Dr. Nureddin Nebati
Minister of Treasury and Finance of the Republic of Turkey
Dr. Nureddin NebatiMinister of Treasury and Finance of the Republic of Turkey
PhD Nureddin NEBATİ
Nureddin Nebati was born in 1964 in Viranşehir, Şanlıurfa.
Mr. Nebati received his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the Faculty of Political Sciences at Istanbul University. He received his Master’s Degree in International Relations from Istanbul University. He completed his Ph.D. Degree in Political Science and Public Administration at Kocaeli University.
He served as a Board Member of the Istanbul Provincial Directorate and the Chairman of the Organization at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). He was elected as a member of the Central Decision Making and Administrative Committee (MKYK) at the 4th Ordinary Congress of the AK Party. As a Central Executive Board (MYK) Member, he served as the Vice-Chairman of the AK Party in charge of Financial and Administrative Affairs. He was elected as a Member of the Parliament from Istanbul for the 24th, from Şanlıurfa for the 25th, and from Istanbul for the 26th Parliamentary Terms.
He served as the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Treasury and Finance. During his tenure as Deputy Minister, he met with representatives of the real sector and finance sector in many cities, especially in Istanbul, and held consultation meetings.
He was a member of the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association (MÜSİAD) Board of Directors and still a member of MÜSİAD’s High Advisory Board. He is a member of the Alumni Foundation and Association of the Faculty of Political Sciences of Istanbul University, the Society for Dissemination of Science, Ensar Foundation, Turkish Youth Foundation (TÜGVA), Önder Foundation, International Technological Economic and Social Studies Foundation (UTESAV), Turkish Language and Literature Association (TDED), BEK, İDD, İDV, and the Culture, Society, and Family (KÜLT) Foundation.
He is the Chairman of ÜTEV and the Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform, a member of the Scientific Board of the City Think Tank at Esenler Municipality.
He has studies titled From National Vision to Conservative Democracy, and the Dominant Party System and AK Party as Turkey’s First Dominant Party.
He performed studies on economic management, urbanism, identity, and Islamic Philosophy. He is married and has four children.
Former Prime Minister of Italy
Enrico LettaFormer Prime Minister of Italy
Italian politician and leader of the Democratic Party (PD) from March 2021 to March 2023, Enrico Letta was dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris from 2015 to 2021 and he is the founder of the Scuola di Politiche in Italy.
He served as Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014, leading a grand coalition of centre-left and centre-right parties.
His whole career and thought have been shaped by a strong commitment to Europe.
He served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts (January-April 2000, during the second D’Alema Government), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001, during the second Amato Government) and as Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008.
Between 2001 and 2015 he was Member of the Italian Parliament, excluding between 2004 and 2006 when he was Member of the European Parliament. He also served as deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) from 2009 to 2013.
From 1993 to May 2013 he managed the independent think tank Arel, founded by Beniamino Andreatta. He was also Vice Chairman of Aspen Institute Italia, President of the Italy-Spain Dialogue Forum, and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He is the President of the Jacques Delors Institute since 2016.
He was born in Pisa (Tuscany) and he spent the first years of his life in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa.
He is the author of many books on international and economic affairs, with particular reference to EU enlargement, including: Euro sì - Morire per Maastricht (Laterza, 1997), Dialogo intorno all’Europa (with L. Caracciolo, Laterza, 2002), L’allargamento dell’Unione Europea (Il Mulino, 2003), L’Europa a Venticinque (Il Mulino, 2005), In questo momento sta nascendo un bambino (Rizzoli, 2007), Costruire una Cattedrale (Mondadori, 2009), L’Europa è finita? (with L. Caracciolo, ADD Editore 2010). And the Andare insieme, andare lontano (Mondadori, 2015), Contro Venti e Maree (Il Mulino 2017), Ho imparato (Il Mulino, 2019) and Anima e cacciavite. Per ricostruire l'Italia (Solferino, 2021).
Atış Group Companies CEO
Ahmet AtışAtış Group Companies CEO
Ahmet ATIŞ, was born in Bursa in 1985. ATIŞ started his education life in Bursa where he was born
and completed department of Business Administration at Uludağ University.
He started trading while he was still at high school, and after operating in the retail sector for a short
period, he made the first attempt of his commercial life with the textile company that he founded.
In 2005 Ahmet ATIŞ took a step in contruction bussiness. He had a great success in short time.
Within 17 years ATIŞ YAPI produced 84 qualified projects.
By 2021, ATIŞ YAPI completed corporate structures of ATIŞ GOUP Companies and till now operates in
the sectors as Retail, Tourism, Design, Media and Technology with many brands.
Ahmet ATIŞ, who’s married and father of three children; He continues his duty as the CEO of ATIŞ
Ali Emre Sever
Multinet Up Chief Executive Officer
Ali Emre SeverMultinet Up Chief Executive Officer
Ali Emre Sever graduated from the Economics Department of Boğaziçi University. In 2005, he
joined the international consulting and audit firm Ernst & Young, and continued until 2013 as
Senior Audit Manager. Then, he held the position of Director of Financial Control for the
Middle East and Turkey zone at Türk Philips. In 2015, he became Group Director of Financial
Affairs at Mobiliz, a technology company working in the traceability systems. As of March
2020, he became Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Mobiliz.
Since April 2022, Ali Emre Sever has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Multinet
Esas Holding Chairperson
Ali SabancıEsas Holding Chairperson
Ali Sabancı is the chairperson of Pegasus Airlines and vice chairperson of Mars Sportif which are part of the Esas Private Equity portfolio. He also serves on the board of Esas Properties.
Ali is one of the co-founders of Esas Social, which was established to facilitate sustainable social investment. He focuses on increasing awareness of entrepreneurship in Turkey. As the president of the Young Entrepreneurs Board in the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), he has led successful projects including Angel Investing Legislation, Global Entrepreneurship Congress, G3 Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Week and TIM Innovation Week - Born Global. He is also an angel investor in more than 25 start-up companies.
