Speakers





Prof. Dr. Adam Gordon
Adam Gordon is Professor of the Care of Older People at the University of Nottingham and a Consultant Geriatrician at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.

He is the current President of BGS, serving from November 2022 to November 2024. His clinical work focuses on older people admitted as emergencies to acute hospital. He also has an interest in how older people with frailty are supported through surgery and has helped to establish surgical liaison services in both Derby and Nottingham. Adam Gordon's research interests are predominantly in how healthcare is delivered in care homes. Some of his work in this area has helped shape national policy to enable access for care home residents to the complex, multidisciplinary care which they need. He led the authorship of the BGS guidance on managing COVID-19 in care homes and more recently helped collate the Ambitions for Change document that sets out the Society’s vision for healthcare in care homes in the future. He has recently begun to work in the field of sarcopenia as part of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research at the University of Nottingham. He maintains an active educational portfolio and played a key role in developing the UK and European recommended undergraduate curricula in geriatric medicine. Adam Gordon is an National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator. He has more than 60 international scientific publications. He is currently President of the British Geriatrics Society.

University of Nottingham (UK)
"Sustainability of care of older people in the UK in the face of systemic collapse?"




Prof. Dr. Adil Mardinoğlu
Professor Adil Mardinoglu is an expert in the field of Systems Medicine, Systems Biology, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

He has been recruited as a Professor of Systems Biology in Center for Host-Microbiome Interactions, King’s College London, UK, where he leads a computational group. He also works as group leader in Science for Life Laboratory (Scilifelab), KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and led a team of 25 researchers working in the area of computational biology, experimental biology and drug development to develop new treatment strategies for Metabolic diseases, Neurodegenerative diseases and certain type of cancers. Professor Mardinoglu worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. His recent research activities include the generation of the context specific genome-scale metabolic models (GEMs) for human cell-types including liver, adipose, muscle, heart, kidney and brain as well as certain types of cancer e.g liver, kidney, colon, prostate and brain (glioblastoma) cancers. His research team also focuses on the integration of GEMs with the other biological networks including regulatory, protein-protein interactions and signaling networks. He employs comprehensive biological networks for revealing the molecular mechanisms of complex diseases, identification of novel biomarkers and drug targets and eventually development of efficient treatment strategies.

King's College London (UK)
" Development of treatment strategies based on multi-omics data "




Prof. Dr. Angelo Azzi
Professor ANGELO AZZI (MD, PhD) is a medical doctor specialized on Pathophysiology and Biochemisty,

he has a doctorate degree on Biochemistry. He graduated from Faculty of Medicine, University of Padua. He worked as Assistant Professor, Research Fellow, Associate Professor, Full Professor, Professor & Head Department Medical Chemistry Institute, Professor and Director, Institue of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Visiting and Senior Scientist in different countries. He is currently working as Faculty Member at School of Graduate Biomedical Pharmacology and Drug Development Program in Tufts University. In addition to, he has 332 international scientific publications and he is the editor of two scientific Journals books. He received numerous National and International Awards.

Tufts University (USA)
" Oxidative stress: what is it? "




Prof. Dr. Arif Hepbaşlı
Arif Hepbasli has dealt with energy-related issues for 41 years. Of these, he spent working in the Izmir industry for ten years and the remainder at different domestic and abroad universities.

He has been working as a faculty member in the department of Energy Systems Engineering at Yaşar University for the last 11 years. Dr. Hepbasli is author and co-author of over 670 papers (over 335 SCI-based papers), with academic footprint (h-index) values of 69, 72 and 88, and citations of 13 679 (without self-citations), 16 966 and 25 068 (as of October, 2023) on the Web of Science (WOS), Scopus and Google Scholar basis, respectively, on a national and international basis as well as several national and international books and book chapters. He has served as a consultant for the industry in cases involving his research area and is also a member in the International Advisory Board of various prestigious energy-related journals and an Associate Editor of Journal of Energy Engineering (ASCE) while also serving many energy journals and industrial projects as a reviewer. Dr. Hepbasli was elected a Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) Principal Member in 2019 while he has been a member of Energy Working Group at TUBA since 2017.

