Ussal Sahbaz

Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM)

Ussal Sahbaz has, for the last two years, been the director of GE’s Istanbul Innovation Centre. Prior to that, he managed the Business 20 and Think 20 engagement groups when Turkey chaired the G20; was a consultant on public policy to Google, Microsoft and Paypal; an adviser to the Turkish president’s office, and to the World Bank in Washington D.C. He also worked at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) to run projects on entrepreneurship and innovation. His work has been featured in Foreign Affairs magazine, Forbes USA, TechCrunch and Wamda. He has been a speaker at U.S. Presidential Entrepreneurship Summits, Business 20 China, Global Entrepreneurship Summit Moscow, Arabnet Dubai, and the 5th Izmir National Convention of Economics, among others. He holds a master’s degree in international development from Harvard University.

Recent projects

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24 January 2019 Gateway House

Designing a global framework for fintech

A G20 discussion around fintech is needed because of the emergence of global technology giants as data intermediaries which are expanding into the financial services industry. This is resulting in regulatory risks and challenges. The panel on Fintech at the official Think20 Mumbai Roundtable, organised by Gateway House on 28 January 2019, could not be more timely