BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Deputy Minister Mr. Osman Çelik was born on 1964 in Erzincan-Kemaliye. He graduated from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics. He worked as an Economist at the State Institute of Statistics between 1986-1987. Between 1988-1995, he worked as a Specialist and Chief Specialist at the Project Evaluation and Preparation Directorate of Faisal Finans Kurumu. He worked as Project and Marketing Manager at İhlas Finans Kurumu between 1995-1999.
He served as the Assistant General Manager of Anadolu Finans Kurumu between 2000-2005. Between 2006 and 2015, he assumed the duties of Assistant General Manager responsible for Credits and Commercial Banking, respectively, and General Manager as of June 2015, at Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası.
Between 2000 and 2005, he served as Assistant General Manager of Anadolu Finans Kurumu. From 2006 to 2015, he held the positions of Assistant General Manager for Credits and Assistant General Manager for Commercial Banking, respectively, at Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası. As of June 2015, he assumed the position of General Manager of Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası.
Mr. Çelik was appointed as the Undersecretary of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Treasury and Finance on June 29, 2016. During his tenure as Undersecretary, he served as a Member of the Executive Board of the Islamic Development Bank and also acted as the G-20 Turkey Sherpa. During the same period, he also held positions as a Governor in the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Asian Development Bank, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, Ecobank, and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Additionally, he served as a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), Financial Stability Committee, Coordination Board for Interest-Free Financing, and the Executive Board of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization (KOSGEB).
Between 2017 and 2021, Çelik held the positions of Chairman of the Board, Board Member, and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Türk Eximbank. Starting from October 2018, he served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Credit Committee at Vakıf Katılım Bankası A.Ş. As of March 25, 2022, he was appointed as the General Manager of Vakıf Katılım Bankası.
As of July 21, 2023, Mr. Osman Çelik has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Treasury and Finance. Additionally, he is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Türk Eximbank.
Özgür Volkan AĞAR was born in Ankara on 1972 and completed his primary and secondary education in the same city. He graduated from the Department of Public Administration at Ankara University's Faculty of Political Sciences in 1994. He pursued his master's degree in Public Administration at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States.
In January 1996, he started his career as an Assistant Foreign Trade Specialist at the General Directorate of Import of T.R. Prime Ministry's Undersecretariat for Foreign Trade. In 1999, he served as a Foreign Trade Specialist at the General Directorate of Import. In 2005, he became a Branch Manager at the General Directorate of Export. From 2007 to 2009, he held the position of Commercial Attaché at the Consulate General of Georgia in Batumi. In 2009, he assumed the role of Department Head in the General Directorate of Export.
In 2010, he served as the Deputy Director General of the Export General Directorate at the Ministry of Economy. From January 2016, he held the position of Director General of the Export General Directorate at the Ministry of Trade for six years. Finally, on March 17, 2022, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Trade at the Ministry of Trade.
As of July 2023, Özgür Volkan AĞAR is a member of the Board of Directors at Türk Eximbank and has been serving as the Vice Chairman since the same date.
Rize, 1964. Ali Güney who was graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Marmara University took charge in the Fund Management Directorate of Faisal Financial Institution between the years of 1990-1993. He assumed the duty of Deputy Manager in the Fund Management and Treasury Directorate of Ihlas Financial Institution within the period of 1995-1999. Güney who performed duty as the Fund Management and Treasury Manager in Anadolu Financial Institution between the years of 1999-2005 executed the duty of Treasury Manager in Turkiye Finans Katılım Bankası within the period of 2006-2009 and the duty of Deputy General Manager responsible for the Treasury and Financial Institutions between the years of 2009-2015. Güney took charge as the Deputy General Manager responsible for the Treasury and Strategy in Vakıf Katılım Bankası A.Ş. between the years of 2015-2019.
Güney has been taking charge as the Board of Directors Member and the General Manager of Turk Eximbank since 17 October 2019.
