He was born in Hekimhan district of Malatya in 1970. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Istanbul University in 1993. He worked as an administrator in the Ministry of Health and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. He served as a parliament member in the 10th District General Assembly of Istanbul and as a chairman of the Health Commission. He worked as the general manager of various national and international technology companies. He still works at Bezmiâlem Vakıf University and teaches Disaster Medicine courses as a lecturer at the Sağlık Bilimleri University. Beginning from his university years, he volunteered for humanitarian aid in various organizations. He served as President of Doctors Worldwide Turkey. He led humanitarian activities and projects and wrote articles in many conflict and disaster areas. He was appointed as the Turkish Red Crescent Deputy Chairman in 2015 and elected as the Chairman in 2016. From 2015 to November 2017, he served as a board member of IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Associations). In 2017, he was elected as the Vice President of IFRC, responsible for the Europe and Central Asia Region.
İlyas Haşim ÇAKMAK Deputy Chairman
He was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1970. He graduated from Department of Economics of Istanbul University in 1992. He completed his master's degree on Banking and Finance at Marmara University in 1996. Beginning from 1992, he held various positions in the retail industry. He served as product, export, business development director, executive board member and directors’ board member, executive director and chairman advisor. Esselte Leitz, Panda, Danet, Ülker Golf are the firms that he worked as senior executive. Between 2007 and 2010, he served as Turkey consultant in Eastgate Capital Group Ltd.-Dubai (https://www.difc.ae/public-register/ncb-capital-difc/). Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors at Coldstone Creamery Turkey, as well as a Board Member and CEO at Kızılay Yatırım Holding A.Ş.
Murat ONUK Board Member
He was born in 1974. He graduated from Istanbul University, the Faculty of Economics, the Department of International Relations. He worked as a senior manager in one of the top 25 companies of the USA. He played a significant role in increasing the sales and profitability of firms with different financial sizes and brought leading international and domestic firms in their respective field of work to 3-digit growth rates. He is specialized in the field of "Marketing and Business Development" with extensive and international work experience.
Aykut Emrah POLAT Board Member
He was born and completed high school education in Istanbul. He graduated from Dokuz Eylül University, the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, the Department of Economics (in English). After university education, he worked as a manager and business partner in various companies. Then he turned to real estate investments in 2011 as of the founder of MP Yatırım Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd.
In 2013, he began to serve as a member of the Executive Board and Directors Board of project development unit of Ortadoğu Proje Geliştirme İnşaat San.Tic. A.Ş. He has led important real estate investment projects and still continues to work in two abovementioned companies. During conducting his duties, he contributed in the fields of land development, zoning and license processes, construction and project management, sales and marketing. Moreover, he also serve as a director and board member at various foundations.
Tayfun ÖZKAN Board Member
He was born in 1973 in Trabzon. After graduating from Trabzon Anatolian High School, he completed his bachelor's degree in ITU Management Engineering and his Master's degree in Banking at Marmara University Banking and Insurance Institute. He still continues his doctorate in Finance and Accounting at Bahçeşehir University.
Between 1995 and 2002, he worked as an inspector at Garanti Bank Inspection Board, and conducted inspections in various units of the bank, as well as domestic and foreign subsidiaries. Between 2002 and 2004, he founded an asset management company and off-shore investment fund for Doğuş Group in London. Between 2004 and 2008, he established and managed the compliance unit at Garanti Bank's Luxembourg Branch. Within this context, he has gained experience in Turkey's first project and acquisition finance transactions.
In 2008 he returned Turkey, founded Project and Acquisition Finance Operations Department in Garanti Bank and directed it until 2011. Between 2011 and 2015, he conducted important purchase transactions as investments director at Gözde Girişim Sermayesi Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş., where Yıldız Holding collected his non-food business. In 2015, he started working at Kuveyt Türk Participation Bank A.Ş. for the establishment of a portfolio management company and served as the founding general manager and board member of KT Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. Since April 2019, he works as CFO of Turkish Red Crescent Association and board member of Kızılay Gayrimenkul ve Girişim Sermayesi Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş.
He holds Certified Internal Auditor certificate as well as CMB (Capital Markets Board) Level 3, Derivative Instruments, Corporate Governance and Real Estate Valuation licenses. He is a member of Trabzon Anatolian High School Alumni Association, Hamilik School Foundation, CFA Institute and CFA Society Istanbul.
Mahmut KAYACIK Board Member and General Manager
He was born in Muğla-Köyceğiz in 1976. He completed his bachelor's degree in 1999 at Boğaziçi University, the Department of Political Science & International Relations and his Master's degree in 2002 at Marmara University, the Institute of Social Sciences. His thesis was on “Option Market and the Use of the Option Market for Hedging”. He still continues his doctorate studies in the Department of Banking and Finance at Medipol University.
He started his career in capital markets in Taç Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş. as a Financial Analyst in 1999 and worked there until 2002. From 2003, he continued his capital markets career within Yıldız Holding A.Ş. in the fields of Fund-Portfolio Management and Corporate Finance. He led important and extensive public-offerings, mergers and acquisitions as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He successfully completed the Senior Management Certificate Program at INSEAD in 2012-2013 and subsequently continued his work as a Coordinator and General Manager in real estate investment companies and various business firms. In March 2016, he was appointed as general manager and board member of Custody Bank and served until April 2019. Meanwhile he became a board member of Ege Tarım Ürünleri Lisanslı Depoculuk A.Ş. (ELİDAŞ), Turkey's first licensed warehouse on cotton. In July 2019, he started to work at Kızılay Gayrimenkul ve Girişim Sermayesi Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. as a founding General Manager and Board Member.
He holds “Capital Market Activities Level 3 License”, “Derivative Instruments License”, “Corporate Governance Rating License”, “Real Estate Rating License” regarding capital market activities.