Conference Moderator: Mike Berger
Head of Marketplaces, Styria Media Group, Austria
Mike is CEO of Styria Media Group's Digital Marketplaces and is responsible for the market leading Digital Marketplaces willhaben.at in Austria, njuskalo.hr in Croatia, bolha.com and mojedelo.com in Slovenia as well as for the participation Offerista Group based in Berlin incorporating wogibtswas.at in Austria. Also, he is responsible for the Marketplaces Technology Provider Trikoder in Croatia. Mike has been working in digital media and marketplaces for more than 10 years and played a significant role in defining and executing Styria’s digital strategy in this area. His current focus is on the strategic and financial growth of the existing units as well as on the expansion of the portfolio internationally as well as fostering the innovation of the Digital Marketplaces Group of Styria.
General Manager, letgo, Turkey
Onur Kavak graduated from the Middle East Technical University's Department of Business Administration. Kavak started his professional career as a product manager at P&G in 2004, and during those 8-years, he worked in different categories in Turkey and CEEMEA region, gaining experience in both new brand launches and portfolio management. Following his decision to return to Turkey, Kavak switched to the technology sector and in 2012 he took over the youth segment at Vodafone and the main brand management between 2013-2016. Onur Kavak, who stepped into the startup world as marketing director of letgo in 2016, was appointed General Manager of letgo Turkey in 2018.
SVP Global Markets, Adevinta, Spain
Ovidiu is responsible for 16 Schibsted marketplace operations in Austria, Belarus, Chile, Colombia,Dominican Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, for the mobilemarketplace Shpock and for investments in new models. Adevinta is a marketplace specialist. We help our local digital marketplaces thrive through global connections and networks of knowledge. Our marketplaces unlock the full value in every person, place and thing – helping local communities prosper and leaving a positive footprint on the world.
Chief Marketing Officer, Lalafo, Ukraine
Real Estate Product Strategist, Carangid.net, Hungary
Laura Szabó @Carangid.net is an independent business and product consultant for property portals and other listings. She has partners among the European and Asian property and job portals helping them to grow, monetise and compete on their on markets. Laura was the Chief Product Officer for ingatlan.com, the Hungarian market leading property vertical. This was a first hand experience on innovating and operating at the same time on an unregulated property market. With Carangid.net she was also interim Head of Real Estate at OLX in Portugal. She graduated with a Masters degree in e-business from Corvinus University Budapest, and is a member of Mensa.
Operational Manager, Pazar3.mk, Republic of North Macedonia
Ajlin has a Master Degree in Information Systems Management and 8 years experience in marketing and management of online marketplaces, strategic planning and project management. Ajlin believes that to achieve the goal, three main things are needed: a good plan, persistence and dedication. Ajlin is the Operational Manager of Pazar3.mk - the first and the biggest classifieds marketplace in Macedonia. The business model of Pazar3 Marketplaces aims to provide a simple, effective and safe form of advertisement with a goal to continuously enhance the user experience in online advertisement.
Customer Experience Specialist, Carangid.net, Hungary
Gyula Bajkai @Carangid.net has spent 12 years with user and customer focused product research and design for various industries: first on the agency side, then for IBM for several years. At Carangid we have a solid background in real estate digital product, and he brings the customer perspective, how to design a product for actual consumer needs. His analytical mindset, business thinking and down to earth approach helps building products, that support business goals, and are built around customers. He graduated with a Masters degree in e-business from Corvinus University Budapest.
Group Director of Finance & Operations, Friday Media Group, United Kingdom
Hamid Shafi is thorough and highly commercial Finance & Operational Director, with extensive experience of senior finance leadership positions across a range of different industries and size of organizations. He has initiated various growth strategies by providing financial and operational expertise to the businesses and helped to build infrastructure and shape the future. Currently the Group Director of Finance & Operations of Friday Media Group, he has a proven track record of driving effective strategic board-level decision making, underpinned by robust and tailored financial analysis. Harnessing a combination of his technical knowledge and exceptional stakeholder management skills, he is very adept at delivering rapid yet sustainable improvements in financial and operational control. He has been a significant part of rapidly scale the business in an agile and sustainable way.
Vice President, sahibinden.com, Turkey
Bora Biçer started his carrier at Logo Software Inc. and held different managerial positions on the field of information technologies such as product management, marketing and IT. After executing various significant positions in Turkcell; he was assigned as the General Manager of Fizy, a group company of Turkcell. Biçer serves as the Vice President, Business, Service and Customer Experience Management at sahibinden.com since 2013. He graduated from Middle East Technical University Department of Computer Engineering and had an MBA degree from Bo?aziçi University.
Founder & CEO, European Internet Ventures, Switzerland
Malcolm Myers is Founder & CEO of EIV, an entrepreneurial internet advisory business exclusively focussed on classifieds andmarketplaces. EIV helps entrepreneurs raise capital from Series A onwards, and runs sales processes when it is time for a partial or complete exit. We also support PE funds and family offices on the buy-side. Our work is truly global, and we are particularly active in emerging markets. I started my classifieds/marketplaces journey in 2007 as Head of M&A at Naspers, before setting up EIV in 2010, and have been involved in over 100 transactions across 6 continents.
Founder & CEO, tapu.com, Turkey
Emre is the founder & CEO of Tapu.com. He believes in making ideas happen through persuasion & persistence. He is a creative generalist with an entrepreneur spirit. He is been in the Turkish internet & telco scene since 2001, working mostly as a professional in major players. Recently, he was part of the executive team in the leading classifieds site where he witnessed the shortcomings of the classifieds business model. Tapu.com aims to solve these shortcomings while providing a better platform for both real estate sellers & buyers.
VP, Strategy & Business Development, kariyer.net, Turkey
Baris is repsonsible from Stratey and Business Development efforts of Kariyer.net since 2013. In his current role he is responsible from topics such as Marketplace Development, M&A activities, Companywide KPIs, Business Intelligence, Data Privacy compliance as well as Partner Ecosystem. He has 20+ years of experience in Technology industry both in Turkey and USA. Prior to Kariyer.net, he held various managerial positions within Turkcell and its subsidiaries. His international experiences include Product Management within Comverse BSS, now part of Amdocs, and ERP Consultancy (Finance) for Baan, now part of Infor. He has a B.Sc in Management Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
CEO and Co-founder, Utopia Analytics, Finland
The world’s first PhD in language independent text analytics. CEO and Co-founder of Utopia Analytics.