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Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan was born in İstanbul in 1977. He received his Bachelor degree from the Electronics Engineering Department of Istanbul University Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Law of Bahçeşehir University and Diplomatic Studies of Oxford University – St Antony’s School. He completed his Master’s Degree at Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Communications Engineering Department of Technical University of Munich and at Biomedical Engineering Department of İstanbul University Institute of Science and Technology. He also received his PhD on Biomedical Engineering at the İstanbul University Institute of Science and Technology. Starting his career in İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 1995, Mr. Sayan worked in private companies in Turkey, Germany and USA in the fields of chip manufacturing, cell phone design and R&D after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree. He carried out studies in entrepreneurship by working under the initiative of Silicon Valley and he gave lectures on Information Law and New Trends in Informatics in many universities in Turkey and Germany. Ömer Fatih Sayan has given many lectures in conferences about research subjects and he has many articles published in scientific journals. He carried out his duty as Advisor to the Prime Minister and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister between the years of 2007 and 2014. He has worked as Information and Communications Technologies Authority (ICTA) Chairman from June 2015 to July 2018. He has been assigned as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure on July 21, 2018. He is married and father of 2. He speaks English, German and French.​​​​

Eyüp Engin joined Akbank in 1978 as an Assistant Internal Auditor. Following his auditing assignment, Eyüp Engin served as Department Head in Treasury, International Banking and Overseas Financial Institutions. He was appointed as the Executive Vice President in charge of Corporate Banking in 1996. Subsequently, Engin served as Executive Vice President in charge of International Banking and Overseas Financial Institutions Marketing. Eyüp Engin was appointed to his current position of Head of Internal Audit in July 2007. He is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

He has 22 years of managerial experience in finance, accounting, tax and management fields in various sectors including telecommunications, energy, petrochemicals, textiles and audit.

He began his professional career at Kuveyt Türk's Inspection Board as an Auditor, and then took office at Çalık Holding in 2003 to serve as Finance Manager and Group Finance Director, respectively.

He served as CFO and Board Member at Akfel Group between 2008 and 2012. Mr. Aksu worked as CFO for Azerbaijani National Oil and Gas Company’s (SOCAR) subsidiaries Petkim Petrokimya Holding A.Ş. and STAR Rafineri A.Ş. respectively between 2012 and 2016.

Bülent Aksu executed many Merger&Acquisitions in various industries, and actively ran financial transactions such as project financing and bond issuance in international and domestic markets.

He led the conclusion of the financing agreement for the USD 3.3 billion and 18 years maturity financing deal signed with 23 local and international financial institutions for STAR Rafineri, one of the top industrial investments of our country. This loan agreement was the top project financing transaction ever made in Turkey in terms of the total sum and the term. In addition, it became the largest financing transaction in Europe for the year 2014.

Bülent Aksu served as CFO of Turkcell between July 20, 2016 and July 17, 2018. In addition to international practices in balance sheet and FX exposure management, he made great contributions to Turkcell with his innovative solutions for investments financing.

Mr. Aksu has taken office as Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Treasury and Finance as of 3rd of August, 2018.

Between 2016 and 2018, Mr. Aksu was voted among the top 50 most influential CFOs in Turkey by the magazine Fortune Turkey. Bülent Aksu graduated from Business Administration (English) Department of Istanbul University in 1996. He is married and father of 3.

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.​​

Born in Antakya in 1968. Mr. Hakan Aran graduated from the Computer Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University and completed his master's degree in Management at Başkent University, the Faculty of Social Sciences. He began his career at İşbank’s IT System Operations Department in 1990 as an Assistant Software Specialist. In 1999, he became an Assistant Manager in IT Solution Development Department. He was appointed to the same department as a Unit Manager in 2002 and as the Head of IT Solution Development Department in 2005. Mr. Aran was appointed Deputy Chief Executive on 17 July 2008.

