Hamdi AKIN – Chairman of the Board of Directors
Hamdi Akın graduated from Gazi University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He founded Akfen Holding, active in construction, tourism, trade and service sectors in 1976. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Akfen Holding, in 2005, he also became Chairman of TAV Airports Holding of which he is a founder and a shareholder. Mr. Akın 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), on the Board of Directors of TİSK-Turkish Confederation of Employers’ Associations (1995-2001), the Board of Directors of TÜSİAD-Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association and has also served as the President of Information Society and New Technologies Commission (2008-2009). Mr. Akın has been serving as a Board Member of Clean Seas Association/TURMEPA since 2011.
Hamdi Akın, together with Akfen Holding, 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.
Selim AKIN – Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Selim Akın, graduated from Surrey University, Business Administration Department in the United Kingdom, served as Surrey University Turkish Association President in 2005-2006 and after coming back to Turkey he has become a member of the Turkish Young Businessmen’s Association. Mr. Akın is also a member of TÜSİAD and TAV Airports Holding Early Detection of Risk Committee. 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 İnşaat ve Turizm A.Ş., Mr. Akın also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Akfen Holding and its various subsidiaries.
Pelin AKIN ÖZALP – Board of Directors Member
After graduating from Surrey University, UK, Spanish language Business Administration Department in 2010, Pelin Akın Özalp started her career in the Strategy department within the Finance department of Deutsche Bank’s Madrid office. Following her return to Turkey, she was accepted to the MT program of TAV Airports Holdings, to be trained as a future executive.
She is an active member of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors at TİKAV (Turkish Human Resources Education and Health Foundation) founded in 1999 by Akfen Holding. Pelin Akın Özalp is 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.
Pelin Akın Özalp had been organizing until 2017 the ‘Tatlıdil-Sweet-tongue Forum’ that was founded in 2011in order to strengthen political, economic and cultural relations between Turkey and the U.K. She also was a board member of Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TURKONFED) between 2016-2018. After 2015, Pelin Akın Özalp was chosen to be an Associate Member for TÜSİAD’s Board for 2 years as a youngest member.
She participated in different working groups in DEİK Spanish Business Council, DEİK British Business Council, DEİK Irish Business Council and DEİK US Business Council. She is also a member of Turkish Tourism Investers Association (TTYD), Association of Family Businesses (TAİDER) and Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Young Entrepreneurs Advisory Councils. Pelin Akin Ozalp is also a member of Turkey Business Women's Association (TIKAD), Association of Women in Board of Directors (YKKD) and the Marine Environment Protection Association (TURMEPA) Boards.
Currently serving as Vice Chairwoman of Akfen Infrastructure Holding, as Board Member and Corporate Governance Committee Member for Akfen Holding, and Board of Directors Member of IBS Insurance and Reinsurance Brokering, Akfen REIT, Istanbul Sea Buses (İDO) and Travelex.
İrfan ERCİYAS – Executive Director
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.
Sıla Cılız İNANÇ – Board of Directors 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.
İbrahim Süha GÜÇSAV – General Manager / CEO
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 Ferries company), 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 since March 2010. In addition to this role, he continues to be management board chairman of Akfen REIT and Akfen Water and management board member Akfen Yenilenebilir Enerji A.Ş.. Akfen Holding CEO 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.
F. Gülbin UZUNER BEKİT – Deputy General Manager – Finance / CFO
Graduating from the Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Economics Department in 1990, Bekit completed her master’s degree in International Finance at London’s Webster University in 1992. In the same year she began her finance career in the Finance and Budget department of STFA Enerkom and joined Garanti Bank in 1995, where she served as a manager in Financial Analysis, Marketing and Corporate Loans. She joined Akfen Holding in 1998, where she continues to serve as Deputy General Manager (Finance – CFO).
