Co-Founder, Sipahiler Events & Chairman of Site Turkey
Kerim Sipahiler is the Founding Partner and CEO of Sipahiler Events , since 1996 (www.sipahiler.com.tr). Sipahiler Events is an international event management company, where all phases of events are managed from A to Z, with tailor-made contents according to the demands of clients. It is one of the top leading event management companies in Turkey, where a wide range of event types such as corporate events, gatherings, launch events, protocols are executed diligently. Kerim is also the Founding Partner of Istanbul TALKS Conferences, new generation of conference series which aims to add value to Istanbul with the topics it covers and geographically embraces EMEA region (www.istanbultalks.com.tr).
Before his appointment in Sipahiler Events, Kerim was the Founder of ITE Turkey, Project Director of IDEF 93, IDE 95 Defence Fairs. Prior those roles, Kerim worked as an auditior in Ernst & Young, between 1988-1990.
He is also elected as the President of SITE Turkey, where he currently still leads this role until 2018 (www.site-global.com).
Kerim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boğazici University (Class of 1988). His ambition, as the President of SITE Turkey is to gather the M.I.C.E industry under a single unit, enabling the players and the industry to be stronger to achieve further success.
CEO, TAV Airports Holding
Sani Şener is a businessman and top level engineer and founder and president of TAV Airport Holding and TAV İnşaat. Sani Şener managed and led many development projects ranging from dam construction to housing complexes; from hospitals, universities, airports, highways, trade centres, tunnels to power plants in Turkey and abroad since 1979. Sani Şener is best known for his leadership in design, construction, financing and operation of the Istanbul Atatürk Airport’s international terminal building. Under his leadership, TAV Airports was founded as a jointstock company for Istanbul Atatürk Airport’s 500 thousand m2 of construction and operation project which was one of the first major airport BuildOperateTransfer (BOT) projects in the world. Since the beginning of Istanbul Atatürk Airport project, Sani Şener has been the chief executive officer of TAV Airports Company.
In 2010, Şener was selected the “Investor Relations CEO of the Year in Turkey” by Thomson Reuters and Acclaro. Şener became the head of the TurkishFrench Business Council at Foreign Economic Relations Board in 2012. Sani Şener represents the European region at ACI World Governing Board –the global industrial body of world’s airports. Şener received the “Industry Hero” award at the Global Airport Development Conference held in Nice, France in 2013. The award was to honour his outstanding performance for keeping TAV Airports’ strategy and vision intact during turbulent times in the aviation industry.