, Demir has studied Middle Eastern and traditional Anatolian cuisine for 10 years. She has been awarded many national and international awards for her projects with sustainable income model, which provides intercultural integration and transformation of knowledge into behavior, based on good agricultural practices for host community and Syrian refugee women in Mardin.


Prof.Dr. Kemal Varın Numanoğlu was born in Ankara on 15.07.1968. He completed his primary and secondary education in Ankara. He graduated from Gazi University Faculty of Medicine in 1991. In 1997, he completed his specialty training in medicine as a Research Assistant at Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Surgery. On 11.08.1999 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Zonguldak Karaelmas University Faculty of Medicine. He served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine beween 1999-2003, as the Head of the Department between 2002-2015, as a member of the Education Commission of Zonguldak Karaelmas University between 2000-2003, as the Head Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine between 2001-2003 and as the Chair of the Executive Committee of Experimental Animals between 2007-2008. He served as Vice President of the Department of Social Sciences and Head of the Department between 2015-2016. He was awarded the title of Associate Professor on 23.01.2009. Between 2010 and 2015, he worked as the Chief Physician of Bülent Ecevit University Practice and Research Hospital. In 2015, he received the title of “Professor” He was a member of the Senate of Bülent Ecevit University between 2012-2017 and a member of the University Executive Board between 2015-2017. Between 2015-2017, he worked as the Scientific Research Projects Coordinator and Vice Rector at Bülent Ecevit University. Between 2017 and 2018, he served as Chairman, Vice President and Board Member of the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM). His 27 articles published in international refereed journals, 5 articles presented in international scientific meetings and proceedings, 10 articles published in national refereed journals, 16 articles presented in national scientific meetings and a total of 58 scientific studies. A total of 280 citations were made from these studies. In Google Scholar scoring system, h index value is calculated as 11 and i10 index value is calculated as 12. He supervised one Master's degree and two Specialty Thesis in Medicine.


He graduated from the Department of Journalism at Ege University School of Media (Faculty of Communication). During his school years, he interviewed for various magazines. He started journalism at ANKA News Agency. Since 1988, he has worked as a reporter, news manager and İzmir Representative for Dünya Newspaper. Under the direction of Nezih Demirkent, the founder of the newspaper, he specialized in this field by writing agricultural articles since 1996. He served as a consultant for a long time at the “Sound of this Soil” Program, which was aired on TRT for 22 years. He taught "News Journalism" and "News Review" at Ege University Faculty of Communication for five years. He served as the Vice President of Izmir Journalists Association for 4 years. Mr. Yıldırım was awarded as the “News and Economics Journalist of the Year” in 2010 by the Journalists Association of Turkey. He was awarded in several occasions including Turkey Journalists' Society’s “Nezihe Demirkent” Special Prize. He is an agricultural writer and editor-in-chief of the “4 Mevsim” Agriculture Magazine.


He was born in 1974 in Trabzon. He graduated from TED Ankara College in 1991. He obtained his bachelor's degree in 1995 and his master's degree in 1998 in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Middle East Technical University. He is also a European Welding Engineer and a Class A Occupational Safety Specialist. He started to work at the Turkish Standards Institute in 1995 and since then he was assigned to below tasks; 1995 - 2006: Mechanical and Materials Laboratory (Engineer - Management Representative) 2006 - 2010: System Certification Manager 2010 - 2013: Head of Personnel and System Certification Center 2013-2015: Advisor to the Secretary General 2015 - 2018: Technical Assistant to the Secretary General He holds the titles of Trainer, Principal Auditor in the field of management systems and Principal Auditor on behalf of TÜRKAK in the field of accreditation. In addition, Aykut KIRBAŞ served as the Advisor to the Board of Directors of the International Certification Network (IQNet) which is the largest association in the field of management systems certification in the world and to which our Institute is a member. He was appointed Secretary General at TSI on 18 October 2018. He is married and has one child.


