Cenk Sen

Turksat AS

Speaker: Africa / Middle East: Connecting People, Businesses and Governments through Collaboration

He was born in 1970 in İzmir. He completed his primary and secondary education in town of Torbali, İzmir. He completed his high school education in Izmir. He graduated in 1992 from Army War College Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department with honors. He served as combat officer in the Turkish Armed Forces in various ranks in different fields including Cable, Radio and Satellite Communications Systems and Encryption, Information Security, Electronic Combat.

Between 1995-1996, he served as Information and Communication Technologies of Turkish troops at the NATO Peace Force in Bosnia Herzegovina. He commanded the Safe Communication, Network safety and resistance against threats infrastructures.

He completed supplementary education at the Middle East Technical University (METU) Computer Engineering Department between 1998-1999 and received his bachelor degree in this field. He received master’s degree at Bilkent University Computer Engineering Departments in 2002. He made studies on Data Mining and Big Data.

He had worked in various different ranks at the Turkish Armed Forces and NATO since 2002 as software specialist, team leader and project managers during the development of Command and Control software and as a part of projects for founding and extending safe network infrastructures. He took active roles in the number of Combat and Information System as well as Cyber Security Exercises which are organized nationally or jointly with the NATO. He participated in various trainings about Network Based Structures, Cyber Safety, and Information System Safety in the USA between 2004-2005.
Since 2005, he worked at the “Multi-Sided Interoperability Program” that is an international institution developing technical solutions in an effort to maintain operability with the software programs of various different countries.

He retired from the Turkish Armed Forces in 2014 with Senior Colonel after 22 years of successful service. During his services he received four year early promotion due to his success.

In 2014, he was appointed as the Deputy General Manager of the Social Security Institution (SGK) responsible for operating and developing the nation wide information system infrastructure and coordination of institution’s Information System and Cyber Safety. During this period, he carried out various different projects concerning the software programs used in the SGK, development and improvement of information system infrastructure as well as transfer of SGK’s information system architecture to new technologies such as cloud computing.

On April 7, 2016, he was appointed as the General Manager of TÜRSAT by the Executive Board of the corporation.

Cenk ŞEN is married with two children and speaks English.