Yaşar University(Türkiye)
" Exergy sustainability versus energy sustainability: An acrostic approach "




Prof. Dr. Ayşe Mentiş Taş
Çukurova Üniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi Sınıf Öğretmenliği bölümünden 1993 yılında mezun olmuştur. 1997 yılında Çukurova Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Eğitim Programları ve Öğretim/Program Geliştirme bilim dalında yüksek lisans,2004 yılında Ankara Üniversitesi Eğitim Bilimleri Enstitüsü Eğitim Programları ve Öğretim/Program Geliştirme bilim dalında doktora derecesi almıştır.2013 yılında doçent ,2018 yılında Profesör unvanı almıştır.

Halen Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi Temel Eğitim Bölümü/Sınıf Eğitimi Ana Bilim Dalında öğretim üyesi olarak görev yapmaktadır. Çalışma konuları öğretmen eğitimi,sosyal bilgiler öğretimi ve müze eğitimidir. Bu konuda yayınlanmış; Primary-Grade Teacher Candidates' Views on Museum Education(2012), Metaphors about the Concept of “Museum” of 4th Graders in One Elementary School in Turkey(2015), Sosyal Bilgiler 4-5. Sınıf Programı Ve Ders Kitaplarının Sürdürülebilirlik Kavramı Açısından İncelenmesi(2016), Türkiye'de 1985-2015 tarihleri arasında yapılmış müze konulu lisansüstü tezlerin incelenmesi(2017) adlı makaleleri bulunmaktadır. Danışmanlığında “Sınıf Öğretmenlerinin Müze Eğitimine İlişkin Görüşlerinin Bazı Değişkenler Açısından İncelenmesi”(2017) adlı yüksek lisans tezi yapılmıştır. Lisans ve lisansüstü düzeyde verdiği Sosyal bilgiler öğretimi ve Hayat Bilgisi ve Sosyal Bilgiler Öğretiminde Yeni Yaklaşımlar dersleri kapsamında “Müze Eğitimi” dersi vermektedir.

Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi (Türkiye)

“Museum education in the context of the relationship between sustainability and education





Prof. Dr. Cristina L.M. Silva
Cristina L.M. Silva is an Associate Prof. at Portuguese Catholic University – College of Biotechnology (ESB). She is Chem. Eng. and PhD in Biotechnology and Food Engineering.

She is the leader of the Laboratory of Food Processing Engineering at the CBQF research centre. Her research is on the quality and safety of processed foods and by-products, emphasizing mathematical modelling and optimization of the processes. Her research outcomes are focused on: (i) design and optimization of food process conditions; (ii) predictive microbiology as a tool to optimize food processes; (iii) evaluation of food quality changes due to conventional and novel processing; (iv) evaluation of food quality and safety changes during storage; and (v) formulation of new foods. More specific keywords: fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, thermal processes, non-thermal innovative processes (such as ozonation, ultrasonic and UV radiation, as novel preservation techniques for fruits and vegetables), drying and freezing, and solar sustainable food processes. Her publications have a SCOPUS® h of 40 - http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0495-3955. Cristina Silva coordinated several national and international projects and was president of the association ISEKI-Food. She is currently a member of the advisory committee of the ISEKI-Food Association, chair of the WG1.2 Education Committee of IUFoST - International Union of Food Science and Technology, and at ESB coordinates the Master degree on Food Engineering. Cristina is a member of the ESB direction board,responsible for the international relations and 3rd cycle degrees, and associate editor of the Journal of Food Processing Engineering.

Portuguese Catholic University (Portugal)
" Innovations in the sustainable use of energy in food processing and distribution "




Prof. Dr. Ipsita Roy
Professor Ipsita Roy, Professor of Biomaterials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, is an expert in microbial biotechnology, natural biobased materials, and their biomedical and environmental applications.

Professor Roy was awarded the prestigious Inlaks Scholarship to study for her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK. At Cambridge, she was awarded scholarships including the Churchill College Scholarship and the Cambridge University Philosophical Society Fellowship Award. Her postdoctoral work was at the University of Minnesota, USA. She has published over 100 papers in high ‘Impact Factor’ journals such as Biomaterials, ACS Applied Materials Interfaces, with an H index of 45. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Her group is focussed on the production of novel natural and sustainable polymers such as Polyhydroxyalkanoates, Bacterial cellulose, Alginate and their biomedical and environmental applications. She is an editor of Scientific Reports and Biomedical Materials. Her total grant portfolio is more than 14 million pounds. She has many patents, and she is in the process of spinning out a company called PHAsT, focused on the production of biobased materials for biomedical applications.

