Past Events

a short summary of our past events

3 November 2022

Two DBA members, Erik Klomp of Novodoor and Esmeralda Sepers of Sepers CS, were guests at “Wereldveroveraars”, a weekly program on BNR radio.

“In Wereldveroveraars (World Conquerors), Jelle Maasbach follows entrepreneurs who take the step abroad. How do they prepare and what do they encounter?”

In January, the DBA Turkey was contacted by NLinBusiness to ask if we could make a shortlist of DBA members who fit this profile and contact them for a short description of themselves and an elevator pitch.

After the selection of BNR, Erik was selected to talk about his experiences of doing business in Türkiye, with his company Novodoor, which provided the doors at the new Istanbul Airport.

Esmeralda was selected as Turcologist to explain more about Türkiye, its hierarchy, and legal aspects.

Erik speaks about Turkish hospitality and his love for the country and the people, about drinking tea and maintaining business relations, and about contracts vs trust and the reality.

Esmeralda speaks about etiquette, culture clashes, and similarities, drinking with business partners, and interpersonal relations and why Türkiye is the place to be to do business and is full of opportunities.

The podcast link can be found here, in Dutch.

The DBA Turkey is always glad to support Dutch entrepreneurs who want to invest and do business in Türkiye.



13 Oktober 2022

We had a very special mini-event; 6 weeks ago, the DBA was contacted by dr. Jost Sieweke; Program Director of the Executive MBA: Leading with Purpose of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) with a request: if he and his group of 10 part-time Executive MBA participants could arrange a meeting with the DBA Turkey to learn more about the specifics of making/doing business in Turkey and challenges Dutch companies may experience when entering the Turkish market, among others.

Now here we are, 6 weeks later, with a few members of the DBA, handpicked by Jost himself, to give a presentation about their company, how they came to Turkey, and most importantly, to each address one of the points of interest brought on by the students.

The location was gracefully provided by Diederik Leggers of Marlow Navigation and the organization planning was done by Erik Klomp of Novodoor.

The meeting was then followed by a Q & A and networking drink.

We thank Jost Sieweke for his online research and choice of the DBA Turkey as the go-to source for Dutch companies.

And of course, we secretly hope to see the MBA students back as DBA members themselves in the future.

A thank you to Eppo Woortman of DeİsKo, Niels de Boer of İpragaz, and Yalcin Essiz of Essiz Metal for taking time out of their busy schedule and participating in this meeting.

MBA Student event


5 Oktober 2022

We said farewell to our DBA Turkey Chairman, Gregor van der Mark.

To give him a proper farewell, a luncheon was organized in the Grand Hyatt Hotel Istanbul.

Even though this was a spontaneous event, organized by Board Member Denny Caouki, many of our valued Board Members and Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde were able to take time out of their busy schedules, and attend.

Denny made a speech on behalf of the Board to thank Gregor for his extraordinary dedication to the DBA Turkey and transformation the DBA underwent in his relatively short time as Chairman.

For this, he has our sincere thanks and gratitude, on behalf of the DBA Turkey we presented him with a small memento to remember us by.

The Consul General presented Gregor with a special gift on behalf of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul as a token of appreciation for the close cooperation with the DBA Turkey.

Wishing you and your family all the very best in the next chapter of your successful career.

Fawewell Gregor


15 September 2022

At the Back to Business Event, we welcomed new Ambassador Joep Wijnands. We had the pleasure of meeting him and Paul Zwetsloot, Head of Economic Diplomatic Network Türkiye with the DBA Turkey board.

At the meeting, arranged by the Dutch Consulate, and were able to discuss a collective vision of working even closer together to strengthen Dutch-Turkish relations.

After a welcome speech by Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde, followed by Ambassador Joep Wijnands and our Vice-Chairman Nurdan Erbuğ we celebrated the Back to Business at the Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul.

We were delighted to celebrate this special moment and meet so many of our DBA members and partners at this great event.

It was organized and hosted perfectly by our Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde and his team.

The DBA Turkey is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation with the new members of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


Back to Business

Back to Business

9 September 2022

30 years anniversary of TH Klimaat Istanbul Tour

To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of TH Klimaatbeheersing, managing director Robert Bosman organized an Istanbul Tour for the entire team.

This was organized with the help of his neighbor Viptrex in the Netherlands, one of DBA Turkey’s members.

Together with DBA Turkey’s Board Member Eppo Woortman they arranged a meet and greet with the Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde at Palais de Hollande and a tour of the premises.

