Board of Directors

President

Simone Kaslowski

Simone Kaslowski

TÜSİAD President

Vice President

Murat Özyeğin

Murat Özyeğin

Government Relations - Leader of Energy & Environment Roundtable

Vice President

Mehmet Tara

Mehmet Tara

Membership Relations

Vice President

Bahadır Balkır

Bahadır Balkır

Leader of Industrial Policies Roundtable

Member

Serra Akçaoğlu

Serra AKÇAOĞLU

Leader of Economy & Finance Roundtable

Member

Batu Aksoy

Batu Aksoy

Leader of Development Policies Roundtable

Member

Fatih Kemal Ebiçlioğlu

Fatih Kemal Ebiçlioğlu

Co-Leader of Digital Transformation Roundtable

Member

İrem Oral Kayacık

İrem Oral Kayacık

Leader of Enterpreneurship & Youth Roundtable

Member

Nüket Küçükel

Nüket Küçükel

Leader of Social Policies Roundtable

Member

Barış ORAN

Barış ORAN

Leader of Investment Environment

Member

Serkan Sevim

Serkan Sevim

Co-Leader of Digital Transformation Roundtable

Member

Can Yücaoğlu

Can Yücaoğlu

Leader of Global Relations & EU

TÜSİAD Alternate Members of the Board of Directors

Oya Narin

Oya Narin

Global Relations & EU Roundtable

İzel Levi Coşkun

İzel Levi Coşkun

Enterpreneurship & Youth Roundtable

Emre Eczacıbaşı

Emre Eczacıbaşı

Social Policies Roundtable

Özlem Özüner

Özlem Özüner

Economy & Finance Roundtable

Cem Tüfekçi

Cem Tüfekçi

Membership Relations Roundtable

Elvan Ünlütürk

Elvan Ünlütürk

Development Policies Roundtable

Serpil Veral

Serpil Veral

Industrial Policies Roundtable

Meltem Akol

Meltem Akol

Investment Environment Roundtable

Önder Sezgi

Önder Sezgi

PARKUR Government Relations Roundtable

Azmi Gümüşlüoğlu

Azmi Gümüşlüoğlu

Investment Environment Roundtable

Öget Kantarcı

Öget Kantarcı

Digital Transformation Roundtable

Özgür Tanrıkulu

Özgür Tanrıkulu

Energy & Envorionment Roundtable

TÜSİAD High Advisory Council (2019-2020)

President

Tuncay Özilhan

Tuncay Özilhan

Vice President

Ömer M. Koç

Ömer M. Koç

Vice President

Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ

Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ

Vice President

Nazlı Ümit Boyner

Nazlı Ümit Boyner

Vice President

Ömer Aras

Ömer Aras

Member

Ahmet Agah Uğur

Ahmet Agah Uğur

Member

Tayfun Bayazıt

Tayfun Bayazıt

Simone Kaslowski

Simone Kaslowski graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1984, after completing primary education in Istanbul. He began working in the sales department at Organik Kimya, a family business, in 1985. Kaslowski significantly expanded exports of Organik Kimya products and was appointed head of sales in 1993. After actively working on various investment projects for the firm, Kaslowski was appointed CEO and became member of the board of directors in 1995. His leadership was instrumental in the growth and expansion of Organik Kimya.

Organik Kimya operates in 80 countries and has a 250-thousand-ton production capacity in facilities in Kemerburgaz and Tuzla in Istanbul; Rotterdam, Holland; and Lugano, Switzerland.

Simone Kaslowski worked to develop the chemical sector in Turkey and contributed to the Chemport project of the Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Association.

Kaslowski was Chairman of the Chemical Industry Task Force of TÜSİAD. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2013 and has chaired the EU Affairs Committee and the Global Relations and EU Roundtable, significantly contributing to the international efforts of the association. Kaslowski has been Vice President of TÜSİAD since 2017 and was elected President in February 2019.

Batu Aksoy

Batu Aksoy, born in 1977 in Istanbul, graduated from The Johns Hopkins University (USA) Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty in 1998.

He started his career by working in a communications firm in USA between 1998-2000. Upon his return to Turkey, Mr. Aksoy continued his career at Aksoy Holding as a Board Member responsible from developing energy projects between 2000-2005. During this period, he established and managed group companies in power generation, energy wholesale, and natural gas wholesale.

Following the consolidation of the Group’s oil and energy subsidiaries under one roof, Mr. Aksoy started to serve as an Executive Board Member at Turcas Petrol in 2005 and later as the CEO as from 2010. Under this context, Mr. Aksoy serves today as a Board Member at the Shell & Turcas Petrol JV company, Vice Chairman at the RWE & Turcas Power Generation JV company, and Chairman at the wholly-owned Turcas Kuyucak Geothermal Power Generation company.

