Dr. Ismail Ari is the Deputy General Manager of Teknopark Istanbul and IASP 2017 Steering Committee member. He received his PhD degree in 2004 from University of California Santa Cruz. Between 2004-2009 he worked in Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA, USA. Between 2009-2013 he worked as an Asst. Professor at Ozyegin University conducting research on big data, cloud computing, data mining, and storage systems. He has international publications and US patents related to these topics. He has several awards and research grants including IBM Top Faculty Contributor Award, EU Marie Curie IRG, and TÜBİTAK (Turkish NSF) National Young Researcher Career Award. Dr. Ari is a member of IEEE, ACM and a founding member of the IBM Cloud Academy.