Selim Dursun was born in İstanbul in 1957. He was graduated from Mechanical Engineering Department of Istanbul Yıldız Technical University in 1980. He worked in the private sector as Mechanical Engineer and served in executive positions between the years of 1980-2002. He served as Advisor to Minister in the Ministry of Transport between 2003-2005, as Executive Assistant of Ministry of Transport between 2005-2011, as General Manager and Chairman in TÜDEMSAŞ between 2011-2012 and as Advisor to the Minister in Ministry of Transport between the years of 2012-2015. He was elected as a Member of Parliament from Sivas province in the 25th and 26th Parliaments of Turkey. In the same period, he worked as the Chair of Peru Friendship Group of Parliament of the Republic of Turkey. He carried out various social activities in Non-Governmental Organizations as chairman, manager and member. He served as a Board Member of the Taekwondo Federation between 2004-2007, as the Chairman of Transportation Sports Club Association between 2006-2015 and as the president of Sivas Demirspor Club between the years of 2011-2012. He has been working as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Turkey since July 2018. He is married and father of 4.

Nureddin Nebati was born in Viranşehir, Şanlıurfa on 1st of January, 1964.

He is a political scientist. He studied at the Department of Public Administration the Faculty of Social Sciences, Istanbul University. He took his master’s degree in International Relations at the Institute of Social Sciences, Istanbul University. He took his PhD in Political Science and Public Administration at the Institute of Social Sciences, Kocaeli University. He gave lectures in political science, Turkish politics, state and political sociology at a variety of universities.

He is a businessman with a background in textile business. He served as a board member of MUSIAD (Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen's Association) and a member of the Disciplinary Board at Istanbul Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a member of MUSIAD’s High Advisory Board. He continues to act as a member of the Alumni Foundation and Association of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Istanbul University, the Society of Scientific Dissemination, Ensar, Tugva, Onder, Utesav, TDED, BEK, IDD, IDV and similar foundations and associations.

He is currently the president of the Foundation UTEV, and the Turkish president of the Interparliamentary Jerusalem Platform, and a member of the Scientific Board at Opinion Center for Esenler Municipality.

He was elected as a member of the AK Party’s Central Decision Board at its 4th Ordinary Congress. He also served as the president of AK Party’s Central Financial and Administrative Affairs, and the Deputy Party Leader.

He was elected as a member of the parliament for Istanbul in the 24th term, for Şanlıurfa in the 25th term and for Istanbul once again in the 26th term.

Nureddin Nebati has taken office as Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Treasury and Finance as of 6th of September, 2018.

He speaks English fluently, and knows some Arabic. Mr. Nebati is married and father of 4.

M. Cüneyt Sezgin received his undergraduate degree from Middle East Technical University Department of Business Administration, his MBA from Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics. He served in executive positions at several private banks and in 2001, Mr. Sezgin joined Garanti Bank. He is a Board Member and the Chairman of Corporate Assurance and Sustainability Committee at Garanti Bank. In addition, Mr. Sezgin is a Board Member and Audit Committee Chairman at Garanti Bank S.A. (Romania), Garanti Pension and Life and Garanti Securities. Also a Board of Trustees Member at Teachers Academy Foundation and World Wildlife Foundation Turkey, Mr. Sezgin has been serving as a Board Member of Garanti Bank since June 30, 2004 and has 29 years of experience in banking and business administration.

Emre Derman has led numerous large cross-border transactions in Turkey as a partner with the international law firm White & Case between 1989 and 2008. In addition to his work in Turkey he has worked in the New York and London offices of the firm and also in former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries during his term as a lawyer for the EBRD in 1994 to 1995. A former board member of Akbank in 2010, Derman has served as a Managing Director and the Senior Country Officer of JP Morgan in Turkey between 2011 and 2014. He is a member of various organizations relating to education and yacht racing and serves as a freelance consultant. Derman holds an LL.B. from Istanbul University Law School and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Emre Derman is serving as Board Member of Akbank T.A.Ş. since 2015 and Turcas Petrol A.Ş. since 2018.​

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