Board of Directors

  • Metin ÖZDEMİR

    Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Metin Özdemir graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration, Istanbul University in 1990. He started his career at Kuveyt-Türk Finans Kurumu A.Ş. in 1992, and worked as a manager in the wholesale sector as of 1996. Mr. Özdemir was a Council Member at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality between the years 2004 and 2014. He has been carrying on his works as a Member of the Board at Ziraat Bank since April 2012 and also he is serving as a member of the Remuneration Committee and Credit Committee member at Ziraat Bank. Since 18 February 2015, he is a Member of the Board and is working at the Audit and Remuneration Committees at our Bank and also he is a substitute member of Credit Committee. He was appointed as the General Manager of Ziraat Participation Bank on 12 June 2017.

  • İkram GÖKTAŞ

    Member of the Board of Directors

    Mr. Goktas, born in 1969 in Bitlis, Mutki, graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Business Administration Department. He worked as auditor at Garanti Bankası between 1992-1997, Assistant Manager at Istanbul Branch between 1997-1999, Branch Manager at Çorum between 1999-2000 and carried Executive Vice President at Turkiye Finans Katilim Bankasi between 2009-2015.He is working as Member of the Board, member of Credit Committee, member of Corporate Governance Committee and General Management at Vakıf Katılım Bankası A.S. since 2015 October. Married with 3 children.

  • Melikşah UTKU

    Member of the Board of Directors

    Mr. Utku was born in Ankara in 1968. He graduated from Mechanical Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, 1990). He completed his graduate studies in London School of Economics (1990-1992) and Master’s Degree on economic development in Marmara University (Istanbul, 1998). In 2004, he served as consultant to General Manager of Albaraka Turk. In 2006- 2007, he was head economist in Albaraka Turk. In addition, he was an economics columnist for Yeni Şafak newspaper for over 10 years (1995-2009). He later worked as Investor Relations Manager from 2007-2009. He continued as CIO-Assistant General Manager in December 2009 and was appointed as CFO-primarily responsible for Financial Affairs, Budget and Financial Reporting and Corporate Communication Departments. He was a board member of Borsa Istanbul from 2013 to 2016. As the General Manager of Albaraka Türk as of October 2016 Utku continued his duty, as well as Chairman of the Board of directors of Participation Banks Association of Turkey (TKBB), Bereket Varlık Kiralama A.Ş. Albaraka Gayrimenkul Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş., Katılım Emeklilik ve Hayat A.Ş. He is member of Credit Committee, Remuneration Committee, and Executive Committee of Albaraka Türk.

  • Nevzat BAYRAKTAR

    Member of the Board of Directors

    Nevzat Bayraktar was born in Bayburt in 1969. He received a Business Administration Degree from Eskişehir Anadolu University, Economics and Administrative Sciences Faculty in 1993. Mr. Bayraktar studied English at Leeds Metropolitan University in England between 1993 and 1994. He started his career in External Transactions Department at Esbank in 1995. He joined the Project and Marketing Department at Albaraka Turk Participation Bank in 1996. In 2003 Mr. Bayraktar became the Assistant Manager and in 2010 the Manager of the Central Branch of Albaraka Turk. Since 2017 he served as the Assistant General Manager of Corporate, Commercial and Retail Sales Departments and became responsible for regional directorates and branches. Mr. Bayraktar, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emlak Katılım as of February 11, 2020.

  • Ufuk UYAN

    Member of the Board of Directors

    Born in Eskişehir in 1958, Ufuk Uyan graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics in 1981 and received a Master’s degree from the Department of Business Administration at the same university in 1983. After beginning his professional career as a Research Assistant at the Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics in 1979, he served as a Research Economist at the Turkish Industrial Development Bank’s Directorate of Special Research in 1982. Mr. Uyan became a Deputy Project Manager at Albaraka Türk in 1985 and joined Kuveyt Türk as the Director of Projects and Investments in 1989. He was appointed as Executive Vice President in 1993 and later Executive Assistant to the CEO. Ufuk Uyan has been the Bank’s CEO since 1999 and also serves as Member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Remuneration Committee, Credit Committee and Assets and Liabilities Committee.

  • Murat AKŞAM

    Member of the Board of Directors

    Murat Akşam graduated from the İstanbul Technical University department of Management Engineering in 1990. He worked as Sales Representative in Beko between 1991-1993, and as Regional Responsible in RAM Foreign Trade Corporation between 1993-1997. He started working as Credit Officer and Credit Allocation Assistant Manager in the Turkish Economy Bank in 1997. He served as the Corporate Credit Manager between 2000-2005, as Corporate and Commercial Credit Allocation Director between 2005-2014, and as Corporate Banking Group Director between 2014-2017. Murat Akşam has been working as Commercial Banking Executive Vice President at Türkiye Finans since May 2, 2017. He was appointed as Board Member and the Deputy CEO as of February 24, 2020.