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About ICterra

ICterra is a Software Engineering Company with 200+ software professionals and offices in Munich, London, Wroclaw, Ankara, İstanbul. We combine more than 30 years of software development experience with technology expertise and proven methodologies to provide Software Solutions to our customers.

We have been building long lasting strategic partnerships with our customers across multiple industries such as Healthcare and Medical, Energy, Automotive, Avionics and Telecommunications.

Excellence in Software Engineering

With our expertise in numerous areas, we provide innovative solutions about Software Development, Software Testing, Start Up Package and UI / UX Design services.

2021

Our History

Office in Wroclaw, Poland

2019

Our History

Top 500 IT Companies in Turkey: 16th in “Domestic Software Engineering Companies”

2018

Our History

UK based Computing Security Magazine “One to Watch” Award

2017

Our History

– Offices in Munich and London
– Aselsan Strategic Business Partner
– Common Criteria Certification (EAL4+) for ATES

2016

Our History

First appraisal for CMMI Development Level-3

2015

Our History

National and NATO Secret Classified” Facility Security Certificates

2013

Our History

– Unify R&D Partner
– Independent Company: ICterra Information & Communication Technologies

1991 – 2012

Our History

Software R&D Team within Siemens Turkey and one of Siemens’ top 5 global R&D centers

Management Team

H. Vedat Uslu

Chief Executive Officer

H. Vedat Uslu graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in 1990 and completed his MBA at METU in 2000. Developing his first professional software in his third year of university, Vedat Uslu planned a career in software development.

Following his short data processing experience in the banking sector, as of 1992 he worked at the software R&D department during Siemens Turkey’s establishment. He took numerous software development and management roles.

In 2007, Vedat Uslu worked as a Vice President and a board member at Siemens Enterprise Communications Turkey. In 2011, he was appointed as the General Manager. In 2013, as a result of a management buyout, Vedat Uslu became the sole shareholder of the company and changed its name to ICterra Information and Communication Technologies.

As ICterra’s CEO, Vedat Uslu gives priority to developing ICterra’s global business strategy, establishing long-term relationships with customers and stakeholders based on trust and value, placing creativity at the forefront, achieving operational and technological excellence and ensuring growth in all active markets.

H. Vedat Uslu

CEO

Hakan Ayçenk

Head of Defense Sector

Defense Sector Director Hakan Ayçenk who joined ICterra in 2019, is graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) Electrical and Electronics Engineering department at 1993, where he obtained M.S. degree at 1997. Later during his career, Hakan had executive MBA degree form METU Business Administration Department in 2007.

In the first years of his career, Hakan worked in product development and systems engineering fields at ASELSAN and MİKES companies in defence sector. He is stationed at Thales Group in France during one year in 1999 where he gained experience in international projects. Moving forward in his career, Hakan took managerial responsibility in STM and Meteksan Defence companies as Project Manager and Systems Engineering Manager in Command and Control, Telecommunication and Engineering Consultancy domains.

Besides his defence sector experience, Hakan had executive roles in engineering management and procurement fields for 6 years in energy sector at Enerjisa and GAMA Power Systems companies. Before joining ICterra, Hakan was working as Deputy General Manager in Ayyazılım company.

Throughout his career of over 25 years of defence and energy, Hakan focus can be listed as:

 

  • Systems Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Program Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Sub Contract Management
  • Cross-functional Team Management
Hakan Ayçenk

Head of Defense Sector

Aslıhan Duman

Defense Sector Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager Aslıhan Duman joined ICterra in 2020. She holds a B.S. degree from Middle East Technical University Aeronautical Engineering Department (1996) and an M.S. degree from Middle East Technical University Industrial Enginnering Department (2002).

Aslıhan has been working in defense industry since 1996, having started her career as a systems engineer in Roketsan. After working there for about six years, she became a partner and a managing director for Polar Grup, a company providing business development and consultancy services in aerospace and defense. In 2007 Aslıhan joined STM and worked there as a business development manager. In 2018 she started working as Contracts Unit Manager in Altay Turkish Main Battle Tank Program first in Rheinmetall BMC Defense Industry and then in BMC before joining ICterra.

In ICterra, Aslıhan is responsible for business development in defense sector.

Her focus in her career can be listed as:

  • Business development
  • Developing partnerships in Europe, the USA, South Korea, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation
  • Engaging and negotiating complex government and client contracts
  • Cross-functional coordination

Aslıhan has a passion for literature and enjoys writing short stories. She speaks English and Russian fluently.

