President

Arpat Şenocak
Gide Loyrette Nouel/ Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Attorney Partnership

Arpat Senocak graduated from Neuchâtel Law School in 2001 and qualified as a lawyer before all Swiss Courts in 2003. Specializing in the field of mergers and acquisitions, he joined the international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in 2004. He qualified as a Turkish lawyer in 2008 and is now a partner at Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Attorney Partnership, the correspondent firm of Gide Loyrette Nouel in Turkey.

He has been involved on a large scale of inbound and outbound cross-border M&A transactions in Turkey, Europe and Africa, and specializes in sectors such as banking, insurance, industry and energy. He also has extensive experience in insurance-related transactions including the setting up of bancassurance partnerships and regulatory restructurings.

Arpat Senocak has been a member of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey since 2005 and was the Treasurer of our Chamber since 2013. He was elected as President in March 2016.

Vice President

Müriel Hayırel
Representative in UBP Istanbul Office

After graduating from Robert College and Boğaziçi University, Mrs. Hayırel worked as an English teacher for several years, before joining İntertoy, where she was responsible for the marketing of Lego preschool software programs. Her interest in the financial markets eventually led her into the banking sector. She first took a job with the Bank of New York Inter Maritime. After three years, in 2002, she started to work for Union Bancaire Privee as the Representative of the Istanbul Office. She has been a board member of the SCCT (Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey) for the last two years.

She holds a Bachelor degree of Business Administration in Marketing Management.

Mrs. Hayırel is married with two childen.

Secretary General

Dipl. ing. ETH Dogan Taskent
Arkan & Ergin Partner

After graduating from Eidgenösische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH) with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1993, Mr. Taskent joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Polytechnic University of New York for the PhD program and received graduate degrees in Electrophysics and Technology MBA.

During 1998-2005, he worked as a R&D engineer, expert consultant and instructor at Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. During that timeframe he lead major fiberoptic transmission system deployments for Verizon, BT, Telia, Deutsche Telekom, Global Crossing, Qwest, and UPC around the globe. Furthermore, he has consulted in the areas of Knowledge Management, Competency Management and Telecommunications Technologies as part of Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS) in New York.

Since 2006, he has been working as telecommunications, renewable energy, and company restructuring advisor in Turkey. Dogan Taskent was the Chairman of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey during the years 2012 and 2016 and is currently the Secretary General.

Treasurer

Mohamed Hammam
Founder and Chairman of the Board of HITCO International Trading and Consultancy LLC

Mohamed Hammam graduated from the Higher Commercial Institute in Cairo with a BA degree in finance and commercial science in 1970 and a diploma in Advanced Management (AMP) from INSEAD-FRANCE in 1994. He joined SAS Service Partner (SAS Catering) in Copenhagen in 1973 where he had the experience from various leading managerial positions within the field of finance and administration in Denmark, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia between 1973 and1989. He was later assigned “Chief Financial Officer” and the Deputy General Manager of Gate Gourmet (USAS) Turkey upon its privatisation in 1989.

Since April 1, 1996, Mohamed Hammam was appointed as General Manager of Airline Catering USAS. At the same time he was assigned as Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board of Gate Gourmet USAS as well as being Gate Gourmet Vice President Turkey, Middle East & Africa.

Mohamed Hammam retired from Gate Gourmet USAS in April 2010. Effective the same date he founded HITCO International Trading and Consultancy LLC. He has an excellent track record of accomplishments throughout his career and is highly regarded in the airline/airline catering industry globally, as well as by the business society in Turkey, as being one of the most successful executives.

Member

Dr. Peter Catalino
Novartis Turkey Country Head

Peter Catalino, M.D. Country President and Head of Pharma Division in Novartis Turkey.  Peter was Head of the Hepatitis and Osteoporosis business for Novartis China. Peter joined Novartis in 2010 as strategic assistant to both: Novartis AG COO and Global Head of Pharma, then became Global Head of Strategy, Pharma.  In 2012 he became General Manager of West China for Novartis Pharma.  Previous to Novartis, Peter was a junior partner (AP) at McKinsey & Company, focused on the pharmaceutical industry, based in London, Shanghai and Los Angeles.  Peter has an MD and MBA from UCLA, a biochemistry graduate degree from Oxford University, and is a Price Waterhouse Coopers trained CPA where Peter began his career 22 years ago as an auditor in Boston, Massachusetts.

Member

Felix Allemann
Chairman and Managing Director of Nestlé Turkey

Felix Allemann was born in 1958 in Zurich. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from HWV and performed the Programme for Executive Development in the Institute for Management Development (IMD) Lausanne/Switzerland.
He started his professional career in the UBS Bank in Zurich, Switzerland and worked between 1983 and 1986 as Product Manager in Unilever/Sunlight.
He joined Nestlé Group in 1987 for an international career in Switzerland. Some months later, he was transferred to Brazil, where he worked in various positions in Marketing and Sales.
In 1993, he was promoted and transferred to the position of Marketing Manager for Chocolates, Sugar and Biscuits in Nestlé Chile. After 3 years, he became responsible for Sales and Marketing of this same business platform & Petfood.


In 1999, he returned to Switzerland as Operations Manager and Assistant to Zone Americas General Director. In 2000, he joined the Leadership Team of GLOBE program (Global Business Excellence), responsible for the development of processes and best practices in Sales & Marketing. Later on, he was entrusted with the creation and leadership of the supporting organization (Globe Center AMS in Sao Paulo) for the implementation of that project in Zone Americas.
In 2005, he was appointed as the President and CEO of Nestlé Venezuela and, almost 6 years later, he was transferred to Argentina to take on the same position – this time with responsibility over Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
In 2015, Felix moved to Istanbul, Turkey where he is appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Nestlé Turkey.

He is married, has two sons and practices Windsurf, Golf and Tennis.

Member

Sami Sevinç
ABB Turkey

Sami Sevinç, Managing Director in ABB Turkey, is responsible for the company’s operations in Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.  Following his graduation Sami Sevinç started his career in manufacturing sector. He first joined ABB in 1985 and subsequently gained extensive experience in the energy sector. He served as Chairman and Managing Director of Alstom and Areva T&D in Turkey. Between 2006 till 2012, he was the General Manager of Birecik Hydro Power Plant, a special purpose international company for BOT. He took his present role at ABB in Turkey, in June 2012. He is married and a father of one. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degrees of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology N.J., U.S.A.