BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Erzincan, 1964. Mr. Çelik holds a BA in Economics from the Middle East Technical University’s Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He worked as an economist with the State Statistical Institute in 1986 and 1987. He then joined Faisal Finance where he worked as a specialist and chief specialist in the Project Evaluation and Preparation Department from 1988 until 1995. He was Project and Marketing Manager at İhlas Finance from 1995 through 1999, and Assistant General Manager of Anadolu Finance from 2000 through 2005. After functioning as Assistant General Manager of Credits at Türkiye Finans Participation Bank from 2006 to 2013, he then served as Assistant General Manager of Commercial Banking from October 2013 and as General Manager from June 2015. Mr. Çelik was appointed as Undersecretary of Treasury on 29 June 2016, in which position he still serves. Holding a member’s seat on the Board of Directors of Turk Eximbank since 12 January 2017, Mr. Çelik was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Turk Eximbank on 21 January 2017.
Vienna, 1964. Turagay graduated from the Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Business Administration and completed his master degree in International Banking and Finance at the University of Birmingham. He began his career in 1987 at the T.R. Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of the Treasury and Foreign Trade, where he served until 1997 in the positions of Specialist, Branch Manager, Undersecretarial Advisor, and Ministerial Advisor. Turagay also assumed roles as the Trade Advisor and T.R. Ambassador to Washington D.C. from 1997-2000, the T.R. Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade Deputy General Manager of Exports, President of the T.R. Prime Ministry Housing Development Administration, the Vice Chairman of the Real Estate Investment Trust Board, T.R. Prime Ministry Deputy Undersecretary of Customs, Member of the Turkish Export Promotion Center Board, and the T.R. Prime Ministry Vice Undersecretary of Customs from 2000-2006, He also served in the same period as Member of the TED Board and Member of the Equestrian Federation Board as well as working as Director and Member of the Board at BAT Türkiye, Member of the Exporters’ Associations Board, and Member of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) from 2006 until January 2019. Turagay was appointed Deputy Minister of Trade on January 18, 2019 and since February 5, 2019 has served as both Member and Vice Chairman of the Turk Eximbank Board.
Denizli, 1959. Mr. Yıldırım holds a degree in Economics and Public Finance from Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Sciences and a master’s degree in economics from the Vanderbilt University in the US. Mr. Yıldırım started his Professional life as an assistant auditor on the Board of Auditors at the Ministry of Finance in 1981, where he then worked as an auditor and chief auditor. He was a Department Head at the Ministry of Finance from 1991 to 1996, before working as the CFO of EGS Group, General Manager of Denizli Free Zone, board member of İpekyolu Vadisi Serbest Bölge Kurucu ve İşletmecisi A.Ş., and Financial Advisor for Aegean Exporters’ Association. Having served as Secretary General of İzmir Chamber of Commerce from 2006 to 2010, Mr. Yıldırım was a founding partner of Pamukkale Consulting and of Batı Yeminli Mali Müşavirlik ve Bağımsız Denetim A.Ş. He held the positions of Advisor to the Chairman of the Aegean Region Chamber of Industry, Advisor to the Board of Directors of İzmir Commodity Exchange, Advisor to the Board of Directors of Kemalpaşa Organized Industrial Site, and Financial Advisor for İzmir Free Zone. Mr. Yıldırım served as Deputy Minister of Economy in 2014 2015 and as Chief Advisor to the Minister of Economy in 2015 2016. He has been appointed as General Manager of Turk Eximbank on 29 November 2016.
Konya, 1962. Mrs. Kestelli holds a BA in Economics from 9 Eylül University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. She is the founding partner of Agrilink Tarım Ürünleri San. ve Tic. Ltd. engaged in international edible oil industry. She became a member of the Edible Oils Professional Committee of İzmir Commodity Exchange in 1992 and was elected a member of the Board of Directors in 1995, where she later served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2009. She was elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors in 2009. She currently serves as the Chairperson of İzmir Commodity Exchange, Board member of Borsa İstanbul A.Ş., member of TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey) Strategy Development High Council, Board member of Economic Development Foundation, Board of Trustees member of the Aegean Foundation for Economic Development, member of TOBB Women Entrepreneurs Council, member of Advisory Board of Aegean Young Businessmen Association (EGİAD), Turkey‑EU Joint Consultative Committee Member, member of İzmir Economic Development Coordination Board, member of the Advisory Board of Ege University Women’s Issues Research Center (EKAM), and member of the Board of Trustees of Anadolu Autism Foundation. Mrs. Kestelli has been a member of the Board of Directors of Turk Eximbank since 12 January 2017 and a member of the Bank’s Audit Committee since 1 October 2018.
Sakarya, 1962. Mr. Günay started his career at Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası (TSKB) in 1986 and then held the positions of Assistant General Manager of Treasury, International Relations, Retail Banking, Securities, Advertising and Public Relations at various banks. From 2002 to 2016, he was Assistant General Manager of Treasury and Retail Banking of Anadolubank, Chief Assistant General Manager and then General Manager of the same bank, from which position he resigned in 2016. Mr. Günay has been a member of the Board of Directors of Turk Eximbank since 12 January 2017 and a member of the Bank’s Audit Committee since 21 January 2017.