She was born in 1968 in Ankara. In 1990, she graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics. In 1992, she obtained her MBA at Istanbul University. She started her career as Purchasing Assistant at GİMA A.Ş. and later she worked at Metro Cash & Carry as Purchasing Assistant between 1996 and 2016 and completed it in 2016 as Purchasing Group Manager responsible for fresh products. Between 2016 and 2018, she served as Executive Committee Member and CarrefourSA Food Category Assistant General Manager at CarrefourSA. Ayşe Ayşin Işıkgece, who has developed many agricultural projects, has signed the “Geographical Indications Project” and won more than 10 awards to Metro Cash & Carry. This project was also awarded by the President of the Republic of Turkey in the field of “Supermarket That Most Claims Local Values”. Işıkgece is married with one child.


In 1990, Dilara Koçak devoted herself to nutrition and diet. She graduated from Hacettepe University "Nutrition and Dietetics" Department. She obtained her master's degree at the same university and received the title of expert. Between the years 2003-2004 she has been working in various hospitals in the United States and thanks to her experience, she established the “Mezura” clinic. In Turkey, she is a pioneer in the application of coorporate Wellness which in addition to the individual nutrition counseling and dietary therapy services. “The Good Life Diary" was first published in 2005 and has become the classic of those who care about their health for twelve years. Dilara Koçak, who teaches Occupational Ethics and Communication to the students of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department of the University of Istanbul, currently continues her education in the Sociology Department of Istanbul University. Dilara Koçak’s last book called "2019 Good Life Diary" was published by Alfa Publications.


Born in Istanbul in 1969, Berrin Bal Onur started her career as a sales manager and continued as advertising coordinator for various publications of Sabah and Hürriyet magazine groups. Between 1993 and 1994, she studied sales and marketing in the UK. In the period when private radio broadcasting developed in Turkey, she structured the sales organizations as the advertising group coordinator of Show TV broadcast group radios. In 2000, she founded “Gourmet'y Inc.” together with Nese Aksoy Biber, Turkey's first company specializing in local products and cheese. In 2007, she received MSA / City & Guilds International School of Professional Cookery diploma. Berrin Bal Onur, who wrote two books, “For the Love of Cheese” and “50 Cheese City: Balıkesir” with Neşe Aksoy Biber, continues her consultancy, education, research and travel activities related to cheese. She is also a member of YüCİTA (Local Products and Geographical Indications Research Network in Turkey) NEŞE AKSOY BİBER
Born in Adana in 1971, Neşe Aksoy Biber graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Radio and Television Programming and obtained her master's degree at the same department. Neşe Aksoy Biber, who started her career in Sabah magazine group advertising department, continued her career as the advertising manager of Akşam newspaper and then as the advertising group coodinator at CNN TÜRK. In 2000, she became the Coordinator of Marketing and Projects at DigiTürk. During this period, she carried out corporate identity studies, e-commerce and market development activities of the company. In 2000, she founded “Gourmet'y Inc.” together with Berri Bal Onur, Turkey's first company specializing in local products and cheese, Biber, who wrote two books, “For the Love of Cheese” and “50 Cheese City: Balıkesir” with Berrin Bal Onur, continues her consultancy, education, research and travel activities related to cheese. Nese Aksoy Biber, is currently in commercial operation by maintaining the Antre-Gourmet and also a member of YüCİTA (Local Products and Geographical Indications Research Network in Turkey)

Vice President - Local Products and Geographical Indications Research Network in Turkey (YÜCİTA)

