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.


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.


Ansgar Bornemann
Nestlé Turkey CEO

Following his MBA at University Saarbrücken, Ansgar Bornemann gained experience at various levels in the FMCG sector and assumed leadership roles in different countries and regions including Germany, Austria, France and Saudi Arabia. He joined the Nestlé family in Germany in 2004 as Marketing President of Nestlé Schöller. In 2012 he assumed the General Manager position in charge of the Ice-cream business in the Adriatic region followed by his Regional Head position in 2013. He was appointed CEO of Nestlé Ukraine and Moldova in 2015 where he has achieved huge success despite the political and economic headwinds in the region. He is currently leading the Nestlé Turkey team as CEO since 2019. He is married and has 3 children.


Avinash Potnis
Novartis Turkey Country Head

Avinash has been leading Novartis Pharma Turkey as Managing Director since 2017. He has 25 years of broad, multi-national experience in pharmaceuticals and he progressed through roles of increasing responsibility across different geographies mostly within Novartis.Avinash assumed the General Manager role in Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand and also regional role as Head of Ophthalmology Business Franchise in Basel, Switzerland. Avinash built diverse leadership teams and focused on global talent development. Through his career, he pursued critical projects in competitive readiness and launch excellence. Avinash is currently Vice-chairman of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Association (AIFD) and Board member of Swiss Chamber of Commerce. He had been recognized as Top 12 Global Pharma Leader 2012 by Pharma Executive, USA.


Burhan Gündem
ABB Turkey

Since September 2019, Burhan Gündem is Country Managing Director of ABB Turkey and Local Electrification Lead for Turkey and Caucasus. He joined ABB in June 1991 and held various positions in Belgium, Switzerland and Turkey. He possesses a strong technical background, gained in different roles at ABB and thanks to his studies in Electrical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. He is holding a MBA from Vlerick Leuven Gent University in Belgium. He is married and has two children.