Transfer Mechanisms Support Group Committee Secretary, TÜBİTAK

With B.S. degree in Mechanical engineering and M.S. degree in management, after being a researcher in university and having some foreign marketing attempts, Mr. Balım became the regional manager in OSTIM Organized Industrial Zone. In addition to various infrastructure constitution activities, he took part in many corporate and organizational structures’ foundation such as; Ostim Quality Association, OSTIM Consultancy A. Ş. (ODAM), Joint Research and Development Center (ODAGEM), Sectoral Foreign Trade Company (OSP). He also took part in various clustering activities and many EU projects.

In 2008, he took place in establishment of Hacettepe University Technology Transfer Office (TTO). He worked in the constitution and operation phases of relative structures for university-industry collaboration, national and international research projects’ process and intellectual property supporting activities. He took active role in more than 100 university-industry collaboration projects. In 2012 he started to work as the manager of Technology Transfer Mechanisms Unit in TÜBİTAK. Right now he is responsible for conducting the TTO support programs of 1513 and 1601 and patent support program of 1602.


Mr. Küçükçınar received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. After working for the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and the Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV) in the fields of science and technology policy and entrepreneurship, he founded İneo Consultancy in 2012 to provide consultancy services to national and international public and private institutions.

Since 2015, he is managing one of the first early stage venture capital funds of Turkey with his partners focusing on technology transfer acceleration.


Holder of a master degree in Law and a master degree in political science, Christine Useille has started her carrier at the legal department of the regional Council of the Nord-Pas de Calais and after at the research department of the institution. She joined the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in 1993 in order to create two research institutes in Lille, after what she took the direction of the partnership and valorization department.

In 2006, after being named at the head of the research department of the Law and Health University, she created a department of valorization, and collaborative project management.

In 2009, she took part in the building of the SATT Nord project that she integrated in 2012 by taking the head of the Nord Pas de Calais regional direction.”


Deniz started her career as an industrial engineer in defence sector and hold various positions as project engineer, management information systems coordinator and manufacturing resource planner for ten years. Later, she joined The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey - TÜBITAK TEYDEB where she involved in developing and monitoring several technology and innovation support programmes as Programme Manager. She gained in-depth knowledge in the field of Industrial RTDI Grant Programmes during her eleven years in TÜBİTAK.

Deniz joined Technology Development Foundation of Turkey - TTGV as Senior Expert in 2006. She had responsibility for various project coordination and management activities including Innovation Based Competitiveness Assessment [ino]rekaR for clusters, on site technology and innovation management audits, Regional Innovation Strategy Development Project for TR32 Region, R&D projects screening system, work package or task management in several EU-funded framework Projects, National Technology Awards Program held by TÜBİTAK, TTGV and TÜSİAD. Currently, she is the Team Leader of Technology Transfer Accelerator (TTA) Turkey, Advisory Services Project of European Investment Fund (EIF) which aims improving the capacities of TTOs in Turkey, advancing TÜBİTAK’s capacity on commercialisation of R&D and increasing the source deals of TTA Turkey Funds.


Doğan Taşkent joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Polytechnic Institute of New York University for the PhD program in 1993 after graduating from Eidgenösische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH) with a degree in Electrical Engineering and from MIT he received graduate degrees in Electrophysics and Technology MBA.

During 1998-2005, he worked as a R&D engineer, expert consultant and instructor at Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. During that timeframe he led major fiberoptic transmission system deployments for Verizon, BT, Telia, Deutsche Telekom, Global Crossing, Qwest, and UPC around the globe. Furthermore, he has consulted in the areas of Knowledge Management, Competency Management and Telecommunications Technologies as part of Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS) in New York

Since 2006, as Partner of Arkan&Ergin Corporate Finance, he has been working in telecommunications, renewable energy, and in startup ecosystem as company restructuring advisor in Turkey. He has presented over 100 seminars (major universities and multinational corporations) the Turkish Startup Ecosystem and the Growth of Entrepreneurship in Turkey. He has served as jury on 25+ business plan competitions and helped professionally to establish over 100 startups. Focusing especially on Biotech companies and supporting clustering in that field in Izmir and Istanbul. He is the founding President of MIT Enterprise Forum in Turkey and an active member at the Advisory Board of the Endeavor Turkey. He is founding Board member of the Ege University Technopark, founding Board Member of the Dokuz Eylül University Business Angel Network and Founding Board Member of the Turkish Business Angels Association. Since 2008, Doğan Taşkent has been member of the Board at the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, where we ran the presidency between 2012-2016. He was also the Vice-President at the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) responsible for Switzerland between 2013-2015.