The DBA was also invited to attend this informal celebration.

We thank the Consul General and staff for always being open to supporting Turkish – Dutch relations.

TH Klimaat


6 September 2022

Presidents of Bilateral Chambers visit Brussels

The Presidents of the German, French, Italian and Belgium/Luxembourg Bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Istanbul, Türkiye have paid a two-day-visit to Brussels with the aim to promote the modernization of the Customs Union between Türkiye and the European Union. The four Chambers present, represented eight European institutions in total. During the breakfast presentation of the position paper and the following one-to-one meetings afterwards with Members of the European Commission, European Parliament and the press reporting about Türkiye, constructive and open discussions have taken place. The Presidents Dr. Markus C. Slevogt, Mr. Franck Mereyde, Mr. Livio Manzini and Mr. Tuğrul Şeremet stated that the need for modernization will benefit to both Türkiye and the EU. The successful visit was closed with an evening reception that was attended by European high-level representatives.

We thank all our counterparts in Brussels for their hospitality and time and hope this visit has created a solid base for future discussions.


25 July 2022

The Ambassador of Germany in Turkey, Jürgen Schulz, organized a farewell dinner for the Dutch Ambassador in Turkey, Marjanne de Kwaasteniet. The dinner was hosted in the beautiful historical residence of the German Ambassador to Turkey in Tarabya, Sariyer.

It was an honor to attend the evening. DBA Turkey wishes to express its gratitude to our Ambassador for her continuous support over the past four years to help us grow and extend DBA Turkey.

We wish her and her husband the best of luck in the new stage of their lives.

Farewell Ambassador


5 July 2022

The worldwide business hub network of NLinBusiness provides services, knowledge, a soft landing and connections for Dutch entrepreneurs with international ambitions.

The business hubs of Dubai, Nairobi and Istanbul met at the office in The Hague to meet and greet the NLinBusiness team and align and shape our future plans.

We thank our International Business Manager Annemarie Dijkman for hosting us and organizing this great, productive day.



22 June 2022

The Economic Outlook Q2: Turkey; Shifting back and forth between uncertainty and “we hope”, organized in cooperation with the Dutch Consulate General and our guest speaker economist Osman Cevdet Akçay took place at the Chapel of the Palais de Hollande.

The Networking Cocktail afterward was held in the garden of Palais de Hollande.

We thank our members for attending, Deputy Consul General Karin Jones-Schaper for the perfect hosting of the event and Osman Cevdet Akçay for his passionate lecture.

Economic Outlook Q2

19 May 2022

DBA Turkey congratulates its loyal member İpragaz, SHV Energy Turkey, with its 60th anniversary in Turkey!

İpragaz, part of the Dutch SHV Family since 1999, performed Turkey’s first-ever cylinder filling that led to the genuine birth of the Turkish LPG sector.

It was an honor to be part of the dinner and press conference, attended by the economy Managers and Columnists of Turkey’s leading press organizations.



17 May 2022

We had the Chamber Corner Networking Event at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul for the first time again in 2 years.

The casual setting in the garden made the event very lively so that members of all chambers could easily catch up with one another.
The event was organized jointly by the International Chambers of Commerce and Trade Promotion Agencies in Istanbul.

We sincerely thank all participating chambers for this well organized and successful event.

Chambers Corner


16 May 2022

The Chambers Presidents’ Luncheons restarted!

After not having met during the past two years of COVID, DBA Turkey was happy to take the lead in organizing these useful Luncheons for the Presidents of the connected European Chambers of Commerce in Istanbul again.

We met at the Palais de Hollande to catch up and discuss future initiatives. We thank our Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde for hosting us.


12 May 2022

Prior to the reception on the occasion of King’s Day, we had the opportunity to present our Association to the Dutch business community in Antalya, in the presence of Dutch Ambassador Marjanne de Kwaasteniet, Helene Rekkers, Head of Diplomatic and Economic Network in Turkey and Maarten Wegen, Agricultural Counsellor for Turkey.

We were happy with all positive responses to our plans to intensify the ties with this region!

DBA Turkey congratulates the Honorary Consul in Antalya, Mr Savas Titiz for being knighted as Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau by the King of the Netherlands for his valuable work serving more than two decades as Honorary Consul.


4 May 2022

On the 4th of May, the Netherlands commemorates the victims of war.

At 20:00, we observed two minutes of silence at the Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul in honor of those we have lost.

