Faculty Members

Çağlar Göğüş
Co-Founder Analytics Center and Smartcon

Çağlar Göğüş has 20 years of  consulting experience in the areas of corporate growth strategies, transformation, customer relationship management and applying analytics for addressing complex business issues. He is an entrepreneur in establishing and growing global professional services companies, passionate and practical business leader and an expert in banking sector with proven financial impact.

Çağlar was a Founding Partner of the Istanbul office for Peppers & Rogers Group (the world’s premier consultancy company specialized in customer strategy and organic growth) and he then successfully co-led expansion of the firm internationally and in EMEA. He supported several Fortune-500 companies, a large number of financial institutions and conglomerates across EMEA and internationally in their transformation and growth journeys through his consulting work. During his career, Çağlar took leadership roles in innovation and product development, financial services practice, client relationships, practice and regional development, team building and management functions.

Çağlar has been a keynote speaker at various global and regional conferences and executive Client workshops. He speaks with authority on issues of growth strategies, change management and entrepreneurship. He is also a writer and board member and advisor at various institutions. He earned his B.Sc. degree in Business Administration at Bilkent University in Turkey and his MBA degree at University of Florida.

Hamit Hamutcu
Co-Founder Analytics Center and Smartcon

Hamit Hamutcu has 20 years of industry and consulting experience in the areas of corporate growth strategies, customer relationship management and analytics.

Hamit was a Founding Partner of the Istanbul office for Peppers & Rogers Group, the leading customer-led business strategy consulting firm based in the US. He then led the development of the firm in the EMEA region by opening  offices and serving clients across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He also worked as a Partner for the firm’s US office heading up its Analytics group. His industry experience includes several positions within Federal Express in the US in marketing analytics, and technology.

Hamit is also a frequent speaker, writer and board member at various start-ups and non-profit organizations. He earned his B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul and his MBA degree at University of Florida.

Emre Yayıcı
Co-Founder Analytics Center and Smartcon

Emre has a solid background in technology and management consulting in Telecommunication, Finance and Energy sectors. During his Accenture and Peppers & Rogers Group consulting experience, he served to top tier firms such as Turkcell, Avea, YKB, TBC Bank, etc.

Prior to co-founding Analytics Center, Emre led many transformation projects successfully by bridging business and technology functions mainly in Channel Management, CRM, Finance, Product Management, Customer Experience fields.

Emre is writing blogs on analytics, big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and their business applications and keynoting on business outcomes of these technologies.

Gökhan Çapan
Advisory & Training Lead

Gokhan is  one of the core authors of Apache Mahout, a top-level Apache Software Foundation project of scalable Machine Learning​on Big Data​, offered by most of the commercial Hadoop distributions, including Hortonworks, Cloudera, and MapR .

He served as a consultant for numerous organizations to plan and implement data driven solutions; and led the solution creation​utilizing technologies for effectively storing, managing, analyzing, and learning from Big Data.

He created curricula for, and  delivered ​ engineering-focused​Big Data trainings in Turkey and other countries in Europe, to trainees from different industries, mostly employed by telecommunications companies, e-commerce giants, and intelligence agencies.

Ertürk Esen
r Analytics Center and Smartcon

Erturk has 12 years of  management  consulting experience in helping businesses for  developing and implementing quantitative models,  analytics applications and decision models to transform data into business results.  He actively keeps working as an entrepreneur and researcher in data-driven decision making and analytics domains. 

Ertürk has in-depth expertise and knowledge in the fields of management science, decision science, data systems, statistical methods,  data mining, machine learning and high performance computing. He has delivered more than 60 projects involving developing and deploying analytics  applications  for  organizations  including  leading  financial  institutions,  telecom  operators,retailers, logistics companies and government units operating in Middle East, North America, Europe andAfrica  regions  throughout  his  professional  career.  

Erturk  has  BSc  and  MSc  degree  in  IndustrialEngineering and is about to complete PhD in Computational Science and Engineering.

Caner Türkmen
r Analytics Center and Smartcon

Caner started his career at Peppers & Rogers Group as analytics consultant, where he participated and led many customer analytics projects in South Africa and Turkey mainly in telecommunications and financial services sectors. 

He continued his career as a programmer responsible for data and analytics applications, working at Sentio, which was selected as the best technology enterprise many times. Caner is currently working as analytics consultant in banking industry.

Caner received Bsc. and Masters degrees in engineering from Boğaziçi University and he is studying his PhD at the same university about artificial learning and data mining.

He has extensive experience in marketing & CRM analytics and risk analytics,  and he has deep expertise in market research, sports performance analysis, space-time data and data mining.