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Can Paker

Chairman

TESEV

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TESEV

Background Information

Employment History

Chairman and General Manager

Turk Henkel


Executive

B.O.Y. Consulting


Affiliations

PODEM

Founding Member and Chairman


Akbank

Board Member


Discipline Committee of TUSIAD

Member


Sabanci University

Board of Trustees


Robert College Alumni Association of America

Board of Trustees


Education

Doctoral degrees

Mechanical Engineering

Berlin Technical University


Masters

Mechanical Engineering

Berlin Technical University


Masters degree

Columbia University


PhD

mechanical engineering

Yildiz Technical University


Web References(17 Total References)


Roundtable with Dr Can Paker - CENTRE for TURKEY STUDIES

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HomeEventsJoint ForumsRoundtable with Dr Can Paker
Roundtable with Dr Can Paker Joint Forums Roundtable with Dr Can Paker Roundtable with Dr Can Paker The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) held a roundtable event with Dr Can Paker, Chairman of the Board at Inovent, a Board Member at Akbank, and a founding member and chair of PODEM (Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies). This event was kindly hosted and chaired by Lord Sheikh. Dr Paker spoke to an exclusive audience including parliamentarians, diplomats and researchers at a CEFTUS roundtable conference. He spoke in depth about the sociological dimension of Turkey's political history from the establishment of the Republic to present day. He also discussed a number of issues with the audience, including the July 15th 2016 coup-attempt, the upcoming referendum on proposed changes to the Turkish Constitution, Turkish foreign policy and democratic development more broadly. Speaker Biography Can Paker was born in stanbul in 1942. He received his master's degree from Berlin Technical University and his PhD from Yildiz Technical University in mechanical engineering. He went to receive an MBA from Columbia University in 1973. Starting his professional career at Turk Henkel in 1971, he held various senior positions in the company, and served as the general manager from 1984 and president of the Board of Directors until 2004. He still serves as an executive at B.O.Y. Consulting which he founded in 2004. Paker held positions on the boards of several private companies and civil society organizations such as the Sabanci Holding, Sabanci University, Dedeman Holding, Goldern Horn Ventures, Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TÜSAD), stanbul Culture and Arts Foundation (KSV), The Open Society Foundation in Turkey and Robert College. He served as the Chairman of TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation) between 1997 and 2015. Currently he is the Chairman of the Board at Inovent A.., a Board Member at Akbank, and a founding member of PODEM (Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies), an stanbul based think tank established in 2015.


Westminster Debate 'The Fundamental Sociological Conflict of Turkey's Political Regime' - CENTRE for TURKEY STUDIES