Ali is a member of the Turkish American Business Association and the Turkish Family Business Association. In 2018 he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur by the French government for his contributions to economic relations between Turkey and France.
Ali Sabancı earned his M.B.A. degree with a major in International Finance from Columbia Business School and B.A. degree in Politics and Economics from Tufts University.
Yıldız Holding Chair of the Board
Ali ÜlkerYıldız Holding Chair of the Board
Ali Ülker was born in 1969 and educated in the Business Administration Department of the
Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He has
also attended various programs at IMD and Harvard. He worked in the Internal Kaizen
Projects at De Boccard & Yorke Consultancy (1992) and on IESC Sales System Development
and Internal Organization Projects (1997).
Mr Ülker joined the group in 1985 as an intern in the Quality Control Department of Ülker
Gıda. From 1986 to 1998 he worked at chocolate production facilities and at Atlas Gıda
Pazarlama in positions including Sales Manager, Sales Coordinator, Product Group
Coordinator, and Product Group Director.
In 1998 Mr Ülker became General Director of Atlas Gıda Pazarlama, and in 2001 became the
General Director of Merkez Gıda Pazarlama. In 2002, he rose to Vice Chairman of the Food
Group and in 2005 Chairman of the Group. After worked as Vice Chairman of the Yıldız
Holding Board of Directors for nine years, as of January 29, 2020 Ali Ülker became the Chair
of Yıldız Holding.
Ali Ülker is married with three children. He enjoys fishing, cinema and literature, as well as
playing basketball and billiards.
Bank of America Turkey Country Executive
Banu BaşarBank of America Turkey Country Executive
Banu Basar is the Country Executive for Turkey since January 2016 and was previously the Co-Head
of EEMEA Equity Sales & Head of Turkey Equities. She has the oversight of serving the top corporate
and institutional clients in investment banking, corporate banking/lending, global transaction
services as well as fixed income and equity markets businesses.
Banu joined Bank of America in July 2010 as a Managing Director, Head of Turkey Equities, based in
our Istanbul office. Prior to that, she worked at EFG Istanbul Securities, as a Partner, overseeing the
Equity business between 2001 and 2010. Prior to these appointments, she worked as a consultant at
Bain Cuneo e Associati (Bain & Co Strategic Consulting), Managing Director of Equities at Iktisat
Securities, both in Istanbul and as an Investment Banker at Salomon Smith Barney in New York.
Banu graduated from Babson College in Boston with a BS with honors in Finance/Investments and
Banu is an active member of Bank of America EMEA Diversity & Inclusion Council for Emerging
Markets and mentoring women. She is also member of the Women Leadership Committee. She is a
member and contributor to Ashoka Support Network in Turkey, helping build a community of change
leaders for the good of society. She serves as Board Member at The Turkish American Society and a
member of TUSIAD, Turkish Industry and Business Association.
Coca-Cola Turkey General Manager
Başak KaracaCoca-Cola Turkey General Manager
Başak graduated from Galatasaray High School before double majoring at Boğaziçi University where she received her B.A. with High Honors in Business Administration and Political Science/International Relations.
After graduation, Başak started her career at the Marketing Department of Procter&Gamble (P&G) where she managed adaptation of the global brand strategies to the region at the company’s regional headquarters in Switzerland, brand building and market uptake activities, capitalizing on her experience on market practices in Turkey. She worked on branding, innovation, patenting, strategy and sustainable business development at the global P&G headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, in the United States.
After a decade abroad, Başak returned back to Turkey where she continued her career at Yıldız Holding in various senior positions and Board memberships.
She established her own consulting company and provided several companies with support on branding, strategy, business development, access to market, and sustainable business development. Başak is a Board Member in various industries and organizations, and continues her academic life both as a student and as an instructor.
Başak currently serves as General Manager at Coca-Cola Turkey.
Begüm Doğan Faralyalı
Doğan Holding Chairwoman
Begüm Doğan FaralyalıDoğan Holding Chairwoman
Begüm Doğan Faralyalı received her bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from London School of Economics (UK) and earned her MBA degree from Stanford University (USA).
She started her professional career as a consultant at Arthur Andersen NY office and moved to London Office of Monitor Group, where she worked as a consultant for restructuring European media and technology companies.
From 2004, she hold different positions at Doğan Media Group. Starting from 2007, she led the start- up process of Kanal D Romania, a national entertainment channel in Romanian which later became one of the top three channels in Romania. She became the CEO of Star TV in 2009 and became the president of Doğan TV Holding that contained two national entertainment channels, a news channel, radios, and a production company.
Begüm Doğan Faralyalı became the chairwoman of Doğan Holding in January 2012, which is a publicly traded company with a group of companies in electricity generation, petroleum products retail, industry & trade, automotive trade & marketing, finance & investment, internet & entertainment and real estate investment. Faralyalı also the president of Doğan Yayınları, Sesa Production, Sesa Packaging and Karel.
She is on the advisory board of Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She is the founder and active spokesperson of the “Common Values Movement” in Turkey and a voluntary ambassador for a “Values Driven Society”. She is also a board member of the trustees of World Wild Fund (WWF); the dream partner of Young Guru Academy (YGA), a non-profit organization working with young social entrepreneurs, and a member of the advisory board of UNDP İstanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development.
Galata Wind Executive Board Member, Chief Executive Officer
Burak KuyanGalata Wind Executive Board Member, Chief Executive Officer
Executive Board Member, Chief Executive Officer
He has graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration in
1998 and later completed his MBA program at Virginia Tech University in 2002.
