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 of the Board
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.
Kayrıl KARABEYOĞLU – General Manager
Graduated from METU Civil Engineering Department in 1998, Kayrıl Karabeyoğlu completed his postgraduate studies doing a double major between years 1998-2001 at New York Lubin School of Business on Finance and Information Systems.
Mr. Karabeyoğlu launched his professional career at Standard and Poor’s New York Office between years 2001-2004, and continued his professional life at Project Financing Department of Garanti Bank between years 2004 to 2006.
Kayrıl Karabeyoğlu acted as Director at SU Private Equity Management between years 2006-2010 and then appointed as Turkey Country Manager at Advent International between years 2010-2013.
Then appointed as the CEO at Doğuş SK Venture Capital Trust between years 2013-2018, Karabeyoğlu further assumed the position of Executive Board Membership at Radore Data Center and Advisory Committee Membership at Endeavor.
Karabeyoğlu also authored three articles entitled “LBO and Credit Risk – relationship between LBO transaction sizes and credit performances”, “Leverage and Dividend – Balance sheet structuring strategies of private capital funds”, and “the credit quality of the portfolios of the derivate market players” that were published at international publications.
As of 2018, he is appointed as the General Manager at Akfen Renewable Energy.
Mustafa Kemal GÜNGÖR – Deputy General Manager / Chief Operating Officer
Mustafa Kemal Güngör graduated from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the Middle East Technical University in 1998 and completed his master's degree from the same university and department in 2003. During the last year of his undergraduate education and also during his graduate studies he was trained in the field of Energy Systems. From his graduation until today he solely worked in the energy industry. Güngör started his career in the field of energy transmission in 1998 and worked on high voltage energy transmission lines and transformer stations projects. Later in his career, he served in the companies that made investments in power generation plants. He completed all the processes from the establishment of Turkey's first private sector wind power plant until the end of the first operational year.
He has been one of first members of the team implementing the construction and operation of hydroelectric power plants in the portfolio of Akfen Holding, which he joined in July 2007. He has been involved in the development of wind projects of the Holding. He has also been contributing to the development of wholesale electricity sales and solar energy projects. Güngör, who served as General Manager of HEPP and WPP Companies in Akfen Holding, has been serving as Chief Operating Officer at Akfen Renewable Energy Inc.
Kürşat TEZKAN – Deputy General Manager / Chief Business Development Officer
In 2003-2004, Tezkan served as Vice President at Kuşadası Port Aegean Port Authority Inc., and then served as General Manager in Akfen Tourism Investments & Management Co. Ltd, as Director in Tüv-Türk Vehicle Inspection Station Construction Works Inc., and conducted Project Development works in Akfen Holding A.Ş. From that date until 2012, he served as Deputy General Manager of Finance and Corporate Relations in Mersin International Port Authority Inc.
Tezkan served as Akfen Holding Public Relations Coordinator between April 2012 and June 2013 and as Akfen-Su General Manager in 2014. He served as Akfen SPP General Manager between 2014 and 2016 and assumed the responsibilities of Akfen Tourism Investments as well as IDO permits.
Kürşat Tezkan has been serving as Chief Business Development Officer of Akfen Renewable Energy since 2016.
Mehmet YEŞİLKAYA – Deputy General Manager / Chief Construction and Engineering Officer
In 1986, he graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Mechanical Engineering. He started his career in 1986 at Kutlutaş -157 MW * 2-Çatalağzı B Thermal Power Plant Construction Project. He served as manager in many international and local projects, in Thermal Power Plant Projects (Natural Gas Cycle, Pulverized Coal, Fluidized Bed), Natural Gas Projects (Pressure Reducing Station, Natural Gas Compressor Stations and Natural Gas Transmission Lines), and various refinery construction projects (Hydrocracker, Isomerization, Diesel Hydro-treating).
He joined Akfen HEPP in April 2011 and managed engineering-procurement-construction and commissioning works of the HEPPs that are in the construction phase; he supervised feasibility, concept design, engineering-procurement-construction procurement processes of the 1.148 MW Mersin Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant Project, and managed the feasibility processes within the scope of 600MW Sedef-II Thermal Power Plant project development works.
As of 2016, he has been serving as Deputy General Manager of Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning processes of the investments of Akfen Renewable Energy Inc.
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.