Established in 1991 as a joint stock company by the Middle East Technical University Development Foundation, METUTECH manages the biggest and the most successful science park of Turkey. It hosts 130 companies 75% of which are SMEs. The existing company profile of METUTECH is based on software development, IT and electronics industry. Through its location in Ankara it is well positioned to maintain good links with Turkish policy communities, whilst through its IRC-Anatolia network METUTECH it also has dynamic links and ongoing project with national and international research communities and SMEs. It also manages various projects on science, technology and innovation in its pool of high quality external experts.
Şirin Elçi’s expertise is in engineering, business management and science and technology policy, especially business incubation, innovation capacities and foresight. She is particularly qualified for ResIST through having prepared the innovation policy profile of Turkey for the Commission’s study of the innovation policy challenges of the seven candidate states.
Ihsan Sezal trained in development studies and economics and has had wide experience in government and in collaboration with international organisations on educational and environmental issues. This included working for Tübitak, the Turkish Science and Technology Agency.
Şirin and Ihsan’s contribution is centred on the human capital and mobility studies in Work Package 2.