Selim Çağatay obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Department of Economics at Middle East Technical University and his doctorate from the Department of Economics at Lincoln University in New Zealand. Selim Çağatay started his academic career at Hacettepe University, Department of Economics and was appointed as an associate professor in 2006 and since 2007 he has continued his academic studies at Akdeniz University, Department of Economics. Mr. Çağatay became a professor in 2012 and currently serves as the head of the same department. His main areas of interest are agricultural policies, sustainable development and empirical economics. So far he has carried out many projects with FAO, OECD, FEMISE, EU and TUBITAK and has worked in different capacities. He has published numerous articles on national and international academic journals. He is currently the Assistant Editor of an international academic journal and the Editor of a national academic journal. Professor Çağatay started to work on regional products and geographical indications at the Center for Economic Research in Mediterranean Countries, where he served as Deputy Director between 2007-2009. Professor Çağatay, who worked as the Director of the same Center between 2009 and 2013, shifted his studies to the Mediterranean countries and the research on the relationship between local products, geographical indications and rural development. Mr. Çağatay is founding member of Local Products and Geographical Indications Research Network in Turkey (YÜCİTA) is currently acting as Vice-President at YÜCİTA

Assistant Representative for Turkey - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Assistant Representative at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Turkey After working at managerial positions various departments within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ms. Selisik transferred to FAO as an Assistant Representative and continues her work for nearly a decade.

Field of Interest:

  • Over 25 years of professional experience at national, regional and international level in respect to formulation, implementation, support, monitoring and evaluation of multi-disciplinary projects on agriculture, rural development, environment, income generation, marketing and value chain development.
  • Performed managerial duties and responsibilities in policy and capacity development, resource mobilization in Turkey and Central Asian countries with a special focus on sustainable food security, agriculture, rural development and natural resource management.
  • She also served as a lecturer on food security, agriculture policy, agriculture extension, project cycle management and marketing at public universities
  • She has extensive experience on developing partnerships with public/private institutions
Pramila Adeline Crivelli
Assistant Professor of International Trade, Faculty of Economics, Goethe University Frankfurt

Pramila Crivelli is an Assistant Professor of International Trade at the Goethe University Frankfurt. She holds a PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has more than 9 years of experience in applied economic research and technical assistance in Africa and Least Developed countries, acquired by working at the University of Geneva, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the European University Institute. She also carried out consultancy work on trade policy issues for various clients. Her main fields of specialization are applied econometrics in international trade policy, regional trade agreements, trade negotiations, rules or origin and geographical indications.


He was born in 1975 in Tosya district of Kastamonu. He completed his primary and secondary education in Tosya and his high school education in Çankırı. In 1993, he started to work as a technician in Kastamonu Handicrafts Research Institute of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. In 1999, he graduated from Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture at Uludag University. After serving as an engineer and district manager at Bilecik and Bursa organizations of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Mr. Tel was appointed to the General Directorate of Crop Production in 2012. He obtained his master's degree at Ankara University in 2014. He graduated from Anadolu University Open Education Faculty Justice Department in 2017. He is currently a PhD candidate in Agricultural Economics at Ankara University. He is married and has one child.

Lecturer - Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Advisor for Turkey, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan – Embassy of France in Ankara

Journalist, TV Programmer, Author

Ankara University Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science, Department of Animal Breeding

He was born in 1961 in Ankara. He attended primary and secondary school in Kırşehir and high school in Ankara. BS, Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science Master's Degree, Ankara University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Department of Animal Science Ankara University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences Ph.D., Ankara University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Department of Animal Science Obtained Associate Professor degree in October 1996 He became a professor in June 2003 He is married and has one child.

Assistant Director - Ankara University Food Safety Institute

Professor Dr. Ufuk Tansel Şireli is a Lecturer at Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Food Hygiene and Technology. He works in the fields of meat hygiene, meat products technology, food microbiology and toxicology, milk hygiene and technology and food preservation. He published numerous articles in his field and has been invited as a guest speaker at many congresses and seminars both in Turkey and abroad. In addition to his academic duties, he has served as the Deputy Director of the Institute of Food Safety at Ankara University, National Milk Council and National Scientific Advisory Board on Meat Production. He served as advisor and chairman of the sub-commissions of the National Food Council. Prof. Şireli also has been voluntary advisor and in the fields of food safety and nutrition in the public interest in many social projects.

