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Thu, 18 Mar


iTalk XII

iTalk XII

iTalk is an initiative of Impact 17+1 Club inviting Impact Leaders from across the globe to share their impactful vision, stories and action towards a unified purpose in line with the United Nation’s SDG Goals.

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iTalk XII
iTalk XII

Time & Location

18 Mar 2021, 12:00 – 14:00 GMT

iTalk XII

About the Event

When your everyday goal is to make an impact that matters, it serves as the soil from which everything else grows, influencing and fueling life not only within the organization, but also the people, the planet and the profits.

Businesses has an opportunity and an ethical responsibility to contribute to the societies in which they exist, in a world overflowing with options, authentically leading with purpose is changing the nature of business today.

The power of purpose is evident as the world fights the urgent threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when companies fully leverage their scale to benefit society, the impact can be extraordinary. In collaboration with SANOFI, Impact 17+1 club is pleased to invite impactors from across the world to iTalk XII and honored that for this event, we will welcome Dr. Emin Turan, from SANOFI as our keynote speaker.

Keynote Topic: "Impact, driven by purpose"

Keynote Speaker: Dr Emin Turan, Country Lead – SANOFI Vietnam & Cambodia

Following the keynote address, 10 speakers are invited to share 60 seconds of their impact stories during the ‘iTalk 60seconds’ session on “What does impact mean to you?” If you would like to speak during the iTalk 60 seconds session and share your impact vision, stories and actions, you can choose to register under the category ‘iTalk 60s Speaker’.


Introduction 12:00 – 12:05 – Erol Sami Guvener, Board Member & Head of Strategy and Social Purpose, The Salon

Keynote Speech 

12:05 – 12:20 – “Impact, driven by purpose” Dr Emin Turan, Country Lead – SANOFI Vietnam & Cambodia

12:20 – 12:30 – Q&A- Moderated by Erol Sami Guvener, Board Member & Head of Strategy and Social Purpose, The Salon iTalk 60seconds 

Moderator: Robin Titus, Global Strategic Alliances & Partnerships, The Salon

12:30 – 12:45 - iTalk 60seconds, Speakers 

12:45 – 12:55 - Q&A

Summary & Closing Remarks 

12:55 – 13:00 – Bo JI, Assistant Dean & Chief Rep. for Europe, CKGSB; Co-Founder, Impact 17+1 Club 

13:00- 14:00 – Impact Café


Keynote Speaker: Dr Emin Turan, Country Lead – SANOFI Vietnam & Cambodia

Dr. Turan is a senior leader in the pharmaceutical industry, especially in vaccines business, with extensive international and corporate experiences covering many markets in the USA, Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. As a medical practitioner with a business education, he has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and vaccine industry, including global functions and country / cluster management. He has worked in the fields of medical, licensing, sales, marketing, strategy, country / region management, and has been a speaker in many meetings on topics such as Technology Transfer Projects, Public-Private Partnerships, and National Vaccine Capacity. Turan contributed to the book "Vaccine: Academic, Industrial and Official Authority Aspects" (ISBN: 978-605-7874-42-9) as an author.

As a consultant, he began his career at Hoechst Pharma Medical Turan, then worked as a  Product Manager and then Director of National Sales at Organon, in 1999, Turkey. After that, he has joined as Director of Sales and Marketing Sanofi Pasteur. In 2003, he was appointed as the Influenza Vaccines Leader to the headquarter of the company in the USA, and took the responsibility of developing Strategic Plans and implementing them by all units in this position for more than 4 years. Turan, who subsequently served as the General Manager of South Korea for over 3 years, also worked as the Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Sector of the European Community Chamber of Commerce - EUCCK. Later, he was appointed as the General Manager of Thailand / Myanmar / Laos, during this period he also served as the Board Director of GPO-MBP, a joint venture of the company with the Ministry of Health of Thailand.  After returning to Turkey, he was appointed as a General Manager at the beginning of 2014, and from 2017, he handled 14 countries including Turkey-Eurasia as a Regional Head. Since September 2020, Emin has been working in Vietnam as a General Manager for General Medicines business unit and a Country Lead for Sanofi Vietnam & Cambodia.

Co-Host: Metin Guvener, Founding Chairman of The Salon; Co-Founder, Impact 17+1 Club

Metin has evolved throughout his career creating and adding value in accordance with his self-reflective, philosophical, entrepreneurial and philanthropic values. He believes reflection brings realisation, which in turn creates transformation and a powerful resonance within ourselves and our interaction with others. That is, if we have the right tools available to us in our toolbox.

Metin has had an illustrious career integrating value as a founder, co-founder and investor through boutique platforms in financial services, real estate, private equity, hospitality, asset management and thought leadership.

Passionately connecting visions and enabling missions, Metin brings people together to innovate and appreciate heritage and succession.

As becomes evident in time, increased awareness positively correlates to our appreciation of how little it is we “know for certain”. As such, collaboration is necessary to pool our collective perspectives and resources. The Salon is founded on our mutual ability for empowerment based on increasing awareness and broadening horizons through innovative and authentic collaboration.

Carrying this spirit with him, Metin continues to participate as a panel speaker on:

· The Salon | Leadership Circle

· The FT Wealth Summit

· KPMG Family Office Network

· The Horasis Global Community

· Camden Wealth

· Prestel & Partner

Co-Host: Bo JI, Assistant Dean & Chief Rep. for Europe, CKGSB; Co-Founder, Impact 17+1 Club

Bo JI is currently the Assistant Dean of Global Executive Education & Chief Representative for Europe at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Bo had an over-20-year successful business career in Global Business Development, Innovation, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, M&A, etc. He served as the senior executive at the headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Pfizer, Wrigley and Mars. After a long corporate life, Bo became a serial entrepreneur and investor, he is also an inspiring TEDx speaker, a China expert and an advocate of EU-China trade. Combining his extensive business experiences and in-depth knowledge, Bo serves as a mentor & advisor to startups and scaleups at incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces around the world. Meanwhile, he is a well sought inspiring speaker at renowned international conferences, forums, TV media and annual corporate meetings.


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