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).

After graduating from Surrey University, UK, in 2010, Pelin Akın Özalp started her career in the 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), Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TURKONFED) and American Turkish Society (ATS) Boards and Steering Committee Member at 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.

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 İnşaat ve Turizm A.Ş. and İstanbul Fast Ferries (İDO), Mr. Akın also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO at Akfen Holding and its various subsidiaries.

Mr. Akın is a member of TÜSİAD, Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TTYD), Young Businessmen Association of Turkey (TÜGİAD) and Turkish Contractors Association (TMB) Supervisory Board. He has also been serving as DEİK representative since 2018.

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..

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 now Board of Directors Chief Legal Counsel of Akfen Holding A.Ş. and also Board Member of various Akfen Holding subsidiaries, Akfen Altyapı Danışmanlık A.Ş. and Akfen İnşaat Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Having graduated from Gazi University, Department of Economics and Finance in 1977, İrfan Erciyas started his professional career at Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası. After serving as Inspector and branch manager at Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası, he worked as Executive Vice President from 1996-2002 and as CEO from 2002-2003. In 2003, he joined Akfen Holding as Vice Chairman and played a key role in Vehicle Inspection Stations, privatization of Mersin International Port and İDO, establishment of Akfen REIT and Akfen Energy, the IPO of Akfen Holding and Akfen REIT, sales of subsidiaries’ shares and longterm finance. Since March 2010, İrfan Erciyas has served as Executive Director at Akfen Holding; in addition, he is the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Board Member at a number of Akfen Holding affiliates and subsidiaries.

Oğuz Satıcı was born in Istanbul in 1965. He started his education path at Reşitpaşa Elementary School, continued with Mahmutpaşa Junior High and Kabataş Erkek Lisesi ( Kabataş Boys’ School). He started his business life in his family business of Oguz Iplik Company at his early age. He attended to Washington International University and got his Business Administration degree while he was working at the same time. He established in 1991  the textile production and  export company  Tekfil Iplik Orme Sanayi ve Ticaret AS and Polaris Tekstil Sanayi Ticaret AS in 1994.

He was elected as the youngest Assembly Member of Istanbul Chamber of the Commerce (ITO) in 1990.

He was a board member of Economic Development Foundation  between 1996 and 1998.

He was the Chairman of Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Export Association  between 1999 and 2001.

He was a board member of the Coordination Committee for the Improvement of the Investment Environment of Turkey (YOİKK) in 2001-2008.

He was a board member of the Investment Advisory Council of Turkey (YDK) in 2004-2008.

He was the Chairman of Turkish Exporter Assembly (TIM) in between 2001 and 2008.

During his leadership  period at the TIM, he traveled all around the world in order to increase the Turkish exports. Turkey Export figures has increased  % 500 and reached 130 billion USD from only 26 billion USD during Satıcı leadership of Turkish Exporter Assembly.

Oguz Satıcı is known for his innovative and modern ideas and his success in teamwork, and respectfully recognized in  exporters and business arena.


Bahattin Yücel was born in Nazilli, 1949 who graduated from Fatih Saraçhanebaşı Elementary School (Istanbul), Bakırköy-Kartaltepe Elementary School, Konya Ereğli High School and then Istanbul University, Faculty of Law in 1968. He started his career in Kayhan Turizm (Hertz Rent a Car) while studying history in Faculty of Literature of Istanbul University and graduated in 1975.

He became co-founder of Esin Turizm A.Ş (Europcar) between 1975-1982 and worked as the general secretariat of Associaiton of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) between 1979-1983. Then he continued his management business in Ekin Turizm in between 1982-1991.

Between 1991-1995, been elected as 19th era senator to the Parliament of Turkey, Deputy, he used to be members of Commission of Public Works, Transportation and Tourism, Commission of Investigation of Unidentified Murders and Commission of Investigation of Events in Gazi District. Committee member in 1995 He was a Parliament of Turkey’s Gazi Neighbor’s case investigation committee member. After he was reelected to Parliament he became the Minister of Tourism between 1996 and 1997.

Aziz Ahmet Kacar after graduated from the Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences in Ankara, started his business career in Vakıflar Bankası as a clerk in 1976. In 1988 he participated in founding Fund Management of Vakıflar Bankası and continued as Group Director of Information Tchnologies in the same bank. Then he took place in establishing new Technologies in Vakıflar Bankası like atm, debit card, call center, call center, phone banking, pos devices and internet banking.

Becoming Manager of Başkent Branch he established the first financial market unit of the bank in 1994. He became CFO and deputy CEO for Information Tecnologies, Retail Loans, Retail Banking, Creit Cards, Corporate Finance, marketing respectively between 1997 and 2003. At the same time he used to be deputy CEO for Güneş Hayat (Vakıf Eemeklilik), member of Board of Directors in Takasbank, BKM, some subsidaries of Vakıflar Bankası and TSKB.

Kacar became CEO of Vakıflar Bankası between 2003 and 2005. He was CEO and also member of Board of Directors in Ankara Sigorta A.Ş. and Ankara Emeklilik A.Ş. until 2007. Fo the followig 5 years he was the member Board of Directors of Kiler GYO A.Ş and its subsidaries. Since 2012, he is an independent consultant.

Board of Directors
HAMDİ AKIN
1
HAMDİ AKIN
Chairman of the Board of Directors
PELIN AKIN ÖZALP
2
PELIN AKIN ÖZALP
Vice Chairman of the BoD, Chief Sust. Officer
SELIM AKIN
3
SELIM AKIN
Board Member
GÜNDOĞAN DURAK
4
GÜNDOĞAN DURAK
Board Member
SILA CILIZ İNANÇ
5
SILA CILIZ İNANÇ
Board Member
İRFAN ERCIYAS
6
İRFAN ERCIYAS
Board Member
OĞUZ SATICI
7
OĞUZ SATICI
Independent Member of the Board of Directors
BAHATTİN YÜCEL
8
BAHATTİN YÜCEL
Independent Member of Board of Directors
AZİZ AHMET KACAR
9
AZİZ AHMET KACAR
Independent Member of the Board of Directors