Burdur, 1961. Olpak graduated from the Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and completed master’s degree at Yıldız Technical University in the field of Energy. He started his career at Umar Makina A. Ş. and after working as Özgün A.Ş. Factory Assistant Manager started as a Project Manager at Esem Elektrik Sayaçları A.Ş., one of Cankurtaran Holding A.Ş. company and worked in upper-level management in various levels of the Holding and assumed the position of Vice President of Cankurtaran Holding until the end of the year 2000. He established Nora Elektrik Malzemeleri A.Ş and Pak Yatırım A.Ş. and still presides as the Board of Directors Chairman for both companies and as a Member on the Board of Directors of mentioned companies with whom these companies have partnerships. Olpak has served as Board of Directors Chairman for the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) since September 22, 2017 and also maintains positions as DEİK Chief Executive Officer, World Turkish Business Council (DTİK) President, Istanbul Development Agency (İSTKA) Board of Directors Member, Informatics Valley (Muallimköy Teknoloji Bölgesi A.Ş.) Board of Directors Member, Independent Industrialists and Business Men’s Association (MÜSİAD) High Advisory Committee 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 Founding Board of Trustees Member and Board of Directors Vice Chairman, Science Propagation Foundation (İYF) Founders’ Committee Member, Huzur Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees Member, Human Development and Societal Education Foundation (ITEGEV) Board of Trustees Member, Istanbul Medeniyet University Support Foundation Board of Trustees Member, Mechanical Engineers Chamber Member, and ITU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Committee Member. He also previously worked as the 5th Term General President of Independent Industrialists and Business Men’s Association (MÜSAİD) and the MÜSAİD High Advisory Committee Chairman, the International Business Forum (IBF) Vice President, B20 Turkey Executive Committee Member, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Assembly Member, Istanbul World Trade Center (İDTM) Board of Directors Member, Huzur Hospital Foundation Board of Directors Member, Energy Efficiency Association (ENVERDER) Board of Directors Member, Architects and Engineers Group (MMG) Board of Directors Member and High Advisory Committee (YİH) Member, and Investment Environment Improvement Coordination Council (YOİKK) Member. Olpak has been a member of the Turk Eximbank Board since April 26, 2018.
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. With his ongoing positions as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Ergene-2 Organized Industrial Free Zone, Member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Foundation, and Chairman of the Textiles and Raw Materials Sector Board, Gülle assumed the position of the Chairman of the TIM (Turkish Exporters Assembly) as of June 30, 2018. He established Gülle Entegre Tekstil İşletmeleri A.Ş. and executes the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company. Gülle has worked as a Member of the Board of Directors between 1999 and 2003 and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors between 2003 and 2018 of the ITHIB (Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association), as a Member of the TIM (Turkish Exporters Assembly) Sectors Council, as the Vice Chairman of the Assembly of the ISO (Istanbul Chamber of Industry), and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SSIAG (Association of Sivas Industrialists and Businessmen). He has been a Member of the Turk Eximbank Board of Directors since the date of September 24, 2018.
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.
Kars, Sarıkamış, 1976. Mr. Gültekin graduated from the Department of Public Finance of the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University, and received his master’s degree from the Finance Department of Illinois University in the US. He started his Professional career as an Assistant Specialist at Turk Eximbank in 1998, and served on the Board of Sworn in Bank Auditors at the Undersecretariat of Treasury in 1999, then on the Board of Sworn in Bank Auditors in the Banking Regulatory and Supervision Agency, and became the chief auditor. Mr. Gültekin was appointed as the Deputy General Manager in charge of Marketing at Turk Eximbank on 17 December 2013.
Mr. Celik was born in 1962 in Safranbolu, he graduated from Uludag University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Public Finance, is an Independent Auditor and an Independent Accountant and Financial Advisor. Mr. Celik started his career in 1987 at the Iktisat Bank, and chronologically worked at Sümerbank, Toprakbank, Yatırım Financial Leasing, Pamuk Financial Leasing and Anadolubank, at the level of Deputy General Manager. Mr. Celik, who has been appointed as the Deputy General Manager of the Turk Eximbank, is currently working as the Deputy General Manager responsible for Accounting/Operation/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.
Elazığ, 1955. Mr. Kopar graduated from the Department of Mathematical Engineering at the Karadeniz Technical University and received his master’s degree in Statistics from the Academy of Economical and Commercial Sciences, Ankara. He started his professional career as a Programmer in the Turkish State Meteorological Service, and joined Turk Eximbank in May 1987. Mr. Kopar served in diﬀerent positions at the Information Technology Department before being appointed as the Head of Information Technology Department in October 2000. Mr. Kopar was appointed as Deputy General Manager at Turk Eximbank on 15 July 2011 and is still in charge of Support Services and Technology as Deputy General Manager.