Networking Evening with APCO Worldwide

On 7 March 2018, TBCCI organised a Networking Evening at APCO Worldwide premises in Covent Garden, London.

A Patron Member of the Chamber and the host of the evening, APCO Worldwide is an independent global public affairs and strategic communications consultancy.

The event started with opening keynotes. TBCCI Chairman Emma Edhem, CC welcomed TBCCI members and guests and briefly talked about the current developments in Turkish-British economic and political affairs. Ms. Edhem also gave an update on TBCCI projects and initiatives and announced the forthcoming TBCCI events. She then invited Mr. Cem G. Isik, Counsellor and the Deputy Head of Mission at the Turkish Embassy in London to the stage.

Isik talked about the economic and trade relations between the two countries, mentioning that the UK is the 4th biggest FDI country in Turkey and the relations will remain to be strong during and after the Brexit with the UK-Turkey Trade Working Group already established and working towards this goal. Isik also commented on the opportunities Turkey offers for foreign investors in terms of tax exemptions and policies to avoid double taxation.

Next, TBCCI Board Director and the Director of APCO Worldwide Istanbul, Deniz Gungen. gave an in overview of APCO Worldwide and informed about the current developments in Turkey and the Region.

After the opening speeches, TBCCI Chairman, Edhem invited Martin Bennett, the Chief Executive – Turkey of BAE Systems and Celal Baykal, General Manager of the Turkish Airlines London to the stage as the new appointed Directors of the TBCCI Board for their introductions.

Finally, the New Members of the TBCCI, Turkish Airlines, NARS UK Consulting Limited and SRM Business Consulting Limited were introduced to the audience.  Evening concluded with a productive networking session.

New members join TBCCI’s Board of Directors

TBCCI’s board of directors introduced three new board members at its recent networking evening. The three senior executives are Dr. Deniz Gungen of APCO Worldwide, Dr. Martin Bennett of  BAE Systems, and Celal Baykal of Turkish Airlines. Dr. Martin Bennett will also be serving as the TBCCI Vice-Chairman. Visit Board Members page to view the full list of TBCCI’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Deniz Gungen | Director | APCO Worldwide

Deniz Gungen is director in APCO Worldwide’s Istanbul office. He leads the pharmaceutical-sector team and provides strategic counsel on regulatory affairs, government relations and advocacy, issues management, market entry, and corporate communications to a variety of clients, among them entities representing energy, finance, insurance, information technologies, retail, paper and NGO interests. Mr. Gungen focuses primarily on orphan drugs and rare diseases in pharmaceutical sector.

Mr. Gungen holds a PhD in political science from Boston University, an MA in global finance, trade and economic integration from the University of Denver and a BA in international relations from Bilkent University. Read more.

Dr. Martin Bennett | Chief Executive – Turkey | BAE Systems

Martin is a senior executive in the defence, aerospace and security sector. From an engineering background he has many years successful experience in international business strategy, market development and campaign management working in international markets across the globe.

In July 2015 Martin took up the role of Managing Director – Central Region based in Abu Dhabi, with responsibility for markets in Central Asia, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. In October 2016 Martin moved to Ankara to take up the appointment as Chief Executive for Turkey following its designation as one of BAE Systems’ seven strategic markets.

Martin has an MBA from the University of Leicester and has been awarded a Doctorate from the University of Liverpool with his accepted thesis on international industrial alliances. He is married with two children and has interests in golf, football, flying and collecting antique maps. Read more.

Celal Baykal | General Manager – London | Turkish Airlines

Celal Baykal is the General Manager of Turkish Airlines for London within the United Kingdom, who will be celebrating his 12th work anniversary this year at Turkish Airlines. In 2018, Mr Baykal was appointed as the General Manager for London which has one of the busiest flight frequencies amongst the Turkish Airline networks and connects passengers to a variety of Turkish Airlines destinations via Istanbul.

Celal Baykal is a young, vibrant and an active Manager at Turkish Airlines and has been very successful at all stations he has been appointed to. Mr Baykal speaks fluent Turkish, Dutch and English and holds a BA in Business Administration from Istanbul University and a Master in Science of Marketing from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Read more.