University of Sheffield (UK)

" Sustainable and natural polymers of bacterial origin and their biomedical applications "




Prof. Dr. İbrahim Dinçer
Ibrahim Dincer is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ontario Tech. University. Renowned for his pioneering works in the area of sustainable energy technologies he has authored/co-authored many books and book chapters,

along with many refereed journal and conference papers. Dr. Dincer has chaired many national and international conferences, symposia, workshops and technical meetings. Dr. Dincer has delivered many keynotes and invited lectures. Dr. Dincer is an active member of various international scientific organizations and societies, and serves as editor-in-chief, associate editor, regional editor, and editorial board member on various prestigious international journals. Dr. Dincer currently serves as President for Hydrogen Technologies Association in Turkey and Chair for Energy Working Group in Turkish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dincer is a recipient of several research, teaching and service awards, including the Premier's research excellence award in Ontario, Canada. During the past ten years he has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the Most Influential Scientific Minds in Engineering and one of the most highly cited researchers. During the past 25 years Dr. Dincer’s research and activities have been diverse and primarily focussed on sustainable energy solutions, sustainable communities and cities, district energy systems, green buildings, renewable energy technologies, energy storage technologies, hydrogen energy technologies, and waste to energy technologies. His group has developed various novel technologies for commercialization. He is known for his engineering education related talks as a committed educator.

Ontario Technical University (Canada)

“New paradigms in sustainable energy technologies”




Prof. Dr. İbrahim Halil Kavaklı

Prof.Dr. I. Halil Kavaklı received his bachelor's degree in Biology from Middle East Technical University in 1992.

He completed his master's and doctoral studies in the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology at Washington State University in 1996 and 2000, respectively. After completing his postdoctoral studies with Prof. Dr. Aziz Sancar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he began working as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Koç University in 2004. Dr. Kavaklı worked as a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for one year during the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr. Kavaklı continues his research as a Professor in the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Molecular Biology and Genetics. Since 2012, Dr. Kavaklı has also served as the head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Prof. Kavaklı continues his research on the biological clock with the support of grants from institutions such as TÜBİTAK, TÜBA, İSTKA, TÜSEB, and the European Union. He has received the TÜSEB Aziz Sancar Science Award, TÜBA Outstanding Young Scientist, and Fevzi Akkaya (FABED) Outstanding Young Scientist awards. Prof. Kavaklı has published over 90 works in international journals and books and has served as a referee for many scientific journals.

Koç University(Türkiye)

“The circadian rhythm in health and disease





Prof. Dr. Joan J. Manya
Dr. Joan J. Manyà is Professor (full) of Chemical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). His research activity focuses on developing advanced biomass-based carbon materials for applications in the field of renewable and sustainable energy.

In the last years, Prof. Manyà directed his research towards the development of renewable carbon electrodes for sodium ion batteries and aqueous zinc hybrid supercapacitors. Dr. Manyà served as principal Investigator in several international and national funded projects. His research team is part of the Thermochemical Research Group (GPT), which develops its work at the framework of the Aragón Institute for Engineering Research (I3A), one of the research Institutes at the University de Zaragoza. Dr. Manyà co-authored 46 JCR-indexed scientific papers (h-factor of 22) and appears in the list of top 2% scientists in the world (in the topic Energy) according to the Stanford University ranking.

University of Zaragoza (Spain)
" Biomass-derived carbons as key components in post-lithium electrochemical energy storage systems"




Prof. Dr. Mohamad Ghassan Abiad
Dr. Mohamad Abiad is a Professor of Food Processing and Packaging at the Department of Nutrition & Food Sciences and the Director of the Laboratories for the Environment, Agriculture, & Food (LEAF) at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut. He also holds an adjunct faculty position at the School of Packaging, Michigan State University, USA.

