IDC Financial Services Summit 2021

The Future of the Fittest: How Financial Institutions will Revamp, Rebuild and Reinvest Beyond 2021

Digital Event | Turkey, June 3, 2021
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Lessons of many crises in the past have served to point the financial services industry to the most likely outcomes out of the current debacle. Experience obviously helps.
At the onset of 2021, banks, insurance, and capital market firms are already racing – and racing fervently – to fill in the gaps exposed by a growing credit risk event, taking opportunities emerging from hyper-transacting and hyper-digital customers and remaking business models to ensure that respond to the times. The fittest of them all will win the future.
Just like in a game of chess, it is vital for financial services institutions to reconfigure, relook at the current pieces and outthink the opponents in order to outplay and win. Join us by exchanging best practices with your peers to be the fittest and win the future.

Agenda Highlights

  • Crisis and Recovery Analytics fit for 2021
  • Culture of Risk and Response in Financial Services
  • New Definitions of Fitness in Turkey's Best Financial Institutions
  • FinTech: Not Just About Challenger Banks Anymore
  • Lending Excellence: Decisioning, Alternative Data, and Orchestration
  • The Big Shifts in Banking, Insurance, and Capital Markets
  • Next-Generation Digital Core
  • Cloud Underpinning the Platform of Recovery
  • Rebuilding Open Banking


The IDC Turkiye Finance Technology Awards 2021 is currently open for submissions.

About the Finance Technology Awards

The Finance Technology Awards was established by IDC Turkiye to honor the achievements in industry technological innovations within Turkey.
We pride ourselves on enforcing the highest level of transparency and impartiality in the evaluation process – each submission is reviewed by the IDC analysts and an independent judges composed of industry leaders as advisory board members.
The award categories and selection criteria are aligned to reflect the industry’s present-day transformation.

Multiple submissions up to 3 projects can be made for any of the following categories:

  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Corporate Banking
  • Customer Experience
  • Data Infrastructure
  • Enterprise Transformation
  • Financial Inclusion
  • FSI_Merchant Partnerships
  • Governance, Risk & Compliance
  • Security & Fraud Management
  • Technology Service Delivery
  • Non-digital Channels
  • Digital Channels






In order to submit your application, please follow below steps:

  1. See the questions and terms on this page,
  2. Simply fill out the online submission form and submit the completed entry

The closing date for submissions is May 21, 2021


Time Event & Speakers

The Roadmap for the Future of Financial Services: Cloud, Open Source, and Platforms of Innovation

Cyrus Daruwala

Managing Director, IDC Financial Insights Asia/Pacific

2020 was a turning point for banks and insurers, as they strive to stay ahead of competition and compete in a more digital world of financial services. There is a more interesting dynamics in competition too - the fintechs and insure techs: companies that promise to be more agile and more customer-centric than traditional incumbents. In their digital transformation journey, cloud and open source continue to be a key pillar of banks' and insurers' technology strategy and success.


Workforce, Work-culture, Workspace: Are We Ready to Play in the New Normal?

Mehmet Abacı

CIO, Anadolu Sigorta

Dilek Duman

COO, DenizBank

İlker Arabacı

EVP, IT & Digital Channels, Eureko Sigorta

Fahri Öbek

COO, Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası

WorkSpace, WorkCulture and WorkForce - IDC’s FoW framework foundational pillars – need to coexist harmoniously to drive work transformation. Some organizations have advanced WorkSpaces strategies but failed to engage and facilitate a collaborative WorkCulture amongst their employees. Others have yet to leverage robotics and AI to augment their WorkForce. An integrated holistic approach across all the three pillars is the holy grail for a successful Future of Work strategy. For a successful digital transformation, it is necessary that all the main components of the Future of Work concept: the workplace, corporate culture and human resources complement each other harmoniously.


Opening Speech

Hakan Aran

CEO, Türkiye İş Bankası

Discover The Future of Financial World Together


The Business Value of an Agile and Flexible Platform for Developing and Running Applications

Koray Şeremet

Solution Architecture Manager, Red Hat

The Future of Innovation: Perfecting Software Delivery for a Digital Economy


Driving Excellence Through Intelligent Data

Mine Taşkaya

Founder & CEO, GTech

Hakan Aran

CEO, Türkiye İş Bankası

Ali Kutay

Chairman & CEO, Striim

Security in the Digital World: How to Prevent New Risks and Threats?


Fraud and Friction in the Digital Age

Serhat Candan

Regional Sales Manager, F5 Shape Security

Modern Perspective on Data-Intensive Workloads


Effective Strategies for DX of Finance


Designing the Future of Banking

Dr. Serhan Yılmaz

Sales & Digitalization Director, Turkey & MENA, NTT DATA

Gökhan Gökçay

SVP, Digital Banking, Akbank

Gülter Bedel

Deputy GM, Yapı Kredi Teknoloji

Intelligence Everywhere: Let Your Data Drive Your Actions!


