Keynote Speakers

Binali Yildirim
Binali Yildirim is the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications. He holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection from the Istanbul Technical University. After his graduation from university, Yıldırım served as a researcher in the Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering department of Istanbul Technical University. Following his academic career Yıldırım served as manager at different levels at Turkey Ship Industry Headquarters (Turkiye Gemi Sanayii Genel Müdürlüğü) between 1978-1993. He became the director general of the Istanbul Fast Ferries Company (IDO) in 1994 and served until 2000. He received international SKAL quality award in 1999 and was elected as the board member of World Maritime University. He entered politics and became a co-founder of the Justice and Development Party in August 2001. He was appointed as the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications during the terms of 58th, 59th and 60th governments in Turkey. During his term as Minister Turkey met with high-speed rail lines. He was named as Justice and Development Party candidate for Mayor of Izmir in the 2014 local elections in Turkey. He has recently been reappointed as the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications with the establishment of 61th government. He speaks Turkish, English and French.
Omer Fatih Sayan
Omer Fatih Sayan is the President and Chairman of the Board of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK). He holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Istanbul University. After his graduation from university, he started his professional career in İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 1995. He worked for the private companies in the areas of chip manufacturing, mobile phone design, and R&D in Turkey, Germany and USA. He assumed responsibilities on initiatives in the Silicon Valley Initiative. He gave lectures on Informatics Law and New Trends in ICT in various universities in Turkey and Germany. He has several articles published in various scientific journals and conferences. He worked as Adviser and Principal Adviser for the Prime Minister between the years 2007-2014. He converses in Turkish, English, French, and German.
David Olive
David A. Olive | ICANN Senior Vice President, Policy Development and General Manager, ICANN EMEA Headquarters Hub in Istanbul David Olive joined ICANN in February 2010 to lead its Policy Development team following 20 years as a corporate executive and leader in ICT public policy formation. ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with multistakeholder participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It is best known for its role as technical coordinator of the Internet’s Domain Name System. Through its coordination role and policy development activities for the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. Prior to joining ICANN, David completed a 20-year career at Fujitsu Limited, a leading provider of ICTbased business solutions for the global marketplace, where he most recently served in the company’s Washington office as General Manager and Chief Corporate Representative. He advised Fujitsu on business planning, corporate and business development, and public policy issues affecting information technology, the Internet, electronic commerce, electronic government, telecommunications, and science and technology. David has been active in a number of technology-oriented organizations. He was a member of the Commercial Board of Directors of TechAmerica, a leading voice for the U.S. technology industry, and served on the Board of Directors of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) in Washington, D.C. He also worked with many global business groups, including the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), the U.S.-Japan Business Council, and the International Chamber of Commerce. David served for many years as the Public Policy Chairman for the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of over 70 information technology industry associations from economies around the world. (In 2010, WITSA presented him the WITSA Lifetime Achievement Award.) He was an active business representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Technical Advisory Group on Taxation and Electronic Commerce, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) conferences. Prior to his work at Fujitsu, he had a distinguished career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer specializing in trade, investment and technology policy. He was awarded the U.S. State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award for distinguished service. David attended undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and Princeton University.