Hamdi AKIN – Chairman
Hamdi Akın was born in 1954. He graduated from Gazi University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 1976 he founded Akfen Holding, whose main activity area is to invest in, manage and coordinate partnerships and subsidiaries active in infrastructure and superstructure construction, port management, marine transportation, water distribution and waste water services, energy and real estate sectors. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Akfen Holding, he is also the Chairman of Board at MIP (Mersin International Port). In 1997, he founded the TAV brand to build and operate Turkey's first high capacity airport in the aviation sector, one of the hardest sectors of the world, and he managed the company as Chairman of Board until 2017.
In addition to his private entrepreneurship, Mr. Akın realized projects in infrastructure, energy and investment in scope of privatization efforts. He also carried his dynamism and hard work in business to volunteer efforts and non-governmental organizations as a Manager and founder of many societies, foundations, chambers of commerce. He has served as Vice President of Fenerbahçe Sports Club (2000-2002), MESS-Metal Industrialists’ Union President of Ankara Regional Representatives Council (1992-2004), President of TÜGİAD-Turkish Young Businessmen’s Association(1998-2000), Board Member of TİSK-Turkish Confederation of Employers’ Associations (1995-2001), Board Member of TÜSİAD-Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association President of Information Society and New Technologies Commission (2008-2009) and Board Member of Clean Seas Association/TURMEPA (2011-2018).
Hamdi Akın is a founder of the Contemporary Turkey Studies Chair at the London School of Economics. He is also the Founding Member and Honorary President of the Turkey Human Resources Foundation (TİKAV), founded in 1999 to provide Turkey with well-trained human resources. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Abdullah Gül University Support Foundation.
İrfan ERCİYAS – Vice Chairman
İrfan Erciyas, graduated from Economics and Finance Department of Gazi University in 1977, has started to work in Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası. After having worked as inspector and Branch manager in Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası, he continued to work as Vice General Manager between 1996 and 2002 and as General Manager between 2002-2003.
Erciyas who joined Akfen Holding in 2003 as Vice Chairman of the Board of Administrators, had worked especially on privatization of Vehicle Inspection Stations, Mersin International Port and IDO and also during the foundation and investment processes of Akfen REIT and Akfen Enerji, for the public offering of Akfen Holding and Akfen REIT and on the subjects of the share sales of the shareholdings and long term financing. İrfan Erciyas is working in Akfen Holding , as Executive Board Member since March 2010 and he is also Chairman of the Board of Administrators, Vice Chairman and Member of Board of Administrators of several subsidiaries and affiliates of Akfen Holding.
İbrahim Süha GÜÇSAV – Board Member
Graduating from the Economics Department of Istanbul University in 1992, Güçsav subsequently completed his master’s degree in the Gazi University Institute of Social Sciences Business Department. Beginning his career at insurance brokerage Alexander&Alexander Sigorta Brokerliği A.Ş. in 1992, Güçsav joined Akfen Holding in 1994 and took on roles in the Financing Department and the Executive Department.
He played important roles in the privatizations of Vehicle Inspection Stations, Mersin International Port and İDO (Istanbul Fast Ferries), the establishment and investment processes of Akfen REIT, the public offerings of Akfen Holding and Akfen REIT, and issues such as subsidiaries’ stake sales and long-term project finance. Güçsav, the chairman of the DEIK Turkish-Singapore Business Council, also served as the Akfen Holding Management Board Deputy Chairman from 2003 until March 2010. A management board member of Akfen Holding between the years 2010-2012 and of TAV Airports Holding A.Ş. between 2000-2012, Güçsav has been the Akfen Holding CEO between March 2010 and 2019 and he serves as Advisor to the Chairman at Akfen Holding.
In addition to this role, he served as Chairman of Akfen REIT, Akfen Environment and Water, and Board Member of Mersin International Port and Akfen HES Yatırımları ve Enerji Üretim A.Ş. and Akfen’s various subsidiaries. Akfen Holding Advisor to the Chairman Süha Güçsav was appointed in October 2014 as the Turkish Honorary Business Agent of the International Trade and Investment Agency (IE Singapore), which conducts activities under the auspices of the Singapore Industry and Trade Ministry.
Selim AKIN – Board Member
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 Departments.
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 Altyapı Holding A.Ş., 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 subsidiaries.
Mr. Akın has become a member of the Turkish Young Businessmen’s Association. Mr. Akın is a member of TÜSİAD and Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TTYD). Also he is Vice Chairman of Young Businessmen Association of Turkey (TÜGİAD) and he has also been serving as DEİK representative since 2018.
Nandita PARSHAD – Board Member
Sıla Cılız İnanç, graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Law in 1995, joined Akfen Holding in 1997 upon having carried out law internship in 1996.
She took part in Public Private Partnership projects (PPP) in Turkey, mergers and acquisitions, worked in concern with infrastructure, construction, energy and competition law. She took an active role in secondary legislation of Public Tender Law. She worked at every stage of build-operate-transfer projects, transfer of rights/concession and all process of privatizations implementations including tenders and transfers in which Akfen and its subsidiaries participated, also dealt with establishment of financial structures, facility agreements and both share and bond issues laws and regulations. She conducted company and holding structure works.
She is Board Member of Akfen Altyapı Holding A.Ş., Akfen Holding A.Ş. and also Board Member of various Akfen Holding subsidiaries and Akfen İnşaat Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş.
Nabil MOUKARBEL – Board Member
Nabil Moukarbel is currently a Chief Investment Officer in the Infrastructure and Natural Resources department at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. He is leading appraisal, structuring, syndication and negotiation of financing documentation for several projects in various emerging markets. He joined IFC in 1993. Nabil holds a Master of Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Graham WOOD – Independent Board Member
Graham Wood has an international career in the Electricity and Gas sectors in UK, USA, Europe, and Asia culminating in senior financial roles in the largest power company in Europe. Prior to becoming a board member for Akfen, he held similar positions in companies such as Freenergy and ENEA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Reading.