Batu Aksoy also serves as the Executive Vice Chairman of Aksoy Holding and holds the same position at the following group subsidiaries: Yeditepe International Hotels (Conrad Istanbul), Aksoy Bodrum Real Estate Investment Co. (Epique Island Bodrum), Aksoy Maslak Real Estate Investment Co., Aksoy Petrol Real Estate Investment Co., Aksoy International Trading, and Aksoy Middle East companies.

Batu Aksoy chaired PETFORM (Petroleum and Natural Gas Platform Association) between 2006-2008 and chaired ETD (Energy Traders Association) between 2013-2014.

Batu Aksoy started to contribute to the works of TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) in 2006 through active participation in its Energy Working Group which he became the Vice President of in the years that followed.

Batu Aksoy, who is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Chile in Istanbul, is currently a Board Member of TUSIAD, Vice Chairman of TURKONFED (Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation), a Board Member of the Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAIK) and the Turkish-Chile Business Council of DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey), and a Member of Dean’s Advisory Council at The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Batu Aksoy is the Leader of TUSIAD’s Regional Development Roundtable. He has been a Board Member of TUSIAD following its General Assembly dated January 12, 2017.

Serra Akçaoğlu

Serra Akçaoğlu is the CEO (General Manager) and Board Member for Citibank A.Ş. In addition, Mrs Akcaoglu is also responsible for 60 countries in EMEA in which Citi doesn’t have physical branches or subsidiaries but provides corporate baking services.

Prior to her current role, Serra Akçaoğlu was Consumer and Commercial Bank Head for Citibank A.Ş.

Previously, Ms. Akcaoglu was the EMEA Trade Services & Finance Head for Global Transaction Services based in London. In this role, she was responsible for trade finance and the regional strategy of the trade products, new product development and positioning of 50 countries located in this region between 2005 and 2007. Serra Akçaoğlu joined Citi in 2000 as Trade Head for Turkey and become Global Transaction Services Cluster Head in 2002.

Prior to joining Citi, she has worked in Manufacturers Hanover Bank, Chemical Bank and Kocbank for 14 years.

Serra Akçaoğlu is the Chairwoman of American Business Forum in Turkey and a Board Member of the Turkish Banking Association.

Serra Akçaoğlu graduated from the Bosphorus University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Fatih Kemal Ebiçlioğlu

At 1989 Fatih Kemal Ebiçlioğlu started his career at the Ministry of Finance as a Junior Financial Auditor and served as a Financial Auditor and Chief Financial Auditor. He worked as a lecturer in Hacettepe, Bilkent and Atılım Universities between 1998-2002.

He joined the Koç Group in 2002 and worked as the Coordinator of the Finance Group and continued as the Coordinator of Audit Group between 2004-2005. In April 2005 he was assigned as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Arçelik AS. From February 2015, he serves as President of Consumer Durables at Koç Holding AS.

He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration. He completed his MBA in Finance at Virginia Commonwealth University and has a PhD from Ankara University, Faculty of Business Administration.

Serkan Sevim

Serkan Sevim is a serial technology entrepreneur with “double exit” experience living in Istanbul. He started his first business while he was a masters student in the USA at the age of 25.

Serkan Sevim started and keeps working focused on Medianova, one of the fastest secure CDNs based on Cedexis real user data in Europe, North Africa and Middle East region.

In 2018, Medianova got mentioned on Gartner's 2018 CDN Market Guide. Medianova was also awarded as one of the fastest growing technology companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast50 Turkey Program five times in the years of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Sevim, was President of the Young Executive and Businessmen Association (GYIAD)'s 15th term between the years of 2015-2017, currently a member of the prestigious Turkish Industry and Businessman Association (TUSIAD) and actively works at the Entrepreneurship and Digital Economy Round Tables.

He is also a mentor at the Founder Institute, world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs.

Sevim appeared on media channels such as Bloomberg TV, Fortune magazine, BusinessWeek and was speaker on several international conferences.

Can Yucaoglu

Bedii Can Yücaoğlu is Director in Map Yatırım. Currently, he is the shareholder and the board member of Burda Bebek, Silahtarağa Gayrimenkul, Turkuaz Turizm, Map Elektronik and Tarımsal Kimya.

Prior to joining Map Investment, he worked as a manager at Turkven Real Estate and as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in strategy development in the finance, logistics and venture capital sectors.

He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.

He is actively involved in the TÜSİAD Entrepreneur Roundtable, Harvard Business School Alumni Board, Turkish Education Foundation Asset Committee and Trustee Board of Entrepreneurship Foundation.

