Speakers for the 2012 conference are listed below
Asaf Savas Akat
Professor of Economics, Istanbul Bilgl University
TOPIC:Turkey's rising economy - a mirage or a miracle
Asaf Savas Akat (born in 1943) is a well-known Turkish economist. With his clear and straightforward analyses, he is a frequent commentator in the Turkish media. He publishes a column on economics in the centre-right Vatan daily newspaper. Akat was one of the co-founders, and the first rector, of Bilgi University, a private university in Istanbul, where he teaches economics. He began his academic career in 1969 at Istanbul University’s Faculty of Economics, where he became a professor in 1980. In 1982 he joined the private sector, working in different management positions. He became a member of the board of one of Turkey’s largest companies, Eczacibaci Holding, which is active in several sectors which he still holds today. In 1989, Akat returned to academia and started to lecture at the Marmara University in Istanbul. In 1993 he co-founded the New Democracy Movement (YDH), a reformist-liberal political party. In the 1995 elections Akat was one of YDH’s candidates for parliament. The same year, Akat co-founded Bilgi University, becoming the school’s first rector. By November 2011 he was teaching economics at Bilgi. He is the author of many publications and three books on economic issues.
Vice President, DAS
TOPIC: The changing needs of customers and future trends in Turkey and the region – a global crane dealer's viewpoint
Das Otomotiv VP and partner
Das Oto is the Terex cranes distributor for Turkey and Azerbaijan
Born 1959 in Istanbul
Peddie School, NJ, USA
Syracuse University, NY, USA
1982 – 1994 Worked at Basakinci group companies
1994 – 2008 Penske Corporation, USA
2008 – present Das Otomotiv Ltd
Executive Director, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, USA
TOPIC: Certification in the lift zone: a USA view on developing global standards
Graham J. Brent has been Executive Director of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) since 1996. He is responsible for the management of all aspects of the administration and development of NCCCO's national crane-related personnel certification programs.
Prior to joining NCCCO, Mr. Brent served as an NCCCO Commissioner, and instructed operators, inspectors and management on hazard recognition and equipment safety, as well as OSHA/ANSI standards compliance.
He is a member of the International Conformity Assessment Committee (ICAC) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); the ASTM International E36 Accreditation and Certification Committee; and the Associated General Contractors’ National Safety and Health Committee. He is also Secretary-Elect of the TC96-SC8 International Subcommittee on Jib Cranes.
Previous professional appointments include: OSHA Construction Safety and Health Advisory Committee, Subpart N Work Group; the Cal-OSHA Committee on Crane Operator Qualifications; the Veterans’ Corporation Professional Certification Advisory Board (PCAB); the Board of the Coalition for Professional Certification (CPC); the Constructor Certification Committee of the American Institute of Constructors (AIC); and the ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC).
Mr. Brent has previously served as the Editor of several crane-related publications, including Cranes Today (1979-86), Lifting & Transportation International (1987-89); The Crane Report (1990-94); The Crane Safety Report (1994-96); and the Exxon Crane Guide (1997).
TOPIC: Dealing with growth: the key issues facing the equipment markets in Turkey
Cüneyt Divriş was born in Ankara in 1965. After finishing high school at the TED Ankara College, he graduated from the Istanbul Technical University Ship Building and Ship Machinery Engineering Department in 1987. The next year, he completed the Istanbul University Modern Management Department, and did his military service.
Divriş began his professional life in 1990 at STFA Group Holdings as an investment expert. Between 1990 and 1997 he held various positions at STFA Holdings in the Planning and Finance Department, then, with the support of the late Sezai Türkeş, he attended the Virginia Tech University in the USA, studying for his MBA.
On his return to Turkey, he continued in the finance department before being appointed deputy managing director responsible for finance at the SİF Group, a subsidy of STFA and Işıklar Holdings. Since 2001, he has been managing director for SİF Construction Machinery. Since 2010 he has also been president of the Turkish Construction Machinery Distributors and Manufacturers Association (İMDER) and is currently in his second term.