The DBA, DNSI and DSC were represented at the remembrance day.


27 April 2022

On the 27th of April, we celebrated King’s Day at the Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul.

We were delighted to celebrate this special day and meet so many of our DBA members and partners at this great event.

It was organized and hosted perfectly by our Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde and his team.

21 April 2022

We are proud to announce that the DBA Izmir Chapter is live!

The official launch yesterday evening was attended by our new members in the Aegean region as well as the representatives of the businesses of our existing members in Izmir. We were honored by the presence of Helene Rekkers, Head of Economic Diplomatic Network Turkey and Seyit Akyüz of the Economic Department of the Dutch Embassy.

DBA Turkey is looking forward to further building and strengthening this hub together!

A sincere thank you to the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Izmir, A. Oğuz Özkardeş for his valuable support and hosting us yesterday at the Mövenpick hotel.


24 March 2022

Quo Vadis Turkey, the new Economic Model; Model, Programme, Both or Neither?

Our second DBA hybrid event of 2022, organized in cooperation with the Dutch Consulate General and our guest speaker economist Osman Cevdet Akçay took place yesterday at the Chapel of the Palais de Hollande.

With a healthy mix of online- and offline participants (60%-40%), twice the amount as the last Economic Outlook of Q4 2021, we can call this a great success!

The event, moderated by our general manager Véronique van Haaften, was followed by an informal cocktail reception where our members connected and discussions continued.


7 March 2022

We gathered for the International Women’s Day event in Palais de Hollande.

Our Board Member, Ms. Aysegul Akay, Wholesale Banking Executive Vice President at ING, held an inspirational talk on the role of women in the area of sustainability.

After the talk there was a networking cocktail allowing people from different backgrounds and areas of expertise to get to know each other.

We thank WoMen of Orange and our Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde for hosting this event.


1 March 2022

To Pay or not To Pay was the title of our hybrid DBA Turkey event today. Founding partners Robert de Liefde and Ramazan Bicer of Level International gave an interesting insight into the re-set of global tax. After the presentation, talks continued during the networking reception.

The event was organised in the Chapel of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul. We thank our Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde and his team for hosting us today.

You can view the complete presentation transcript here




20 January 2022

We had our New Year’s Drink at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul in a casual setting so that our members could catch up with one another.

The event was organized for our esteemed members and new members to ring in 2022.

We were honored by the presence of Ambassador Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde and Head of Press, Public Diplomacy and Cultural Affairs David Naves.

We sincerely thank all our members for their participation in this event. We created a very special atmosphere together yesterday evening.

18 December 2021

Our General Manager Véronique van Haaften had the pleasure of meeting Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency Commissioner Hilde van der Meer at the End of Year Investment Cocktail at Palais de Hollande. We are looking forward to further strengthen the relations between Turkey and the Netherlands together!

The successful event was hosted by Ambassador Marjanne de Kwaasteniet and Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde.

Investment Cocktail

10 December 2021

Today we signed the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) in the presence of Dutch Ambassador Marjanne de Kwaasteniet and Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde between the DBA Turkey and NLinBusiness, further strengthening our bonds and cooperation.

The contract was signed by our Chairman of the Board Gregor van der Mark and NLinBusiness International Business Manager Annemarie Dijkman.

On our way to accreditation as NL Business Hub in 2022!

Signing MoU

9 December 2021

We had our first DBA Turkey Gala combined with a very special auction for Lösev In Memoriam of our founding Chairman Caspar van Haaften, hosted by the Chairman of the Board Gregor van der Mark.

The evening was organized for our esteemed members as a token of appreciation for their loyal support.

We were honored by the presence of Ambassador Marjanne de Kwaasteniet, Consul General Arjen Uijterlinde, Head of Economic Diplomatic Network Helene Rekkers and NLinBusiness International Business Manager Annemarie Dijkman.

The total amount raised was handed to the Lösev representatives Gulcag Tuncer and Zuhal On by our General Manager Véronique van Haaften at the end of the successful evening.

We sincerely thank all our members for their contributions to this event. You all made this event a very special evening.

Gala table

Gala Auction

Auction donation Losev

4 December 2021

Saturday the 4 December 2021, “Sinterklaas” and his “Pieten” spent a few hours at the Palais de Hollande.
This typical Dutch event was to celebrate the yearly “Sinterklaas” birthday and was organized by the NVI, under the umbrella of the DBA.
Sinterklaas was welcomed by our Consul General – Mr. Arjen Uijterlinde and then he received the children in small groups in the chapel on the consulate grounds.
Parents could buy a gift for their child(ren) and leave them with their name on it to make the celebration complete.
All the Covid-19 regulations were taken into place with safe distance regulations.
We are grateful to our Corporate DBA member “Unilever – ALGIDA” for their generous sponsorship of this event.