Aslıhan Duman

Defense Sector Business Development Manager

Cihan Yıldız

Defense Sector Business Development Manager

Cihan Yıldız graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in 2008.

After graduation, in the first years of his career, Cihan worked at ARÇELİK as R&D Engineer and took part in project management for development of new technology consumer electronics products. Right after that, he worked as Project Engineer in Presidency of Defence Industries, Industrialization Department. In this period, he took responsibility in localization of products and technology, coordination and development of competencies and infrastructure of local defence industry, sector strategies, industrial participation/offset activities and empowering small and medium-sized enterprises focused on high-tech systems. 

After taking business development responsibilities for defence sector as Business Manager and Deputy Director in ICterra since 2015, he is now working as ICterra Defense Sector Business Development Manager as of January 2021. 

Cihan Yıldız

Defense Sector Business Development Manager

Deniz Katırcıoğlu Öztürk, PhD

Digital Healthcare Program Manager
Dr. KATIRCIOGLU-OZTURK is a graduate of Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU) and has MSc & PhD degrees (focused on healthcare AI) in Medical Informatics.

Throughout her professional career, she has been part of both start-up and corporate software companies while actively participating in domestic and international projects concerning the “digital transformation” of healthcare systems, medical AI, and innovative Io(M)T (Internet of Medical Things) products. Her contributions have been focused on data modelling for National Databank of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (for government reimbursement), algorithms for diagnosis-related grouping (DRG), “disruptive” virtual pharma projects, 3D diagnostic tools in Radiology, healthcare interoperability standards and AI-based “personalized” risk scoring systems in the field of Cardiology.

She has been with ICterra since 2018 and is currently holding the position of Program Manager for Healthcare Solutions.

Deniz Katırcıoğlu
Digital Healthcare Program Manager

Bahar Kaya

Electronic Warfare Program Manager
Bahar Kaya who joined ICterra in 2021, is graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) Mathematics department at 1995, where she obtained M.S. degree at 1998.

Bahar started her career as a research assistant at Middle East Technical University. In the first years of her career, Bahar worked in software development and systems engineering fields at ASELSAN and Koç Information and Defence Technologies. Moving forward in her career, Bahar took managerial responsibility in Koç, Atos and Innova as a Project Manager Manager in Command and Control and Telecommunication domains.

Bahar is currently working as Electronic Warfare Program Manager at ICterra. Throughout her career of over 25 years of defence and telecom, Bahar’s focus can be listed as:

  • Software engineering
  • Systems engineering
  • Project management
  • Program Management
  • People Management
  • Process Optimization
Bahar Kaya
Electronic Warfare
Program Manager

Gürkan Hoşgit

Transportation Systems Program Manager
Transportation Systems Program Manager Gürkan Hoşgit is graduated from Bilkent University Computer Technology and Information Systems department in 2005 and later in his career he had Masters Degree from Middle East Technical University Software Engineering program.

Started his career in Siemens company as R&D Software Engineer. After his military service he worked in Gate Elektronik for 8 years, starting from software engineering and extending to Project Management activities in defence projects. In 2016 he joined Havelsan as Lead Software Developer in Command and Control Systems projects.

In 2020 he joined ICterra as Railway Systems Group Manager and currently working as Transportation Systems Program Manager.

Gürkan Hoşgit, who has continued in his career in Software Engineering sector more than 16 years, his focus can be listed as;

  • Software Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Program Management
  • Management of multifunctional engineering teams
Gürkan Hoşgit

Transportation Systems Program Manager

Serdar Ülgen

Command and Control Information Systems Program Manager

In 2018, ICterra A.Ş. Serdar Ülgen, who joined the organization, graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU) Computer Engineering Department in 1985.

Ülgen started his career at KoçBurroughs, one of the companies of Koç Holding, respectively in Koç Group, KoçBurroughs A.Ş., Koç-Unisys A.Ş., KoçSistem A.Ş. and KoçSav Savunma A.Ş. He has served for 23 years, starting from programming and extending to software group management. In the first 15 years of his career, Ülgen has been involved in software development activities in the automation projects of financial institutions such as Ziraat Bank, Halk Bank, Sümerbank, and has undertaken managerial positions in various IT projects within the same company. In 2005, he worked in the defense sector as the project manager of the TAF Information System project undertaken by KoçSistem.

In 2009, he left KoçSav Savunma A.Ş. as the Software Development Group Manager. Ulgen, who later worked as a manager, software director, business development director in various IT companies, joined the ICterra family in 2018 and is currently working as Cyber ​​Security and Command Control Systems Program Manager.