Dr. Abiad is also the Senior Advisor for the Minister of Environment and a member of several Ministerial committees, including the National Committee for the Central Public Health Laboratory and the National Committee on Food Safety at the Ministry of Public Health, Chair of the Scientific Committee Assessing Grains at Beirut Seaport following the explosion of August 4, 2020, and a member of several National Committees for Lebanese Standards at the Ministry of Industry’s LIBNOR. Dr. Abiad holds a Bachelor of Engineering, an MBA, a Master of Science in Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Food Process Engineering. Dr. Abiad is a Lifetime Certified Packaging Professional (CPP-L) from the Institute of Packaging Professionals and a Certified Environmental Sampler (CES). He is Certified by the Better Process Control School on Canned Foods, Principles of Thermal Process Control, Acidification and Container Closure Evaluation, and PCQI Certified by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. Dr. Abiad is a member of several professional organizations, including the Institute of Packaging Professionals; the Institute of Food Technologists; the International Society of Food Engineering; the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging; the Registry of International Environmental Samplers, as well as the Order of Engineers and Architects. Dr. Abiad’s research focuses on sustainability and recycling in the agro-food sector, mainly working on food waste mitigation and conversion into added-value products. He also investigates food waste recycling, packaging design, innovation, and product development. Dr. Abiad is well-published, with over 60 publications in international high-tier peer-reviewed journals in addition to book chapters, and reports. Dr. Abiad has more than 20 years of consulting experience in the agro-food industry, working with private companies in Lebanon, the Middle East, & the North African region. He has also worked with several funding programs, including the European Union, PRIMA Horizon 2020, USAID, FAO, UNDP, and ESCWA. He has organized over a dozen capacity-building workshops on various topics related to the food industry, food waste and food loss, and participated in various international conferences presenting his research.

American University of Beirut (Lebenon)
" Bite by bite: Reshaping the food industry landscape for sustainability"




Prof. Dr. Serap Annette AKGÜR
Professor Serap Annette AKGÜR, (MD, PhD) is a medical doctor specialized on medical pharmacology& forensic toxicology. She spent over 25 years working in the field of drug abuse and drug testing in Ege University.

As a founder of the Institute on Drug Abuse, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, she is professor at the Institute on Addiction Toxicology Department. She actively serves in many national (AKTOD) and international scientific organizations (TIAFT, EWDTS, IFDAT SAPAA, IAMRO) related to this field for the prevention of substance use and public safety.

Ege University(Türkiye)
"Prevention of substance use and addiction"




Prof. Dr. Steven Soldin
Professor Steven Soldin (PhD) earned his honors degree in Chemistry at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa

where he subsequently received his Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry, and also his PhD in Biochemistry. He enrolled and obtained his boards in Clinical Chemistry at the University of Toronto and accepted a tenured Full Professor position at the University of Toronto in Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology. He worked as Director of Clinical Chemistry at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and tenured Professor at The George Washington School of Medicine in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pharmacology and he still serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism of the Clinical Research Center at Georgetown University. He has mentored many graduate students and over 100 post-doctoral fellows. Dr Soldin has published over 300 papers in peer reviewed journals and received numerous National and International Awards. He is a past President of the ABCC, NACB and IATDMCT and has published 2 textbooks” The Biochemical Basis of Pediatric Disease” and “Pediatric Reference Intervals.”

Georgetown University (USA)
" The role of mass spec in improving the diagnosis of thyroid and steroid diseases "




Prof. Dr. Uygun Aksoy
* Senior researcher and lecturer at Ege University Faculty of Agriculture Department of Horticulture, İzmir-Türkiye (1976-2016); retired on April 1, 2016

* Member of the Board at ZIDEK, Accreditation of agricultural education institutions (2022- ) * Lectured at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (Greece) Sustainable Agriculture (2004-2006) and at Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB-Italy) Mediterranean Organic Agriculture on ‘Principles and Concept of Organic Agriculture’ (2000-2014) * International Consultant on Organic Agriculture and Perennial Cropping Systems in FAO and ECO supported projects (2011-2021) *Founder, honorary president (2010- ) and current chair of the executive board of the Association of Ecological Agriculture Organization (ETO) in Turkey *Founder and past president of the Turkish Society for Horticultural Science (1994-1998) *International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Board member (1998-2002; 2002-2006) * Scientific coordinator of the 18th World Organic Congress 2014 (İstanbul-Turkey) and 30th World Horticultural Congress 2018 (İstanbul-Turkey) * IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) Internal auditor (2014-2017; 2017- 2021) *Organic Farming Innovation Award Committee member of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) and Korea Rural Development Agency *International Nut and Dried Fruit Council Foundation/ Scientific and Governmental Affairs Com. Member (2005-2022) * Authored and edited books, book chapters and scientific articles * Lectured and supervised undergraduate and graduate students at Ege University (Türkiye) and IAMB (Italy). Awards *International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Honorary member (2008- ) * Honorary president (2010- ) of the Association of Ecological Agriculture Organization in Turkey * Science award 2011, Chamber of Agriculture Engineers in Turkey. *Organic Heroes, IFOAM Mediterranean Regional Group (Agribiomediterraneo 25th Anniversary), 2015.

