Ferruh Gurtas is the Innovation Programs and Partnerships Director at Intel Corporation for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region since Nov’16. In this role he is responsible from Intel’s corporate responsibility strategies aiming to ensure that the next generation of innovators are diverse in terms of geography, economic status, ethnicity and gender. Prior to that role he was the Corporate Affairs Director for Middle East, Turkey and Africa region for 10 years driving government affairs, education, entrepreneurship and women empowerment programs in the region. In 2011 he took on additional worldwide responsibility as WEF (World Economic Forum) Partnership Manager in charge of Intel’s engagement with WEF around the world including participation to Davos Annual event. He represented Intel Corporation at global entrepreneurship and education programs of US State Department and at Entrepreneurship Advisory Group of WEF for MENA region and he was a member of the advisory board of Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA). He is also acting as a “Coaching Champion” at Intel since 2009 and completed CTI Co-active Coaching certification program accredited by ICF (International Coaching Federation) in 2014. Ferruh Gurtas has a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and MSc degree in Communications and Signal Processing from Imperial College, London. After working as a software engineer at Nortel in telecommunications sector, he joined Intel Corporation in 1997 and has taken various roles in different countries in sales, marketing, business development and operations before joining the Corporate Affairs Group in 2006.Ferruh lived 3 years in UAE and 3 years in UK and currently is based out of Istanbul, Turkey. Besides work, he enjoys travelling, reading books and doing various sports like football, tennis, golf, horseback riding and Bikram Yoga.