Interview with Hakan Kantas


How To Have a Business Continuity Management

System (ISO 22301) using PMI Methodology

Interview with Hakan Kantas

Business Continuity Director Halkbank AS, Istanbul, TURKEY

Interviewed by Ipek Sahra Ozguler
International Correspondent, PM World Journal
Istanbul, Turkey

Introduction to the interviewee

Hakan KANTAS, Business Continuity Director, successfully implemented the ISO 22301-Business Continuity Management System Standard using PMI Methodology. He is using the PMI Methodology for continuity of ISO 22301 Certification across the organization. Hakan is responsible for Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Crisis Management and Operational Resilience in Halkbank AS.  Earlier in Hakan’s career, he was director of IT Governance and a Project Management Office Department.


Ipek Sahra Ozguler (Ozguler): Thank you for making time to be with us today. Would you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Hakan Kantas (Kantas): First of all, I would like to thank you and PM World Journal for this interview. Computers have been a part of my life since 1985. In those years, I entered the IT world with Commodore 64 and similar personal computers, and I have completed my 30th work years and I continue to work with the same enthusiasm as the first day. I started my studies at university by writing articles to share my views and comments on IT, and then continued as a professional writer and editor for 10 years in various IT magazines such as Mac World/Turkey, PC World/Turkey and PC Magazine/Turkey.

After working in areas such as Mainframe Developer, Administrator, System Programmer, System Analyst, Solution Architect and Project Manager in one of the largest banks in Turkey for 28 years, I have been working in the fields of IT Governance for the last 15 years. I have been doing in-depth studies on Operational Resilience and Business Continuity in last 6 years. I have participated in various events as speaker and panelist, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with those working in these fields.

Ozguler:  Your main focus is Business Continuity. Please tell us more about Business Continuity and its significance during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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How to cite this work: Ozguler, I. S. (2023). How To Have a Business Continuity Management System (ISO 22301) using PMI Methodology, Interview with Hakan Kantas, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/pmwj126-Feb2023-Ozguler-Hakan-Kantas-Interview.pdf

About the Interviewer

Ipek Sahra Ozguler

Istanbul, Turkey


Ipek Sahra Ozguler graduated from the Istanbul University, Turkey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University, Turkey with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 13 years of experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has gained broader insights in a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, aviation and finance sectors. In addition, she has been working as an international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

Ipek is the creator and editor of the highly acclaimed book, The Perspective of Women Project Management Professionals, interviews with leading female PM experts and professionals around the world. The book was published in March 2020 and is available here.

Ipek is based in Istanbul,Turkey and can be contacted at ipeksahra@gmail.com. Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/ and https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/.