Dr. Çakmakcı has been the Secretary General of TTGV since 2009. TTGV is a not-for-profit public-private entity with a mission to support innovation in the Turkish private sector. Since 1991, TTGV managed over half a billion USD in public funds, supporting over 1000 projects in industrial R&D. TTGV has been active in supporting technology clusters, commercialization of the research output, venture capital, technology transfer, clean production and energy efficiency in SMEs through various activities and programs. Dr. Çakmakcı represents TTGV in various private equity and venture capital funds and fund of funds. Çakmakcı occasionally teaches on technology and innovation management in various major universities. His current interests include program and policy development on innovation, entrepreneurship and research and technology aspects of the industrial policy, regional development in high-tech; business strategy development, execution and growth management in high-tech companies, particularly in start-ups. Dr. Çakmakcı is a Kauffman Fellow in VC, Class 16. He has a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from METU Ankara (1990), a MSc in EE & a Ph.D. with a degree minor in Manufacturing Engineering from Syracuse University, USA (1993 and 1998).