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The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS)organised a public forum with Dr Can Paker, Chairman of the Board at Inovent, a Board Member at Akbank, and a founding member and Chairman of PODEM (Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies).
Sir David Logan opened the event discussing his and Dr Paker's shared experiences in Turkey over the last 30 years. Dr Paker began his speech by stating that his primary approach to Turkey's political system is fundamentally a sociological one. He added that the political life of the country was rooted in its foundation, when a Westernised elite that controlled the state's institutions attempted to conduct a social engineering project and shape an ideal Turkish citizen that behaved and thought like a European. He added that these citizens, known as 'White Turks' were prioritised over other groups including Kurds, Alevis and religiously conservative Sunnis. He referred to this as a tutelage system of Government suited to a peasant-majority society. He stated that the White Turk elites had used state institutions and especially the military to limit the power of the these marginalised groups through military coups of which there were three major ones in the late twentieth century. Dr Paker also noted however that after the last of these major coups which occurred in 1980, that this changed under the leadership of Turgut Ozal who liberalised the Turkish economy which allowed religiously conservative peasants in Anatolia to start businesses, move to cities and become a new politically engaged Middle Class which helped to break the hold of the tutelage of the state institutions and promote popular rather than institutional sovereignty as had been dominant before. Dr Paker's opening remarks were followed by a question and answer session. When asked about the 15th of July 2016 coup attempt, Dr Paker argued that this attempt also fitted the sociological model and indicated the change that he described. He continued, arguing that the Gulen movement had also attempted to use institutions such as the military to enforce their will on the country, but added that the sociological model also explained the response from Turkish citizens in stopping the coup. He argued that the fact that Turkish citizens came to the streets like never before to prevent the military coup showed that they had developed greater political awareness from these social changes and asserted that sovereignty belonged to them rather than to institutions. He also argued however that even though the people asserted their sovereignty which showed democratic development in Turkey, he added that these people's attitudes were not entirely in step with liberal democratic values. He evidenced this by pointing to the fact that a significant number of Turkish citizens are advocating the re-introduction of their interests. In response to a question about the Kurdish Issue, Dr Paker also argued that the historically dominating state institutions had created the problem through their social engineering project and cracking down on the expression of Kurdish identity. He also noted however that the Turkish Government under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) had managed to successfully conduct a peace process with Kurdish militants the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and that positive advances had been made in granting greater political rights to Kurds. He also argued that the Syrian conflict however had presented an opportunity for Kurdish statehood and autonomy which had led the PKK to pursue these aims instead rather than pursuing equal rights and expression in Turkey. He concluded by stating that the Kurdish issue in Turkey would not be solved until the Syrian civil war is also resolved. When asked about the proposed changes to the constitution which will be put to a popular referendum in April, Dr Paker argued that these changes would bring about a better constitutional arrangement than the present constitution he also argued however that if the public voted for the changes to be made, a major deficiency would be that it would not introduce a first past the post electoral system. Dr Paker also responded to a question about Turkey's relations with European partners including the Netherlands and Germany by stating that their current spat with Turkey witnessed an over-reaction from both Europe and Turkey and added that politicians from both sides used these to further their aims electorally. When asked about the previous links of the AKP to the Gulen movement, he explained that the AKP had previously encouraged the Gulenists into the state institutions when it was its elected to govern as the Gulenists were an Islamic movement that they believed they could trust who also had important expertise, experience and knowledge that the AKP as a new government did not have at the time. Speaker Biography Can Paker was born in stanbul in 1942. He received his master's degree from Berlin Technical University and his PhD from Yildiz Technical University in mechanical engineering. He went to receive an MBA from Columbia University in 1973. Starting his professional career at Turk Henkel in 1971, he held various senior positions in the company, and served as the general manager from 1984 and president of the Board of Directors until 2004. He still serves as an executive at B.O.Y. Consulting which he founded in 2004. Paker held positions on the boards of several private companies and civil society organizations such as the Sabanci Holding, Sabanci University, Dedeman Holding, Goldern Horn Ventures, Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TÜSAD), stanbul Culture and Arts Foundation (KSV), The Open Society Foundation in Turkey and Robert College. He served as the Chairman of TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation) between 1997 and 2015. Currently he is the Chairman of the Board at Inovent A.., a Board Member at Akbank, and a founding member and Chairman of PODEM (Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies), an stanbul based think tank established in 2015.


Publications - Democracy Newsletter

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Dr. Can Paker, the chairman of TESEV and a member of the World Movement Steering Committee, welcomed the participants to Istanbul and praised the Steering Committee's decision to hold the Assembly in Turkey.
"The Assembly," he said, "honors and celebrates the efforts of Turkish democracy activists."


www.kurdmedia.com

Mr Can Paker, President of TESEV


www.shearerhouse.net

Dr. Can Paker, Director of TESEV, admits to the public perception that the number of headcovering (t rbanli) females has increased since 1999, but he insists that the real number has actually decreased.Dr. Paker says that, 'As incomes have increased the number of t rbanli headcoverers has decreased (from 16 to 11%).The incorrect public perception arises because headcoverers -- who used to stay at home -- are now coming out in public due to their increased affluence.'The most worrisome aspect of the report from Dr. Paker's viewpoint is that a "them and us" attitude is developing within Turkish society -- which has mushroomed since the AKP religious-right government came to power in 2003.To support Dr. Paker's view, 71% of those polled in 2006 thought that too much friction exists between religionists and secularists.That's up from 50% in 1999.


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