President of the Ecological Agriculture Organization Association (Türkiye)
" Agroecology and organic farming as the pathway towards sustainability "




Prof. Dr. Uzay Görmüş DéGrigo
Professor Uzay Görmüş (MD, PhD) is a medical doctor specialized on Clinical Biochemistry and Biochemisty, she has a doctorate degree on Molecular Medicine.

She was graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine. She worked as senior lecturer and researcher in several universities in different countries and currently working as the director of a global genomics laboratory in Sweden. In addition to her international scientific publications, she is the editor of two scientific books and the writer of several scientific book sections and a science fiction novel.

Clinical Laboratory Revvity Omics (Sweden)

" The sustainability and future of medical laboratories "




Doç. Dr. Afrooz Rashnonejad
Assistant Professor Afrooz Rashnonejad ( PhD) is specialized on Microbiology, Stem Cell, Prenatal Gene Therapy and Biotechnology;

she have had a doctorate degree on Prenatal Gene Therapy. She graduated from Cellular and Molecular Biology - Microbiology, Shahid Chamran University. She worked as Graduate Research Assistant, Gene Therapy Center, Ege University and Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Gene Therapy, Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. She is currently working as Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus and as Principal Investigator, Center for Gene Therapy, Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. In addition to, she has many international scientific publications and she is the editor of fourteen scientific Journals books. He received numerous National and International Awards. She has acquired three patents in 2020 and 2021 years.

The Ohio State University (USA)
            " Sustainable gene therapy"




Doç. Dr. Emine Sumru Savaş
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sumru Savaş has been working at Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ege University since 2009.

She has received her doctorate in elderly health and completed the European Academy of Medicine on Aging (EAMA) programs. Her research interests include agedness, sarcopenia, malnutrition, polyphamasia, the elders and disasters. She was awarded in Service to Geriatric Science and Aging. She has also received four academic awards. In addition, she has more than 63 international scientific publications.

Ege University (Türkiye)

" Disasters and aging: Is our health system resilient to disasters?"





Doç. Dr. Gözde Kandemir Demirci
Associate Professor Dr. Gözde KANDEMİR DEMİRCİ completed her undergraduate and graduate education at Ege University Faculty of Dentistry between 2003-2008.

She completed her doctorate education at Ege University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Endodontology between 2009-2015. Between 2011 and 2015, she worked as a Research Assistant at Ege University School of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics, between 2015 and 2022, she worked as a Dr. Research Assistant and has been working as an Associate Professor since 2022. Dr. Kandemir Demirci has many awards in the field of Endodontics. She published her doctoral study in an international journal within the scope of SCI in 2016 and received the best research award given by the Turkish Endodontic Association in 2016. Kandemir Demirci received degrees and awards in the fields of poster presentations, oral presentations, and scientific publication awards at five international congresses held in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She has been teaching undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students by theoretical and practical courses during the fall and spring semesters since 2017. Dr. Kandemir Demirci, works in many commissions for administrative and academic duties in Ege University Faculty of Dentistry and works as a manager, researcher, and consultant in many international or national projects which were supported by Ege University Scientific Research Commission and TUBITAK. She has 45 oral and poster presentations, 26 national and international articles and 2 book chapters presented in many national and international congresses.