27 October 2021

Our first hybrid event with guest speaker Osman Cevdet Akcay about the Economic Outlook of Turkey took place at the Palais de Hollande.
With a healthy mix of online- and offline participants, the DBA will organize these hybrid events more often for its members so that everyone has the ability to join in, even when short on time.
Our sincere gratitude to Osman Cevdet Akcay for this informative perspective on Turkey’s Economic Outlook and for presenting the subject with facts combined with his own experience, expectations, and humor.

Economic Outlook of Turkey

13 October 2021

DBA Chairman Gregor van der Mark participated in an event from the ministry of foreign affairs to welcome Dutch Vice-Minister for European Cooperation Anita van der Ende at Palais de Hollande. During an informal meeting with network partners, the many dimensions of Netherlands – Turkey Bilateral relations came to the fore.


28 September 2021

Today we had our first “Chairman Chat” this first edition from (planning) a monthly or quarterly event for members to reflect how they think about DBA and discuss wishes and ideas direct with the Chairman of the association.

27 September 2021

Today we had the honor to host an event at the Dutch Consulate in İstanbul, the event was Sponsored by RANDSTAD SPORT and PERNORD RİCARD with quest speaker Giovanni Guidetti. Giovanni is one of the most successful coaches in volleyball with a track record of many success with international local and national teams from USA, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Turkey. Giovanni made an interesting statement of how to manage teams in different cultures. Most interesting is his vision on the mentality of star players (international in mind no difference), the engagement of people surrounding the team to be able to lift the team to higher levels and his “moon vision”. Our quests enjoyed the enthusiastic Giovanni and the network drinks in the form of nice Whiskeys from our sponsor Pernod Ricard.

21 September 2021

Today we had the most interesting event about Air and how our future can develop when it comes to population and changes in air around us. Mr Eppo Woortman had most interesting presentation on this topic

05 September 2021

Today DBA organized a introduction breakfast for Arjen (new consul) and the Dutch community in Istanbul. This is one of the cooperations with NVI of which we will see more in the future.  Perfect place “Le Cuistot Bistro by Chef Carlos”

17 August 2021

On August 17th we had the pleasure to have one of our face to face events at the consulate in İstanbul. This event was part of our warm welcome for the 65th Consul General of The Netherlands Arjen Uijterlinde to İstanbul and farewell for Bart van Bolhuis. İn the presence of the ambassador of the Netherlands in Turkey, Marjanne de Kwaasteniet, The board members of the Dutch Business Association and other high valuable quests, speeches were made to highlight the actions from Bart and to welcome Arjen

Bart van Bolhuis was Consul General during the past 4 years and will move to The United States, we wish both Bart and Arjen a lot of success with their new assignments.

Marjanne de Kwaasteniet
Bart van Bolhuis
Arjen Uijterlinde
BArt van Bolhuis & Gregor van der Mark

8 July 2021


”International Travel Regulations & On-site Covid-19 Testing Services” many regulations when traveling thru the world nowadays. Eurocross monitors all the regulations and brings a solution for 24 hours PCR testing. For more information please visit the website of Eurocross

3 July 2021

Today DBA will be present at the “Sustainable Development Goals Bike Tour” coordinated by the Dutch Consulate and Danish Consulate Generals.

DBA Members, Eureko sigorta and KLM sponsored this event, the bicycles were provided by ISBIKE. ISBIKE can be rented throughout entire Istanbul, check here the information from ISBIKE

29 June 2021

Today, we had the pleasure of hosting the webinar on “Economic Outlook for Turkey. The webinar started with opening remarks by our Chairman Gregor van der Mark
We would like to thank our guest speaker, top economist Dr. Murad Kayacan (CPA) for sharing his valuable insights for Turkish economy. Also warmest thanks to our audience for participating our webinar.
Keep following us for our upcoming webinars.

24 June 2021

Back out side with a small delegation of the Dutch Business Association Corporate Members

2 June 2021

Startup Ecosystems in Turkey & the Netherlands and Talent Acquisition

Turkey is one of the most promising countries for Startup ecosystems with its various Startup

entrepreneurs and bright minds. The Turkish government is a very active and strong supporter of the Startup ecosystem in Turkey, offering a variety of programs and policies to enable the establishment and growth of Startups.

