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Mert Saka

gTLD Accounts Manager


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Mert joined ICANN as the business manager for the Registry Services Team in May 2014. As a gTLD Accounts Manager, he works out of the Istanbul office and brings over 10 years of diversified, multi-national experience in information technology. His specialties include service engineering and key account management in emerging markets.

Having a BS degree in Electronics Engineering, Mert has a technical background and is experienced in working with remote teams.

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    Product Manager, gTLD Registry Services - Internet

    01 May 2014 - Present

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    Corporate Market Manager - Consumer Electronics

    Developing mobile and desktop business solutions for clients and introducing Bilkom partner ecosystem for project delivery.

    01 April 2012 - Present

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    Software Product Manager - Consumer Electronics

    Started working as the product manager for Adobe right after Bilkom was assigned as an authorized distributor. Helped to build a "software team" and co-managed it while establishing operational and marketing workflow through the shared resources. Working close with the sales department on building the software channel for all software brands distributed (Adobe, Apple and Graphisoft).

    01 April 2010 - 01 March 2012

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    Adobe Systems

    License Compliance Consultant - Computer Software

    Working as an IT risk analysis consultant, generated leads by providing software over/under licensing analysis services to potential/existing clients within the Mediterranean region. In parallel with the legal regulations on intellectual property rights in each country, successfully completed software license compliancy audits for large enterprises in Turkey, Greece and Israel. Trained software sales channel (with two distributors and many resellers) about Adobe Volume Licensing program.

    01 October 2008 - 01 April 2010

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    Roche Pharmaceuticals

    e-Marketing Project Manager (CEMAI) - Biotechnology

    Delivered e-marketing projects (mainly localized web sites) to Roche affiliates in the CEMAI region. Services covered not only managing services offered by external partners (web developer companies) but also manually managing contents for Roche affiliates in 150+ countries within the CEMAI (Central & Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Africa and Indian Subcontinent).

    01 November 2007 - 01 October 2008

  • TAMS Software Consultancy Ltd.

    Technical Project Manager - Information Technology and Services

    Built technical infrastructure (web, mail and database servers which host solutions for customers and services) on an external data center. Provided technical support and maintenance services to these servers and their connection to the internet. Also worked as a project manager at various web site and intranet projects.

    01 March 2005 - 01 November 2007

  • Turkish Armed Forces

    Lieutenant - Information Technology and Services

    One-year obligatory military duty covered one NATO Pecekeeping Practice as the communications officer and one Ground Forces Practice as the Tank Team Leader for 4 tanks and 16 pesonnel.

    01 January 2006 - 01 January 2007

  • Karbyte Software

    Project Manager - Information Technology and Services

    Managed projects which included but were not limited with implementation and customization of ERP software as well as optimization of manufacturing routes analysis for 20+ small and mid-sized companies. Organized and took active part in training courses for KOSGEB (Department for Developing and Supporting Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers) and trained over 50 students and educators on the ERP software and manufacturing management subjects.

    01 February 2004 - 01 November 2004

  • Discovery Channel

    Assistant to Channel Manager - Broadcast Media

    Worked as the assistant to Channel Manager Mr. Brian Roland. Duties included; handling the translators' traffic and program timing for Discovery Channel operations in Turkey.

    01 January 1997 - 01 January 1998

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."