Director - Ankara University Food Safety Institute

He completed his undergraduate education in 1977 at Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Food Science and Technology. After completing his doctoral studies at the same university in 1983, he won the Monbusho Scholarship granted by the Government of Japan and conducted post-doctoral research studies at the Research Institute for Food Science of Kyoto University, Japan for 2 years. After his return to Turkey, in 1988 he received the title of associate professor and began to work as a lecturer at Ankara University Faculty of Agriculture. From 1996 to 1997, he was Visiting Professor at The Research Institute for Food Science. He continued his administrative duties in various institutions such as: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs General Directorate of Protection and Control (2004-2008) Member of the National Food Codex Commission (2004-2008) and Member of Industry and Trade Advertising Board (2004-2008). Prof. Nevzat Artık has been the President of the ISO TC 34 SC / 14 Fresh, Dried and Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Standards Commission since 2000 and also the President of ISO TC 34 SC / Commission since 2010. Moreover, he has been the representative and spokesman in various EU Commissions on Turkey's compliance and regulatory studies for the European Union membership. Professor Dr. Nevzat Arikan, was co-chairman of the EU Project called "Turkey Food Safety and Restructuring and Strengthening Control System " (Project ID# TR 04 IB AG 02). He served as the leader of EU projects carried out by EFSA in Turkey. He is also the National Committee Secretary of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) (2009-…). He is the Scientific Advisor Board of TOBB Beverage Assembly. He has 200 publications in the field of Food Science and Technology. He is the Director of Ankara University Food Safety Institute.

Ankara University Faculty of Fine Arts

Chairman of Ankara Chamber of Commerce Natural Stone, Marble and Ready Mixed Concrete Manufacturers Committee

Chairman - The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Patent and Trademark Attorneys' Council

M. Kaan DERİCİOĞLU, who has been working as a Patent and Trademark Attorney in the field of intellectual property rights since 1964, has acted as the Rapporteur and Vice President of the Special Law Commission of the Patent Law and the Founding Law of the Turkish Patent Institute. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Intellectual Property at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Middle East Technical University, Istanbul Technical University, Ankara University Institute of Social Sciences and Bilgi University. He has taken part in courses at Ankara University Intellectual Property Research and Application Center (FISAUM) and has also worked as an instructor in the Sabancı University Entrepreneur Development Program and as a member of the Advisory Board and Lecturer in the Istanbul Technical University Young Entrepreneur Development Program (G3P).

Mr. Dericioğlu is member of the following institutions:

  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (AIPPI)
  • Association of Patent and Trademark Attorneys (PEM)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Istanbul Chamber of Industry Quality Technology Specialization Board (ISO KATEK)
  • National Innovation Initiative (UIG)
  • Innovation Association, Association of Research and Development Engineers and Managers, Patent and Trademark Attorneys Assembly of Turkey, TOBB
  • Turkish Patent Institute Advisory Board
  • Ankara University Intellectual Property Research and Application Center
  • Aegean University EBİLTEM

Elected as Chairman in TOBB’s Turkey Patent and Trademark Attorneys, Appointed as Chief Juror to National Furniture Design Competition by the Council of the Central Anatolian Exporters' Union. In 2011, he served as Intellectual Property Consultant at Istanbul Taxi Competition organized by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

Academician - Uludağ University, Faculty of Agriculture

She was born in 1971 in Ankara. She graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Dairy Technology in 1992. In 1994, she started to work as a research assistant in Uludağ University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics. Sertaç Dokuzlu, who became an associate professor in 2009, is still working as a faculty member in the same department.