With investment and financing of these initiatives, Turkey is becoming a hot spot for future Startup ecosystems worldwide.

As one of the top 5 innovation leaders in Europe, the Netherlands is home to a vibrant, collaborative Startup ecosystem. The Netherlands ranks as the best European country for Startups, while Amsterdam is Europe’s fastest growing Startup ecosystem. The Netherlands is a global frontrunner when it comes to talent, ranking No. 6 worldwide for talent competitiveness.

We are happy to organize ‘’Startup Ecosytems in Turkey & the Netherlands and Talent Acquisition’’ webinar  in cooperation with Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Turkey, Startup Amsterdam, Eduned and KWorks.

28 May 2021

Ceramics for Animals

The Dutch Consulate General in İstanbul organized an exhibition to sell ceramics made by Thessy Ries and other ceramic artists.

All donations will be used to improve the living conditions of the stray animals of İstanbul. DBA Turkey is happy to make a donation to the chosen charity Yedikule Hayvan Barınağı.

We would like to thank Thessy Ries for this wonderful event, our Consul General Bart van Bolhuis for hosting the exhibition and our Board members Nurdan Erbuğ (Anadolu Hayvancılık) and Korkut Yetkin (Asya Lale) for sponsoring.



20 May 2021

Wellness Talks – Healthy Diet in Pandemic

Exp. Nutritionist Begüm Kurt and Sr. Business Development Director at Healthy Fit Figen Çınarlı talked about eating habits and nutrition questions such as how to eat to strengten the immune system and control you diet during pandemic.

Check out Healthy Fit’s offers:

28 April 2021


German-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Turkey) highlighted the importance of the Customs Union in a joint initiative between TOBB, TEPAV and the Bilateral European Chambers.


Today there has been a digital event about the modernization of the Customs Union organised by AHK Turkey and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Turkey. The opening remarks of the event were made by Dr. Markus C. Slevogt – President of AHK Turkey, Walter Glos – Director of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Turkey and Ayhan Zeytinoğlu – Vice President of TOBB.

Following the keynote speakers H.E. Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut – Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Turkey and H.E. Jürgen Schulz – Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany and Jane Grady – Deputy Her Majesty’s Trade Commisioner; Sibel Güven – Program Director from TEPAV made an introduction of the Customs Union Position Paper.



Levent Apaydın – President of Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, Georg Karabaczek – Austrian Trade Commissioner for Turkey, Georgia & Azerbaijan, Livio Manzini – President of Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Turkey, Zeynep Necipoğlu – President of French Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, Chris Gaunt, OBE – President of British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, Arpat Şenocak – President of Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey and Gregor Van Der Mark – President of Dutch Business Association Turkey attended also the discussion session of the event.

The coordinators of the joint initiative announced: „For the past 25 years, Turkey and the European Union have facilitated trade relations through a Customs Union and since then the Customs Union has served as main pillar enhancing trade, investments and further customs reforms. Hence, AHK Turkey in a joint initiative between TOBB, TEPAV and the Bilateral European Chambers highlighted the importance of the Customs Union from a business perspective by facilitating this position paper. We outlined the achievements of the Customs Union and its positive effects on bilateral economic relations. Moreover, we stressed the need for a modernized and expanded Customs Union framework as a win-win for all partners.”

Dr. Markus C. Slevogt, President of the German-Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce said: „The customs union is an integral part of German-Turkish trade relations. It serves as a catalyst for growing prosperity and enhancing economic development in Germany and Turkey alike. Therefore, the modernization of the Customs Union is an important step in order to strengthen the already deeply rooted relationship between these two countries and to prepare it for the challenges of the upcoming decades.“

Levent Apaydın, President of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Turkey said: “The depth and scope of the Customs Union should be addressed to meet the requirements of the global economy. Upgrading the existing Customs Union provides a potential for a better and stronger Turkey-EU partnership and of course a better and stronger Belgian/Luxembourg – Turkish partnership in every aspect as it was the case two decades ago. There is no doubt that such achievement will create a ‘win-win’ situation for both sides in economic terms and will increase Turkey’s ability to better harmonize its trade and economic policies with the EU, in a time of intensifying, global cutthroat competition, with financial volatility and turbulent waters globally.”