Dorn leads VentureWell's entrepreneurship and venture development programs that provide science & technology innovators across the US with early-stage funding, training, tools, resources and support to move their inventions from the lab and into the marketplace. Dr. Carranza's experience spans program management with a strong focus on science & technology commercialization, product innovation, seed-funding and entrepreneurship. Background combines a PhD in Chemistry, Merck KGaA alumnus and Executive MBA with focus on Strategy & Leadership.


Dr. Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta is a consultant for innovation and entrepreneurship activities. Prior to his current role, DasGupta served as a program director from June 2006 through April 2016 for various programs in the division of industrial innovation and partnerships at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Before joining NSF, DasGupta was the chief scientist for the CONTECH division of the SPX Corporation. Prior to joining the industry, DasGupta held various professorships at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and Western Michigan University.

DasGupta has received multiple awards and honors including the Raymond D. Peters Endowed Professorship in Materials Science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (1987-1990), the Inland Steel-Ryerson outstanding undergraduate teacher award at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (1985), the Herman H. Doehler Award from the North American Die Casting Association (2000) and the Innovation Award at CONTECH (1997). He had the honor of being the ASM-IIM visiting lecturer to India in 2000 and has been granted the title of NAI Fellow (2013). In the summer of 1985, DasGupta was also invited as a visiting scientist to China Steel Corporation in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

DasGupta has published numerous papers and presented at various international and domestic conferences, and he has five patents to his credit.


Duygu Oktem received her BSc in Computer Engineering and completed her MSc in Information Systems at Middle East Technical University. She worked for the TUBITAK EU Framework Programs National Coordination Office. She represented Turkey in European ICT Clusters, sustained partner channels between Turkish and European organizations; consulted Turkish universities, SMEs and corporations on R&D strategy and innovation.

In 2009 she joined Turk Telekom Group as R&D Manager, responsible for commercialization of R&D projects. She launched and led PILOTT, the startup accelerator program of Turk Telekom. She was awarded with the 2 prestigious awards, and featured in HBR and Forbes Turkey.

Duygu is a mentor at many and international startup programs such as at TÜBİTAK, UNIDO Global Clean Tech, Telefonica Wayra Startup Accelerator, Istanbul Technical University Startup Incubator, Startup Bootcamp Istanbul, TurkishWin, Galata Business Angels, ARYA Women’s Investment, and Entrepreneurship Foundation.


Eli Velasquez is the Director of Business Development at VentureWell. In this role, he is responsible for identifying viable opportunities and driving new business to the organization. Prior, he was the Director of Venture Development at Texas Tech University. He is an NSF I-Corps Nationally Certified Instructor and co-founder and former Executive Director of the Lubbock Angel Network. His efforts in Texas led to over $20M in funding for startups, entrepreneurship programs, incubators, and proof of concept funds. He obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and a J.D. degree with an Intellectual Property Certificate from Whittier Law School.


Faz K. Bashi, MD, has a research background in Immunology and Virology from UCSF. He is an active member of Life Science Angel's (LSA) in Silicon Valley, as well as Chair of the Angel Capital Association's (ACA) Life Sciences Syndication group. He was recently elected to serve as a Member of the ACA Board of Directors. He served as the 2015 Chair of LSA’s Digital Health & Sciences Screening Committee, 2013 Chair of LSA's Device Screening Committee, 2 years on the LSA Board, and is a member of the Biotech/Pharma Screening Committee.

He was a founding member of HealthTech Capital where he served on the Board of Directors for a 2 year term. He is a member of Berkeley Angel Network. He is active with UCSF’s Entrepreneurship Startup 101 and Lean Launchpad, UCSFs CTSI external advisory board, and Springboard Enterprises focused on women entrepreneurs. He worked at San Mateo Medical Center to develop and implement special clinical projects to help the underserved, including TeleDermatology, Diabetic Retinopathy Screening, and advancements in electronic medical records. He works as a consultant to Patient Visit Redesign on workflow process improvement for community health centers, and safety net organizations across the US. He is passionate about novel technologies that improve the coordination and delivery of patient care through intelligent information brokering that enables true clinical collaboration, and is active on the Advisory Board of Tiatros-powered-by-Watson integrating physical and behavioral medicine. He volunteers his time with Peninsula Bridge program to help the underserved kids of East Palo Alto get inspired about their futures via education. He is committed to helping find treatments for Tinnitus, Autism, Lupus, and Vascular diseases. He completed several triathlons with Team-In-Training to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Gilles Le Cocguen is graduated from ESSCA (France), a French Business School in 1987 and from Dublin City University (Ireland). In addition, he holds a DEA in Economics at the Pantheon University (France). Gilles created several ICTs companies such as Smartline Systems (in the field of cloud computing), and VocalFruits (it turns XML feeds into Voice feeds).

