BOARD OF DIRECTORS
He started his career as an investment consultant at EVG Menkul Değerler. He worked in research and investment consultancy units at Riva Menkul Değerler and Karon Menkul Değerler, respectively. He joined Ak Portföy Yönetimi in 2002 and worked as the group manager responsible for managing pension and investment funds and determining investment strategies until 2010. He joined EVG Menkul Değerler in 2011 as assistant general manager responsible for individual portfolios and investment funds. Between 2012 and 2019, he worked at Halk Portföy Yönetimi AŞ as the assistant general manager responsible for determining general investment strategies and managing investment/pension funds. At the beginning of 2019, he joined Halk Investment Menkul Değerler AŞ as the assistant general manager responsible for treasury, research, human resources, administrative and legal affairs, financial affairs, operations, and information technologies units. He served as the General Manager of Financial Markets and Foreign Exchange, responsible for reinforcing the institutional framework for monitoring and managing systemic risks between 2019 and 2021 at the Ministry of Treasury and Finance. During this period, he carried out studies on the development of financial instruments and markets, the development of policies and instruments that will facilitate enterprises' access to finance, and the determination of the principles of the foreign exchange legislation and foreign exchange policies. In addition, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the TÜBİTAK Risk Venture Capital Support Program, which carries out activities to contribute to the commercialization of inventions with early development potential and products and/or technologies generated as a result of R&D and innovation activities, and the Turkish Investment Initiative, which was established in partnership with the European Investment Fund and the Ministry of Treasury and Finance to ensure the healthy development of the venture capital sector in our country.
Appointed as the Vice-Minister of Treasury and Finance on December 21, 2021, Mr. Zaman has been serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Türk Eximbank since February 2022. He was awarded with an undergraduate degree by Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Public Administration in 1997, and master's degree by Marmara University in 2006. He continues his doctoral studies (PhD).
Mr. Rıza Tuna Turagay was born in Vienna in 1964. He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Business Administration and completed his master’s studies at the University of Birmingham in the field of International Banking and Finance. Mr. Turagay started his career in 1987 as an Assistant Specialist in the Republic of Türkiye Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of the Treasury and Foreign Trade, where he served until 1997 in the positions of Specialist, Branch Manager, Advisor to the Undersecretary and Advisor to the Minister. Mr. Turagay has also served as the Trade Counsellor in the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. between 1997 and 2000. Later on, he respectively served as Deputy General Director of Export in Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, President of Prime Ministry Housing Development Administration, Acting Chairman of Real Estate Investment Partnership Board, Deputy Undersecretary of Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Customs, Board Member of Turkish Export Promotion Center and Acting Undersecretary of Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Customs between 2000 and 2006. Mr. Turagay also served as TED Board Member and Equestrian Federation Board Member during the same period. He continued his career in private sector between 2006 and January of 2019. During this period, Mr. Turagay has served as the Director and Board Member in private sector, Board Member of Exporters Unions, and Member of Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM).
Mr. Turagay was appointed as Deputy Minister of Trade on January 18, 2019. Mr. Turagay has also been serving as a Board Member and Vice Chairman of Turk Eximbank since February 5, 2019.
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.
Burdur, 1961. Olpak graduated from the Istanbul Technical University Department of Mechanical Engineering and completed his master’s studies at Yıldız Technical University in the field of energy. Olpak, started his career at Umar Makina A.Ş. and after Özgün A.Ş. Deputy Factory Manager, began working as a Project Manager at Esem Elektrik Sayaçları A.Ş., a company of Cankurtaran Holding A.Ş., served in upper-level management at various levels of the Holding Company, and assumed the role of Cankurtaran Holding Vice President until the end of 2000.
Olpak founded Nora Elektrik Malzemeleri A.Ş and Pak Yatırım A.Ş. and still executes his role of Board Chairman for both companies and as Board Chairman for companies that have partnerships with these institutions. Olpak has been serving Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) Board Chairman since September 22, 2017 and also maintains his positions as DEIK Executive Board Chairman, Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) Board Member, Information Valley (Muallimköy Teknoloji Bölgesi A.Ş) Board Member, MUSIAD High Advisory Board Member, International Technological Economic and Social Research Foundation (UTESAV) Founders Committee Member, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Information Commercialization and Research Foundation (BTM) Board of Trustees Member, Tourism Development and Education Foundation (TUGEV, ITO) Board of Trustees Member, Kandilli Club Founder Board of Trustees Member and Board Vice Chairman, Dissemination of Science Foundation Founders Board Member, Huzur Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees Member, Individual Development and Societal Education Foundation (ITEGEV) Board of Trustees Member, Istanbul Medeniyet University Support Foundation Board of Trustees Member, Chamber of Mechanical Engineers Member, and ITU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board Member. He has also served as the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MUSIAD) 5th Term General President and MUSIAD High Advisory Board Chairman, International Business Forum (IBF) Vice President, B20 Türkiye Executive Board Member, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) Assembly Member, Istanbul World Trade Center (IDTM) Board Member, Huzur Hospital Foundation Board Member, Energy Efficiency Association (ENVERDER) Board Member, Architects and Engineers Group (MMG) Board Member and High Advisory Board (YIH) Member, and Investment Environment Improvement Coordination (YOIKK) Board Member.
Olpak has served as a Turk Eximbank Board Member since April 26, 2018 and as Audit Committee Member since May 13, 2019.
Sivas, 1960. Gülle graduated from the Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Electrical Engineering and completed his specialization program at the Istanbul University Institute of Business Economics. Gülle maintains his positions as Ergene-2 Organized Free Trade Zone Board Chairman and Board of Trustees Member, Economic Development Foundation Board, and Textile and Raw Materials Sector Council Chairman, and he assumed the role of Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) on June 30, 2018.
Gülle founded Entegre Tekstil İşletmeleri A.Ş. and maintains his role as Board of the company. Gülle served as Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Union (ITHIB) Board Member between 1999 and 2003 and Board Chairman, as Türkiye Exporters Assembly (TIM) Sectors Council Member, Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO) Assembly Vice President, and Sivas Industrialists and Businessmen Group Association (SSIAG) Board Chairman between 2003 and 2018. Gülle has been a Turk Eximbank Board Member since September 24, 2018 and as Audit Committee Member since March 28, 2022.
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.
Mehmet Esat Mert graduated from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, and completed his master's degree in Industrial Engineering at Middle East Technical University. He completed his second master's degree in Finance at London Business School. He continues his doctoral studies (Ph.D.) at Middle East Technical University. Mert started his career in the private sector and worked at the Ministry of Treasury and Finance Project Finance Department, International Capital Markets Department, and Deputy Minister's Office between 2014 and 2021. In London, he worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the private equity fund Everest Capital.
Currently working as a Consultant at the Ministry of Treasury and Finance, Mert has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Türk Eximbank since 14 March 2022.
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.