Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul, Vişnezade Mahallesi, Acısu Sokaği No:19, Istanbul, Turkey

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Event Date Sun Feb 17 +03 - Tue Feb 19 +03 (almost 3 years ago)
In your timezone (EST): Sun Feb 17 12:00am - Tue Feb 19 9:00am
Location Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Vişnezade Mahallesi, Acısu Sokaği No:19, Istanbul, Turkey
Region EMEA

World Congress of Angel Investors WBAF 2019, the world’s biggest annual gathering of early-stage equity and investment markets, will have 5 important summits running concurrently and will host more than 1500 delegates from around the world. WBAF 2019 will also salute the global successes of the year at the World Excellence Awards & VIP Gala Dinner at the Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul.


2019 Speakers

Baybars Altuntas
Chairman of the Board of Directors, WBAF

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
President of the Republic of Croatia

Kadri Veseli
President of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo

Dr. Mehmet Kasapoglu

Mehmet Simsek
Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

Paul Doany
Chief Executive Officer, Turk Teleko, Turkey

Ibrahim Mohammed Awal
Minister for Business Development, Republic of Ghana

Besim Beqaj

Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Alkhalifa

Zoran Sapuric
State Minister, Macedonia

Dr. Adbul Malek Al Jaber

Candace Johnson
Emeritus President, EBAN

Sheikh Ebarahim Al Khalifa

Leyla Alaton
Board Member Alarko Holding & President of Alvimedica, TUrkey

Hans Van Grieken
EMEA Technology Research & Insights Leader, Deloitte, Netherlands

Zehra Taskesenlioglu
Parliament Member of the Grand Assembly of the Republic of Turkey

Charles S. Sidman
Founding Member, American Angel Capital Association(ACA), USA

Dr. Hashim S. Hussien

Peter Cowley
President, EBAN

Matthew Gamser
CEO of the SME Finance Forum, International Finance Corporation(IFC)

Vitaly Polekhin
President of the Russian Business Angels Association

Andrew Work
Managing Director, Head of Media Asia and Europe, Media Division at NexChange, Hongkong

Marcel Dridje
President of the Sophia Business Angels, France

Carsten Borring
Associate Vice President Listings EMEA and Head of Listings & Capital Markets, NASDAQ

Barbara Lang
Managing Partner at InnoExc GmbH, Switzerland

Mohammed SH. Al-Rashidi
Founder and Executive Chairman of One Global Group, Kuwait

Petr Sramek
Co-founder of the Platform on Artificial Intelligence at ther Confederation of industry of the Czech Republic

Thomas Dubbendorfer
President of the Swiss ICT Investors Club(SICTIC), Switzerland

Brad Bulent Yasar
Co Founder of the Blockchain Consortium, USA

Michael O' Connor
Chief Executive Officer of CorkBIC, Ireland

Asma Bashir
Chairman at Centuro Global, UK

Ugur Talayhan
Chief Executive Officer of the Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul, Turkey

Arton Celina
Chief Executive Officer of the BPB Bank, Kosovo

Nikhil Agarwal
Senior Advisor of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, India

Hasan Khakbaz
Vice President of Isfahan Science and Technology Town(ISTT), Iran

Ivan Jovetic
President of the Montenegro Television Broadcasting Company(RTCG), Montenegro

Ramin Komeilian
Founder of Karmeen Angel Investors Network, Iran

Marek Rusiecki
Star of the Dragons' Den TV show of Sony Pictures Television and President of the Managemet Board of Xevin Investment, Poland

Ian Sosso
Founder of Monte Cario Capital, Monte Carlo

Yousef M.Hamidaddin
Innovation and Change Advocate-EarlyStage Fund Management, Jordan

Miguel Martin
Founder and Co-investors at Immerxing Hub, Spain

Tal Garih
Strategic Planning Manager at Alarko Holding, Turkey

Adnan Akdemir
President of the Sifisan Entertainment Investments, Vice President of the Turkish Trade Associates of Business Angels(TBAA), President of the WBAF Academy

Sabur Khan
Chairman of Daffodil Family, Bangladesh

Leonid Nakov
Director of the Center for Economic Research at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia

