Registration and Networking

Welcoming Speeches

Group Photo

(Heads or representatives of BRICA Member Organization Delegations with the introductory session’s participants)

Coffee Break

Introductory Session: Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

  • Economic implications for China and regional & global economy
  • Financial Institutions as part of BRI, funding possibilities of the projects

Moderator: Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Lunch sponsored by TFI Tab Food Investments

Turkey: Crossroads of the Continents

  • Business and investment opportunities in Turkey
  • Mega infrastructure projects in the context of Silk Road
  • Exploring multilateral business opportunities


Moderator: Güven Sak, Managing Director of TEPAV

Regions / Continents from BRI perspective

  • Europe, Asia, Caucasus, Middle East, Africa, Latin America
  • Business/Investment environment
  • Global vision of FDI; larger investor countries’ perspective in the light of BRI

Keynote: Lord Robin Janvrin, UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, GCB, GCVO, QSO, PC

Moderator: Ersoy Erkazancı, Dubai Correspondent, Bloomberg HT

  • Christian Ewert, President, Amfori
  • Zhang Liwen, Member of Mazars Global Governance Committee
  • Michael Löwy, Director, International Relations, Federation of Austrian Industries
  • Li Ge, Deputy Secretary and Chairman of the Supervisor Committee, XCMG Construction Machinery Co. Ltd.

Coffee Break

Digital BRI

  • Technology & Innovation
  • Start-ups
  • Digitalization of industries

Keynote: Ruhsar Pekcan, Minister of Trade of the Republic of Turkey

Moderator: Filiz Akdede, CEO, HP Turkey; President, TÜSİAD ICT Working Group


End of the First day

Welcome Coffee

Regulatory Cooperation & Dispute Settlement

  • Implementation challenges of BRI

Moderator: Dr.İsmail G. Esin, Managing Partner, Esin Attorney Partnership

Banking – Finance - Insurance

  • Cooperation possibilities in financial markets
  • RMB Use
  • Infrastructure financing
  • Fintech

Moderator: Barış Oran, CFO, Sabancı Holding; Board Member, TÜSİAD

  • William Chui, Regional Director, Europe, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
  • Mehmet Şencan, Deputy Chief Executive, Corporate and Commercial Banking,  İşbank
  • Alexis Garatti, Head of Macroeconomics, Euler Hermes
  • Emre Hatem, Director, Project Finance and Sustainability, Garanti Bank
  • Dr. Rıza Kadılar, Senior Country Manager, Natixis Turkey; Chairman, China Institute Turkey
  • Zhi Peng, Secretary General of Zhongguancun M&A Promotion Association and Executive Vice President of Tsinghua Asset Management Group



Paralel Sessions 1

Transportation – Logistics

  • Opportunities and challenges arising from BRI for Logistics
  • Smart logistics, new technologies, efficient services
  • Development and current situation of rail, land, maritime and airline transport
  • Custom harmonization among BRI countries


Moderator: Cem Gürdeniz, Director, Koç University Maritime Forum

Smart Cities  

  • Opportunities and challenges arising from BRI for the Future Cities
  • Environmental Technologies & Sustainability
  • New and Renewable Energies
  • Urban Development


Moderator: Laszlo Pinter, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Department, Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University (CEU);
Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Coffee Break

Parallel Sessions 2

EPC - “Engineering, Procurement, Construction”

  • Opportunities and challenges arising from BRI for EPCs
  • The role of the largest EPCs and EPC solutions along the BRI
  • EPC financing

Moderator: Şule Topçu Kılıç, Deputy Head, Turkey, Infrastructure, Energy, Natural Resources, EBRD


  • Opportunities and challenges of BRI for E-commerce
  • Cross-border e-commerce as a new trading channel
  • Internet security

Moderator: Emre Ekmekçi, President of International

  • Zhang Mei, General Manager, Kunming Meilin Science and Technology Co.,Ltd.
  • Yasin Beceni, Managing Partner at BTS&Partners
  • Emre Güzer, CEO PayU Turkey & Global Product Strategy PayU

Parallel Sessions 3

Tourism - Culture

  • The main drivers for China’s outbound tourism
  • New tourism trends in BRI countries & in the world
  • People-to-people bonds; cultural / academic programs


Moderator: Ali Güreli, Vice President, Turkish Tourism Investors Association  

  • Erkunt Öner, Board Member, Turkish Tourism Investors Association
  • Sun Ho, Chairman, Chang Cheng Insurance Brokers Ltd.
  • Hakan Öztürk, Ali Bey Hotels & Resorts & JOALI Maldives Coordinator, Gürallar Group
  • Alp Üstüngör, Chairman, Turkey China 86 Platform

Think – Tank and Academic Approach

• Assessment of the opportunities & challenges arising from BRI by international think-tanks from economic, geopolitical, social perspectives

Moderator: Bahadır Kaleağası, CEO, TUSIAD

  • Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Dr. Altay Atlı, Lecturer, Koç University, Department of International Relations
  • Wang Wen, Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
  • Andrew Cainey, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House and Co-Founder of Asiability.

End of the Summit