Barış Oran

Baris Oran is the CFO of Sabancı Holding. He started his career as an auditor at Price Waterhouse Coopers and from 1998 to 2003, worked at Sara Lee Corp in Chicago IL, in audit, finance and treasury/capital markets. Between 2003 and 2006, he worked as Senior Manager at Ernst and Young initially at Minneapolis, MN and then in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India regions.He started working at Kordsa Global in 2006, and held positions of Internal Audit Director, Global Finance Director and CFO respectively. Oran has started at Sabancı Holding in 2011.

He graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Business Administration, completed his MBA studies at the University of Georgia and Advanced Management Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Mr. Oran serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sabanci DX and he is a member of the Board of Directors of Brisa, Enerjisa Enerji, Enerjisa Uretim, Carrefoursa and Cimsa. He is also a Member of the Board of TUSIAD, BUMED and TUYID.

Murat Özyeğin

Murat Özyeğin is the Head of Strategic Planning and Business Development of Fiba Group, Executive Board Member of FINA and FIBA Holding and Chairman of all of Fiba Group's non-banking businesses.

Mr. Özyeğin began his career in 1998 at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., in New York City as a Financial Analyst within the Mergers & Acquisition Group. In 2000, he was appointed to Senior Analyst position at the London office of the same company. After his return to Turkey in 2003, he established the Strategy and Business Development Departments of Finansbank and FIBA Holding.

He is the Chairman of the Board of Endeavor Turkey, Executive Board Member of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), Member of the Board of Trustees of Ozyegin University, World Wildlife Fund and Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation, Member of Global Relations Forum and Member of Global Advisory Council of Harvard University.

Mr. Özyeğin holds a BS in Industrial Management and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Bahadır Balkır

Bahadır Balkır was born in 1964 and studied at the French high school Saint Michel. In 1988 graduated from the Industrial Engineering department of Istanbul Bosphorus University. Bahadır Balkır speaks French, English, Spanish, German and very few Russian.

In 1989-1990 he worked in Chile as an industrial engineer in Arauco, which is the biggest wood industry group of South America.

Starting from 1985 Balkır family represented Arauco in Turkey. Between 1991-1999 Bahadır Balkır worked in various companies of Balkır family around the World. He was responsible from the importation of wooden raw material into Turkey. He managed the operations in Chile as well as in United States, South Africa, New Zealand, Scandinavian countries and Russia. In 1999 he established Balorman and as of today he is the chairman of the board of directors of Balorman. Balorman manufactures wooden and plastic components for home appliance industry and also provides wooden pallet services to various sectors.

He has been the president of Beysad (White Good Suppliers’ Associations) between 2010-2016.

Bahadır Balkır is also active in the managemenet teams of the Turkish Wooden Products Manufacturers Association (TORİD) and the European Pallet and Packaging Confederation (FEFPEB). He is a board member of TÜSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) and chairman of the Chilean business council at DEİK (Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey).

His favorite sports are skiing and boxing. He listens latin and all other versions of jazz music.

Mehmet Tara

Date & Place of Birth: 03.05.1983 – Istanbul

Nationality: Turkish

Marital Status: Married (2 children)

Profession: Civil Engineering Technology

Occupation: President and Chairman of the Executive Committee Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S.

Education:

1998-2002: Cushing Academy

2002-2006: Wentworth Institute of Technology

Business Experience:

2006 - 2007: Site Engineer ENKA – Moscow, Russia

2007 - 2008: Deputy Project Manager ENKA – WSOC Project , Moscow, Russia

2008 - 2009: Vice President ENKA – Moscow Projects , Russia

2010 - 2012: Board Member ENKA – Russian Projects & Real Estate Developments, Russia

2012 - President and Chairman of the Executive Committee ENKA – Istanbul , Turkey

Language:

Turkish, English

Memberships:

Board member of TUSIAD

Trustee Committee member of TEV

Member of GIF

Nüket Küçükel

Güven Hospital Inc. – Ankara Executive President
Güven Geriatric Care, Beauty and Health Center Executive Vice President
Private Güven Management and Consulting Inc. Executive Vice President
NBA Medical Center Inc. Executive Vice President
BNK Information Processes and Technology Partner/Company Manager
Güven Education and Health Foundation Executive Vice President
2005 - 2007 AB Genel Sekreterliği Siyasi Daire Başkanlığı
2001 - 2005 T.C. Madrid Büyükelçiliği Başkâtibi
2000 - 2001 Orta Asya Türk Cumhuriyeti Siyasi Daire Başkâtibi
1997 - 2000 T.C. Kudüs Başkonsolosluğu Başkonsolos Yardımcısı
1994 - 1997 Essen Başkonsolosluğu, Muavin Konsolos

Education

University: Bilkent University / International Relations (1991)

High School: TED Ankara College (1986)

Memberships/Professional Affiliations and Interests

Health Tourism Business Council (SAİK), Founding Member

Accredited Hospitals Association, Executive Vice President

Language Skills

English

Spanish

Cem Tüfekçi

Board Member and Chief of Execution of Traçim Cement, Founder and CEO of Qualist Technology

After his graduation from New York University with BA degree in Economics in 2005, Cem Tüfekçi joined family-owned Traçim Cement. In those days Traçim Cement was a greenfield startup investment. After holding several different roles in the early stage, he became the ERP Project Manager of Traçim Cement. Following several managerial positions, in 2011 he became Board Member of Traçim Cement, responsible of Executive Operations.