He then obtained a PhD in Business Administration and Finance at Işık
University. Following his graduation, Mr. Kuyan worked as Private Portfolio
Manager at Finans Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. He joined Doğan Group in 2005
as Assistant Specialist in Strategical Planning and Business Development. Along
with the Group's investments in the energy field, he was appointed as the Energy
Director of Doğan Holding in 2012. Kuyan, who was Chairman of the Board of
Directors and Executive Director of Galata Wind since 2014, has also served as
the General Manager of the Company since 2017. Still serving as the Executive
Board Member and the CEO of Galata Wind as well as Head of all energy
investments and operations of the Doğan Group, Kuyan is also a Board Member
to Energy Trading Association (ETD), Solar Energy Investors Association
(GUYAD) and Electricity Generators Association (EÜD).
Burak Kuyan is married and has one child.
African Development Bank, Africa Investment Forum Director
Chinelo AnohuAfrican Development Bank, Africa Investment Forum Director
Chinelo Anohu runs the Africa Investment Forum (AIF), the
preeminent investment platform on the continent. A flagship
initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in concert
with key founding partners, the AIF is charged with enhancing
the quality of deals, raising capital, and accelerating financial
closure of impactful transactions in critical sectors of Africa.
Prior to joining the AfDB, Chinelo served as Director-General of
Nigeria’s National Pension Commission where she had played a
pivotal role in reforming the Pension system and mobilizing
domestic resources with the introduction of the Contributory
With its unique transactional focus, Chinelo led the AIF double
boardrooms within a calendar year, the virtual boardrooms in
March, and the physical boardrooms in November 2022,
showcasing 92 projects with a total deal value of $102 Billion
generated across 24 countries on the continent, and cutting
across critical sectors such as Infrastructure, manufacturing,
creative industry, with a focus on Women led projects.
Chinelo obtained an LLB from the University of Nigeria, a B.L
from the Nigerian Law School and an LLM in
Telecommunications and Computer Law from the London
School of Economics. She has undergone Executive Education at
the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University;
Colombia Business School and the INSEAD Business School
She executed the first ever World Pension Summit Africa, held
in Abuja for three years in a row, convening global financial
experts to deliberate on the opportunities in the African
pension industry and was named one of New African magazine
Most Influential Africans in 2014 and 2022. She is a member of
the London Stock Exchange Africa Advisory Group and sits on
the International Advisory Board, Edinburgh Business School,
Scotland. Only recently, she was appointed as a member of
United States EXIM Advisory Committee Council on Advancing
Women in Business. These fifteen global women leaders were
tasked with the responsibility of providing support to U.S.
EXIM´s gender equity goals.
Citi Turkey CEO, Board Member
Emre KarterCiti Turkey CEO, Board Member
Emre Karter is the CEO and Board Member of Citi Turkey.
Prior to his current role, he was the Treasury and Trade Solutions Cluster Head for Middle East, North
Africa, based in Dubai, UAE. In this role, Emre Karter was responsible for driving Citi’s market-leading
Treasury and Trade Solutions. In addition to his responsibilities, he was also Governance Head for Citi's
Non-Presence Countries (NPC) in Central Asia and Transcaucasia.
Emre Karter’s other previous experience include; managing the Transaction Services business for Russia,
CIS, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey; and several Sales & Coverage roles, where he led origination
and execution activities Citi's Multinational, Financial Institutions client segments, based in Turkey.
Emre joined Citi in Turkey in 1996 and held various positions in Corporate Bank as a Banker, followed by
an assignment in Brussels coordinating the multinational (GSG) franchise across Central and Eastern
Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Before joining Citi, Emre worked at Coca-Cola in Turkey and Prudential Securities in the United States.
Emre holds a B.Sc. in Management from Bilkent University and a M.Sc. in International Business and
Finance from New Hampshire College. He is a Board Member for Citi Islamic Investment Bank E.C in
Bahrain - (CIIB).
Emre KenciPapara CEO
Emre Kenci, who graduated from Bilkent University's Computer Engineering Department in 2008,
worked at Microsoft as a senior engineer before becoming a partner and CTO at BtcTurk and
BTCTrader. While continuing his duties as CTO at Papara, where he has been a partner and member
of the board since 2016, he has been actively involved in the development of new products. Emre
Kenci has served as Papara's CEO since April 2022.
BIGCHEFS Founder, Chairperson
Gamze CizreliBIGCHEFS Founder, Chairperson
• Born in 1968. Gamze Cizreli graduated from Middle East Technical University,
Department of Business Administration.
• Post-graduation, she started her business career in gastronomy with her ex-
husband by creating many brands in Ankara such as Cafemiz, Kuki and Quick China.
• 10 months after her divorce she created a new brand “BIG CHEFS Cafe Brasserie”
with a 100% bank loan.
• Today, Big Chefs has reached 85 locations in 8 countries with more than 4.500
• In 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2017 she was awarded as “Woman Entrepreneur of
Turkey” by Economist magazine.
• In addition to the growth targets of BigChefs,
Gamze Cizreli; focused on Community Services and SDG’s.
She had the chance to speak at the United Nations General Assembly with her
Gender Equality Project “From the Women farmers to the Tables”.
• Besides her core business, she was a part time lecturer on “Entrepreneurship” in
Middle East Technical University.
• She wrote weekly to Hürriyet Daily News and has written her own cookbook named
“Lezzeti Giydiren Eller”.
• She was also one of the jury members of “Dragon’s Den” broadcasted on
Bloomberg TV and “Winning Restaurant” on FOX TV.
• For a while, she made a radio program on music, art and literature on Kiss FM on
• In 2021, Fast Company selected her as one of “Turkey’s Sustainability Leaders”.
Most recently, she was selected to the list by Forbes “50 Over 50 Women” in
Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EMEA) .
• She is an Executive Board Member in KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association
of Turkey) and in TURYID (Tourism Restaurant and Entertainment Association).
• She has two sons named Oğul and Ali.
