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Board of Directors

Mohammed Hariri

Mohammed Hariri is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oger Telecom Limited. He also serves as the Chairman of Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş, TTNET and Avea İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. in Turkey. Hariri is also the Vice Chairman-Finance & Investment- of Saudi Oger Limited and has been a member of the Company's management for over 30 years. He is the Chairman of Ojer Telekomünikasyon A.Ş., Oger Telecom Ltd., Cell C, GrupMed International Holding Ltd., Group Med S.A.L. (Holding), Bank Med S.A.L. and its subsidiaries in Beirut and Geneva, Saudi Med Investment Company and Al Mal Investment Holding. He is a Board Member of Arab Bank plc-Jordan and serves on the Boards of Directors of various companies of the Saudi Oger Group, including 3C Telecommunications (PTY) Ltd in South Africa, Oger International S.A. and Entreprise de Travaux Internationaux (ETI) in France. Hariri is a Member of the Board of Directors of Associations des Banques du Liban. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank PWM Middle East and Africa. Elected as a Member of the Board of Directors of Türk Telekom in November 2005, Hariri served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee between June 2008 and April 2009, and has been serving as the Chairman of the Board since April 2008, as the Chairman of the Executive Committee since April 2009 and as a Member of Corporate Governance Committee since October 17, 2012. ​

He was born in 1964 in Yozgat-Çekerek. After graduating from the business management department at Çukurova University in 1985, he worked as a research associate at the university. He completed a master's programme on Manufacturing Engineering and received his MBA in business management at the Wayne State University in 1990 in Detroit which is the center of automotive industry in USA. He also received his PhD on Industrial Engineering at the same University and became an expert on aviation and automotive industries. Throughout his stay in the US, he provided process management consultancy services to many companies and conducted many projects as the project leader. He worked in the automotive industry, at the companies such as Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. In these companies, he worked on product development and lean production projects. He provided consultancy services to many public and private sector companies. Moreover, he provided consultancy services to small and medium sized enterprises, including KOSGEB. In some of these companies, he served as Director General, Vice-Chairman and Board Member. During the economic crisis hitting Turkey in early 2000s, he specialized in enterprise-based crisis management, and worked as Vice-Dean and Head of the Business Management Department at Beykent University. He served as Deputy Director General responsible for Strategic Planning and Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Production Planning and Information Technologies, at Türk Hava Yolları (THY). Between 2008-2012, he has brought 5 different joint venture projects to life at THY Teknik A.Ş. in the fields of maintenance & repair, design and manufacturing. He also served as a Steering Committee Member for Turkish-English, Turkish-German and Turkish-Spanish Business Councils at Foreign Economic Relations Board. He performed as the Chairman of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) between January 2, 2012 and June 19, 2016. Since June 19, 2016, he has been working as the Prime Ministry Undersecretary and he speaks fluent English.​​

Abdullah Tivnikli ​​

After earning his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Abdullah Tivnikli completed an MBA at the same university. Following an invitation by the public authority involved in participation banking to develop the legal infrastructure for Turkey's participation banking model in Turkey, he actively took part in the establishment of Albaraka Türk Participation Bank. He has been a Member and subsequently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuveyt Türk Participation Bank since 1989. He is presently Executive Director of Eksim Group. Tivnikli has been serving as a Board Member of Türk Telekom and Member of the Executive Committee. Tivnikli is also a Board Member at Türk Telekom Group companies, TTNET and Avea, and he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Argela, AssisTT, Innova and Sebit.​