Ege University (Türkiye)
" Sustainability in dental practice: Green dentistry "




Doç. Dr. Ömer H. Yılmaz
Omer Yilmaz is the Eisen and Chang Career Development Associate Professor of Biology at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and a gastrointestinal pathologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, where he performed his thesis work under the guidance of Professor Sean Morrison. He has also spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor David M. Sabatini, a member of the Whitehead and Koch Institutes. In 2014 he established his lab, which focuses on understanding how adult stem cells and their microenvironment adapt to diverse diets in the context of tissue regeneration, aging, and cancer initiation/progression. His achievements, to date, have been recognized with a Harold Weintraub Award, AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Prize, Pew-Stewart Trust Fellowship, Sidney Kimmel Fellowship, Sabri Ulker International Science Prize and a V Scholar Award.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
" Dietary control of stem cells in physiology and disease "




Öğr. Gör. Dr. Cashandra Mara
Cashandra Mara offers a wealth of experience, educational qualifications, a proven success record in education, the corporate world as well as SMME’s. She has highly evolved EQ, IQ and SQ that is a result of many years of life experience. She is creative, articulate, expressive and driven by her desire to succeed.

Her qualities were formed during a university career of 9 years and a work life of 25 years. Upon matriculating from a high school for top performing students, she immediately embarked on a 3-year Bachelor degree in Accounting and Economics, which was complemented by Honours, Masters and PhD degrees. Her work life started with a career in central banking, after which she went on to life insurance and commercial banking. Education was however always her passion and this dream became a reality in 2007 when she bought a share in Head Up Training Academy, a fast growing training company based in Cape Town. Her training career has since developed further and since January 2011 she is a lecturer in Business Management at the University of Johannesburg. While lecturing students is an important element in academia, other duties include assessments and moderation, supervising Masters’ and doctoral students, evaluating research proposals as well as chairing high level panel discussions. As part of her lecturing duties, she started an exchange programme for lecturers and staff with universities in the Netherlands.
Dr Mara holds a PhD in Business Management, awarded by the University of Johannesburg, for a model on the risk and return in human capital development. She describes her strongest qualities as her management and entrepreneurial skills, ability to research, and analyse, and to transfer knowledge. It was this latter quality that landed her a part-time position teaching on Open Varsity on SABC 2 for 2 seasons running. Recently she has also been lecturing as visiting faculty at the Universities of Groningen and Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the Krakow School of Business in Poland. Very articulate and a Competent Toastmaster, she interacts comfortably with people on all levels. Using her research capabilities and her expertise in dealing with training authorities, she also develops learning material for 3rd parties.
Cashandra is an extrovert who thrives on engagement with other people. She is a Nelson Mandela Day volunteer and NGO’s during community engagement initiatives. She enjoys engaging conversation and believes she has as much to learn as to teach.
Cashandra lives in Randburg with her two boys. She is an avid cyclist but also enjoys yoga. Together with her boys she frequently travels locally and internationally. One of her favourite hobbies is experimenting with healthy cooking, which gives her a creative outlet after a busy day at work.

University of Johannesburg (South Africa)
" Sustainability driven by human capital "




Dr. Ayşegül Çil
Born and raised in Turkey, Aysegul studied Landscape Architecture in Ankara and a master’s degree on Urban Environmental Management in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

Her passion for coastal zones led her to pursue a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. Aysegul has more than 20 years of international experience, including work as a Programme Manager for Nature and Society in ECNC- European Centre for Nature Conservation (Tilburg, Netherlands), where she established ‘Local Biodiversity Action Plans’ for South Eastern Europe, which consisted in bridging the gap between biodiversity and its benefits, and the local communities.

Turquoise Coast Environment Fund (UK)
" Sustaining our future: Innovative coastal and marine conservation through Turquoise Coast Funding "




Dr. Hasan Özçelik
Ankara Üniversitesi Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi Kamu Yönetimi Bölümü ve Anadolu Üniversitesi İşletme Fakültesi'nden mezun olmuştur. İstanbul Üniversitesi Maliye Anabilim Dalı ve Beykent Üniversitesi Uluslararası Ekonomik Politik ve İşletmecilik Bilim Dalı'nda yüksek lisansını (İngilizce) tamamlamıştır. Marmara Üniversitesi Kamu Yönetimi Anabilim Dalı'nda ve Marmara Üniversitesi İşletme Anabilim Dalı'nda doktorasını yapmıştır.