BSH Turkey CEO
Gökhan SığınBSH Turkey CEO
Graduated from Bosphorus University Mechanical Engineering Department, Gökhan Sığın achieved his master’s degree at Bristol University at the department of Business Administration in 1998. Sığın has undertaken significant responsibilities in BSH for more than 20 years. He has been working as BSH Turkey CEO since January 2018. He owns 23 years of planning, marketing and sales operations expreience in the sector. He is leading BSH Turkey’s growth strategies, operational and business developing leadership.
Prof. Dr. Göksel Aşan
President of Finance Office of Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye
Prof. Dr. Göksel AşanPresident of Finance Office of Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye
President of Finance Office of Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye
He was born on July 24, 1966, in İstanbul. He completed his undergraduate degree in Finance
Department of İstanbul University in 1987. In 1991, he received his master's degree from the Finance
Department of İstanbul University. In 1998, he completed his Ph.D. in Public Finance at İstanbul
Göksel Aşan worked as a Research Assistant at İstanbul University between 1988 and 1998. After
working as an Assistant Professor at Istanbul Bilgi University since 1998, he became Assoc. Prof. Dr. in
2008 and received his tenure in 2017.
After working many years at İstanbul Bilgi University in several different positions, Göksel Aşan
served as a Vice-Rector at İstanbul Aydın University between July 2018 and October 2018.
On October 16, 2018, he was appointed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as President of Finance
Office of Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye.
Türkiye İş Bankası Member of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Hakan AranTürkiye İş Bankası Member of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Born in Antakya in 1968, Hakan Aran graduated from the Computer Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University in 1990. He completed his master’s degree in Management at Başkent University during 2000-2001. He is currently continuing his PhD in Banking at İstanbul Commerce University.
Beginning his career at İşbank’s IT System Operations Department in 1990 as a Software Specialist, Aran became the Head of IT Solution Development Department in 2005 and promoted as Deputy Chief Executive in 2008. Hakan Aran, was appointed as the 17th Chief Executive Officer of İşbank on 1 April 2021.
DenizBank Financial Services Group CEO
Hakan AteşDenizBank Financial Services Group CEO
Born in 1959, Mr. ATEŞ graduated from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economics and
Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration after completing his studies at TED
Ankara College. He started his banking career in 1981 as an Internal Auditor at İşbank. After serving
at various department of Interbank units from 1986 to 1993, he established Interbank’s Cash
Management System and was promoted in 1993 to Executive Vice President in charge of Central
Operations. Mr. ATEŞ worked as Executive Vice President in charge of Financial Affairs and
Operations at Bank Ekspres between the years of 1994 and 1996 and led the bank’s restructuring
project under the consultation of Bank of America. He established Garanti Bank Moscow in Russia
and worked as CEO for one year starting from June 1996. He has continued his duties as the
President & CEO at DenizBank, where he started in June 1997 as the Founder President. Serving as
the Chairman of the Board of Directors at DenizBank subsidiaries Deniz Yatırım Menkul Kıymetler
A.Ş., Intertech A.Ş, DenizBank Moscow and DenizBank AG Vienna, Hakan ATEŞ also assumes the duty
of Member of Board of Directors at ENBD Egyp as of September, 2020. DenizBank shares were
successfully transferred from Zorlu Holding to Dexia in 2006 (for 3.250 Billion Dollars with 4,7 times
its book value which is a record for banking in Turkey), from Dexia to Sberbank in 2012 and from
Sberbank to Emirates NBD in 2019 during Hakan Ateş’s leadership.
Yıldızlar Yatırım Holding Board Member
Hakkı YıldızYıldızlar Yatırım Holding Board Member
Kökleri 1890 yılına dayanan Yıldızlar Yatırım Holding’in dördüncü kuşak temsilcilerinden olan Hakkı
Yıldız, 1975 yılında Samsun’da dünyaya geldi. Lisans eğitimini İstanbul’da, Yeditepe
Üniversitesi’nde tamamlayan Yıldız, gençlik yıllarından itibaren aile şirketi olan Yıldızlar Yatırım
Holding’in farklı kademelerinde görev aldı. Yıllar içinde edindiği deneyim ve yürüttüğü kapsamlı
çalışmalar sayesinde, Yıldızlar Yatırım Holding’in Türkiye’nin en büyük sanayi gruplarından birine
dönüşmesine öncülük etti. Holding’in yurt dışı yapılanma sürecinde de kritik görevler üstlendi.
İGSAŞ’ın şirket bünyesine katılmasında ve Yıldızlar Yatırım Holding’in 2016 yılında adım attığı son
sektör olan demir çelik yatırımında da aktif bir rol üstlenen Yıldız, halen Yıldızlar Yatırım Holding
Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi olarak şirketteki görevine devam ediyor. Yıldızlar Yatırım Holding
iştiraklerinden İGSAŞ ve Yıldız Entegre, İSO 500 listesinde ilk 100’e girme başarısını gösterirken,
Yıldız Demir Çelik ise kurulduktan iki yıl sonra ülkenin en çok ihracat yapan şirketlerinden biri
olmayı başardı ve bu başarıda Yıldız’ın liderliğinin ve vizyonunun önemli bir payı bulunuyor.
Hakkı Yıldız, yenilikçi bakış açısıyla Yıldızlar Yatırım Holding’in dijitalleşme ve değişim yönetimi
süreçlerine liderlik ediyor. Sürekli öğrenmenin gücüne inanan Yıldız, eğitim projelerine destek
olmanın geleceğe yapılabilecek en iyi yatırımlardan olduğunu düşünüyor. Bu yaklaşımdan
hareketle kurulan Akademi Yıldız, holding ve grup şirketlerdeki çalışanların kariyer yolculuğunu
Forbes dergisi tarafından iş dünyasında Türkiye’nin ekonomi tarihine yön veren ve yaptıklarıyla iz
bırakan isimlerine verilen “Yaşayan En Büyük Zihinler” ödülüne layık görülen Hakkı Yıldız, TÜSİAD,
MÜSİAD, DEİK, TAİK ve Kocaeli Sanayi Odası üyesidir.
