Today, societal issues including income inequality, gender bias, environmental degradation, and financial inclusion are defining and driving disruption. Designing solutions for these social problems requires an entrepreneurial approach, a mindset that embodies the characteristics of bold thinkers with audacious goals, and crafting data-driven strategies with iterative solutions.

What should you expect?
The Summit brings together a diverse set of successful entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders to explore the key role that entrepreneurship and innovation play in social and economic development. The distinguished speakers will share their personal and professional experiences on the potential of market-based solutions to drive positive impact. The Summit provides guests with exceptional networking, insight, and investment opportunities.
A portion of the proceeds will be directed towards the Columbia-TPF Global Resilience Fund, a pioneering collaboration between Turkish Philanthropy Funds, Columbia Global Center in Istanbul, and Columbia University to address the challenges of disaster recovery. All other net gains support TPF's programs in addressing sectors like education, gender equality, health, development, arts, and disaster relief — for the present and the foreseeable future.
April 23, 2024

The Summit
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
NY Times Building - The Times Center
242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

Evening Reception and Dinner
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Gabriel Kreuther

Business Attire.
Opening FIreside chat:
Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable and Inclusive Future
Hamdi Ulukaya
Chairman & CEO
Tent Partnership For Refugees
Opening FIreside chat:
Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable and Inclusive Future
Ahmet Bozer
Former President
Coca-Cola International
Advisory Board Member
Swire Coca-Cola
Can Technology Accelerate
Social Impact?
Zeynep Tüfekçi, Ph.D
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
Princeton University
New York Times
Can Technology Accelerate
Social Impact?
Ayşegül İldeniz
Board Member
Dogan Holding, Pegasus Airlines, Vestel, Zorlu Energy
Former Global Vice President
PANEL: AI for Social Good
Our increased connectivity has also deepened divisions and fueled polarization across various societal levels. In this session, technology leaders will discuss how AI is driving innovation and social impact to improve education, healthcare, disaster response, environmental conservation, and more. They will also delve into ethical considerations, responsible AI use, and the role of AI in creating a more equitable and sustainable future.
Aylin Uysal
VP of UX Design
Cloud Applications
Cenk Sidar
Co-Founder & CEO
Enquire AI
Murat Sönmez
Founder &CEO
Timur Cüceloğlu Yarnall
Co-Founder & Board Chair
AI/ML Startup BD Head
Amazon Web Services
PANEL: THe role of corporations in social impact
How can businesses play a pivotal role in integrating social responsibility into their business models and driving innovation in the process? Our panelists will share their insights, best practices, innovative concepts, strategic approaches, and visions for contributing to a more sustainable future.
Didem Altop
Endeavor Turkey, Ashoka Turkey & 2C Proje Evi Managing Partner
Treeo VC
Ümran Beba
Former Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer
August Leadership
Emine Sabancı Kamışlı
Esas Sosyal
Vice Chairperson
Esas Holding
Sinan Uzan
Founder & President
Tekfen Ventures
PANEL: Disaster Resilience through Innovation
The panel will focus on how innovative technology and sustainable practices can revolutionize our approach to disaster preparedness. Experts will discuss the use of advanced predictive analytics for early warning systems and explore strategies to strengthen community defenses against future disasters. Rather than merely addressing disaster response, the panel aims to reimagine disaster preparedness, striving towards a safer and more resilient world.
Ülkü Rowe
Engineering Director
Google Cloud
Board Member
Turkish Philanthropy Funds
Can Cömertoğlu
Head of Product
Google Maps Crisis Response
Tammy Glazer
Sr. Applied Data Scientist
Microsoft AI for Good Lab
Ayşe Hortaçsu
Director of Projects
Applied Technology Council
Jeff Schlegelmilch, Ph.D
Research Scholar Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness Columbia Climate School
Columbia University
8:00 AM
Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 AM
TPF Summit Opening

Master of Ceremonies: Elmira Bayraslı, Co-Founder & CEO, Foreign Policy Interrupted; Professor, Bard College; Author, From the Other Side of the World
9:05 AM
Welcome by Mehmet Lütfi Kırdar, Co-Chair, Turkish Philanthropy Funds
9:15 AM
Opening Fireside ChatEntrepreneurship for a Sustainable and Inclusive Future

Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder & CEO, Chobani; Founder, Tent Partnership for Refugees
Ahmet Bozer, Former Executive Vice-President and President, Coca-Cola International; Advisory Board Member, Swire Coca-Cola; Board Member, Turkish Philanthropy Funds
10:00 AM
Coffee Break
10:20 AM
Panel: AI for Social Good