2014-2018 yılları arasında Marmara Üniversitesi'nin Yerel Yönetimler, Küresel Şehirler ve İstanbul Araştırmaları Yüksek Lisans programında misafir öğretim üyesi olarak görev almıştır. 1995 yılında İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi'nde kariyerine başlayan Özçelik, Murakıp Yardımcısı, Murakıp, Bütçe Finansman ve Denetim Müdür Yardımcısı, İç Denetçi, İştirakler Koordinasyon Müdürü ve İETT İşletmeleri Genel Müdür Yardımcısı pozisyonlarında bulunmuştur. 2002-2022 yılları arasında İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi iştirak şirketleri olan İDO, İGDAŞ, İstanbul İmar ve İstanbul Enerji şirketlerinde Yönetim Kurulu Üyeliği ve Başkan Vekilliği görevlerini yürütmüştür. İDO'nun özelleştirilmesi sürecinde aktif rol almıştır. 2010-2011 yılları arasında Kamu İç Denetçileri Derneği (KİDDER) Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi olarak görev yapmış, İç Denetçi A1, A2 Sertifikası ve Kamu Denetçisi Sertifikası (CGAP) sahibi olup Türkiye İç Denetim Enstitüsü (TİDE) üyesidir. 29 Ocak 2022 tarihinde Kamu Gözetimi, Muhasebe ve Denetim Standartları Kurumu Başkanı olarak atanmıştır.

Kamu Gözetimi, Muhasebe ve Denetim Standartları Kurumu Başkanı  (Türkiye)
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Dr. İhsan Soytemiz
İhsan Soytemiz was born in Ankara in 1958. He graduated from METU Department of Biological Sciences and completed his master's degree in Histology (Cell Science) at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine.

He also participated in the METU Genetics Program Special Program. He completed his doctorate in Animal Science at the International University of Ireland. İhsan Soytemiz is an expert in laboratory systems design, planning, implementation, production and training. In addition, GMP facilities establishment, clean room design, planning application, production and training services, fermentation systems facility, application and training management, project management, laboratory and medical devices - hospital project application, laboratory and medical device planning, architectural support applications according to regulations, He is also an expert in planning, IT-digital transformations in biology and bioinformatics. He also works on import, storage, international trade, biomedical service applications and management, technical services and warranty applications and management. İhsan Soytemiz, who is an expert in vendor management and project management, also works as a healthy foods project manager and Let's Ferment the Future Together project coordinator. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Turkish Biologists Association as well as a Board Member of the METU Alumni Association. Production of probiotic microorganisms and bee health are among his areas of expertise. He is also the Coordinator of the Toxic-Free Tables Civil Society Network and Platform, which works for healthy and non-toxic foods, formed by 115 non-governmental organizations. İhsan Soytemiz speaks English very well and is the father of 2 children.

President of Turkish Biologists Association (Türkiye)
" Toxic-free tables from a sustainability perspective: Food safety and environmental impacts "




Dr. Mustafa Türker
Mustafa Türker received PhD degree in Biochemical Engineering from University of Manchester (UK) and joined R&D department at Pakmaya.

He has worked at various positions in the company and now serves as Director of R&D and Environment. His principal research and industrial interests focus on industrial biotechnology, yeast and bacterial fermentations, organic acids, drying and environmental biotechnology. He has led and actively involved in several nationally and internationally funded projects and collaborated with several universities in Türkiye and Europe and authored two books and several papers in scientific journals as well as in national and international conferences. He also lectures on fermentation technology and bioseparations at Technical University of Istanbul.

Pakmaya (Türkiye)

"Large scale fermentations: Challenges for bioeconomy"





Dr. Sevgi Salman Ünver
She received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Boğaziçi University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

She continued her PhD program in Biotechnology at the University of Delaware in the USA. Then, she worked in international companies in the pharmaceutical industry for 16 years. She completed her PhD in Business Administration at Istanbul Bilgi University. She founded Genomedis Biotechnology in 2016 and started working in the fields of medicine, health and biotechnology. She teaches the Bioentrepreneurship and Innovation course in the field of biotechnology entrepreneurship and academic entrepreneurship at Boğaziçi University and Gebze Technical University. She is the editor and author of the books 'Step by Step Bioentrepreneurship, Road Map for Biotechnology Entrepreneurs and Investors' and 'Welcome to the Biotechnology Age'. She is the General Manager of Genomedis Biotechnology Company, which develops products and technologies in the fields of Preventive and Personalized Health.