Yıldız, evli ve üç çocuk babasıdır
Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün
Aselsan Chairman Of The Board Of Directors , President, Ceo
Prof. Dr. Haluk GörgünAselsan Chairman Of The Board Of Directors , President, Ceo
Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN was born in Istanbul in 1973. He completed his undergraduate and
graduate education in Electrical Engineering Department of Yıldız Technical University and his
Ph.D. in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York USA in 2003. After his Ph.D. graduation, he
has engaged in scientific studies at the University of Connecticut in 2004-2005. He became an
associate professor in 2008 and became a professor in 2013 at Yıldız Technical University, where
he served from 2005-2008 as an assistant professor.
Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN, who is the founder department chairman of Yıldız Technical University,
Control and Automation Engineering Department, has served as the chairman of Control and
Automation Engineering Department in between the years 2009-2013. During his chairmanship,
he has been the founder of many postgraduate programs.
Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN served as the Turkey Delegate of European Union 7th Framework
Program Energy Field in between the years 2007-2010. Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN, who carried his
duties as a Board Member of Yıldız Technical University Technopark, BAP Coordinate, Science
Application and Research Center, served as the Editor of YTU Sigma Engineering and Science
Journal between 2010-2013. He also carried his duties as Yıldız Technical University Deputy
Manager of the Institute of Science and Vice Rector.
Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN was elected as the Associate Member of Turkey Academy of Sciences in
2013. Between November 2014 and April 2018, he has been served as the Rector at Gebze
Technical University. He has numerous national and international articles / reports, editorial
editions and projects. He was elected as the Rector of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in
organizations organized by different institutions due to his pioneering contributions to university-
industry cooperation during his rectorate
He served as a Member of the Board of Directors in the IT Valley. Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN has
served in many commissions and committees at TÜBİTAK and YÖK. He is the Chairman of the Board
of Trustees and Board of the Gebze Technical Education and Research Foundation where he made
significant contributions in establishment. Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN’s membership in the Board of
Trustees of many institutions has also been ongoing such as Basic Science Research Foundation of
Turkey, Yıldız Technical University Foundation and OSTİM Technical University.
Professor Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN was elected as a Member of the Board of Directors of ASELSAN for
the first time on 15 March 2017 by a resolution of the General Assembly. He was re-elected as a
Member of the Board of Directors at the ASELSAN Ordinary General Assembly Meeting held on 2
April 2018, and was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the same day.
At the Board of Directors meeting dated 17 April 2018, Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN was appointed as
ASELSAN General Manager on 27 April 2018, in addition to his position as Chairman of the Board
Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN is married with two children.
Country Director of META Turkey
İlke ToptaşCountry Director of META Turkey
Ilke Toptas has been appointed as the Country Director of META Turkey in 2020, to lead the
company’s Business operation in Turkey. She is based in London and also a member of META EMEA
Ecosystem Leadership community as she is very passionate about ecosystem development and
partner enablement. Prior to Facebook she has served as the VP of Business Development for the top
digital media platforms in Turkey. She is an alumnus of Istanbul University and UC Berkeley. Toptas,
used to be a professional basketball player representing Turkey’s National Women Basketball Team
and a National Gold Medalist.
NGN Chairman of the Board, CEO
İnanç ErolNGN Chairman of the Board, CEO
Inanc Erol, born in 1974, is a C-level executive with 20 years of senior management
experience in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology sectors.
He acted as a Board Member & CEO throughout his professional career in both
multinationals like JCDecaux, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom and leading Turkish
companies such as Borusan and Comnet, a Sabanci Holding company.
Prior to joining Turkish system integrator NGN in 2012, he was the CEO of JCDecaux
Turkey, the largest outdoor advertising corporation in the world.
Under his leadership as the Chairman of the Board and CEO, NGN’s revenue
increased incrementally and soon became a CROC company which is the number
one system integrator in Russia with over 1 billion $ revenue. Inanc also initiated the
biggest data center investment of Turkey, Star of Bosphorus Data Center.
He has expanded NGN’s operations in MENA region through NGN International
brand. The aspiration is to make NGN the largest technology group in the region.
Inanc Erol holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Eastern Mediterranean
University and has completed Executive Management Programs at Stanford
University and London School of Business consecutively.
Ege Yapı Chairman of the Board
İnanç KabadayıEge Yapı Chairman of the Board
Born in 1974 in Istanbul, H. İnanç Kabadayı completed his secondary and high school
education at Kadıköy Anatolian High School and took his bachelor’s degree at Istanbul
Technical University Civil Engineering Department. İnanç started his professional career in
the most prominent real estate development companies and held many positions such as
Field Engineer, Project Coordinator and completed many distinguished projects.
Having gained many national and international experiences in the real estate sector, H.
İnanç Kabadayı opened a new chapter in his professional life by establishing Ege Yapı in
2006 and he currently is the Chairman of the Board. He has initiated many innovative
domestic and international projects such as first mixed-use project built on one plot, the
largest photovoltaic panel field installation in a residential building, the first hotel built with
top-down method in a superstructure building.
Acting on the principle of producing privileged projects that make people's life easier and
improve the quality of life, H. İnanç Kabadayı has integrated architecturally certified
systems such as smart, healthy homes, sustainable living, energy efficiency, reduced carbon
emissions and the use of ecological materials into the projects developed by Ege Yapı.
With The Superior Living brand, he brought an innovative perspective to the sector. He was
a pioneer in unearthing the rusting values of Istanbul through monumental restoration
operations and turning it into a center of attraction for culture and arts activities. He
supported the establishment of museums, exhibitions, galleries, and workshops to support
young and talented artists. Closely involved in many branches of art, H. İnanç Kabadayı
has contributed to the realization of many projects to date. He supported many social
responsibility projects to protect the environment and nature.