Faruk Inaltekin
Chief Executive Officer, Bilkent CYBERPARK

Julius O Akinyemi
Chairman, Founder and CEO of UWINCorp, USA

Patrick Kedziora
WBAF High Commissioner, France

Mohamed Fetah Krichene
General Manager at Sfax Technopark, Tunisia

Eythor Ivar Jonsson
Managing Director Director at the Center for Corporate Governance at the University if Iceland

Callum Laing
Partner in Unity Group Private Equity, Co Founder and Chairman of MBH Corporation PLC, Singapore

Wayne Clarke
Founding Partner of the Global Growth Institute, UK

Ken Kengatharan
Chairman & CEO, Auxesia Orion, Executive Chairman, Helios Orion and Managing Partner, Atheneos Ventures

Maryam Najafi
Consultant at Karaya Angel Investors, Iran

Christoph Drescher
CEO and Founder of Deal Matrix, Austria

Israel Pons
CEO and Co Founding Partner of Angels Nest LATAM, Mexico

Renata Brkic
Founder at Feelsgood Social Impact Investment Fund, Croatia

Sabetha Mwambenja
Country Director of the WBAF Tanzania

Tuba Terekli
International Executive Consultant and Angel Investor, Saudi Arabia

Mulemwa Moongwa
Social Impact Investor, Zambia

Maria P. Hala
Chief Executive Officer of the Hala Partners, Greece

Hugo Mendes
Chief Financial Officer for the Macaute Group, Portugal

Rina Neoh
Co Founder, Ficus Venture Capital

Cyril Gouiffes
Impact Investment Manager @ European Investment Fund, Luxembourg

Robert Lugowski
Co Founder and Managing Partner at Cobin Angels, Poland

Sebahat Isik
Managing Director and Partner of YSM Consultancy, Bahrain

Enriko Ceko
Dean of the Economics and Social Sciences Faculty, Albania

Gordana Nikolic
Founder of Par University College and Business Academy Rijeka, Croatia

Tahir Mahmood
Head of the Business Development Department of Nasdaq Bubai, UAE

Panayiotis H. Ketikidis
The University of Sheffield International Faculty City College and Chairperson of SEERC, Greece

Michael Gold
Chief Executive Officer, Crimson Capital, USA

Zsolt Katona
Former CEO of the Budapest Stock Exchange, Hungary

Hauwa Yabani
Chief Executive Officer, Abuja Technology Village FZ, Nigeria

Etienne Kouadio Doh
General Manager, Francophone West Africa, Maine One, Cote D'Ivoire

Ioana Frincu
Chief Operating Officer at Beyond Enterpriced, Chief Operating Officer at Under Development Office, Romania

Jason Fishman
SVP Digital Strategy at Digital Niche Agency, Advisor Beyond Enterprizes, USA

Sergio Vela
Director of Financing and Investor Relations at ICEX-Invest in Spain

Sanem Oktar
President, KAGIDER Women Enterprneur Association of Turkey

Tijen Mergen
Founder and President, Power of Happiness Platform, Turkey

Ozlem Denizmen
Founding President of FODER, Financial Literacy and Inclusion Association of Turkey

Helena Matusa
WBAF Croatia Country Director & Assistant Director of Zagoje Development Agency, Croatia

Hasan Maral
Secretary General, Karacadag Development Agency, Turkey

Deniz Misir
Family Officer- Financial Wellbeing Consultant, V22 Int. Adv. J.S. Co.,Turkey

Serkan Fergan
Digital Banking Group Director, TEB BNP Paribas, Turkey

Peter E. Braun
Board Member at EBAN

Ismail Haznedar
Founder & Chairman, AIN Angel Investing Network(JAIN Global)

Marcin Leszcylowski
NEssT Portfolio Director, Poland

Perre Matek
Member of the Board of Directors, WBAF Croatia

Drazen Mrsic
Member of the Board of Directors, WBAF Croatia
Ghada O. Teima
Global Program Manager and a Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Group, USA

Dr. Yilmaz Arguden
Chairman of Rothschild Investment Bank Turkiye

Fadi Saab
Chairman, Trans Capital Finance, Lebanon

Ozlem Dalga
Corporate Communication Consultant

Murat Duran
Founder & President, FintechPark Angel Network, Turkey

Muhammed Emin Ozer
General Manager of Albaraka Asset Management

Emre Yilmaz