Sina Afra

Tiko, 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).


28 April Friday 2023