BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Germany,1974. Aksu graduated from the Istanbul University English Business Administration department and started his career working as Controller on the Kuveyt Türk A.Ş. Inspection Board. He served as the Finance Manager and Group Finance Director at Çalık Holding in 2003, as CFO and Board Member within the Akfel Group between 2008 and 2012, as CFO at Petkim Petrokimya Holding A.Ş. and STAR Rafineri A.Ş., affiliates of the Azerbaijan National Petroleum and Gas Company (SOCAR) between 2012 and 2016, and as Deputy General Manager of Finance (CFO) at Turkcell between the dates of July 20, 2016 and July 17, 2018. On August 2, 2018, he was appointed to be Deputy Minister of the Treasury and Finance.
Aksu has been Turk Eximbank Board Member since May 10, 2019 and has performed his duty as Turk Eximbank Board Chairman since May 13, 2019.
Vienna, 1964.Turagay graduated from the 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. Turagay started his career in 1987 as Assistant Specialist in the T.R. Prime Ministerial 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. Turagay has also served as the Undersecretary of Trade and T.R. Ambassador to Washington between 1997 and 2000 and as the T.R. Prime Ministerial Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade Deputy General Manager of Exports, the T.R. Prime Ministerial Housing Development Administration, Real Estate Investment Partnership Board Vice Chairman, T.R. Prime Ministerial Deputy Undersecretariat of Customs, Turkish Export Promotion Center Board Member and T.R. Prime Ministerial Vice Undersecretariat of Customs between 2000 and 2006. Turagay also served as TED Board Member and Equestrian Federation Board Member in the same period and as Director and Board Member at the company BAT Turkey, Exporters Unions Board Members, and Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) Member from 2006 until January 2019.
Turagay was appointed Deputy Minister of Trade on January 1, 2019. Turagay has served since February 5, 2019 as a Turk Eximbank Board Member and as the Vice Chairman as of the same date.
Kars, 1976. Gültekin graduated from the Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences Department of Finance and completed his master’s studies in Finance at the University of Illinois in the United States. Gültekin started his working life in 1998 as an Assistant Specialist at Turk Eximbank and moved over to the former Undersecretariat of the Treasury Banks Sworn Examiners Board in 1999 and later to the Banking Regulatory and Supervisory Agency Banks Sworn Examiners Board and from here rose up to be Banks Sworn Head Examiner.
Gültekin assumed the position of Turk Eximbank Deputy General Manager on December 17, 2013 and was appointed as Acting General Manager on May 13, 2019.
Erzincan, 1964. Çelik graduated from the Middle East Technical University Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences Department of Economics and worked as an Economist at the State Institute of Statistics between 1986 and 1987. He served as Specialist and Head Specialist at the Faisal Finance Agency Directorate of Project Assessment and Preparation between 1988 and 1995. He maintained his position as Project and Marketing Manager at the Ihlas Finance Agency between 1995 and 1999. He executed the role of Anadolu Finance Agency Deputy General Manager in the period of 2000 to 2005. Çelik assumed the role of Deputy General Manager of Credits at the Turkish Finance participation Bank between 2006 and 2013 and has maintained his role as Deputy General Manager of Commercial Banking since October 2013 and as General Manager since June 2015. Osman Çelik was appointed to the former Undersecretariat of the Treasury on June 29, 2016.
Çelik has executed his roles of Turk Eximbank Board Member since January 12, 2017 and as Turk Eximbank Board Chairman between the dates of January 21, 2017 and May 13, 2019, and he has served as Audit Committee Member since May 13, 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 Turkey 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 Turkey 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.
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.
Necdet Karadeniz was born in 1959 in Iğdır, he 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, who has been appointed as the Deputy General Manager of the Turk Eximbank on 26 May 2017, is currently working as the Deputy General Manager responsible for Allocation.
Adıyaman, 1967. He graduated from the Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences Department of Business Administration. Şahin started his business life in 1990 as an Assistant Supervisor at the Yaşarbank Inspection Board and continued his career as the Inspector and Head of the Inspection Board at the same bank. He later served as a Deputy General Manager, General Manager, and Member of Board of Directors at various institutions in the banking, insurance, money, and capital markets and joined Turk Eximbank in 2012. Şahin was appointed Assistant Deputy General Manager at Turk Eximbank on July 22, 2019 and currently serves as Deputy General Manager for Financial Affairs/Operations/Risk Monitoring.
Istanbul, 1962. Mr. Tanrıyakul graduated from the Economics Department at the Middle East Technical University. He started his professional career at the Project Evaluation Department of the State Investment Bank as Assistant Specialist, and worked in Credit Analysis and Treasury Departments after the bank was transformed into Turk Eximbank in 1987, serving until 1992, he took charge as Manager and Head of Department in the Finance Department, responsible for national and international borrowing during the 1992 98 period. Mr. Tanrıyakul was appointed as Deputy General Manager on 2 March 1998 and is currently in charge of Treasury, Funding, Economic Research and Coordination as Deputy General Manager.
Ankara, 1968. Mr. Erden, a graduate of the Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Economics, Ankara University, holds a Master’s degree in Economics from The City College of New York. Erden, who started his professional career in 1993 as a Specialist at Turk Eximbank, has worked in international relations, corporate finance and project financing departments in Körfezbank, Alarko Construction Group, Hattat Holding and Ontario Finance Administration respectively. Erden, who took office once again in Turk Eximbank in May 2012, was appointed as Deputy General Manager on March 2, 2018 and currently serves as Deputy General Manager responsible for Buyer Credit, International Credits, International Relations and Reinsurance.
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. Okur was appointed Deputy General Manager at Turk Eximbank on July 19, 2019 and currently serves as Deputy General Manager for Technology/Support.