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06 June 2011
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  Discussion co-chairs:
Mr.Josh Bassett, Executive Producer, Bloomberg TV.
Josh moved to Istanbul in January 2010 to work with Ciner Media on the creation of the new Turkish language business news channel, Bloomberg HT. He is also responsible for Bloomberg's coverage of Turkey on its global TV channel. Before joining Bloomberg he spent a decade as a Producer at BBC TV News in London. During this time he completed his MBA and produced the BBC's highest rating news bulletin since 9/11.
Ozlem Cakir the founder of " Ozlem Cakir Professional Image and Communication Consultancy" is the first recognized image consultant in Turkey, Istanbul. She has been a member of the A.I.C.I, CIP (Association of Image Consultants International )since 1998 and she is the Area Liason of Turkey since then.
She has done trainings with the London Image Institude and Fashion Institute of Tecnology in NewYork. Besides conducting seminars to the corporate world Ozlem Cakir has shared her experiences and knowledge with lots of organizations and universities.
Ozlem Cakir is also giving trainings to the luxury industry professionals on how to differentiate through service and become brand butlers.
She is also doing in-store activities, presentations with fashion shows to high end department stores and malls as well as giving a personal shopper training course to the sales associates of high end stores. Some of her clients are Beymen, Louis Vuitton, Gilan Jewellery, IWC,Citybank,P&G,Unilever,KPMG, Peppers&Rogers,Price Waterhouse Coopers, Islamic Banks&Financial Institutions, Merck Sharp&Dohme, Vodafone, Swarovski
Cakir has been quoted several times in monthly magazines, newspapers and has been a guest to several tv shows and a regular guest to Ntv weekend lifestyle program.
Cakir has received the most succesful image consultant award in 2005 at the P&G Beauty Convention in Turkey.
She also was recognized as the most successful
international image consultant in 2006 May at the AICI Annual Convention in Las Vegas and got the Jane Segestrom award.
Cakir is the author of 2 books. Title of her first book is ' Image in Professional Life and Social Etiquette' and the second one is 'Do I Know What I Wear'.
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Ms. Janna Fortmann is a German national with more than 20 years experience in top management consulting. As part of her experience in Management Assessment and Management Development, Janna conducted management development programmeswith companies like TuranAlem Investment Group, K'CELL (Turkcell daughter in Kazakhstan), Kazmunaygaz, ABB, 3M and others. Some of these programmes included one-to-one coaching and personal development with top management representatives of these organizations. Over the past 4 years, Janna has worked together with EBRD on the launch and implementation of their dedicated Sustainable Energy Financing Facilities in Kazakhstan, Russia, Moldova and currently leads the implementation of this credit line in Turkey. Janna worked for management consultancies in London and in Dusseldorf until she started her own consultancy in 1999. She has worked mainly in West and Eastern Europe and also conducted project work in India and Japan. She conducted a range of projects in Turkey over the past 7 years, including organizational and process improvement projects with organisations such as the Memorial Hospital in Istanbul. Janna has a Masters degree in Macro Economics from Germany and an MBA from London. She speaks fluent German, English and Russian and can make herself understood in Turkish (on a good day...). She currently lives with her two children (17 and 4 years old) in Istanbul.
Ms. Elena Schenone, Originally from Italy, after graduating in Political Science, she became interested in ethnology, with particular reference to Libya where she lived from 1994 to 1999. Her research focused mainly on the rituals and traditions of the local populations, and the symbolism of Berber jewellery. She published a book Libyan jewellery, a journey through symbols which is the first complete monograph upon this subject. She has worked with the Archeological Mission of Rome (Terza Universita`) contributing to the publication of the ethnographic collections of traditional jewellery and ethnic house wares of the Museum of Leptis Magna in Libya. She has also collaborated with the Jewish Museum in Rome for the creation of the new section dedicated to the Jewish Libyan community. She has lectured extensively in Italian Universities and more recently at the Lycee Notre Dame the Sion in Istanbul where she now lives.


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