Board of Directors

President

Erol Bilecik

Erol Bilecik

TÜSİAD President

Vice President

Ali Y. Koç

Ali Y. Koç

Executive Board Member In Charge Of Relations with the Parliament and the Government Institutions

Vice President

Simone Kaslowski

Simone Kaslowski

Leader of Global Relations and the EU Rundtable

Vice President

Murat Özyeğin

Murat Özyeğin

Leader of Entrepreneurship Roundtable

Member

Serra Akçaoğlu

Serra AKÇAOĞLU

Leader of Economic Policy Roundtable

Member

Metin Akman

Metin Akman

Leader of Sustainable Development Roundtable

Member

Batu AKSOY

Batu AKSOY

Leader of Regional Development Roundtable

Member

Esin Güral Argat

Esin Güral Argat

Leader of Digital Economy Roundtable

Member

Bahadır Balkır

Bahadır Balkır

Leader of Industrial Policies Roundtable

Member

Barış ORAN

Barış ORAN

Leader of Investment Environment Roundtable

Member

Agah Mehmet Tara

Agah Mehmet Tara

Leader of Social Development Roundtable

Member

İdil YİĞİTBAŞI

İdil YİĞİTBAŞI

Leader of Services Sector Transformation Roundtable

Member

Bahadır Kaleağası

Bahadır Kaleağası

Secretary General

TÜSİAD Yönetim Kurulu

High Advisory Council

President

Tuncay Özilhan

Tuncay Özilhan

Vice President

Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ

Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ

Vice President

Nazlı Ümit Boyner

Nazlı Ümit Boyner

Vice President

Ömer Aras

Ömer Aras

Vice President

Ahmet Agah Uğur

Ahmet Agah Uğur

Secretary

Yavuz Canevi

Yavuz Canevi

Secretary

Zekeriya Yıldırım

Zekeriya Yıldırım

TÜSİAD Alternate Members of the Board of Directors

Selçuk YORGANCIOĞLU

Selçuk YORGANCIOĞLU

Relations with the Parliament and the Government Institutions

Özlem ÖZÜNER

Özlem ÖZÜNER

Global Relations and the EU

Nüket KÜÇÜKEL EZBERCİ

Nüket KÜÇÜKEL EZBERCİ

Relations with the Parliament and the Government Institutions

Levent AKGERMAN

Levent AKGERMAN

Industrial Transformation

Sina AFRA

Sina AFRA

Digital Economy

Gönenç GÜRKAYNAK

Gönenç GÜRKAYNAK

Investment Environment

Can YÜCAOĞLU

Can YÜCAOĞLU

Entrepreneurship and Youth

Emre ECZACIBAŞI

Emre ECZACIBAŞI

Services Sector Transformation

Cem TÜFEKÇİ

Cem TÜFEKÇİ

Social Development

Elvan ÜNLÜTÜRK

Elvan ÜNLÜTÜRK

Sustainable Development

İrem ORAL KAYACIK

İrem ORAL KAYACIK

Regional Development

EROL BİLECİK

Erol Bilecik was born in 1962 in Antakya. Bilecik completed his primary, secondary and high school education in his hometown. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering in 1987 as one of the first computer engineers in Turkey.

In 1989, Erol Bilecik founded İndeks Bilgisayar A.Ş. and became the CEO of the company. With a mission to be a technology product supply centre for computer companies throughout Turkey, İndeks Bilgisayar A.Ş. has been offering the products of more than 200 global brands to individual and business consumers in Turkey through more than 8,000 business partner channels.

Erol Bilecik currently serves as the President and CEO of various companies under the umbrella of Index Grup, including İndeks Bilgisayar A.Ş., Despec A.Ş., Datagate A.Ş., Artım A.Ş., Neteks A.Ş., Teklos A.Ş. and Homend A.Ş..

Under his leadership, certain Index Group companies went public and traded in BIST including İndeks Bilgisayar in 2004, Datagate in 2006, Despec in 2010. Through Index Group companies, Erol Bilecik contributed 5 waves of foreign investment and capital inflow in Turkey.

Erol Bilecik served as the president of Informatics Industry Association of Turkey (TUBISAD), one of the oldest non-governmental institutions in Turkish computer industry between 2002 and 2005, and ITU Alumni Council and ITU Alumni Association between 2010 and 2014. He currently serves in boards of various non-governmental organizations.

Turkish Grand Assembly honoured Erol Bilecik with the Meritorious Service Medal in 15 July 2010, for his support and contribution to the field of education.

Erol Bilecik was elected as the President of TÜSİAD during the ordinary general assembly of the association on 12 January 2017.

ALİ Y.KOÇ

As of January 30, 2008, Ali Y. Koç has been the Board Member and Executive Committee Member of Koc Holding, the largest privately owned industrial conglomerate in Turkey where he previously was the President of the Information Technologies Group from 2006 to 2010. He was the Coordinator of New Business Development for Koc Holding from 1994 to 2002. Before joining Koc Holding, he has worked at American Express Bank and Morgan Stanley.