He was also Senior Manager of the dot.com activity at Valoris (Sopra Group). Morever, Gilles was the CEO of Servia, a European B to B retail network, gathering 30 companies based in France, Great Britain, Spain, Poland and Ukrain.

In 2007, he started working at OSEO (one of the four entities from which Bpifrance outcomes) as Head of Online Services and Events at the Communication Direction.

When Bpifrance was founded in 2013, Gilles was appointed Head of International Partnerships and Services. The role of his department is to ensure the communication, development, coordination and monitoring of international partnerships. Gilles is now dedicated to EuroQuity, the matchmaking service for companies to promote and match with investors, SMEs, research laboratories and business supports, especially in an international context.


Gürcan is a Partner at ACT Venture Partners. He has 15 years of experience in technology space and focused on R&D, product development, finance, international cooperation and strategic alliances. Prior to ACT Venture Partners, he was responsible from the launch and coordination of R&D and technology development projects at Hexagon Studio, the largest independent engineering company in Turkey.

He worked at TUBITAK for more than 10 years and held several positions. He has provided assistance over 500 firms and R&D Performers in several industries, engaging them into international R&D project collaborations with a budget over 20 Million Euros. He is a mechanical engineer, holds a masters degree in Science and Technology Policy and a PhD candidate at the same program. His main areas of technological concentration are; automotive, mobility, energy, advanced materials and manufacturing, Internet and mobile technologies.


Heath served as Executive Director for Research at the University of Texas at Austin, managing the National Science Foundation SW I-Corps Node, consortia of more than 40 institutions focused on advancing commercial outcomes from fundamental research across sectors. Beside the NSF I-Corps program ,he provided leadership and guidance on Dept of State GIST Initiative program with a focus on entrepreneurship, education, private equity/venture capital and technology transfer. He gained a broad international expertise in conducting technology transfer training in over 14 countries including Jordan, Mexico, Malaysia, Egypt, India and conducted Technology Transfer Ecosystem assessments at a national level in Portugal, Colombia and Korea. During his work with TTOs, he also arranged study tours and reverse internship/staff exchanges for EU TTO staff with US Counterparts at multiple TTO’s, IP Firms and Venture Funding Entities.

Heath Naquin was recently named Director of I-Corps Programs at VentureWell (formerly the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance). In his new role, he will be managing and directing the National Innovation Network for the United States as well as providing oversight for the implementation of the I-Corps program at a national level. He is PI for the US Department of State Global Innovation in Science and Technology program focused on country building efforts in 122 countries.


Önder Mutlu Yilmaz, Founder Director of the Technology Transfer Office at İstanbul Şehir University for the last 6 years. With a background in both industrial research & business development for various global companies like BOEING Co, FORD Motor Co., ETOPS FR and also state research centers such as The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). He has plenty of experience in working in innovation environments and developing cutting-edge R&D projects.

His specialty areas are simulation, simulators, system engineering, radar and avionics systems. Yilmaz received his MS degree from Joseph Fourier Polytechnic School of Grenoble in France in simulation area and BS degree in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul. He has RTTP Certificate and a great enthusiast of TRIZ (Theory of inventive problem solving) and a TRIZ Level 2 certificate holder.

Patrick Terroir

Patrick Terroir graduated from Sciences Po, University of Paris II (doctorate in law) and the National School of High Administration. Mr. Terroir began his career at the Ministry for Social Security in 1976. He worked in the Treasury Department at the Ministry of Economy and Finance between 1981 and 1988, first as chief of the Bureau of International Financial Affairs, then as chief of the Bureau of State Participation in the oil, steel, chemicals and raw materials sectors. In 1988 Mr. Terroir was nominated as deputy director of the Office of the Minister of Employment.

In 1989 Mr. Terroir joined Caisse des Dépôts as head of the social housing financing department. In 1995 he was appointed commercial manager of Caisse des Dépôts’s banking services branch. Between 2000 and 2003 Mr. Terroir was regional director for the Paris-Ile de France region. Between 2003 and 2006 he was chairman of the Val de Marne Paris Development Agency.

Between 2006 and 2008 he initiated and developed Caisse des Dépôts’s department in charge of industrial innovative clusters and the IP economy. In 2010 Mr. Terroir became managing director of CDC Intellectual Property (a full subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts), whose mission is to engineer knowledge economy infrastructures.

Since February 2014, Patrick Terroir, become a lawyer and create its single member company, Innovation Legal, which is active in urbanism and intellectual property economy. Patrick Terroir is also a teacher in macroeconomics and intellectual property economics in Sciences Po Paris.