Dr. İsmail Arı, who is currently Özyeğin University’s TTO and Entrepreneurship Director, served as the Vice President of TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) and Deputy General Manager of Teknopark Istanbul between 2013-2018. Before these roles, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Özyeğin University in Computer Science Department and a senior researcher at Hewlett Packard Labs in Silicon Valley/USA (2004-2009). He received his PhD degree in 2004 from University of California Santa Cruz, Computer Science Department. His research areas include big data, cloud computing, and networked storage systems. He has international publications and US patents related to these topics. After joining Özyeğin University in 2009 he has received several awards and research grants including IBM Top Faculty Contributor Award, EU Marie Curie IRG (International Reintegration Grant), TÜBİTAK National Young Researcher Career Award, and Rector’s Merit Award. Dr. Arı, has also been involved as a lead investigator, consultant and referee in a large numbers of industrial projects within the scope of University Industry Cooperation. Dr. Ari is a member of IEEE, ACM and a founding member of the IBM Cloud Academy.