Ali Y. Koc obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rice University in 1989 and his MBA from Harvard University in 1997.

Mr. Koç is the Chairman of Ford Otosan, Koçtaş, Otokar, Otokoç, Setur, Bilkom, Digital Panorama, Keyla, Koç Information and Defence Technologies, 1907 Fenerbahce Association and the National Competitiveness Research Association (URAK). He is a board member of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), Endeavor Turkey and vice president of Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD). He is also a member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America and Harvard University.

SİMONE KASLOWSKİ

Simone Kaslowski started his career in the sales department and started developing export markets for Organik Kimya manufactured products in 1985. After working 10 years and carrying various tasks in the company, in 1995 he assumed the responsibility of CEO and member of the board, and led the growth of the company to the present size where it incorporates today a production facility in Rotterdam/Holland, Lugano/Switzerland and two sites in Istanbul/Turkey.

He is presently, member of the board of the Italian chamber of Commerce in Istanbul since 2002 as well as member of the World President’s Organizations (WPO), Member of the Board of TUSIAD (Confindustria Turkey) since 2012, with the responsibility of the EU relations, in this function also actively participate to Business Europe Counsel of Presidents as well as represents TUSIAD as a member of Economic Development Foundation (IKV board)

He is fluent in English, French, Italian and Turkish.

Education:

Clark University Worcester MA - 1980 / 1984 - Bachelor of Arts

Lycee Pierre loti İstanbul - 1980 - Bac..C

MURAT ÖZYEĞİN

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.

SERRA AKÇAOĞLU

CEO

Citibank A.Ş.

Serra Akçaoğlu is the CEO (General Manager) and Board Member for Citibank A.Ş. 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 wide 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 Chairwomen of American Business Forum in Turkey, Board Member of the Turkey -U.S. Business Council (TAİK) and Board Member of the Turkey Chapter of WomenCorporateDirectors.

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

METİN AKMAN

Born in 1966 in Ankara, Metin Akman holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Middle East Technical University and an LL.M degree in Law & Economics from Bilkent University.

Akman began his career with Unilever in 1989 as a Product Manager, and as an entrepreneur he implemented successful projects in the areas of chemistry, agriculture, food, stockbreeding and renewable energy since 1994. Presently, he acts as the General Manager of Trouw Nutrition Turkey and Chairman of the Board of Anako Egg & Egg Products Co.

Metin Akman continues to serve TUSIAD as the Member of the Board, and BIAC as Chair of the Food and Agriculture Committee. He has also memberships at TÜYEKAD, Turkish Feed Additives Manufacturers Association, YUMBİR, Turkish Egg Producers Association and IEC, International Egg Commission.

BATU AKSOY

CEO & Board Member

Turcas Petrol A.Ş.

Batu Aksoy, who has started his career in a communications firm in USA in 1998, is the CEO and Board Member of Turcas Petrol (BIST:TRCAS), an Oil & Energy focused investment company, and its controlled subsidiaries since 2006. Flagship subsidiaries of Turcas are Shell & Turcas Petrol, RWE & Turcas South Power Generation, and Turcas Kuyucak Geothermal Power Generation.

Batu Aksoy is also the Vice Chairman of Aksoy Holdings, a diversified conglomerate with subsidiaries in the Tourism & Real Estate, and International Trade sectors besides the Oil & Energy industry, since 1999. Flagship subsidiaries of Aksoy Holdings, besides Turcas, are the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel and the Epique Island Bodrum investment.

Batu Aksoy is at the same time:

Batu Aksoy, born in 1977, is married with a son. He is a fluent speaker of English and has graduated from The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty in 1998.

ESİN GÜRAL ARGAT

Esin Güral Argat is the Vice President of the Executive Board of the companies for Glassware, Glass Containers, Building, Machine, Tourism, Energy and Tiles having the leading end consumer, industry and tourism brands in our country.

Her work experiences starting with changing the traditional ceramics sector thanks to the technological supported processes and beginning to the mass production in her first work Güven Çini ve Seramik Company, belonging to herself, covers a wide range of field including creation of a national brand from a scratch, management group companies being active in different fields and development of their portfolios.

In social area, her local entrepreneurs as a leader, especially in field of education, have now reached to the point of a national event thanks to the studies in the field of women’s entrepreneurship. She continues to share her experiences in order to contribute into the enlargement and institutionalization of family companies having a significant role in the development of our country.

Career

She began to her career in the company of Güven Çini ve Seramik, founded by her in 1992. Following her experiences in that company, she became General Manager in LAV, one of family companies, in 1998. She managed all operational and strategic process of the Evport Entrepreneur, started in 2005 by the group for a better knowledge in retail sector. She carried out the strategic structure of tourism investments for the group in 2008 economic crisis and she managed the facility foundation of Alibey Resort Side, the owner of the prizes of Travelife Collection “Travelife Gold”and TUI Holly. She is also the architecture in the creation of LAV brand as the main stand of all works carried out so as to make the Glassware field become 6th of the world.

In order to show her faith for importance of information and technology in business world, she has been leading projects, mainly carried out in nanotechnology with the cooperation of Bilkent and MIT universities.