2 million m² construction projects have been developed under his leadership and as of
today, Ege Yapı successfully manages 950,000 m² of construction area in 10 different
locations. The Company carries out real estate development and contracting works for
branded residential projects, commercial units, mixed projects, hotel projects, shopping
centers, educational institutions, and investment projects such as service apartments.
H. İnanç Kabadayı, who constantly originates state of the art real estate project ideas for
robust evolvement of the sector. One of the most important achievement as a forerunner of
the sector he has led the establishment of the first Real Estate Investment Fund and the
development of the first Shared Housing System in Turkey. He closely follows real estate and
construction technologies on a global level, he invests in proptech and contech companies
through his venture capital company.
H. İnanç Kabadayı, who shares his views on the sector in many national and international
conferences and television broadcasts, is a member of the Real Estate Managers Association
(GYODER), Real Estate International Promotion Association (GİGDER) and Housing
Developers and Investors Association (KONUTDER). H. İnanç Kabadayı, who regularly
publishes blog posts on his personal page, writes articles on "Entrepreneurship, Urbanism,
Environment and Innovation".
CEO of Doğan Holding Automotive Group, Executive Board Member
Kağan DağtekinCEO of Doğan Holding Automotive Group, Executive Board Member
Kağan Dağtekin, İstanbul Erkek Lisesi ve İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi Makina Mühendisliği’nden mezun olduktan sonra iş hayatına 1998 yılında Ford Otosan’da başladı. 2005 yılında Koç Grubu sponsorluğunda katıldığı Koç Üniversitesi Executive MBA programını birincilikle tamamlayan Dağtekin, Pazarlama Müdürü olarak geçiş yaptığı Otokoç Otomotiv’de daha sonra Kiralama Operasyonlarına da liderlik yaptı.
2011 yılında e-ticaret tecrübesi kazanma hedefiyle Grupanya.com’a Genel Müdür Yardımcısı olarak katılan Dağtekin, aynı yıl Perabulvarı.com’un kurucu ortağı olarak girişimcilik tecrübesi kazandı. 2012 yılında ise Borusan Otomotiv Premium Kiralama şirketinin Kurucu Genel Müdürü olarak Borusan Grubuna katılan Kağan Dağtekin, 2016 yılında Fransa-INSEAD’da tamamladığı Üst Düzey Yöneticilik eğitimi sonrasında Borusan Otomotiv Grubu İcra Kurulu Üyesi olarak atandı.
Doğan Grubu’nun büyüme stratejileri paralelinde; girişimcilik ve değer üretme heyecanıyla Doğan Holding Otomotiv Grubu CEO’su ve Suzuki Motorlu Araçlar Pazarlama A.Ş. ile Trend A.Ş. Murahhas Üyesi olarak 2019 sonunda gruba dâhil olan Kağan Dağtekin; Doğan Trend Otomotiv çatısı altında otomobil, motosiklet, deniz motorları ve elektrikli oto şarj cihazları distribütörlükleri; satış, pazarlama ve kiralama hizmetlerinin yanı sıra ikinci el ticareti alanlarına da odaklanarak çalışmalarını yürütmektedir.
Kağan Dağtekin evli ve bir çocuk babasıdır.
M. Avni Kiğılı
Hayat Holding A.Ş. Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
M. Avni KiğılıHayat Holding A.Ş. Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Born in 1974 in Istanbul, M. Avni Kiğılı is the third generation member of the Kiğılı family. Having
fulfilled different duties and responsibilities within Hayat Kimya in the first three years of his business
life, M. Avni Kiğılı took responsibility for the personal care investment in 1997. In 2002, he became
the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hayat Cleaning and Health Products, Inc , Vice Chairman of
the Board of Directors of Hayat Kimya in 2009, and Chairman of the Executive Board of Hayat Holding
He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer at Hayat
Holding A.Ş., which operates in the fast-moving consumer goods, wood-based panel sector,
maritime, real estate and finance. M. Avni Kiğılı is married and has 3 children.
Fiba Group, Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee
Murat ÖzyeğinFiba Group, Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee
He began his career in 1998 as a financial analyst in the New York office of the Merger
and Acquisition Group of Bear Stearns & Co., a New York-based global investment bank
and transferred to the company’s London office as a Senior Analyst in 2000.
He returned to Turkey in 2003 to take an active role in the management of FIBA Group,
founded by his father Hüsnü Özyeğin. He established the Strategic Planning and Business
Development divisions at Finansbank (owned by FIBA Group until 2006) and FIBA
Before assuming the role of Chairman of FIBA Group, Murat Özyeğin served as a member
of the Board of Directors between 2003-2019. He is also Vice Chairman of Credit Europe
Bank, the group’s largest subsidiary in finance and Chairman of all non-financial
Murat Özyeğin also serves as Vice President of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen
Association (TÜSİAD), President of DEIK/Turkey-Singapore Business Council, Chairman
of the Advisory Board of Women on Board Association Turkey, Vice President of Energy
Efficiency Association, Trustee of Özyeğin University, Trustee of Hüsnü M. Özyeğin
Foundation, member of Harvard University Global Advisory Board, member of Endeavor
Board of Directors, Trustee of WWF Turkey and member of Global Relations Forum.
He has been serving as Honorary Consul – General of the Republic of Singapore since
He graduated Carnegie Mellon University with a double major in Industrial Management
and Economics and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He is 47 years old and has four children.
Co-founder of Yemeksepeti
Nevzat AydınCo-founder of Yemeksepeti
Nevzat Aydın is the co-founder and former CEO of Yemeksepeti, the leading quick commerce platform l in Turkey.
Born in 1976, Nevzat Aydın holds a computer engineering degree from Boğazici University. After completing his studies he went to University of San Francisco to do his MBA. During his stay in Silicon Valley he had his inspiration to start ‘’yemeksepeti.com’’ and returned back to Istanbul to persue his endeavor.
