Dec 2nd, 2019 - Sabancı Center

About Seminar

The topic of this year’s Sabancı Foundation Philanthropy Seminar is “Technologies for Life without Barriers – Empowerment Through Education”. Within the frame of this topic, we would like to discuss the relation between education and independent living. “How can education contribute to the independent living of young persons with disabilities? How young advocates with disabilities transform the field of disability?" These are the questions that we will discuss in our seminar with inspiring speakers, where we will also watch inclusive performances as well as experience technologies and models from Turkey and abroad.

As Sabancı Foundation, we adopted the principle to follow new developments in philanthropy and civil society sector and share experiences to shape our work to contribute to social development for 45 years. For this purpose, we have been organizing the Sabancı Foundation Philanthropy Seminars since 2007 and bring participants from Turkey and abroad together to discuss new trends in strategic philanthropy and methods in social change.


December 2nd, 2019 / 09.00 - 14.30
9.00 - 10.00

Registration, Welcoming and Barrier Free Technologies Exhibition

10.00 - 10.45


Infinite Flow - Inclusive Dance Company

Opening Speech

Güler Sabancı - Chairman of the Sabancı Foundation Board of Trustees

Keynote Speaker

Yetnebersh Nigussie - Human Rights Lawyer

10.45 - 12.00

Panel: Empowerment Through Education

Yankı Yazgan, M.D. - Moderator


Anastasia Somoza - Disability Rights Activist

Cem Barutçu - Gallaudet University Student

Duygu Kayaman - Entrepreneur

Marisa Hamamoto - Founder, Infinite Flow

Adelfo Cerame Jr. - Dancer, Infinite Flow

Robert Cem Osborn - Self-Advocate

12.00 - 14.30

Barrier Free Technologies Exhibition and Lunchbox

The Venue

Sabancı Center 34330 4. Levent - İSTANBUL


RSVP is compulsory for participation. RSVP Deniz Yılmaz +90 216 456 84 64