In 2009 he founded Qualist Technology, a software development and technology company focused on industrial solutions.

He is active in sectoral organizations and NGO’s. Alongside his mentoring activities, he is also a very active member of startup community. He has several private angel investments in startups.

Serpil Veral

Serpil Veral serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sütaş Inc., the leading brand in milk and milk products sector in Turkey. Serpil Veral received her Bachelor’s degree in Food Engineering from Ege University . In 1988, she started working at Sütaş Süt Ürünleri A.Ş. as food engineer and until 2005 she served consecutively as Production Manager, Quality Assurance Coordinator and Director for Production. In 2005, she led the setting up, optimisation and reengineering of Human Resources, IT and other management systems in line with Sütaş Group’s vision, mission and restructuring strategies.

Serpil Veral served as the General Manager of Sütaş Süt Ürünleri A.Ş. between 2010-2016. Serpil Veral, the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sütaş Inc., is a member of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD), Turkish Milk, Meat, Food Industrialists and Manufacturers Association (SETBIR) and Turkish Quality Assocation (KALDER). She is also Vice President of the Confederetion of Turkish Business and Enterprise and Member of the Executive Board.

Özlem Özüner

Ozlem Ozuner is the CEO of the Turkish entity of Euler Hermes, the global leader in credit insurance. Graduate of Bosphorus University in Political Science and International Relations, Ozlem Ozuner worked as Area Manager at Iktisat Bank and Senior Manager at Demirbank. Before her appointment to Euler Hermes Turkey as the CEO, Ozuner held a variety of managerial positions across HSBC Bank’s Retail, Commercial and Corporate divisions in all aspects of relationship management. Her most recent role was Group Head of Corporate Banking in Turkey. Ozlem Ozuner joined Euler Hermes in 2011 with 20 years of banking experience, out of which the last ten years with HSBC in London and Istanbul. Ozlem Ozuner is an alternate Board Member in TUSIAD, responsible from Economy and Finance.

Elvan Ünlütürk

She was born in İzmir in 1970. After completing her secondary education in İzmir American College, she has graduated from Ege University Department of Textile Engineering in 1992.

Her career has started with as a Customer Representative Assistant in 1991 under the structure of Yaşar Holding Textile ( YUTEKS ) and continued this position till the end of 1992. She has been started to work as a Customer Representative Assistant in Sun Textile A.Ş since 1992 till the end of 1995.

Her career has followed between the years of 1995-1997 Human Resources Responsible, 1997-1999 Planning of Production, and the following positions between the years 1999-2005 Sales Manager, 2006-2016 General Manager.

She has been still continued working as a Chairman of Board in Sun Textile company which is a one of the leader of sector.

Ünlütürk, has been serving as a board member of the business organization such as AISSEC adviser board member, TAİDER ( Turkish Family Business Association ) TÜSİAD ( Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation ) KALDER ( Turkish Qality Association ) EİB ( Aegean Exporter Association ).

She has a language skills; first ,Upper intermediate English and intermediate German.

She is married and she has one daughter.

Izel Levi Coskun

Dr. Izel Levi Coskun, born in 1973, graduated from Istanbul University, Business Administration and studied MBA at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Dr. Coskun lectured entrepreneurship classes in Marmara University between 2004 and 2014. He obtained his PhD with his thesis on “Corporate Sustainability” at Marmara University. His professional life started in 1991 and he gained experience in accounting, audit, tax, consultancy and internal audit. Since 2010, he is the Managing Partner of Mazars Turkey, which is among the 5 largest accounting, audit, tax and consulting firms in Turkey. Dr. Coskun owns Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Capital Markets Board and Public Oversight Accounting and Auditing Standards Authority licenses

Dr. Izel Levi Coskun harmonized his experience in various sectors with two core values “Sustainability” and “Entrepreneurship”. At the same time, he keeps writing articles about “Sustainability” and “Entrepreneurship” for Harvard Business Review blog and other foremost business mags in Turkey.

Dr. Izel Levi Coskun is a member of Turkish Industry & Business Association (TUSIAD), Union of Chambers of Certified Public Accountants of Turkey, Turkish Internal Auditors’ Association, Turkish Association of Accounting Experts, Endeavor, Keiretsu Forum, Buğday Association for Supporting Ecological Living, Gökçeada Volunteers Association, TAİDER Family Business Association, Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association, Ada Dostları Association and Transparency International Turkey.