Suat Hayri AKA was born in Tatvan in 1960. He was graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Maritime Faculty with a BSc Degree in Nautical Sciences in 1982. He has got his MSc. Degree in the field of Shipping & Port Administration between 1989 and 1990 at the World Maritime University (WMU) – Malmoe / Sweden. Suat Hayri AKA, who started his career at Turkish Cargo Lines as a captain, left his Office at the public sector in 1991 and worked at various managerial levels in private sector until 2006 in a diverse array of maritime sector branches such as operating ships, brokerage, international marine shipping, marine insurance services, sale and purchase of ships, training and consultancy services and engineering services on ship-building, salvage etc. As from 1994, he has lectured at the Faculty of Naval Architecture and Maritime Engineering at Istanbul Technical University on Ship Management and Maritime Economics for 12 years. He was appointed as the Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Turkey in 2006 and held office until June 2014. As Deputy Undersecretary, he was responsible for aviation, maritime sector (since 2012) and related institutions and the foreign relations and EU affairs of the Ministry between 2006 and 2014. During his term of office, he was also the EU permanent contact point of the Ministry. Furthermore, he carried out the Presidency of IPA Operational Program managing EU financial aids. Besides, as the representative of the Ministry, he took charge in Management and Executive Boards of İzmir EXPO 2020 Project and Transport Management Board of the International Transport Forum. While taking office as Ministerial Consultant between June 2014 and January 2016, he was appointed as Acting Deputy Undersecretary in January 2016. He is married with 2 children and has good command of English. He was awarded with Honorary Outstanding Alumnus award by World Maritime University in Malmoe in 2015.​

After graduating from Bilkent University-Industrial Engineering department in 1991, he completed his MBA at University of Pennysylvania- The Wharton School. He started his professional career as Consumer Services Division Head at Superonline in 1998, after then he served as Internet Services Director at Doğan Medya Group; Senior Vice President of Direct Banking at Garanti Bank between 1999-2001. Between 2001-2002 he was the CEO of Ixir, Internet Service Provider. He worked as Chief Technical Officer at Garanti Bank between 2002-2004 and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Doğuş Oto. In 2005 he was appointed as CEO of Mapco, a subsidiary of Turkcell. Between 2005-2009 he served as Chief Value Added Services Officer at Turkcell. He served as Global Mobile Payments Director, Global Data and Communication Services Director and Global Consumer Products Director at Vodafone Headquarters, London between 2009-2013. Serdar serves as Chief Consumer Officer of Saudi Telecom Company since 2013 and serves as a member in boards of Avea İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş., Contact Centers Company and SALE Advanced Co. Ltd.​

Hakam Kanafani

Kanafani is a Member of Türk Telekom’s Board of Directors and Chief Adviser to the Chairman. Kanafani is a board member of Oger Telecom and he serves on the Boards of Türk Telekom Group’s technology companies, namely Argela, Innova and Sebit and is the Vice-Chairman of Türk Telekom International Group. Before that he was the Group CEO of Türk Telekom; and previously Chief Business Development and Synergy Officer for Oger Telecom. Previously he was the CEO of JAWWAL, Palestine's first private cellular network. Kanafani started his career at NASA, Goddard Space flight center. Kanafani is a University Trustee Scholar and holds Beta Gamma Sigma honors from the USA. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a founding member of Young Global Leaders and Young Arab Leader. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for SAMENA, ETNO and was a board member of GSMA. Kanafani is in GTB’s Power100 list for Telco executives worldwide and named Best CEO for Investor Relations in Turkey in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Mazen Abou Chakra

Mazen Abou Chakra serves as Executive Member of the Board of Directors of Oger Telecom Limited, and acts as the Chief Legal Officer and Deputy CEO of Oger Telecom Limited. He is also Member of the Board of Directors of 3C Telecommunications PTY Limited and Cell C (Pty) Limited in South Africa and Assist Rehberlik ve Müşteri Hizmetleri A.Ş. in Turkey and member of Supervisory Board of Turk Telekom International Group. Mr. Abou Chakra began his career as a trainee at the law firm of DePardieu Brocas & Maffei in Paris before moving to the law firm of Shearman & Sterling (Paris Office). Prior to joining Oger Telecom, he served as an associate at Nabil Abdel-Malek Law Offices in Beirut. Mr. Abou Chakra is admitted to the Beirut Bar Association and holds a degree (Maitrise) in Law from Saint Joseph University in Beirut and a Masters in International Business Law from Paris I-Sorbonne University in Paris.

Mr. Al Nasser has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and vast experience in the telecommunications sector. Throughout his career, which started in the late 1990’s, Mr. Al Nasser played an active role in STC GSM network expansions across the Kingdom. He then worked during the period between 2003-2007 at Communications and Information Technologies Commission as the General Manager of Technical Standards and Numbering, where he also headed other committees related to market regulation and liberalization. Subsequently, Mr. Al Nasser joined Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and became the Chief Operations Officer. Since March 2015 Mr. Al Nasser has been working as STC Senior Vice President for Technology and Operation.​

Rami Aslan

Rami Aslan is the member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of Türk Telekom. He serves on the Boards of Türk Telekom Group’s broadband communications and mobile companies “TTNET” and “AVEA”. Mr.Aslan serves also as Chairman of the Board of Directors of several technology companies, including Argela, Innova and Sebit; one of the largest call centers in Turkey“AssisTT” as well as international capacity provider Turk Telekom International Group.