Areas of expertise:

  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Food Marketing
  • International Agricultural and Food Products Marketing
  • Agricultural Cooperatives
Trademark Specialist - Turkish Patent and Trademark Office

Born in 1977, Neşe İloğlu completed her undergraduate studies at the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics, Istanbul University. Since 2010, she has been working at Turkish Patent and Trademark Institute as Industrial Property Expert. Neşe İloğlu’s Specialization thesis is "On the Registration and Control of Geographical Indications Investigation and Application of Different Countries Turkey System" She is married and has 3 children.

General Director, Directorate General of Consumer Protection And Market Surveillance

Born in Ankara in 1977, Oğuz Şahin graduated from Afyon Kocatepe University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration in 2000. Between 2009-2010, he joined the Pre-Masters program in Business Management at Oxford H. College in London. He is currently doing a master's degree in Human Resources at Gazi University, Institute of Social Sciences. Since 2000, he has served in various positions in the Advertising Board of the Ministry of Commerce, which is responsible for the supervision of advertisements. Mr. Şahin has been working as the Head of Advertising Department since 2011. Oğuz ŞAHİN has articles about auditing of advertisements in various journals. He is married and has two children.


Huriye Kayabaşı Özener started her career in 1999. Mrs. Özener has been working as a consultant for industrial property rights in her career of nearly 20 years. She has been one of the pioneers geographical indications topic in Turkey especially raising awareness at regional, national and international level on GI contribution to sustainable development. She is the first consultant to take action to ensure that Turkey’s geographical indications are protected by the EU Commission. Since 2009, she has been acting as the chairman of the board of directors responsible for the management of Özener Patent Bureau, of which she is the founder. She is also a member of International Geographical Indications Research Network (Origin) and she represents Turkey at specialized law firm council at Origin. She is also the founding member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Traditional Products and Geographical Indications, also known as GÜCİSDER.

İstanbul Technical University, Department of Food Engineering

President - Moroccan Association for the GI Argan Oil

Mrs. MEHRI is the President of AMIGHA (Moroccan Association of Geographical Indication of Argan Oil - the first African GI). Mrs. MEHRI acted as former president of the oriGIn which is Geneva-based non-for-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and representing some 500 associations of producers and other GI-related institutions from 40 countries, from 2015 till 2017. Currently, she also acts as GI Moroccan National Consultant and she has accompanied many Moroccan GIs in elaborating their Specifications. She is a frequent speaker in International Conferences and holds the University High Degree in English Studies from Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco.Uluslararası Konferanslarda sıklıla konuşmacı olarak yer alan Mehri Fas, Agadir Üniversitesi'ndeki Ibn Zohr Üniversitesi'nden İngiliz Etütleri Yüksek Lisans derecesine sahiptir.

President – Erdek Chamber of Commerce

Jurist & Geographical Indications Expert

Dr. Monique Bagal is an international expert in the field of geographical indications. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Bordeaux and has post graduated in Cooperation and development of southern countries in Science po. Her experience at the office of the high commissioner for Human rights led her to develop a comprehensive research on the status of intellectual property rights as fundamental rights (Human rights) pursuant to article 15 of the Covenant on economic, social and cultural rights. This research resulted in a Ph.D. research applied to geographical indications that was completed on December 2016 at University of Lyon, France. During her Ph.D., she has been involved in numerous projects on the protection and development of geographical indications in Asia, Europe and most importantly Africa.

General Director - The Qualivita Foundation

Mauro Rosati is one of the leading experts in the Italian agri-food world. His long experience is mainly linked to the sector institutions and to the inception and management of the Qualivita Foundation since 2000, which has become an international reference point in the sector of the Geographical Indications over the years. He has been appointed twice as a political advisor to the Ministry of Agricultural Policies for the Made in Italy. He is the author of numerous publications on Italian and European PDO PGI food products such as the “Atlante Qualivita”, “Qualigeo Atlas”, the annual socio-economic report and the Qualivita Guides. He is the editorial director of Treccani Gusto and of the “Consortium” magazine, as well as a member of the Eurispes Food and Agriculture Observatory.