May 2015, Yemeksepeti was acquired by the global leader Delivery Hero with the biggest valuation ever yet in Turkish internet history. Nevzat Aydın was among the 150 entrepreneurs invited from all around the world to the Entrepreneurship Summit held by USA President Barack Obama in April, 2010. In 2013 and 2015, he was named number one on Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list. He was honered with the Philantrophy Award of American Turkish Society in 2017. In 2018, he was listed in Turkey’s Best Minds list by Forbes. Aydın as an active angel investor and he received many awards as the top angel investor of Turkey by many reputable sector shapers such as Webrazzi.
Currently, Mr. Aydın is a board chairman of GEN (Global Entrepreneurship Network) Turkey, board member of Endeavor Turkey, TOBB (Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey) Young Entrepreneurs and American Turkish Society, trustees board member of Boğaziçi University and a founding member of Galata Business Angels and Wtech (Women's Association in Technology). Nevzat Aydın is also an independent board member of MAVI Company.
Nilhan Onal Gökçetekin
Hepsiburada Chief Executive Officer
Nilhan Onal GökçetekinHepsiburada Chief Executive Officer
Nilhan Onal Gökçetekin has been the CEO of Hepsiburada since January 2023
Prior to Hepsiburada, she founded Amazon Shipping Company as well as leaded important categories
such as consumer electronics, insurance, apparel and footwear in Amazon Europe. During the ten
years preceding her career at Amazon, Onal held important and diverse senior management roles at
Procter & Gamble in many categories and geographies, from food and cosmetics to home care
Among many recognitions, in 2021, she was also named among top Turkish executives in 'Global
Turks par excellence' conducted by Heidrick and Struggles.
Mrs. Onal holds a Master of Business Administration from Boğaziçi University on Marketing and
Finance and holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University.
She also completed the "Advanced Management Program" at Harvard Business School.
Nurtaç Ziyal Afridi
Yıldız Holding Member of the Board of Director, CEO of GODIVA
Nurtaç Ziyal AfridiYıldız Holding Member of the Board of Director, CEO of GODIVA
Nurtaç Ziyal Afridi graduated from Marmara University Department of Business
Management in 1993. She received her MBA degree from Germany. She began her career at
Arthur Andersen in 1993 and then started working at Accenture. Ziyal Afridi conducted
restructuring, strategy, and transformation projects for her clients from various industries.
Having joined Yıldız Holding in 2006 by establishing and leading the Corporate Strategy
department, Nurtaç Afridi played a key role in Yıldız Holding’s transformation into a global
Turkish company with more than 300 brands available in over 120 countries. She managed
domestic and international acquisitions, mergers, company sales, IPOs, and strategic
projects at Yıldız Holding between 2010 and 2020. In 2014, she successfully managed the
acquisition of United Biscuits which included such international brands as McVitie’s, Carr’s,
Jacobs, and BN under its roof and contributed to Yıldız Holding’s growth in global markets.
She also spearheaded GODIVA’s transformation and licensing deals for GODIVA in Japan,
South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.
Having assumed the role of GODIVA’s global CEO in December 2020, Nurtaç Afridi is also a
member of the GODIVA Board. In this role, she drove an extensive transformation that led to
GODIVA’s growth in global markets. Afridi leads all the elements of the GODIVA
transformation, including extending channels of distribution, driving product innovation,
expanding marketing and licensing, creating an integrated supply chain, and empowering
GODIVA's people. In addition to her outstanding contributions to both Yıldız Holding and its
global brand GODIVA, Nurtaç Afridi was appointed as a Yıldız Holding Board Member as of
Kale Group Vice Chairman and President of Technical Division
Osman OkyayKale Group Vice Chairman and President of Technical Division
He received his BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Bogazici University
(formerly Robert's College), Istanbul, Turkey, in 1988, then his MSc. degree in
Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, NH, USA, in 1990. He
also attended the Executive MBA program at the Koc University, in Istanbul in 1994.
In 1990, he started working for Digital Equipment Corp., Istanbul Office, as a Field
Service Engineer, later promoted to Services Planning Manager. He then joined Kale
Group, in 1994, and worked as the Deputy General Manager of Kalekalip, then General
Manager of Kalekalip. Today, he serves as the Vice Chairman and President of
Technical Division at Kale Group.
Osman took the initiative to diversify Kale Group into high-tech fields and international
partnerships. Robotics & Automation, Industrial Energy Equipment, Software
Simulation, Defense & Aerospace are to name a few.
Kale’s partnerships with Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce were also led by Osman.
Kale has also become a direct supplier to worlds leading defense & aerospace
companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman.
Osman serves as the Chairman of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Canakkale
province. He is the Chairman of Turkey-UK Business Council, Board Member of
Turkey- Canadian Business Council, and Board Member of Turkey-USA Business
Council under DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board) of Turkey. Osman also
served as the 2nd term Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council formed
under the Framework for Strategic, Economic and Commercial Cooperation (FSECC)
mechanism between Turkish and US Administrations. He is a member of the Board of
Trustees at the Eisenhower Fellowships. Osman is a Board Member at YASED
(International Investors Association). He is currently serving as the Chairman of
Defense and Aerospace Manufacturers Association of Turkey (SASAD) and the
Chairman of Aerospace Cluster Association (ACA-HUKD) in Izmir. He is also a
member of the General Assembly of OYAK Holding. Osman also serves on the Board
of Directors of Bogazici University and Fatih Sultan Mehmet University Foundations.
Osman lives in Istanbul with his wife Zeynep and their son Ibrahim.
Vice Chairman of TAV Airports & Chairman of TAV Construction
Sani ŞenerVice Chairman of TAV Airports & Chairman of TAV Construction
Founding partner of TAV Airports, Mustafa Sani Sener served as a member of Board of Directors, President and CEO between 1997 and 2022. On 1 May 2022, he was appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Board.
