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Dr. Ayhan Enşici


Coordinator, Kadir Has University User Experience Design Graduate Program

He graduated from Istanbul Technical University Industrial Design Department. Following his field experience, he continued his academic studies at his home university and earned master's and doctoral degrees in industrial design. He conducted his post-doctoral research studies at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is a faculty member at Kadir Has University Department of Industrial Design and the coordinator of Mix, Turkey's first User Experience Graduate Program. He provides training in design thinking, creativity, and innovation processes. Besides, he gives innovation-oriented consultancy services to companies within the scope of the INOSUIT Project carried out by TIM.


Vice Director, METU Design Factory

He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Design and his master's degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute (New York, USA) and his doctorate in Industrial Design from Middle East Technical University in 2012. Dr. Barış Yazıcı has been working as a lecturer at Middle East Technical University since 2009 and has been a manager at the METU Design Factory since 2016. Previously, he worked as a lecturer at Başkent University; He gave lectures on Design Studio, Basic Design, and Furniture Design. Apart from his university duties, he provides consultancy services to various industrial organizations on design and product development.

Dr. Barış Yazıcı
Burak Emre Altınordu


Industrial Design Team Director, Vestel Electronics

He graduated from METU Industrial Design Department in 1995. After graduation, he worked in different fields. Then, he started to work at Vestel Elektronik, one of the world's biggest TV manufacturers. At the end of 2004, he established the Vestel Industrial Design Team and became the design manager. Since then, he and his friends continue to produce design solutions for Vestel in different product lines in addition to TVs. Vestel Elektronik was honored with numerous design awards from several prestigious global design competitions. They also gained prestige with the DME (Design Management Europe) Award 2011. He and his team focus on designing various products, from televisions to automotive, from set-top boxes to smartphones.


Art Director, Derin Design

He is a graduate of Saint Joseph French High School and Bilkent University Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. After working in Cappellini Product Research and Development Department in Milan. A year later, he returned to Istanbul in 2000. He started to create a contemporary furniture collection in collaboration with Aziz Sarıyer. The brand Derin took part in many domestic and international design fairs under the directorship of Derin Sarıyer. New York-ICFF, Milano-Salone del Mobile, Paris- Maison Object, Cologne - Cologne Messe, London -100% Design London, Istanbul - Istanbul Design Week fairs are some of them.

Derin Sarıyer
Ela Cindoruk


Co-Founder, ECNP Gallery

She graduated from the Middle East Technical University Department of Industrial Design in 1984. She completed her education in Metal Shaping and Jewelry Design at New York Parsons School of Design in 1988. She worked as a lecturer at the Istanbul University Department of Industrial Design between 1999-2005 and at Istanbul Bilgi University Department of Design Culture and Management between 2000-2013. Cindoruk worked as a jewelry designer at Urart Jewelry Istanbul between 1988-1989. She started designing and manufacturing jewelry in her workshop in 1989. In 1993, together with Nazan Pak, she established the elacindoruknazanpak jewelry workshop and gallery in Istanbul. In 1999, together with Nazan Pak and Yilmaz Aysan, she curated the jewelry exhibition titled Replicas for Spirit and Body at Istanbul Borusan Art Gallery. She received the Red Dot Design Award Honorable Mention and Jewelry Designer of the Year Elle Style Award in 2012. 


Co-Founder, Hamm

Muhammet Taşlı was born in Istanbul in 1987 and grew up in the workshop of his father, who was a craftsman. Since his childhood, he was in touch with natural materials. With the contribution of the Interior Architecture education he received at Halic University, he started to create following his approach that combines design and craft. He founded Hamm in 2010 and operates as CEO. On the other hand, he carries out interior design, product, and brand design works with the mathWorks brand.

Muhammet Taşlı
Neptün Öziş


Director, Neptun Ozis Studio

Neptun Ozis studio is an award-winning Yacht Styling, interior architecture, and product design practice based in London. He works internationally on commissions including mega yacht residential projects furniture design for world-leading companies. After his graduation as an architect, Neptun Ozis worked with internationally well-known designers and architects on different sizes of commercial and 5-stars hotel projects. 


Neptun Ozis worked on multi-international hi-end projects which made him an expert on working on multi-cultural commissions and on the level of detailing and quality of sumptuous projects. Neptun Ozis has been working on different sized international yachts residential and commercial projects as well as custom and bespoke furniture and product designs for the world's top-end furniture companies. He is also a lecturer at the departments of Yacht Design and İnterior Architecture and Environment Design in various universities.


Managing Partner, Gorbon Tile

He graduated from Bogazici University Department of Psychology. After working for a short time at the family company GORBON Tiles, he went to New Jersey to gain another degree. He worked in Villeroy Boch, one of the most prestigious brands in the ceramic industry in New York, for four years. After returning to Turkey, he launched the Bosphorus Cup sports organization, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2021. Together with this organization, he carried out significant sports projects in football, athletics, golf, cycling, and swimming. Since 2015, he has been working as the manager of the family business GORBON Tiles.

Orhan Gorbon
Dr. Orhan Irmak


Co-Founder, Orhan Irmak Design 

Orhan Irmak graduated from the Middle East Technical University, Department of Industrial Design in 2000 with the first rank. During his undergraduate education, he also studied as an exchange student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He gained his master's degree from Bilkent University in 2003 with his thesis entitled Understanding Changes and Future Orientations in Design. In 2004, he founded Orhan Irmak Tasarım with his brother and co-partner Gökhan Irmak. In 2011, he earned his doctoral degree in Packaging Design at the Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Orhan Irmak was involved in the jury panel in various design competitions. He takes part in several panel discussions and conferences as a speaker.


Founder, Oya Design - Head of Medipol University Department of ID 

Founder of OyaDesign, Dr. Oya Akman is an Industrial Designer with 40 years of experience in the international design arena. She graduated from the State Academy of Fine Arts Department of Industrial Design and Interior Architecture with a master's degree in 1977. She earned her doctorate in Corporate Identity at Mimar Sinan University. During her professional life, she experienced as a designer in the textile, ceramic, plastic, and glass industries. Besides, she founded the design and trade firm Loya in Canada. She received many recognized awards. She worked as a lecturer at Istanbul Technical University Department of Industrial Product Design between 1993-2005 while carrying out many domestic and international design works.

Dr. Oya Akman
Özlem Yalım


Strategic Brand Director, Tepta Lighting

Yalım earned her bachelor's degree at Middle East Technical University Department of Industrial Design in 1995. Between 1995-2000, she carried out many furniture and spatial design projects at Kilit Taşı Design and Architecture as the co-founder. She is one of the originators of the first Istanbul Design Biennial organized by IKSV in 2012 and assumed the director role for three years. Since 2015, she has been working as the strategic brand director of Tepta Lighting.

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