TOPIC: Issues and prospects for the crane rental market in Turkey
Hanifi was born in Gaziantep on 6th February 1945.
He graduated from Mersin Technical Agriculture College and worked in Germany from 1969-75. On his return to Turkey, he worked in passenger transport for a short time.
He then established an international transportation company in Iskenderun in 1980 and by 1984 had added 600 rental vehicles to his fleet.
In 1984, he entered the lifting sector with the purchase of a 10 ton crane and subsequently moved the business to Istanbul.
Today, the largest machine within his fleet is 1600 ton.
Secretary General, ESTA - European Association for Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes
TOPIC: Safety in wind turbine construction and transportation
Søren Jansen has spent more than 30 years in the crane industry. In Denmark Jansen gained a degree in engineering from University of Odense Teknikum, and a degree in foreign trade from Copenhagen Business School. He worked as a manager responsible for sales and after sales service of mobile cranes for what was at the time Demag Baumaschinen.
Following several years as senior consultantat at PA Consulting Group, Søren Jansen returned to the world of mobile cranes and large mining shovels, employed by Mannesmann Demag Construction Machinery Division in Chicago, USA as vice president and general manager, responsible for the North American market.
On his return to Denmark 10 years later, Jansen joined crane rental company BMS as president and CEO, a position he held until he semi-retired in 2009. Today Jansen owns a consulting business from which he works as ESTA general secretary and he serves as member of the supervisory boards on a number of Danish and international companies.
GENERAL MANAGER of HAREKET Heavy Lifting and Project Transportation Co.
Details of the speech:
- Esta Award Winner, Project Trailer and load over 120t GCW.
- Technical details about the project.
- Preparation for the project
Engin Kuzucu has been GENERAL MANAGER of HAREKET Heavy Lifting and Project Transportation Co. Since 2001.
Prior to joining Hareket , Mr. Kuzucu worked as General Manager of Stfa Maritime Industry and Trading Co. The company was shipowner and trading worldwide with the bulk carrier vessels . He worked 12 years for Stfa Maritime.
He was working in STFA construction co.as an import / export Manager before he joined Stfa maritime he was resposible for the logistic supplies of jobsites spreaded all around middle eastern countries.
Mr. Kuzucu is industrial engineer graduated from bosphorus university of İstanbul at 1982.
Regional Director (Middle East and Africa), ALE.
TOPIC: Assessing key challenges when transporting and lifting heavy structures – Abu Dhabi case study
Richard Peckover joined ALE straight from University in 1997, where he completed his degree in Transport Management. His first role was as Traffic Manager within the UK business and he continued to progress through the ranks, with roles such as Commercial Manager, as the company expanded.
In 2002, Richard moved from the Head Office in Staffordshire, UK to the Middle East to take up the position of General Manager within the United Arab Emirates. Four years later he was promoted to Executive Director and appointed onto the ALE Board of Directors.
Alongside his commitments to the Board of Directors, Richard now aged 37, is responsible for ALE’s offices in the Middle East and Africa as well as for ALE's Global Crane and Marine Engineering Divisions
Area Sales Manager, TII
TOPIC: Transport of wind mill structure for offshore wind parcs and onshore logistics on rough terrain
Lars Schoedt was born in 1967. He has worked with heavy transport since 1996 with Nicolas and TII. During this time, his main responsibilities have been working with wind turbine transport and to developing transport solutions for wind turbines. Also working with other companies, he has been a part of transport solutions for several wind turbines from 2,0 to 6,0 MW.
Transportation Services Business Development Manager, Magdenli
TOPIC: Management systems on major heavy transport projects in Turkey
Ceyda Sen graduated from Kadikoy Anatolian High School and then Istanbul University, majoring in English Business Administration, in 1997. She began her career in the company's Project Transportation Department in 1996. Since then she has been in charge of building up and expanding the portfolio of established and new customers based on the company's philosophy of ‘’one kilo up to one thousand tons’’. She also prepares and finalises contracts with new customers, supervises the import/export shipment activities and also supervises the operations on job sites.