Volkan Gazioglu, who has been working in the field of information and communication technologies for more than 25 years, has played an important role in introducing and disseminating Internet in Turkey.
As the "Network Administrator" at Ege University, he enabled the people to meet the Internet for the first time, and contributed to mobile operators' 4.5G service offerings as the "Service Solution Sales and Marketing Director" at Huawei.
Gazioglu has experience in the Asia-Pacific market, taking on various roles in Italian, Arabic, American, British and Chinese companies.
Gazioglu, who has worked on 5G, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Customer Experience Management , is an Open Software supporter. énigli ağar ol ağığlı éner yaruğlı tunar ol yorığlı tınar
While at Erzurum High School in 1987-1988, he achieved the 3rd place in Turkey in a physics competetion by TUBITAK (Turkish National Scientific and Technological Research Council), held to train the future scientists and researchers.
After high school, being within the 1 percentile, he was placed in Ege University Computer Engineering Department as a result of the university entrance examinations (1989).
Gazioğlu, who specialized on IBM mainfame computers during his education, worked as a hacker for a long time at EARN (BITNET), which was a pre-Internet network.
He secured an internship position at Erdemir (Eregli Iron & Steel) in 1993, and had a chance to examine the industrial digital transformation project carried out by Japanese and American companies, which was the second largest modernization project in Turkey after Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP).
In 1994, during the 1994 summer school organized within the scope of the European Community MedCampus project named "Methodologies and Technologies for Distance Education in the Mediterranean Region", he worked on a computerized distance education trial between Izmir Cesme and Italy Lecce over a 64KB line.
In 1994, he graduated by his senior graduate project in the field of Artificial Intelligence with Prolog. The project guided the students in their university exam choices, while the earned credit based education system was still being applied in high schools those years,
While still a student, he started working as a "network administrator" at the university's computer center. Here, he worked towards giving the first public Internet services, within the university's foundation company named EgeNet
He established the University's "Campus Wide Information System" (CWIS), which is still in effect, and executed its operation.
He carried out the information systems administration duty for Turkish Radio and Television (TRT İzmir, during the 1995 General Elections in Turkey.
He became the founding member of 1st Internet Conference in Turkey, organized in Ankara by Bilkent University on 17-18 December 1995. The aim was to promote the Internet in Turkey in all its dimensions by bringing together related groups to develop, discuss and attract public attention to this end.
In 1995, Gazioglu was elected as a member of the "Military Computer Security Working Group" of the Turkish Military Academy (National Defense University). In 1997, he made a presentation on "Internet Security" at the "Symposium on Technological Developments in Defense Industry" held in Ankara.
Besides the technological aspects, in order to inform the public about Internet's social, cultural, economic, security and legal effects, he started to write in the column named "Açık ve Net" in the well-known IT magazine and newspaper in Turkey, named BThaber.
He then changed the name of this column to "internext", as he focused only on future trends and innovations.
He also wrote the column "Internet'ten" in BTnet, the online magazine of the same group.
Due to loss of vision experienced in University, Gazioglu started to evaluate the proposals from the private sector, and founded one of the first private ISPs in Turkey named ISPRO.
ISPRO was only one of the 5 companies to which Turkish Telekom sent an official invitation those days.
He was in the founding task force of Internet Service Providers Association (TİSSAD).
At ISPRO, he established the first local search engine, called TTT just one year before Google was launched.
In 1996, he developed an appliance called NetSHIP, which enabled corporations to connect to the Internet over dial-up and leased lines.
The device included router, e-mail, file and WWW servers, proxy and firewall services packaged in a single box.
Shortly after leaving ISPRO, he worked as a consultant in his own company.
Between 1998-2000, he performed his compulsary military service as a reserve officer in the General Staff, as "Courier Planning Officer" in the Transport Coordination Center. Here, he lead some innovative projects while carrying out important transport activities of the armed forces.
After his military service, he worked for a start-up company named Veripark operating in the field of internet banking, at Boğaziçi University North Campus.
He then started to work in Interpro, which had an influence on the ICT sector of Turkey those times, and which also had brands like the Bilisim Fuarı (Hannover Messe), Bilisim Zirvesi, BThaber, Bilisim 500
He saw that the concept of "ICT" was exploited in favor of foreign companies operating in his country; national technology, small entrepreneurs and open software were not being supported, and there was pressure on independent journalism.
Gazioglu decided to establish his own media when he was expelled from the company for reacting to this situation.
Upon this, Gazioglu founded Bilisim Cumhuriyeti (Means "ICT Republic" in English); It included ICT news and opinions with its staff of journalists and writers from various countries around the world, without censorship, and without paying attention to the pressure of giant international companies. The news of the portal, which is called BC in short, has become published even in international media.
In order to support domestic and national software, he had the documentary "The Code" about Linux, shown in theatres in the country, with his own means.
He developed projects with Prof. Melih Bulu off CAT (Competitive Advantage of Turkey, currently URAK) which has been established by Ali Y. Koç to increase Turkey's competitiveness in the global arena by implementing Prof. Michael Porter's "clustering theory". One of the projects was the production of the Arcelik's Turkish coffee machine to support branding activities in the tourism vertical.
He also worked for TurkeyHighTech, founded by Prof. Bulu again, where high technology strategies were being discussed; and also at Crea-World, a creation center established by Ericson for corporate and individual entrepreneurs who wanted to invest in the mobile internet world. He supported many start-up companies, including Yemeksepeti.
Gazioglu started to work as an expert at Aria (Today's Turkish Telekom), which started its operations in 2002 with the partnership of Telecom Italia Mobile and Is Bank. Last serving as the "Application Operations Manager" here, Gazioglu then moved to the Motorola Corporation.
With the system he developed at Motorola, it became possible to complete the intelligent frequency planning of whole Turkey in almost a week, whereas even the planning of a single region was lasting for weeks before. This result has been shared as a global success story in the company.
He worked on "smart homes" for the Motorola USA for a while until the end of the project, and later on GPON projects for Motorola UK.
Moving from Motorola UK to Huawei, Gazioglu was the first to lead the "Central Asia and the Caucasusia" "Regional Network Analysis Center".
Later, he worked as C level "Professional Service Solutions Manager" in the same market.
He won the “Individual Gold Medal Award” given to only 39 people among more than 180 thousand employees, for his pre-sales and post-sales activities in the domains of Customer Experience, Service Quality, Network Performance and Big Data.
During the 4.5G installation period, he worked as the "Professional Services Solution Sales and Marketing Director".
During his tenure, he put the "Professional Services" business ahead of "box" sales for the first time, with revenues of nearly a quarter billion dollars.
He also carried out marketing activities related to 5G.
Gazioglu, who also worked as a director in Huawei's innovation center called OpenLab, carried out the activities of establishing an ecosystem that will strengthen the company's solutions in the fields of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Smart and Safe Cities with local collaborations.
He worked with stakeholders such as the public, regulatory (BTK), municipalities, mobile operators, universities, armed forces and police headquarters.
He represented Huawei at the International Investors Association (YASED).