Georg Karabaczek, Austrian Trade Commissioner for Turkey stated: “Our survey of Austrian Companies active in Turkey shows that 76% of the CEO’s expect positive effects on their business from a modernized and deepened customs union between Turkey and the EU.”

Livio Manzini, President of Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Turkey commented: “Turkish Italian trade relations are maybe the oldest ones as well as being one of the largest and more balanced one Turkey has with any other country.  Over time we have witnessed how expanding commercial ties have always gone hand in hand with closer and better bilateral relations creating a virtuous win-win cycle. To rekindle the momentum of closer integration now is the time for a bold initiative on the commercial front by modernizing and deepening the customs union agreement.”

Zeynep Necipoğlu, President of French Chamber of Commerce in Turkey said about the customs union: “Turkey is the EU’s fifth largest trading partner, while the EU is Turkey’s largest. French business actors see Turkey as a potential hub to develop activities in the Middle East and Central Asia. The modernization and the upgrading of Turkey-EU Customs Union, represent an opportunity for enhancing the economic integration between Turkey and EU countries. The French-Turkish business communities strongly support the encouraging actions.”

Chris Gaunt, OBE, President of British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey added: “Given that Europe and the Global economies will have to reset and adjust according to the new normal post Covid, an enhanced customs union agreement for Turkey will provide the impetus to re-engage with the EU single market and generate increased bilateral trade and economic prosperity.”

Arpat Şenocak, President of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey stated: “The Swiss-Turkish business community is a strong supporter of the modernization of the Customs Union. Based on the encouraging steps taken in the context of the renewal of the Free Trade Agreement between Turkey and the European Free Trade Association (including Switzerland), we believe that improving the framework for trade between the EU and Turkey would certainly bring mutual success and benefit for both parties, and help building a stronger dialogue.”

Gregor Van Der Mark, President of Dutch Business Association Turkey said: “From business perspective, The EU Customs Union Agreement needs to be updated to the same level as the business is tomorrow this to ensure a better future for all.”


For the complete position paper please visit

22 April 2021

“Updates on Tax – 2021” by Taxia


30 March 2021

” The Global Impact of the Dutch Elections” by NLinBusiness

The Netherlands is a country with a strong focus on export. The outcome of the upcoming Dutch elections (15-17 March) will significantly impact international business activities. Thespeech of Ingrid Thijssen, president of VNO-NCW, who will reflect on the elections’ results and its impact on doing business internationally, will be followed by a panel discussion with experts such as Cees Westera, Managing Partner at Public Matters, Rem Korteweg, Senior research fellow at the Clingendael institute and Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General European Round Table for Industry, who will shine their lights on the election outcome from different perspectives.

16 March 2021

Economic Outlook 2021

DBA organised  “Economic Outlook” webinar in cooperation with ING Turkey. We would like to thank guest speakers Chris Turner and Muhammet Mercan for sharing their forecasts for the global and Turkish economy. Also, many thanks to our Chairman Caspar van Haaften for hosting our webinar, our Board member Ayşegül Akay for her supports and all participants for joining.

23 February 2021

”Time is Ripe for Starting New Service Businesses in Turkey”  by Dogma Alares

Dogma Alares is a next-generation consulting firm; composed of strategy consultants, machine learning engineers, service designers and full-stack digital application developers. They produce tangible results, not long inexecutable reports and they take ownership of their customers’ problem end-to-end and implement highly sophisticated yet easily usable solutions.

15 December 2020

“Scrum: 25 Years Old and Counting for Creating Agility” by Tolga Kombak, Managing Partner ACM

Scrum is a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while
productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.

Scrum itself is a simple, lightweight yet difficult to master framework for effective team
collaboration on complex products.

Since it was first presented by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in 1995, use of Scrum has
spread widely in the world and 14th Annual State of Agile Survey in 2019 shows that 76% of the
participants are using Scrum or combinations of Scrum with other methods for their Agile product

Mr. Tolga Kombak

Tolga is a trainer, Agile coach and consultant, keynote speaker with 16
years of prior hands-on software development experience in the finance
sector. For the last decade he has been training, coaching Agile teams
and consulting various companies in their Agile transformation journey.
He has taken role in various companies’ Agile transformations from
small-middle enterprises to 10,000+ people big organizations supporting
governance, Agile Leadership cultivation and team level Agile way of

Tolga is one of the 300 Professional Scrum Trainers in the world and one of three in Turkey. He is also an ICAgile Accredited Trainer.