She has been also the leader in the industrial strategies and investments of the group and she works as Vice President of the Executive Board in the group companies.

Non-Profit Studies

Esin Güral Argat has participated in so many NGOs (Non Governmental Organization) due to her faith for their importance in serving the country.

In accordance with her care for equality of opportunity, she leads the Yıldız Eğitim Project which was started in 2006 within the scope of her business. With this Project, 200 primary education students annually receive comprehensive education and they are raised as individuals ready for life.

She has been managing the projects contributing into vision of 2023 as the Member of the Board of Directors and the President of Information Society and Information-Communication Technologies and Innovation Commission in TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association), being one of the most effective and long-established NGO of our country.

She took responsibility in TİKAD (Turkish Business Women Society) in order to enable women being an important source for our country’s development to participate in any field as leaders.

She continues her contributions for the development of our country by meeting with more people under Global Relation Forum.

She is also a member of TKYD (Turkish Institutional Investment Managers) and Istanbul Golf Club.

BAHADIR BALKIR

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.

BARIŞ ORAN

Baris Oran graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Business Administration and completed his MBA studies at the University of Georgia. In 1995, he started his career as an auditor at Price Waterhouse Coopers and from 1998 to 2003, worked at Sara Lee Corp in Chicago IL, as an auditor and in finance and treasury/capital markets. Between 2003 and 2006, he worked as Senior Manager at Ernst and Young first 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 was appointed as Budgeting, Consolidation and IR Director of Sabancı Holding in 2011; as the Head of Finance of Sabancı Holding in 2012 and as the Chief Financial Officer of Sabancı Holding in 2016.

He is the member of Kordsa Global, Brisa, Enerjisa, Teknosa, Carrefoursa, Avivasa and Cimsa Board of Directors.

A. MEHMET TARA

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İDİL YİĞİTBAŞI

İdil Yiğitbaşı received bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boğaziçi University in 1986 and received MBA from Indiana University in 1989. She began her career in Yaşar Group in 1986 and held the positions in the Corporate Strategy and Finance departments at Yaşar Holding from 1990 to 1995, subsequently became Yaşar Food Group Coordinator in 1995, Yaşar Food Group Vice President from 1997 to 2001 and Yaşar Food Group Vice President for Dairy Products from February 1, 2001 to January 31, 2006, as well as held positions on the board of other Group companies. She served as the Vice Chairperson of Yaşar Holding from 2003 to 2009 and as Chairperson from 2009 to 2015. İdil Yiğitbaşı has been Vice Chairperson of the Yaşar Holding Board of Directors since April 2015, Vice Chairperson of Hedef Ziraat Board of Directors, Chairperson of Pınar Süt, Viking and Dyo Printing Inks (until 15.01.2016) as well as holding other board positions in various Yaşar Group companies. In addition to these duties, she is Selçuk Yaşar Sports and Education Foundation Vice President, Yaşar Education and Culture Foundation Board Member, Pınar Institute Chairperson of the Board Izmir Culture, Art and Education Foundation (İKSEV) Board Member. She is also a member of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), the Union of Turkish Dairy, Meat and Food Industrialists and Manufacturers (SETBİR), the Aegean Industry and Business Association (ESİAD), Aegean Young Businesspersons Association (EGİAD) Advisory Committee, Izmir Economic Development Coordination Committee (İEKK), Advertisers Association (RVD) and Turkish Corporate Governance Association (TKYD).

BAHADIR KALEAĞASI

CEO TUSIAD - Turkish Industry & Business Association

President of the Paris Institut du Bosphore

Member of BusinessEurope’s Executive Bureau - Brussels

[email protected] - Twitter: @Kaleagasi - kaleagasi.net

Dr Bahadir Kaleagasi is the CEO of TUSIAD (Turkish Industry & Business Association) in Istanbul and President of the Paris Bosphorus Institute. He is also Honorary Chairman of the Brussels Energy Club, member of BusiessEurope's Executive Bureau (The Confederation of European Business) in Brussels, board member in several institutions and scientific member of the Brussels University's Institute of European Studies. Graduate of Brussels and Istanbul Universities, he was a researcher and lecturer in the Center for International & Strategic Studies and the Institute for European Studies of the University of Brussels, rapporteur for projects of the European Commission’s Forward Studies Unit and the intergovernmental conferences which prepared the Maastricht Treaty and was visiting researcher to Harvard, Georgetown and Jerusalem Universities. His academic work covered the areas of the EU’s decision-making system, EU-US relations and the international economic relations. He also served as counselor for various public and private institutions before joining TÜSİAD in 1995 as EU Representative in Brussels and International Coordinator. He regularly contributes as speaker to international conferences, executive and academic seminars, television and radio programmes and is a regular commentator for the Bloomberg HT and Anadolu Ajansı-Finans. Bahadir Kaleagasi is the author of several articles and books on the international relations and European affairs. His latest books are “Turkish Star in the European Galaxy”, “Youth’s Questions on Europe”, "The Planet G20" and “Changing World and Turkey”.