35th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations to Honor Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and Founder of Global Cybersecurity Innovator Comodo

TheAmerican-Turkish Council (ATC) and theTurkish US Business Council are pleased to announce that Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and founder ofComodo, a global cybersecurity innovator, will be honored with the “Mustafa V. Koç Business Leadership” Award at the35th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations.  Abdulhayoglu is being recognized for making the largest American R&D investment into Turkey.

“Comodo’s ultimate goal is to create trust online. We are making safety in cyberspace achievable by providing consumers and businesses across the globe with the right solutions and strategies, backed by our unique Default Deny Platform. This entirely new approach provides an unprecedented level of security against known and unknown malware by allowing the known good files, blocking the known bad, and then isolating the unknown in automatic containment,” said Abdulhayoglu. “We have always believed in the Turkish economy and the creativity of our Turkish engineers. I can proudly say that we have introduced our innovative products engineered locally into the world market and are growing our investments every day. The creation of our cutting-edge solutions for the cybersecurity market are consistently made possible by R&D investments.”

He continued, “Receiving this award bearing Mustafa Koç’s name is truly a monumental honor. Koç was an unbelievable asset to the Turkish economy and business world. We will always remember him for his contributions and innovative approach to enhancing the R&D culture in my homeland. He has inspired Comodo to make substantial contributions to Turkish-American relations, which we certainly plan to continue.”

“The 'Mustafa V Koç Business Leadership' is given in honor of a beloved son of Turkey to a true inspiration and business leader, Mustafa V Koç.  Mustafa Koç’s same spirit lives on in Melih Abdulhayoglu’s dedication to global innovation to ensure that the cyber realm is safe and can be trusted for digital transactions in Turkey, America, and the world.” Howard G. Beasey, President & CEO, American-Turkish Council

“Among the Turkish American role models, Comodo stands out as a technology company that provides high value-add services throughout the world and tirelessly invests in R&D in line with the entrepreneurial vision of Mustafa Koç.” Ekim Alptekin, Chairman of TAIK

The U.S.-Turkey Relations conference,#USTurkeyConf, is convening more than 500 leaders and visionaries in the private sector, government, and the non-profit space to shape the future of business, innovation, and growth from October 30 until November 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. More than 20 industries are in attendance, represented by CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, members from the U.S. Congress and Turkish Parliament, and other ministers and cabinet secretaries.

Diverse and innovative conference sessions include such topics as: Turkey’s Business Environment after the Coup, the 2016 U.S. Elections and its Impact on U.S.-Turkey Relations, Defense Procurement and Industry, Assessing the U.S. Market for Turkish Manufacturers and Investors, The Future of Turkey’s Construction Industry, Turkey’s Tourism Industry, NATO Alliance and U.S.-Turkey Strategic Cooperation, Turkey’s Microeconomic Success,  Renewable Energy and Agriculture, Financial Technology Ecosystem, Telemedicine, and many more.

The U.S.-Turkey Relations conference features more than seven dozen distinguished speakers, including:

  • H.E. Mehmet Şimşek, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

  • Dr. Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Economy

  • General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), Chairman, Board of Directors, American-Turkish Council

  • The Honorable John R. Bass, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey

  • The Honorable Serdar Kılıç, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to United States

  • K. Ekim Alptekin, Chairman, Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAİK)

  • Ömer  Cihad  Vardan, President, Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK)

  • The Honorable Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, US Department of Commerce

  • The Honorable Tony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State

  • The Honorable Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the United States

  • Fatih Ozmen, CEO, Sierra Neveda Corporation

  • Douglas Parks, CEO, DowAksa

  • Caroline Koç, Board Member, Koç Holding

  • And more!

 2013 Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations