Bahar Savas

IT Lead Products


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Speaker Bio

Bahar is an IT Lead responsible for Products domain at ING Tech DBNL. She is Turkish and she started her career in 1997 as a software engineer, after graduating from Bilkent University Computer Engineering. She worked as an engineer, moving on to become a technology specialist and leader in different positions mostly in the banking sector. She joined ING Turkey in 2012 and for eight years she led different teams in Tech like core banking, products, and digital channels. In the meantime, she completed her Executive MBA degree. In 2020 she moved to Amsterdam to take the IT lead role in Assisted Channels.Recently has taken the Products domain as IT Lead.

She is married and mother of 2 daughters at 17 and 21. As a woman leader, Bahar thrives to be a role model for young women engineers and passionate about increasing the presence of women in tech and also in leadership. Being a mother of 2 daughters herself, she cares for work-life balance at work, tries to inspire her team and encourages them to step up towards being leaders. She loves volleyball, reading, baking beautiful cakes, and of course cycling around Amsterdam.

Speaker Sessions

Panel Discussion

Empowering Women In Tech: Challenges, Opportunities, And Strategies For Success

60 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • Non-Technical
  • Not to be Missed
  • Transformation
  • Agathe Engelmann

    IT Lead Non-products & Data


  • Natasha Govender-Ropert

    Data Science Lead, Financial Crime Department


  • Bahar Savas

    IT Lead Products


  • Sheila Gemin

    Global Head of Corporate Technology


Women in leadership roles in the tech industry face both opportunities and challenges. However, research suggests that a diverse workforce can drive innovation and success in the tech industry.

To overcome these challenges and achieve leadership positions, women in tech must be prepared to navigate personal and institutional biases and understand how they can make the best of the opportunities that are offered to them.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Discover best practices for communication and navigating challenging situations
  • Discover new ways of working in tech, including the importance of being flexible and adaptable
  • How to be a leader vs individual contributor and learn how to overcome biases
  • How to organise your support system in your career journey and to help others. Better is good, be kind to yourself!

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