Founded in 1997 with the Istanbul Ataturk Airport BOT project, TAV Airports achieved huge financial and operational growth under the leadership of Mr. Sener. Today the company manages a portfolio of 15 airports in 8 countries.
Mr. Sener, graduated from Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in 1977, Şener earned his master’s degree (M. Phil) in fluid mechanics in 1979 from University of Sussex in the UK. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in engineering from KTU for “his invaluable contributions to the development of Turkish engineering at the international level”, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the New Hampshire University “for his accomplishments in project and risk management throughout his tenure at TAV”. Prior to his career at TAV Airports, Şener served in various positions, from project manager to general manager, in national and international projects.
He attended the executive education program on the management of complex systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He gave a lecture in Harvard Business School MBA Program on TAV Airports Case Study by HBS.
Mustafa Sani Şener previously served on the Board of Airports Council International (ACI World) and acted as the chairman of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Türkiye (DEIK) Turkey-France and Turkey-Croatia business councils. Since January 2022, Şener is acting as the Chairman of the DEIK Turkey-Kazakhstan Business Council. In 2016, Şener was awarded the Legion d'honneur by the President of the Republic of France François Hollande, due to his contributions to the relations between Turkey and France and he was given the High Honour of Service by the Georgian state. In 2019 he was honored with Medal of Merit for Macedonia Republic for the improvement of business and commercial relations in Macedonia and Turkey.
In the voting carried out by Thomson Extel among national and international finance corporations, he was chosen first in the category of “The Best CEO” in Turkey in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and third in the European Transport Sector in 2014.
Akfen Holding Vice Chairman and CEO
Selim AkınAkfen Holding Vice Chairman and CEO
Vice Chairman and CEO
Selim Akın, graduated from Surrey University, Business Administration Department in the United
Kingdom, and after coming back to Turkey Mr. Akın started his professional career in the Akfen
Holding Accounting Department and later served in the Project Development and Finance
The main projects in which he participated are the privatization and financing of Vehicle Inspection
Stations, the privatization and financing of Mersin Port and Akfen Holding’s public offering and bond
issue. Besides his Chairman of the Board of Directors role at Akfen İnşaat ve Turizm A.Ş., Mr. Akın
also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO at Akfen Holding and its various
Mr. Akın is a member of TÜSİAD, Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TTYD), Young Businessmen
Association of Turkey (TÜGİAD) and Turkish Contractors Association (TMB) Supervisory Board. He has
also been serving as DEİK representative since 2018.
Tiko, Founder and CEO
Sina AfraTiko, Founder and CEO
Sina is a Serial Entrepreneur. His latest endeavor is Tiko which he founded and serves as CEO. Before that he was the Founder of Markafoni, the first Online Fashion site of Turkey. Markafoni became the first Turkish internet company expanding beyond the borders of Turkey: Markafoni launched sites in Australia, Ukraine, Greece and Poland. Sina served until 2014 as Chairman and CEO.
The Naspers Group acquired in July 2011 a majority stake at Markafoni and signed for one of the biggest deals in the Turkish internet.
Sina is also an active Business Angel and invests in early stage start-ups. He has 35 angel investments. He is the President of the Entrepreneur Foundation, former Board Member of Endeavor Turkey and served at the Board of Fenerbahçe Futbol AS as Board Member.
Sina has been elected as the “Internet Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Business Angel of the Year” in Turkey. Markafoni won several awards: “Best Web Start-up” and “Best Online Fashion Site” in several years. The Wired UK magazin elected Markafoni two times to the hottest 100 companies in Europe. Sina was also selected (2014 & 2015) to the Top 100 most influential tech people Europe. In 2016 he was selected as one of Top 100 most influential tech people in the World (Wired Magazine). The Forbes Magazin selected him 2019 as one of the 100 brightest minds in Turkey.
Sina is also president of 1907 Fenerbahçe esports – one of the biggest esports organizations in Turkey.
Prior to his Entrepreneurship career, Sina spent more than 5 years with eBay and 12 years with KPMG. Sina received a “Diplom Kaufmann” from Münster University and joined later Harvard Business School. He speaks five languages. He shares his thoughts on eCommerce in his personal blog www.sinaafra.com and on twitter (@sinaafra).
LC WAIKIKI Chairman of the Executive Board
Vahap KüçükLC WAIKIKI Chairman of the Executive Board
Mr. Vahap Kucuk was born in 1961, in Dogansehir, Malatya and completed his education in
Dogansehir. He was engaged in trade for a while in Malatya and then moved to Istanbul in
1990. Mr. Vahap Kucuk was one of the founding partners of Tema Tekstil Pazarlama A.S.
In the meantime, he completed the Strategic Business Management Expertise Programme
in Marmara University.
Mr. Vahap Kucuk had been the General Manager of Tema Tekstil Pazarlama A.S. for 10
years. Throughout that period, LC Waikiki succeeded to have the most prominent and
widespread dealer network in Turkey and became a market leader in several segments.
Within the same period, Tema Tekstil globally obtained all the rights of LC Waikiki and
thus, LC Waikiki became a Turkish brand. As for today, with the mission of “everyone
deserves to dress well”, LC Waikiki sustains its activities as a global Turkish brand in 58
countries in 4 continents, with 1300 stores and 57.000 employees.
Küçük, who has worked as CEO until 2003, has become the Chairman of the Executive
Board after 2003. At the same time, he has accomplished the establishment of Küçükler
Holding where all the partners belong to Küçük Family and he worked as Chairman of the
Executive Board. In 2013, Küçük has become the first Chairman of the Executive Board of
the Shopping Malls and Retailers Association Federation (TAMPF) which was established by
Turkey’s modern retail sector’s joined collaboration and performed his task until April,
2015. Vahap Küçük, currently works as the Chairman of the Executive Board of LC Waikiki
and the board member of Taha Holding. He is married and he has three children.