Parallel Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

Session A: New Technologies in Financial Services

14:00 - 14:10

Elevating Security for Digital Trust & Risk Management

14:10 - 14:20

Building The Intelligent Enterprise: Digital Journey in Finance through Analytics & AI

İsmail Cingil

Sales Account Manager – Turkey, Commvault
14:20 - 14:30

Beyond The Hype - How Artificial Intelligence is Becoming Reality

14:30 - 14:40

Unlocking the Real Value of Data in Finance

14:40 - 14:50

An Endless Cloud Journey… Learnings From Our Customers – Do’s & Dont’s

Begim Başlıgil

CEO, Bulutistan
14:50 - 15:00

Intelligence and Security: Empowering the Future Enterprise

15:00 - 15:40

From Secure to Trusted: A Journey to Digital Leadership

Semih Dilmen

CIRO, Akbank

Feridun Aktaş

EVP, Corporate Security, Garanti BBVA Teknoloji

Gülden Yüncüoğlu


Gökhan Yalçın

EVP, Yapı Kredi Teknoloji
15:40 - 16:20

IT Infrastructure in the Age of Cloud – Addressing the 3c’s “Concerns, Challenges, and Costs”

Kaan Konak

Head of IT Governance & Next Generation Technologies, Aksigorta

Barış Arslan

Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations, Allianz Türkiye

Kemal Özcan

EVP, Infrastructure & System Management, DenizBank

Kerim Özgür Yalçın

Group Head, IT Infrastructure & Operations, Kredi Kayıt Bürosu

Gökhan Gençtürk

Board Member and Chief Sales Officer, Bulutistan
16:20 - 16:30

A Framework for Effective Cyber Security

16:30 - 16:40

Making Decisions in Real-Time: Leveraging Operational Intelligence

Cenk Kulaçoğlu

Territory Services Manager, CEMEA, Red Hat
16:40 - 16:50

Achieving Digital Advantage through Dynamic IT

16:50 - 17:00

Building An Application Platform To Drive Business Success

17:00 - 17:10

Discover the Technologies that are Revolutionizing the Competitiveness of Financial Organizations

17:10 - 17:20

Beyond The Hype - How Automation is Becoming Reality

17:20 - 17:30

Enabling Security for a Remote Workforce During the COVID-19 Challenge

17:30 - 17:40

Changing Customer Requirements: Creating Value in the Digital Economy

17:40 - 17:50

Embedding Collaborative Banking for Agility

Session B: Digital Strategies & Insights in Finance

14:00 - 14:30

How to Deliver Next Generation Services and Experience in Banking

Hulusi Horozoğlu

CEO, D Yatırım Bankası

Sinan Özer

COO, Odeabank
14:30 - 15:10

From Banks to Banking: The Evolution of Banking Industry

Darço Akkaranfil

CIO, Burgan Bank

Serdar Yılmaz

Deputy General Manager CIO / COO, Fibabanka

Dr. Hadi Rubacı

IT Group Manager, Kuveyt Türk Katılım Bankası

Erdem Okur

CIO, Türk Eximbank

Mehmet Bütün

CIO&CDO, Vakıf Katılım Bankası
15:10 - 15:50

Driving Insights at Scale in Uncertain Times

15:50 - 16:30

Defining the DNA of the “Anywhere, Anytime” Future in Finance

Metin Demirel

Assistant General Manager, EVP Technology, Digital & Retail Underwriting, Aksigorta

Bilal Türkmen

EVP, Strategy & Digital Transformation & Life Underwriting and Operations, Türkiye Sigorta
16:30 - 17:10

Connected Intelligence in Insurance

17:10 - 17:50

Embracing Fintech Partnerships To Build the Future of Financial Services

Onur Güven

CEO, Paycell

Session C: Future of Work, Customer & Insights in Finance

14:00 - 14:40

The Future of Intelligence: New Perspectives to the World of Data & Analytics in the Finance Industry

14:40 - 15:20

Beyond Digital: Making Experiences Count in the Finance Sector

15:20 - 16:00

Digital Employee Experience: Putting Employees First

16:00 - 16:40

Women in IT Leadership: Diversity at the Frontline of Success


Awards Ceremony


Cyrus Daruwala

Managing Director, IDC Financial Insights Asia/Pacific

Mehmet Abacı

CIO, Anadolu Sigorta

Dilek Duman

COO, DenizBank

İlker Arabacı

EVP, IT & Digital Channels, Eureko Sigorta

Fahri Öbek

COO, Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası

Hakan Aran

CEO, Türkiye İş Bankası

Koray Şeremet

Solution Architecture Manager, Red Hat

Mine Taşkaya

Founder & CEO, GTech

Ali Kutay

Chairman & CEO, Striim

Serhat Candan

Regional Sales Manager, F5 Shape Security

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* The list is in surname alphabetical order.

Mehmet Abacı

CIO, Anadolu Sigorta

Ayhan Ağırgöl

Group Manager, IT Operation and Support, QNB Finansbank

Emek Akbal

Group Manager, Customer Management & Digital Transformation, AvivaSA Emeklilik ve Hayat

Darço Akkaranfil

CIO, Burgan Bank

Feridun Aktaş

EVP, Corporate Security, Garanti BBVA Teknoloji

İlker Altıntaş

EVP, Technology & Operations, Akbank

İlker Arabacı

EVP, IT & Digital Channels, Eureko Sigorta

Hakan Aran

CEO, Türkiye İş Bankası

A. Fahri Arkan

CIO, AvivaSA Emeklilik ve Hayat

Cengiz Arslan

CIO, Yapı Kredi


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