ABOUT US


Based in New York City, exClone is a 6-year old technology company focused on conversational AI and virtual experts. exClone serves enterprises for help desk, training, and issue resolution, and helps individuals for online courses and self-representation.



Riza Berkan, Ph.D

President
Founder of The exClone project, Dr. Berkan is a scientist by training with a specialization in artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic. He is the author the book Fuzzy Systems Design Principles published by IEEE, and published over 100 scientific articles on artificial intelligence, neural networks, fuzzy logic, and semantics. Dr. Berkan has a decade of experience in semantic search technologies and startups like AnswerChase, hakia, and MoodTrade.



Oguz Akgungor

Chief Technology Officer and Cofounder
Oguz is the application software architect of exClone. He has previously built software systems for credit card automation, and natural gas field operations automations. Oguz was system developer at hakia for 6 years between 2006 and 2012 and senior developer in AIG since 2015. He is the system architect of DrCHAT. Oguz holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Bogazici University, and an M.S. degree in Education Science from Yildiz Teknik University in Istanbul, Turkey. He resides in New York.



David Kuhn, ESQ

Chairman, Co-founder, General Counsel
David graduated from Harvard in 1989 after achieving academic and athletic awards, as well as playing quarterback for the Ivy League Championship football team in 1987. His career spans being a litigation attorney in NYC, business executive, professional photographer, film producer, and war journalist. He practiced law in Manhattan Supreme Court for 10 years as a criminal defense litigator, and has gone on to serve as counsel for various start-up businesses, events and organizations handling finance, formation, contracts and negotiations. As a journalist, he has been published in Vanity Fair, Vogue, The New York Times, and numerous online publications. He is currently COO of RTG, LLC., and serves as general counsel for Charlotte Street Films, The Eisenhower Project, and exClone, Inc., while also representing select individual clients from his base in New York City.



David McDonell

Advisory Board, Enterprise Strategy and Sales
A multi-decade technology commercialization veteran of the Internet, mobile and digital media mega-trends, David McDonell has been a successful trailblazer and innovation leader for major global corporations (MCI, SAIC, British Telecom) and influential startups (Imagenomic, Altamira Group, IRIS Systems Development). He earned a B.A. in International Relations from American University (Washington, DC) following multidisciplinary studies at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and the University of California, Santa Cruz.



Lara Tanbay

Advisory Board, Business Intelligence
Lara is a Global Strategic Marketing and Competitive Intelligence Professional. She has over 5 years of experience doing research and analysis of medical technologies and pharmaceutical products for Fortune 500 clients. She has discovered sales and marketing channels to bring products to new markets, with a specific focus on the U.S., Germany and, Turkey. Lara has an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. She speaks German and Turkish.


Dila Baktiroglu

Advisory Board, International Business Development
Dila has ten years of sales, marketing, and business development experience as well as startup incubator experience as the Chief Engagement Officer at Girisim Fabrikasi. She was the cofounder of Toyji, and director of sales and marketing at Borda Technology. At Microsoft Turkey, Dila was a SMS&P Public Sector Education Specialist, and BizSpark & WebsiteSpark Program Specialist. Dila has a B.A. degree in Public Relations & Rhetorical Advocacy, Minored in Advertising and Management from Purdue University.



Arda Basoglu

exClone Lab Director
Arda is a software developer for exClone. Previously, he was a software developer at hakia from 2006 to 2010 and ran his own software startup from 2010 to 2012. He developed the first commercial algorithmic trading application in Turkey and built several backend services for web and mobile applications. He also works with web and mobile frontends. Arda lives on and works from Avsa Island. Arda has three degrees: a MS in Software Engineering from Bogazici University, an MBA from Baskent University, and a BA in Psychology & Education from Middle East Technical University.