Serdar Ülgen, who has continued his career in the IT sector for more than 35 years, can be summarized as follows:

  • Software engineering
  • Project management
  • Program Management
  • Management of multifunctional engineering teams
Serdar Ülgen
Command and Control Information Systems Program Manager

Basri Serdaş

Head of Corporate Sector

Basri Serdaş graduated from Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Istanbul Technical University in 1995. He had MSc degree from Bogazici University in 2000 and MBA degree from Maltepe University in 2010.

He worked in many multicultural companies like Netaş (Nortel Networks), Alcatel, ST Microelectronics, Ericsson. He took many technical and business roles during his over 25 years career. He worked as Software Developer, ASIC/SoC Hardware Developer, Project Leader, Business Developer, Partner Manager and Sourcing/Procurement Category Manager before ICterra.

He joined to ICterra in 2019. He is responsible from Sales, Operation and Delivery of Corporate Sector Business.

Specialized areas of Basri;

  • Business Development
  • Software Engineering Management
  • Partner Management
  • Contract Management
  • Project Management
  • Brand Management
Basri Serdaş
Head of Corporate Sector

Zekeriya Dinçer

IT Solutions Program Manager
Zekeriya completed his BSc degree in Computer Engineering with a specialization in Software Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU).

He started his career at Siemens Enterprise Communications as Software Engineer taking part in the HiPath Management Console and IPDslam management projects. As a result of the changes in Siemens Enterprise Communications’ service strategy, he dived in to the service management and ITIL world. He worked as Software Engineer, Business Analyst, and Project Manager in many projects such as service management process unification and standardization, CMDB Data Model, SAP integration and event management of customer assets.

He continued his career as an IT Solution Architect leading a global service management solution, enabling technicians, field engineers, customers and partners to manage service related activities, compliant with ITIL standards.

At ICterra, Zekeriya is responsible for coordinating a team of consultants experienced in service management, IT automation, proactive monitoring and cyber security. With over 10 years of IT project experience, he is managing business development and sales activities mainly in finance and telecommunications sectors.

Zekeriya enjoys traveling around the world and playing bowling. He is currently playing in the Turkish professional league.

Zekeriya Dinçer
Corporate Sector Business Development Manager

Ergün Özkaya

Corporate Sector Business Development Manager

Ergun Ozkaya holds a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and currently works as Business Development Manager at ICterra being responsible for sales and business development for the enterprise sector. He has more than 15 years of professional sales experience in leading system integrators, Internet service providers, and global telecom vendors. Before joining ICterra in 2020, he has been working in the ICT industry and held various senior positions (both nationally and internationally) in different customer and sales focused roles such as sales, presales, business development, and account management.

Ergün Özkaya
Corporate Sector Business Development Manager

Ahmet Salim Acuner

Advisor

I am graduated from Electronics/Telecommunication department of Engineering Faculty of METU; BsC in 1976 and MsC in 1980.

I started my career in the R&D groupe of Turkish Electricity Authority in Ankara in 1977. After having completed my military services, I joined R&D department of Aselsan in 1982. In 1985 I joined Havelsan and I took place in the first foundation operations.

İn 1985 I started to work as a sales engineer in Siemens Turkey, and in 1987 I got the task to found the public switching (EWSD) department of Siemens in Turkey. And untill 2007 I had the chance to found and manage the sales, engineering, production, R&D, and marketing departments.

In 2007 after my retirement; I started to work in Yönetim Yatırım Danışmanlık as a sector supervisor/business developer, in 2015 in Kardiosis as a consultant.

In 2019 I joined Icterra as advisor to CEO and I mainly support business developement in international operations.

I enjoy to travel, to play tennis, to play some Turkish folk instruments and to read.

Ahmet Salim Acuner
Advisor

Fikret Ottekin

Advisor

Fikret Ottekin obtained his B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1990 and 1992. He fulfilled system/software engineering tasks, attended tests and exercises in Turkey and abroad for ASELSAN until 2007, where he contributed to the development of several communication systems as well as Turkey’s first GSM cellular phone.

He worked for The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) from 2007 to 2015, helping shape the National Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan and offering consultancy to several public institutions in the fields of common criteria, information security and critical infrastructure security.

Fikret joined ICterra in 2015 and managed the cyber security program until the end of 2016. Since then, as Advisor to CEO, Fikret has been studying the requirements and technology of developing sectors, helping the efforts to spread the culture of invention and innovation in ICterra and providing system engineering assistance to challenging projects.

