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), Akfen Renewable Energy (Akfen Yenilenebilir Enerji A.Ş.) and Akfen REIT (Akfen Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş.). 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 member of the Board of Trustess at Support and Education Foundation for Basketball and Board Member of Bodrum Promotion Foundation (BOTAV).
Selim AKIN – Vice Chairman of the Board
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.
Pelin AKIN ÖZALP – Board Member
After graduating from Surrey University, UK, in 2010, Pelin Akın Özalp started her career in Deutsche Bank. Following her return to Turkey, she attended the MT Program of TAV Airports Holdings. Later moving on to the parent company, she has been serving as a Board Member in Akfen Holding as of 2012.
She is an active member of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors at TİKAV (Turkish Human Resources Education and Health Foundation) and Vice President of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Türkiye National Committee. She is also Chairwoman at the Advisory Board of the Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair founded in London School of Economics since 2010.
She has been serving in DEİK(Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey) as a Board Member in Spanish, British and US Business Councils. She is also a Board Member of Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TTYD), Turkey Business Women's Association (TIKAD), the Marine Environment Protection Association (TURMEPA) and American Turkish Society (ATS) Boards and in Steering Committee Member of Inclusive Capitalism at the moment.
Previously, her experience entails different Board Memberships in various networks such as Association of Family Businesses (TAİDER) and Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Young Entrepreneurs Advisory Councils, Association of Women in Board of Directors (YKKD). She was elected as the youngest deputy board member in TUSIAD in 2014.
Currently serving as Board Member of Akfen Holding, and Board of Directors Member of Akfen Renewable Energy, Akfen REIT, Istanbul Sea Buses (İDO) and Travelex.
She has enjoyed her YPO network from 2013-2020.
Hasan KÖKTAŞ – Independent Member of the Board
Hasan Köktaş was born in 1963 in Trabzon. In 1988, he graduated from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Public Administration. He started his career at Türkiye İş Bankası. He worked in Family Finance between 1990-1994 in various positions, and served as a member of the Board of Directors at Vakıfbank between 1996-1997 and as the General Manager of Belko between 1994 and 1999. Between 2003 and 2008, he served as the Vice President of the Privatization Administration of Turkey. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Erdemir between 2004 and 2006, and Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Türkiye Petrol Rafinerileri A.Ş. (TÜPRAŞ) between 2003 and 2008.
During his career in the Privatization Administration, he took part in the privatization and public offering of Turkey’s largest companies such as Tüpraş, Erdemir, Halkbank, Esgaz, Bursagaz and also harbors and mining companies Hasan Köktaş worked as the Vice President of Privatization Administration in charge of oil, natural gas and electricity sectors, and served as the Chairman of Energy Market Regulatory Board (EMRA) between 2008 and 2014. Hasan Köktaş, who has been serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Turkish Energy Foundation (TENVA) since 2014, has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Aydem Energy Holding since 2017 and Chairman of Board of Directors of ACC Energy Investment & Consultancy Co since 2019. Köktaş has training certificates in various fields and participated in many national and international meetings on energy. Hasan Köktaş speaks English; he is married and has 3 children.
Yusuf TÜLEK – Independent Member of the Board
Born in 1962 in Denizli, Yusuf Tülek graduated from Karadeniz Technical University Mechanical Engineering in 1983 and started to work as an engineer at the Turkish Electricity Authority Zonguldak Çatalağzı Thermal Power Plant. He worked as the Deputy Manager of 1200 MW Trakya Natural Gas Power Plant between 1986-1994. Afterwards, he worked as the Project and Power Site Manager at Çukurova Elektrik A.Ş. between 1994-1996, Assistant General Manager at Rumeli Holding A.Ş. between 1996-1998, Energy Projects Coordinator at Asna Holding A.Ş. between 1998-2000, Consultant at McD Consulting Office between 2000-2001, and Energy Project Supervisor at Esnida Ltd. between 2001-2003. Yusuk Tülek served as the Board Member and Assistant General Manager of Türkiye Elektrik Ticaret Taahhüt A.Ş. (TETAŞ) between 2003 and 2004, and he was appointed to the EMRA Board with the Appointment Decision published in the Official Gazette of 3 January 2004, and he worked as an EMRA Board Member until 2010. He has been serving as the Founder Shareholder of TB Enerji Yatırım Danışmanlık Ltd since 2012, and he is an Independent Board Member at Lokman Hekim Engürüsağ A.Ş. since 2021.
Mustafa Kemal GÜNGÖR – General Manager
Graduated from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Middle East Technical University in 1998, Mustafa Kemal Güngör took his master's degree on Power Systems at the same university and the same department in 2003. Graduating from the Executive MBA program at Bilkent University in 2020, Güngör’s entire career since 1998 was in the energy sector. Güngör’s career started in the field of energy transmission as he was employed in the construction projects on high voltage energy transmission lines and transformer substations. Later during his business life, he worked on renewable energy generation power plant projects and took part in Turkey's first private sector wind power plant and first licensed solar power plant projects.
He was a part of the team who initiated the investments on hydroelectric power plants at Akfen Renewable Energy, the firm he joined in July 2007. As the company grows, he further engaged in development of solar and wind power projects, company takeovers, technical due-diligence process prior to entering into the EBRD-IFC partnership and power trade efforts. Güngör acts as the General Manager and Member of the Board at the SPVs affiliated with the company, as well as holds the position of General Manager at Akfen Renewable Energy..
Mustafa Rıfat BAĞBAŞLIOĞLU – Deputy General Manager / Law
Mustafa Rifat BAGBAŞLIOGLU, who graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1999, started his career as a Lawyer at Medical Innovation Group in 2001. He worked as a Lawyer at SA-RA Energy between 2003-2006. Besides his position also worked as a Contract Manager in Syria and Bosnia-Herzegovina projects of the company.
Between 2006-2011, He worked as a Chamber Counsel in PTT General Directorate, and besides his duties in PTT, He served as an Expert Reporter in the Turkish Superior Board of Arbitration between 2008-2011.
He continued his career as a General Counsel&Compliance Officer and BoD member at Enerjisa Energy Distribution Companies between 2011-2022.
As of 2022, he is responsible as a Deputy General Manager / Law, and he is executing corporate law and litigation in Akfen Renewable Energy and the companies in its portfolio.
Rıfat BAGBASLIOGLU provides consultancy to the departments in compliance with the regulation and corporate correspondence, He is also coordinating and executing in relation to Labor Law, Commercial Law and Contract Law.
Özgür UZUNOĞLU – Deputy General Manager / Finance
In 2000, he graduated from Department of Business Administration of Boğaziçi University. He started his professional career as a corporate finance analyst and partner at Global Securities.
From 2006 to 2009, he served as a senior investment banker at NBK Capital. Later, he joined Burgan Securities (formerly EFG Istanbul) and held the corporate finance co-chair until 2015.
He coordinates and executes important processes (documentation, examination, investment case and feasibility analysis, board reporting, SPA negotiations) in corporate finance transactions (such as mergers and acquisitions, capital and debt market transactions).
He coordinates and executes project financing of investments. Moreover, he performs financial analysis and modeling of organic and inorganic growth investments. He leads preparation and coordination of periodical business reports, and presents them to the shareholders and the Board.