Istanbul, TURKEY - Management consultant & teacher

Gokhan

Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle in November 2016

What did you want to be when you were a kid?  

I wanted to be a fireman, then a policeman, then I wanted to be a cavalryman. Whatever I saw in the ceremonies, it spoke to me. Firemen used to go around loudly with their sirens. I wanted to be a policeman and finally I wanted to be a doctor. Instead of being a medical doctor, I became a doctor in finance but eventually I became a doctor.  

 

With whom would you like to have a coffee?  

I would like to have a coffee with a very rich man, someone like Warren Buffett. I would like to have a coffee with him. I would like to learn, after you become rich, what is the motivation for you? A normal, middle-class person would always like to achieve or get to a certain level. He is worried to make the ends meet. I don’t know how old is Warren Buffet. 90? I would like to have a coffee with him. What is his motivation in life? Is this something that happened by chance? What motivated him in life?  

 

If you were President of the US, what would your first reform be?  

The Americans elected an interesting candidate for themselves. First of all, they elected a businessman that gives controversial answers, not customary.  

Americans have been stung by comfort. If I were a president, my first reform would be about health. Health should be accessible for anyone. If you make people fight on behalf of each other, then you should provide them a healthcare. Why is it valid in fighting and not for health? I think healthcare is very important and it should be solved. Nobody should worry about what will happen if they get sick. If something should be given free of charge then it should be healthcare.  

 

What do you need?  

I don't need much.  

 

What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?  

I would deposit in the bank and earn interest. I would create interest-bearing income. Let me explain it for you… I have a car. I don’t know if I should give the brand but the engine is three litres with two-hundred-something horsepower. They always ask me… If you have this kind of car, do you drive on the road with 150-200 km/hour? No. I drive at 120km/hour but whenever I need that power I know that I have that power beneath my foot.  

 

Which innovation, realistic or not, would greatly ease your day-to-day life?  

As a person who lives in Istanbul, the biggest day-to-day problem is transportation. Any innovation that would help the transportation problem would make me more comfortable.  

 

What’s the news that affects you the most in your country these days?  

The presidential system. 

 

If you had to create a company, what would it be?  

If I had the chance, I would like to develop a user-friendly, ERP software package.  

Can you draw something beautiful ?  

What are you afraid of?  

I'm afraid of anarchy.  

 

What is your dream?  

I don’t have a special dream. 'Dream' in Turkish is two things. One meaning is 'vision'. I have reached a certain age. I am 66 years old. I don't have time for a big dream. For now, if I could live another 20 years, I would like to live in peace and would like to have a medium through which I can transfer my knowledge. For example, I would write a book. One or more than one. If you asked on which subject, I have a few things I developed on financial modelling, so I would write a book on financial modelling. Why in financial modelling? Because learning by living is a very expensive method. I believe that virtual reality will be very useful for humanity. For example, if we had a war simulation to show people what kind of disasters the wars might lead to, maybe the decisions that the politicians might take would change. If we could make a model showing the American president the outcome of the decisions he would make then he wouldn't come saying that he made a mistake after ruining everything. 

 

Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?  

The vehicles might change. The camera might change. The television might change. But as human beings, we will stay the same. I mean, in 2100, there won't be any different kind of human being. Maybe faster travel and development of the digital world. Robotics will start. We will ask for a cup of tea and a robot will bring it. Other than that, the human beings, even if 100 years passes, will not change.