Nail Olpak was born in Burdur, İbecik, in 1961 and graduated from Aydın High School. Olpak graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Machinery, and completed his master's degree in the field of Energy at Yıldız Technical University. Olpak started his career at Umar Makina A.Ş.; he worked as Assistant Factory Manager at Özgün A.Ş., as a senior manager at Cankurtaran Holding, and left there as Vice Chairman.
Nail Olpak later founded NORA Elektrik Malzemeleri A.Ş. and PAK Yatırım İnşaat A.Ş. Currently; he is acting as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of these two companies and the Member of the Board of the subsidiaries of the same. Nail OLPAK, currently also continues his duties as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee at Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), Board Member at Turkey Export Credit Bank A.Ş. (TURK EXIMBANK), Board Member at TURKCELL İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş., Member of the Board of Directors at Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA), Member of the Coordination Board for the Improvement of the Investment Environment (YOIKK), Chairman at World Turkish Business Council (DTİK), D. Member of the Advisory Board at Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD), Founders Board Member at International Technological Economic and Social Research Foundation (UTESAV), Member of the Board of Trustees at Tourism Development and Education Foundation (TUGEV), Founders Board Member at Spreading Knowledge Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees at Huzur Hospital Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees at Human Development and Social Education Foundation (IGETEV), Member of the Board of Trustees at Istanbul Medeniyet University Supporting Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees at Kandilli Club Foundation, Member of the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers (TMMOB), Member of the Mimar Sinan Engineers Union (MSMB), and a member of Aydın High School Alumni Association (ALMED).
Nail Olpak also served as the 5th term Chairman of MUSIAD (Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association) and Chairman of the High Advisory Board of MUSIAD, Vice Chairman of IBF (International Business Forum), Executive Board Member of B20 Turkey, Assembly Member of ITO (Istanbul Chamber of Commerce), Board Member of IDTM (Istanbul) World Trade Center), Board Member of Huzur Hospital Foundation, Board Member of ENVERDER (Energy Efficiency Association), Board Member and (YİH) High Advisory Board Member of MMG (Architects and Engineers Group), Founding Committee Member of Turkish-Japanese University, Member of the Board of Trustees of Information Commercialization Center (BTM), Advisory Board Member of ITU Mechanical Faculty, and Member of the Board of Directors of Muallimköy Teknoloji Bölgesi A.Ş. (Informatics Valley).
Nail Olpak was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in International Relations by Ahi Evran University and Mehmet Akif Ersoy University. Nail Olpak, married with two sons, an architect and a Mechatronics Engineer, speaks English fluently.
Mustafa Gültepe was born in 1968 in Tonya-Trabzon. He graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Industrial Engineering Department in 1990. Gültepe completed his MBA master’s degree at Istanbul University in 1997 and got into the sector at Taha Tekstil in 1992 after graduation. He is the founding partner and chairman of the board of Talu Tekstil, which was incorporated in 1994 as a subsidiary of Taha Group. Gültepe has been in the ready-made garment industry for 30 years. He owns production facilities in Istanbul, Sakarya and Malatya, and employs approximately 4,000 people.
Between 2017-2021, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Sakarya 1st Organized Industrial Zone.
Gültepe has been on the Board of Directors of Istanbul Ready Made Garment And Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKIB) since 2010; he served as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors between 2014-2018, and in the elections held in April 2018, he became the Chairman of the Board of Directors of İHKİB and still continues this duty. Gültepe was elected as the Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly on 13 June 2022.
Mustafa Gültepe, who also serves as the Vice Chairman of DEİK and İhracatı Geliştirme A.Ş., is married, has three children, and speaks English.
Since October 17, 2022, Gültepe has been serving as a Member of the Board of Directors at Turkish Eximbank.
Trabzon, 1952. Arkan graduated from the Ankara University Faculty of Law and completed his lawyer internship in 1976. She started her career that same year in the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and served as Consultant Lawyer in the SSI General Directorate. Arkan joined the State Investment Bank in 1987 and served in the restructuring of the State Investment Bank as Turk Eximbank. She has assumed positions as Specialist, Manager, Legal Advisor, and Department Head at Turk Eximbank and has served as Deputy General Manager of Insurance and Guarantee Operations between the dates of March 2, 1998 and March 19, 2012.