Additional Commissioner - GI TAGGED Geographical Indications Tagged World Premium Products (P) Ltd

Dr M Anandaraj,Additional Commissioner, Geographical Indications Tagged World Premium Products (Pvt) Limited is engaged in backward integration of producers of Geographical Indications Tagged Agricultural products of India, especially, Malabar black pepper, Coorg Green Cardamom, Byadagi Chilli, Guntur sannan chilli and Waigoan turmeric. The responsibility also involves advising the producers on good agricultural practices with ecofriendly management of pests and diseases to produce residue free products. Scientific post-harvest management and storage and Product development following National and International standards are other responsibilities

Head of Turkish Patent and Trademark Office

President of the Turkish Patent Institute, Prof. Habip Asan, was born in 1964 in Trabzon. He graduated from Kabataş High School in 1979. In 1985, he graduated from Karadeniz Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He completed his master's and doctoral studies at Texas Tech University between 1988-1993. In 1994, he was appointed as assistant professor to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Karadeniz Technical University (KTU). In 2000, he became an associate professor. From 2003 to 2005, he was a faculty member at the Ajman University of Science and Technology in Dubai. In 2005, he was appointed as a professor to KTU Mechanical Engineering Department. He was appointed as the Vice President of the Turkish Patent Institute in December 2007 and as the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Patent Institute in October 2008. In November 2009, he was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the European Patent Academy. From November 2011 to October 2012, he served as the Chairman of the Administrative Board of the European Patent Academy. Professor Dr. Habip ASAN is married and has three children.

Assembly Member at Ankara Chamber of Commerce, Trademark and Patent Attorney, Vice Chair - The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Patent and Trademark Attorneys' Council, Member of the Board of Directors at Association of Patent and Trademark Attorneys

Belgin Sağdıç graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Science, Department of Statistics in 1982. She retired from the Privatization Administration in 2005 as an expert, after having worked in various public institutions. In 2005, she received the title of Trademark and Patent Attorney as a result of the Trademark and Patent Attorney exam conducted by the Turkish Patent Institute. She established Yetkin Patent and Consultancy Ltd. in 1996 She is Patent and Trademark Attorneys Association Board Member, Vice President of TOBB Turkey Trademark and Patent Councils and Member of Assembly in Ankara Chamber of Commerce. She has contributed to the structuring of legislation at national and international meetings on industrial property rights. Since 2011, she has been one of the organizers and instructors of the Exam Preparation Trainings organized by the Association of Patent and Trademark Attorneys.

Lawyer and Legal Counsel

Legal Officer, Legal Section, International Designs Registry, Sector of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications - World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Marina Foschi is a Legal Officer in the Policy and Legislative Advice Section, Department for Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications, Brands and Designs Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). She studied in Brussels and holds a Master in Law (1996), a LL. M in European Law (1997) and a LL. M in Intellectual Property Law (2000). Before joining WIPO in 2008, she has been a lawyer at the Brussels Bar, specialized in IP, for more than ten years

Tenured Aggregate Professor of Law, University of Milan-Bicocca; Contracted Associate Professor, School of Law, Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “Saint-Petersburg State University”; practicing attorney in Milan, Studio Ubertazzi

CEO Metro Cash&Carry Turkey

As a licensed lawyer and trademark agent, Mr. Osgnach is co-founder and senior partner of De Gaspari Osgnach (DeosIP), an IP firm based in Padova, Italy. He is an active member of some of the major international IP and wine law associations and he is serving as ECTA Geographical Indications Committee Vice-Chair. His substantial practice ranges in all IP legal issues, including trademarks, designs, geographical indications, copyrights. An IP strategist for more than 20 years, he manages IP portfolios, contentious matters and projects for domestic and international clients, covering different fields of industry, including alcoholic beverages, sports outfit jewelry, food industry, car industry.


