Tarkan Maner is a global executive operator, investor and adviser in IT. Operational/Investment areas of focus include security, software-defined infrastructure, social commerce, mobility, virtualization, converged infrastructures, contextual intelligence and cloud computing. Executive roles at Nexenta, Dell, Wyse, CA, IBM, Quest, and Sterling Software. Founding chairman of TechAmerica’s cloud computing commission. Serving on the boards/advisory boards of Anki, DocuSign, Teradici, Workspot, Bay Area Council, World Economic Forum’s Cyber-Security Alliance, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a coalition of senior executives to improve the quality of life for all citizens of the region and the world through its advocacy around public and private policy issues, from the mecca of innovation and progress, Silicon Valley.
Involved in leading, advising and fund-raising for several global not-for-profit organizations and programs around economic development, poverty elimination, entrepreneurship, education, and social justice including; E&Y Entrepreneurship, Strategic Growth and Innovation Programs, Americas Society/Council of Americas (AS/COA), MIT’s Collaborative Initiatives, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Project Skolkovo (Russia), and eLearning Africa. Adviser to several IT start-up companies/boards. The recipient of 2012; and the lead judge of 2013 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award Programs; a frequent speaker, commentator, and author on current business, economic and social issues in the media and academic circles.
Graduated from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey with a B.S. degree in Engineering Management. Received an MBA degree at Midwestern State University in Texas. Attended Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Avid fan of soccer, politics, arts, history, nature, innovative ideas, people, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and Planet Earth! 😉