Arkan has been a Turk Eximbank Board Member since May 10, 2019.
Ankara, 1973. She graduated from the Department of Statistics at Middle East Technical University in 1995. She completed her master's degree in Economics at the University of Michigan (USA) between 2000 and 2002.
She started his career as an Assistant Specialist at the Undersecretariat of the Treasury of Prime Ministry in 1996. Between 2004 and 2007, she served as a Section Manager at the Undersecretariat of the Treasury, Directorate General of Economic Research. Between 2007 and 2013, she was a Department Head, and from 2013 to 2018, she served as Assistant General Manager at the same institution.
Yılmaz, who worked as the Department Head and Deputy General Manager at the General Directorate of Economic Programs and Researches of the Ministry of Treasury and Finance from 2019 to 2023, continues his duty as the Assistant General Manager.
Yılmaz has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Türk Eximbank as of July 2023 and a Member of the Audit Committee since July 28, 2023.
Iğdır, 1959. Necdet Karadeniz graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering Department, and has a master’s degree in the field of Business Management from Istanbul University. Mr. Karadeniz, who started his career in 1987 at Iktisat Bank, chronologically worked for the Türkiye Emlak Bank, Türkiye Finans Katılım, Alternatifbank and T.R. Ziraat Bank, under the title of Director and Head of Department, and has attended to Turk Eximbank in December, 2012. Mr. Karadeniz has been working as the Deputy General Manager of Turk Eximbank since 26th May 2017.
Kocaeli, 1977. Mr. Altındağ graduated from Faculty of Business Administration of Istanbul University and he started his career as an inspector in inspection board at Tekstil Bankası A.Ş. Between the years of 2004-2010, Mr. Altındağ served as, Marketing Manager, the Head of Finance and Accounting Department of Creditwest Factoring Services A.Ş. and then he served as Commercial Banking Customer Relations Manager, Head of Multinational Corporations Department and Corporate Banking Assistant President of Citibank between the years of 2010-2019. Mr. Altındağ has been working as the Deputy General Manager of Türk Eximbank since 20th December 2019.
Istanbul, 1970. After graduating from Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics, Mr. Yavuz started his banking career as an Inspector at Yapı Kredi Bank in 1994. Mr. Yavuz worked as MIS Reporting and Budgeting Manager between 1998-2006, as the Senior Manager of Financial Planning, Analysis and Group Reporting at Credit Europe Bank (Romania) in 2007, and as the Senior Manager of Financial Planning and Corporate Performance Management at Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası in 2009. He assumed different responsibilities in Strategy and Finance fields until 2017 and also served as the Deputy General Manager for a while. In 2018, he was appointed to Vakıf Emeklilik ve Hayat A.Ş. as the Group Manager responsible for Financial Management and continued to work there until December 2019. Mr. Yavuz joined Türk Eximbank as Head of Financial Affairs Department in January 2020 and stood proxy as Head of Strategy Department. Mr. Yavuz has been working as the Deputy General Manager of Türk Eximbank since 28th June 2021.
Kocaeli, 1968. Mr. Uzun graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University and completed his master's degree at the University of Illinois in the USA between the years of 1992-1995. He started his banking career at Körfezbank in 1996 and served as a senior manager in the fields Treasury and Financial Markets in several private banks, and then he worked as Group Manager in charge of Treasury in ING Bank Türkiye between the years of 2008-2011. Mr. Uzun took charge in Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası between the years of 2011-2019 and he held the position of Deputy General Manager in charge of Treasury. Mr. Uzun has been working as the Deputy General Manager of Türk Eximbank since 20th December 2019.
Zonguldak, 1977. Okur graduated from the Middle East Technical University Department of Computer Engineering and completed his master’s studies in the Marmara University Department of Business Administration. Okur started his business life in 1998, served in the information technology fields at Aselsan, Garanti Technology, and Akbank, respectively, and then joined Turk Eximbank in 2015. Mr. Okur has been working as the Deputy General Manager of Turk Eximbank since 19th July 2019.