Agricultural Editor

After graduating from the Faculty of Communication at Selçuk University, he moved to the USA and obtained his master's degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University. He started his journalism career in 1997 at Milliyet Newspaper, one of the biggest printed media group. Between 2009 and 2012, he worked as an economy editor at Sabah Newspaper. He conducted numerous energy, agriculture and food industry news, research and interviews. Since 2013, he has been working as an agriculture editor at Bloomberg HT. Irfan Donat, who prepares and presents Agricultural Analysis, Intelligent Agriculture and Seasonal Agriculture programs at Bloomberg HT Television, writes columns for agriculture and food sector at www.bloomberght.com

President - Foundation for the Protection and the Valorization of Quality Agri-Food Products (QUALIVITA)

Cesare Mazzetti is an Italian entrepreneur, and the President of Fondazione Qualivita, a foundation aimed to the studies of the social and economical aspects of the European GI products, and to supply global support to the Geographic Indications systems at political and social level Born in 1960, he developed a deep interest for the issues relating to typical food products, also thanks to his entrepreneurial activities: he is in fact at the helm of the family company, Mazzetti d’Altavilla an ancient spirit distillery, and president of Acetum, the leading producer of Aceto Balsamico di Modena. In the period 2006-2012 he served as President of Consorzio Aceto Balsamico di Modena, and since then he is the VicePresident of it. He is also Member of the Board of Consorzio Tutela Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, and member of the Vinegar Group in Federvini. After being President of Istituto Nazionale Grappa, he was voted as president of the Spirits Committee of Assodistil, the biggest Italian Association of the distilling industry. He is member of the Executive Committee of OriGIn, the Geneva-based association representing over 500 GIs groups on a worldwide basis.

Representative, OriGIn Italia - Director, Siracusa Lemon (PGI) Consortium

Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics

Financial and Administrative Director of the European Grouping of Cities of Ceramics (AEuCC)

President of Turkish Association of Hazelnut Production Cooperatives (FİSKOBİRLİK)

Secretary General - Confederation Generale De Roquefort

Hürriyet Newspaper Ankara Coordinator

Mr. Gürel graduated from Gazi University Political Science and International Relations department. He has been a journalist at Hurriyet newspaper since 2005. Mr. Gürel has been assigned as Hurriyet Newspaper Ankara Coordinator after acting as journalist and editör for several years and functions today at the same post. Mr. Gürel is also a member of Ankara Urban Council’s Board of Executives.


Born in 1967, Assoc. Dr.Fügen DURLU ÖZKAYA completed her undergraduate studies at Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Dairy Technology and completed her master's and doctoral studies at Ankara University, Institute of Science, Department of Food Engineering, Department of Microbiology. Fügen DURLU ÖZKAYA received her Ph.D. degree in 2001 and Associate Professor in 2010 in Food Sciences and Engineering. Assoc. Dr.Fügen DURLU ÖZKAYA is married and has two children.

Deputy Head of Trademark and Industrial Design Department - State Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Moldova (AGEPI)

Natalia MOGOL serves as Deputy Head of the Trademark and Industrial Design Department in the State Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Moldova, currently. In the early stage of her career, she was particularly involved in the development and the promotion of the geographical indication system in the Republic of Moldova became one of the leading Moldavian specialists in this field. She took her Ph.D. in Economics in 2015 by researching Geographical Indications.

President of Turkish Chefs' Federation (TAFED)

Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture

Responsible for Dept. Socioeconomic Studies and Equality- Galician Association of Agri-Food Cooperatives (AGACA)

Department of Economic and Business Sciences - University of Parma

Commissioner GI TAGGED - Geographical Indications Tagged World Premium Products (P) Ltd

Hacettepe University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Food Engineering


Head of Hacettepe University Food Technology Department

Mayor of Ankara

Governor Of Ankara

Mayor of Altındağ District of Ankara

Mayor of Yenimahalle District of Ankara

Mayor of Kalecik District of Ankara

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