Gebze Technical University(Türkiye)
" Biotechnology applications for sustainable bioeconomy "




Dr. Zhuoran Jia
Zhuoran Jia is currently a PhD candidate in the section History & Complexity, at the department of Architecture, TU Delft. His PhD research focuses on developing an automatic assessment

methodology for improving the problems related to Chinese hospital layout designs such as overcrowding, spatial complexity of procedures, long walking distance, long waiting time, and difficulty in wayfinding, etc. With a strong interest in hospital design, Zhuoran’s research areas include hospital layout design, computational geometry and topology, spatial network analysis, and simulation model. Zhuoran has received his Bachelor degree of Design in Architecture from the University of Sydney in 2017, and his Master degree of Architecture from the same institution in 2019.

Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
" Spatial decision support systems for hospital layout design "




Uzman Dilek Aşan
With my passion for sustainability, I have supported Turkey's leading companies in making their operations more efficient, safe, and sustainable over the past 17 years by providing Corporate Governance and Sustainability Consultancy services.

My experience working with large and complex organizations, especially firms like "CNR Holding", has guided me in developing applicable strategies across various sectors and business models. In 2012, with the implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Law, my sister and I established the "Taksim Joint Health Safety Unit". This unit operated for eight years as an occupational health and safety unit authorized by the Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services. Additionally, we are experienced in ISO certification; my team and I have consulted numerous companies in this field. I have a profound passion for Corporate Sustainability and Sustainability Management. I foresee that by 2023, all brands should embark on their Corporate Sustainability Journey in some way. Therefore, I wrote a book titled"Kurumsal Sürdürülebilirlik ve Ecovadis Süreci". I believe this book will assist my colleagues in the industry and potential Sustainability Managers. My training and consultancy services focus on helping companies specialize in sustainability, supply chain management, social compliance, ISO certification, and quality management systems.

Taksim Consultancy Services (Türkiye)
" Corporational sustainability "




Tunca Olguner
After graduating from Akdeniz University with a degree in Aquaculture Engineering, he pursued further studies, earning both a master's and a doctorate in Fisheries Technologies.

From 2011 to 2019, he held the position of Research Assistant at Akdeniz University, Faculty of Fisheries. His research focuses on fishing technologies, fisheries biology, population dynamics, marine biology, and ecology. Currently, he is pursuing his second doctorate in Acoustic Tagging at Ege University. Additionally, he serves as a Scientific Monitoring Expert at the Mediterranean Conservation Society.

Mediterranean Conservation Services (Türkiye)
" Boosting climate change resilience: Restoring marine ecosystem connectivity in south western Turkey "




Paul Holmbeck
Paul Holmbeck led Organic Denmark as director until 2020, playing a leading role over 25 years in developing Denmark’s Organic Brand, ambitious organic goals and policies and a strong organic organisation as a driving force for change. Organic Denmark represents organic farmers, consumers, food professionals and food companies, representing 90% of organic sales in Denmark.

Pauls lobby work is credited with securing support for organic policy from 11 of 12 political parties in the Danish parliament, and he is co-author of much of the broad policy framework in Danmark for organic innovation, market development, farm conversion and 60 percent organic in all public kitchens. Policies that won a UN Future Policy Award for impact in 2018, and which have inspired much of the European Union’s Organic Action Plan towards the EU goal of 25 percent organic in the EU. Paul’s team also spearheaded market partnerships with major retailers that have – together with effective consumer communication and involvement -- made Denmark the world leader in organic sales, with organic market shares for many basic foods like milk, eggs, flour and many vegetables and fruits of 30-60% of total market share. Over 80 percent of Danes buy organic food, and over 70 percent now buy organic food every week. Today, Paul is Director in Holmbeck EcoConsult, where he advises leaders in government, business, and NGOs around the world on organic market strategies, effective policy frameworks and organizational development. Most recently chosen by the European Commission to present best organic policy practice for ministry officials from the 27 EU member nations, currently advising on national organic and agroecology strategies in Canada, Indonesia, Tanzania and Uganda. Last year Paul developed a national organic strategy for The Netherlands, where good portions of policy and market initiatives are now integrated into the governments Organic Action Plan 2022, where organic market initiatives received an additional 50 million EUR from 2024. Paul has served on the IFOAM – Organics International World Board since September 2021.

Director of Holmbeck EcoConsult (Denmark)
" Policy, Market partnerships and CSO mobilization driving breakthroughs in organic food and farming: The case of Denmark "