Fikret Ottekin
Advisor

Tunca Gerdaneri

Advisor

Tunca graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Telecom & Computers Section in 1987. He started his carrier in Turkish Telekom (formerly Turkish PTT) in the same year as a software engineer.

In 1991 he joined Siemens Turkey's newly establishing R&D department. He was the one of the first five members of this department. He worked as a software engineer for rural exchanges developed together with Argentina Siemens.

He continued his carrier in Siemens in various roles and projects such as pabx exchanges, military software, configuration management projects. In 2013 the division of Siemens he works became a new company named ICterra by management buyout. He has been working in ICterra as software consultant till present.

Tunca Gerdaneri
Advisor

Hakan Yüksel

Finance and Operations Director
Hakan graduated from the Department of Management at the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1990.

He started his career at T.C. Ziraat Bankası Banking School with completing a one year education programme. Following this programme he worked as Specialist and Assistant Manager in various Head Office Departments in the Bank.

After his 5-year post as vice president in London Branch, he was appointed to various Turkey Branches, Frankfurt and New York branches as Manager. During his 24 years of banking career, he presented the bank at national and international meetings held with Treasury, Central Bank, Parliamentary Commissions, IMF and rating institutions and he carried out several international finance and banking duties.

In 2015 he joined a construction company involved with international projects. Since 2017, he has been working at ICterra as Director of Finance and Operations.

Hakan Yüksel
Finance & Operations Director

Meltem Harput

Human Resource Manager
Meltem has graduated Department of Psychology at Faculty of Art and Science at Middle East Technical University in 1997.

In 1998, she has started to serve as a human resources specialist at Havelsan, which is a leading software development and system engineering company of Turkish Defense Industry. She has contributed to the initial structuring of human resources department and establishment of respective processes. She has assumed the role of Planning and Assessment Manager at Human Resources Department in 2008 and has taken active role in setting up systems of competence based interview, recruitment, performance evaluation, compensation management, strengthening corporate culture, 360 degrees competence evaluation , personality analysis and career planning. She continuously led the restructuring of these systems as per strategic needs of the company during her service.

Meltem has started as HR Manager at ICterra in 2016. Her role in ICterra is ensuring HR processes are run in alignment with strategic targets of the company.

Meltem Harput
Human Resource Manager

Murat Gül

Information Systems Manager
Murat graduated from the Department of Mathematics at the Middle East Technical University (METU). In 1995, he started his career as a Research Assistant at METU Computer Center, as a Network and System Administrator for the Faculty of Architecture. In 1998, he joined the Network & System Team at the Ministry of Economy as a specialist and participated in various projects in the area of network, security and system architecture.

In 2000, he joined Siemens Turkey’s R&D team as the lead engineer, responsible for the Configuration Control and Network Division. He participated in various projects in the following areas: configuration management, network, security and system architecture.

Since 2007, he has been working as the Information Systems Manager at ICterra. Murat’s main responsibilities are planning and managing the company’s IT infrastructure, budget management and information security.

Murat Gül
Information Systems Manager

Ayşegül Y. G. KALAYCIOĞLU

Quality Manager

Ayşegül Y. G. KALAYCIOĞLU graduated from Middle East Technical University, department of Aeronautical Engineering, in 1994.

From 1995 to 1999 she worked for Ministry of Transportation – Directorate General of Civil Aviation, in the activities of establishment of national civil aviation regulations, auditing aviation companies and air vehicles, and performing accident investigations.

In 1999, she started to work at HAVELSAN Inc., one of the leading company in defense, aviation and IT sector in Turkey, as Quality Engineer. From 2004 to 2014, she worked as Quality and Process Management Director in the same company. In this position, she

  • lead the activities of  establishment, maintenance and certification of HAVELSAN Management System in accordance with standards / models  CMMI Level-3, ISO 9001, AS 9100, AS 9115, AQAP 2110, AQAP 160, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001;
  • had an active role in establishment of Balances Score Card used in measurement of corporate performance and 360° Competence Evaluation System providing systematic carrier management for employees;
  • developed training courses for familiarizing HAVELSAN personnel about Organizational Management System and its applications, established and managed “HAVELSAN Academy – Faculty of Management by Processes”;
  • lead the activities for establishment of process automation infrastructure.

On 1 March 2016, Ayşegül KALAYCIOĞLU joined ICterra Family. Her present major goal is to add value to the ICterra’s effectivity and productivity focused management perspective and way of searching for excellence.

Ayşegül KALAYCIOĞLU, is also lead auditor for the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 ve ISO 27001 management systems.

Ayşegül Kalaycıoğlu
Quality Manager

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