After obtaining his Bachelor degree with a major in Management Information Systems from McGill University in Canada and working for a few years in the IT sector in Ontario, Canada.Mr. Aslan pursued his studies and obtained his MBA degree at McGill in 1997 and later joined TD Bank of Canada Corporate Banking Division covering the Information Technology and Telecommunications Sector.He later joined Citigroup where he worked mainly covering the sector out of London, and later Bahrain and Dubai. Mr. Aslan joined the Dubai based Oger Group in 2005.During his nine years with Oger, Mr. Aslan oversaw the share transfer period following the privatization of Türk Telekom in November 2005 and has later taken the helm of the CEO and Executive Board Member of Oger Telecom Ltd. in Dubai.In December 2013, Mr. Aslan took over the Türk Telekom Group CEO role and has started the recent transformation and integration initiatives in the Türk Telekom Group Companies. He resigned from his CEO position as of August 31, 2016.

Kasırga graduated from Istanbul Kabataş Erkek High School, after completing his primary and secondary education in Çayeli-Rize. After graduating from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 1977, he started his internship as a judge candidate at Rize in 1978, then in August, 1979 he was accepted as Hopa Public Prosecutor. In December 1979, he left his job to fulfill his national service. He returned to service as Erzurum-Olur Deputy Public Prosecutor and served as Public Prosecutor of Trabzon-Çaykara, Sakarya-Karasu and Chief Public Prosecutor of Ordu-Fatsa, Diyarbakır, Kocaeli respectively. In December 26, 2001 he was appointed as Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor, while he was performing this duty, he was appointed as Undersecretary of Ministry of Justice in October 3, 2010. Due to the 2007 General Elections, he was appointed as Minister of Justice and served as Minister of Justice between May 8, 2007 and August 29, 2007. Then he returned back to his duty of Undersecretary of Ministry of Justice. After performing this assignment about 1 year more, he was appointed to Prime Ministry High Counselor in July 18, 2008. Served as Undersecretariat to Prime Ministry between January 20, 2014 and September 11, 2014, he currently serves as Presidential Secretary-General. Kasırga is married with two children.​

İbrahim Eren graduated from Boğaziçi University International Relations and Political Science department. During early stages of his career he worked for different companies in cultural and art areas, and he later undertook producer roles for many programmes including national and international documentaries, animations and advertisements in media production sector.

İbrahim Eren started to work for ATV, under the Turkuvaz Medya Group in 2008. After he worked as ATV England representative, starting from 2010 he first carried the role of ATV Europe General Manager and then ATV Assistant General Manager.

Eren, who has master degree from Westminster University Media Management in London served as Deputy General Manager of Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) starting from July 2013, and has been appointed as general manager of the institution on July 2017.

He serves as chairman of Joint Industry Committee for television industry TİAK A.Ş. and director of International Emmy.

İbrahim Eren is married with 3 children


Chief Advisor of President, Economist, Financial Analyst, Banker, Journalist, Columnist. He worked as economy commentator in Kanal 6, Kanal E and CNN Turk and columnist in Radikal, Vatan, Referans and Haberturk. He was the producer and the presenter of Parametre and Finans Analiz TV programs. He also worked as a teaching assistant in Doğuş University. Between 2009 and 2012, he was the Chief Production Director of Haberturk TV, economy commentator in Bloomberg TR and columnist in Haberturk Newspaper. Between 2012 and 2013, he was the Chief Production Director of 24 TV and columnist in Star Newspaper. He continued to present the TV discussion program “Sansürsüz” in TV 24, transferring from Haberturk TV. He has served as the Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor between July, 2013 and August 2014 and has been serving as Chief Advisor of President since August 2014. He was graduated from Galatasaray High School and Bilkent University, Faculty of Banking and Finance. He studied for master degree in Sorbonne University. He speaks English and French.​

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