Skip to content

About Imdat

Imdat Solak was born in Central Turkey in a small village in 1969. In hindsight, being born in such a dirt poor environment and country in a time of turmoil seems godsend: this way he had an opportunity to experience good and bad management first-hand – whether it be in for-profit or not-for-profit organizations.

Imdat experienced the growth of Turkish society from the stage of a developing to emerging to near-developed country first-hand. This shaped his overall view of the importance of free markets.

In 1979, he moved to Western Germany (West Berlin) and lived most of his time in Germany, experiencing, again, the German unification first-hand. In 2009, he moved to New York City to work for Nokia as Vice President of Nokia’s AppStore.

Starting his career as a software engineer, Imdat continued a long journey to become an effective manager in software and digital media.

During his career he managed teams from five people to over 400 people in his organizations. Having seen good management as well as extremely negative examples of management, he created a feeling for observing managers as well as himself over the period of nearly three decades.

He has a keen interest in why people do what they do, how it can be done more effectively and what drives people to do certain things better than others.

With a scientific approach, i.e. trying to understand and replicating what is being done well, he relentlessly looks for best practices in everything – from everyday tasks to managing large scale organizations.

The series “Wealth & Wellbeing” is a planned-ten-volume series (two published so far) – all around the question “Does wealth equal to wellbeing? What is the purpose of all the economic activity around the world? How can we create a more effective, sustainable economy to benefit the peoples around the world?”

Imdat is a regular guest speaker at various events regarding innovation, change, sustainability, management, media and more. Here is a select list of events he attended or attends as guest speaker:

Currently, Imdat lives in Munich, Bavaria and is mainly working on DeepLearning-based solutions for customers in Europe. If you need any help in DeepLearning (especially regarding “language”), please do not hesitate to contact him.