Cenk Sidar, Co-Founder & CEO, Enquire AI
Murat Sönmez, Founder &CEO,
Timur Cüceloğlu Yarnall, Co-Founder & Board Chair, Neutronian; AI/ML Startup BD Head, Amazon Web Services

Moderator: Aylin Uysal, VP of UX Design, Cloud Applications, Oracle
11:20 AM
Coffee Break
11:35 AM
Panel: The Role of Corporations in Social Impact

Ümran Beba, Former Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer, PepsiCo; Co-founder, Beba Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundation; Partner, August Leadership
Emine Sabancı Kamışlı, Chairwoman, Esas Sosyal; Vice Chairperson, Esas Holding
Sinan Uzan, Founder & President, Tekfen Ventures

Moderator: Didem Altop, Co-Founder Endeavor Türkiye, Ashoka Türkiye & 2C Project House; Managing Partner, Treeo VC; Board Member, Turkish Philanthropy Funds
12:35 PM
2:05 PM
Highlight: Columbia-TPF Global Resilience Funds

Şenay Ataselim Yılmaz, Ph.D, Executive Director, Turkish Philanthropy Funds
2:10 PM
Panel: Disaster Resilience through Innovation

Can Cömertoğlu, Head of Product, Google Maps Crisis Response
Tammy Glazer, Sr. Applied Data Scientist, Microsoft AI for Good Lab
Ayşe Hortaçsu, Director of Projects, Applied Technology Council
Jeff Schlegelmilch, Ph.D, Research Scholar, Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia Climate School, Columbia University

Moderator: Ülkü Rowe, Engineering Director, CTO Office, Google Cloud; Board Member, Turkish Philanthropy Funds
3:10 PM
Coffee Break
3:25 PM
Closing Fireside Chat: Can Technology Accelerate Social Impact?

Zeynep Tüfekçi, Ph.D, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University; New York Times Columnist
Ayşegül İldeniz, Board Member ( Doğan Holding, Pegasus Airlines, Vestel, Zorlu Energy); Former Global Vice President, Intel; TÜSİAD Silicon Valley Chair; Board Member, Turkish Philanthropy Funds
4:10 PM
Closing Remarks by Mustafa Kemal Abadan, Co-Chair, Turkish Philanthropy Funds
4:30 PM
5:00 PM
Program Concludes
Didem Altop
Şenay Ataselim-Yılmaz, PhD
Ayşegül İldeniz
Zeynep Oğuz Bilimer
Pınar Özyürek
Ülkü Rowe
Turkish Philanthropy Funds is the story of a small circle of donors growing into a
100,000+ donor community, precisely because of each donor’s passion for giving back and belief in the impact of community philanthropy.

Established in 2007, the TPF was born out of a group of visionary individuals who
saw the immense potential of using philanthropy to stimulate meaningful social change. Today, we take pride in being the premier Turkish-American community foundation, focusing on catalyzing high-impact social investments.

Over the past two decades, we've been a crucial bridge, linking donors with social impact initiatives, and partners working towards creating safe, dynamic, and flourishing communities. Recognizing the multitude of paths to social change, we discuss diverse strategies, including the role of entrepreneurship as a powerful agent of transformation. Our collective impact story is enriched by each donor's narrative, all contributing to societal advancements.
We drive high-impact philanthropy
by encouraging fresh ideas and innovative practices. Our platform enables connections, idea exchanges, and conversations that can reshape philanthropic impact. We direct donor funds to high-impact institutions globally, underlining our collective impact where every contribution counts.
We prioritize accountability,
providing tailored donor services that allow tracing of contributions. We handle transactions with utmost transparency, privacy, and integrity, and hold our partners to the same high standards.
We cultivate a culture of collaboration,
believing in the power of collective action to address our communities' needs innovatively. We mobilize our donors and partners to create sustained, multi-generational change.
We amplify your legacy
with the aim to build a better future and cultivate a giving legacy in our Turkish-American community. Our donors have access to tools to tell their stories, demonstrating their values. We're proud of our community of philanthropists effecting positive societal change through TPF.
Board of Directors
Mehmet Lütfi Kırdar, Co-Chair
Mustafa Kemal Abadan, Co-Chair
Lawrence Kaye, General Counsel
Osman C. Kurtuluş, Vice Chair
Selin Gülçelik, Treasurer
Zeynep Oğuz Bilimer, Secretary
Ahmet Bozer
Alper Dağlıoğlu
Ayşegül İldeniz
Bahadır Önalan
Batur Biçer
Civan Gökay
Didem Altop
Ersin Karaoğlu
Gülden Mesara
Onur Erzan
Maria Figueroa Küpçü
Metin Negrin
Merve Gürsel
Seran Müdüroğlu Trehan
Ülkü Rowe

Şenay Ataselim-Yılmaz, PhD
Executive Director

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