Gündoğan DURAK – Deputy General Manager – Financial Affairs
Graduating from the Hacettepe University İİBF in 2001, Durak began his working life as a junior accountant in the Finance Ministry in the same year. Between the years 2005-2008 he continued his work as a Finance Ministry accountant and special consultant. In the years 2008-2009, he worked as department manager in the Ankara Tax Administration. After completing the Finance master’s program at the University of Illinois in 2010-2011, he returned to Turkey and was appointed in 2012 as a chief tax inspector. In June 2013, he joined Deloitte Turkey where he worked until August 2017 as a certified public accountant in the roles of tax director and partner. Gündoğan Durak has the title of Certified Public Accountant (CPA), registered with the U.S. state of Illinois. He also has CMA and CGMA certificates. He is a member of the TÜSİAD Tax Working Group and the TÜSİAD Investment Environment Round Table. He is currently in the role of Deputy General Manager – Financial Affairs at Akfen Holding A.Ş..
Rafet YÜKSEL – Accounting Coordinator
Graduating from the economics department of Anadolu University in 1987, Yüksel served for five years as an accountant in the accounting department of Profilo Holding A.Ş.’s PEG A.Ş. unit. In 1990 he began to work as a general accountant within Akfen Müh. . Müş. Müt. ve Müm. A.Ş.. In 1998 her earned the title SMMM (Independent Accountant and Financial Advisor). On January 13, 2014, he received his Independent Auditor Certificate and was authorized to become an independent auditor. Working in the Accounting Department of Akfen Holding, Yüksel is currently serving as the Accounting Coordinator at Akfen Holding.
Tuba ŞAHANOĞLU – Business Development Coordinator
Graduating from the Banking and Finance Department of Bilkent University in 1996, Şahanoğlu began her career as an assistant specialist in the Executive Training program of Alternatifbank in 1996. She held various posts in the treasury and fund management departments of TAIB Investment Bank and Türk Eximbank between the years 1998-2006. After earning a master’s degree in European Business at Belgium’s EHSAL (Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel & Katholieke Hogeschool Sint Lieven) University in 2006, she started Akfen Holding’s Business Development Department in 2007. Since joining Akfen Holding she has conducted the coordination of many infrastructure and energy sector company mergers and acquisitions, as well as taking an active role in creating financial valuation models, in developing and restructuring projects and many corporate actions such as stock and bond public issues and de-listings. With her team she supports the conduct of Akfen Holding’s investor relations’ functions and contributes to the development of the relationship management between Akfen Holding and its subsidiaries.
Abidin Oğuz ŞİMŞEK – Finance Coordinator
Graduating from the English business department of Ankara Gazi University’s economics and administrative sciences faculty in 2007, Şimşek began his working life as an assistant specialist in the Finance Department of Akfen Holding A.Ş. in 2007. Between 2008-2010 he worked in Akfen Holding A.Ş.’s internal auditing department and as a Finance Department Deputy Finance Manager Akfen Holding A.Ş. between 2010-2012. He took on the roles of Finance Manager at Akfen Yenilenebilir Enerji A.Ş. between and 2012-2016 and at Akfen Altyapı A.Ş. between 2016-2017. Since October 2017, Şimşek has been in the role of Finance Coordinator at Akfen Holding A.Ş. and has played an active role in processes such as internal auditing and reporting in Akfen Holding’s subsidiaries and related partnerships, project finance and refinancing, company mergers and acquisitions, stock and bond public offerings and business development in the renewable energy sector.
Serpil DARDAĞAN – Internal Audit Coordinator
Graduating from the Finance department of Gazi University’s economics and administrative sciences faculty in 1994, Dardağan has worked at the companies İÇ Holding A.Ş., Fırat Plastik A.Ş., DHL Express A.Ş., Çalık Enerji A.Ş. and Farhym-Hymer Plastik A.Ş., which is active in Ankara as a sub- industry of MAN Turkey and with its management base in Germany. She received the title SMMM in 2004. Within Akfen Holding, she began her career in 2006 at Akfen Holding A.Ş. group company Akfensu Dağıtım as Financial Affairs Manager. She continued her career in internal auditing in the management of Akfen Holidng A.Ş. İç Denetim, which was established in 2010 and is currently in the post of Internal Audit Coordinator.