Simay Akar

CEO & Founder, AK Energy Consulting

Speaker Bio

Simay Akar is a Multi-award-winning entrepreneur with a reputable corporate industrial background and experience in the energy industry. She specialized in photovoltaic manufacturing, battery storage for electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies, and the clean energy market development.

Akar is currently CEO & Founder at  AK Energy Consulting

Her past roles include the Chief Commercial Officer and co-founder at Innoses, Sales and Marketing Director of EkoRE – Eko Renewable Energy, and Head of Overseas Marketing at Talesun Solar

Akar has worked in China and Turkey and mostly focused on international commercial activities and has been employed by  CSUN Eurasia, Schneider Electric, Arcelik (BEKO), and Lucida Solar.

In addition to her professional acclimates, she is an IEEE Senior member, and an acknowledged volunteer since 2007. Simay is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and she participated Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Program at Stanford University.

She received several awards from IEEE and other corporations including:

• IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award 2024

• IEEE Clementina Saduwa Award 2023 

• EMobility+ 40 under 40 2023, Winner

• WINE (Women in New Energy) Entrepreneur of The Year 2022 Award

• GCPIT Global Women in Leadership Awards Winner 2022

• IEEE MGA Diversity & Inclusion Award 2022

• IEEE PES Robert P. Noberini Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award 2022

• IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering Section Affinity Group of the Year Award 2021

• IEEE WIE Inspiring Member of The Year 2020 (Honorable Mention)

• IEEE Young Professionals Hall of the Fame Award 2018 (PES YP Team)

• IEEE MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award 2017

• IEEE MGA Achievement Award 2014 (as IEEE Day Team Lead)

• IEEE Day Leadership Award 2013

• CSUN Outstanding Staff Award 2014