Simay Akar

Renewable Energy and Marketing Professional


Simay has been working in the energy industry since 2012. She specialized in solar and renewable energy fields with her work experience.
Her current role is Sales&Marketing Director of EkoRE – Eko Renewable Energy
She worked in China and Turkey and mostly focused on international commercial activities including marketing, sales and business development. She is recognized with her career,achievements and activities in the solar industry worldwide. Talesun Solar, CSUN Eurasia, Schneider Electric, Arcelik (BEKO), Lucida Solar are the companies she has worked for so far. Beside her professional life , she is also an IEEE member and a recognized volunteer since 2007, she has 12 years experience of IEEE Power and Energy Society and its network worldwide and technical knowledge.
She has also understanding of different disciplines and technologies and diversified network
globally and know-how beside her own profession from her volunteer experiences.
She graduated from Middle East Technical University, Ankara Turkey with
Bachelor of Science Sociology degree

Born to be a “Global Citizen”


Simay has traveled 57 countries, visited 7 countries more than 20 times and 14 countries more than 10 times, circumnavigated the globe 11 times and lived in China for 3 years. She is originally Turkish. She has deep understanding of multicultural communication and empathy of different cultures. She has been working with many different people from various countries and societies thanks to her professional and volunteer international experiences over many years. She believes her sociological imagination and all these experiences together help and make this multinational communication easier and she easily adapt and feel comfortable in new cultures and environments. She consider the globe as her hometown and herself as a global citizen, but also feels proud to be a Turkish citizen

Passionate on Leveraging Technology for Humanity

Simay is an active IEEE volunteer since 2007, started as student member and today continue with professional member grade over 12 years. She has been serving several volunteer membership and leadership positions in different areas including mainly global committees of IEEE Humanitarian Technology Activities ( IEEE SIGHT -Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology and HAC), IEEE Power& Energy Society (Women in Power, PES Young Professionals, Solar and Wind Committee), IEEE Women in Engineering, IEEE Young Professionals, IEEE Social Implications of Technology Society (SSIT), IEEE Student Activities, IEEE Entrepreneurship Committee and other positions on Regional Boards of IEEE Region 8 (Europe Middle East and Africa) and IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific).
She received prestigious awards from IEEE and recognized globally.
• IEEE Global Young Professionals Hall of the Fame Award 2018 (PES YP Team)
• IEEE MGA (Global) Young Professionals Achievement Award 2017
• IEEE MGA (Global) Achievement Award 2014 (as IEEE Day Team Lead)
• IEEE Day Leadership Award 2013
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology (NGO) IEEE was founded in 1884 with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison among its charter members. Today, IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries, and its highly cited publications, conferences, active portfolio of nearly 1,300 technology standards including well known IEEE 802.11 WIFI Standard, 39 technical societies, professional and educational activities. https://www.ieee.org/

Dedicated Volunteer Life

She believes the power and feels the pleasure of volunteerism. Sharing and caring are important for her to maintain her life, she wants to keep volunteering entire her life wherever she finds the vision and mission appropriate and fit her targets, aims and mindset. She wants to connect people’s life positively, inspire and get inspired, share, benefit society and humanity life long in her way.

IEEE, Middle East Technical University Alumni Association ,International Solar Energy Association (ISES), IFISO (Informal Forum of International Student Organizations), AIESEC, and Greenpeace are the organizations she has been member, volunteer and supporter.

Beauty of Diversity

Simay believes “We can Change The World Together”
We always need beauty of diversity and understanding.
We need to understand and support each other to create a positive change, we need to empower the good people to lead the world!
Simay is a certified Soft Skills Trainer since 2008 (delivered over 200 of training sessions and established over 80 training event structures and schedules for IEEE, Zero Generation, Leadership Summer School and other IFISO’s international NGOs). IFISO is a platform of 28 international student organizations, covering around 22 million students around the globe. It aims to support and improve international student organizations through networking, cooperation, and sharing knowledge and best practices. She served the position of IFISO Management Team Chairperson(2012-2013) and she was IEEE Liaison to IFISO as Region 8 (EMEA) Student Activities Coordinator (2011-2013). She has also understanding of different disciplines and technologies beside her own profession and strong network worldwide thanks to this diversity and experience

Addict and Lover of The Power of Positivism in Life Vibes

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