EO Turkey Learning Session with Mert Yildiz

" Turkey’s development story" with Mert Yıldız

On 12th of October, EO Turkey members attended a very interesting seminar at House Hotel Bosporus Ortaköy, led by Mert Yıldız. Yıldız worked for 16 years in world’s leading finance centers such as New York, London, Dubai and Moscow, and turned back to Turkey in 2016. He is now a consultant for banks, investment funds and entrepreneurs in the fields of politics and strategy. He also works with local governments for empowering and developing local economies.


In the seminar, Yıldız started with this question: Is it possible to integrate Turkey to global value chain by developing social capital, technology and localization? He emphasized that there are two main inputs for an economy to develop, and they are trust and hope. He mentioned that, in a society where nobody trusts each other and has hope for the future, it is useless to wait for politicians to make the change. Therefore, we should start to build hope by trusting each other. He proposed that the biggest tool to maintain such an environment is “localization”.


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