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Board of directors


Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, CBE


Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is the Chairman of Akbank. Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is also a board member of Sabancı Holding and a member of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University. In 2009, Mrs Sabanci Dinçer founded the Akbank International Advisory Board and currently serves as its chairman.

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer began her career in banking in 1986 and joined Akbank as Executive Vice President in charge of Treasury in 1989. In 1997, she was named Executive Board Member for Treasury and International Banking Relations. Mrs Sabancı Dinçer was appointed as Executive Board Member to oversee the bank-wide change and transition program in 2001. She was named Chairman in March, 2008.

Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is a member of the Institute of International Finance Board of Directors and Emerging Markets Advisory Board, Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, Harvard Business School’s Global Leaders Circle, Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government’s Advisory Council and an emeritus member of the Harvard Business School’s Middle East and North Africa Advisory Board. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is also co-chair of the New York-based American-Turkish Society, a member of the Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a member of the Board of Managing Directors of Venetian Heritage, Inc.

From 2010 to 2014, Suzan Sabancı Dinçer served as the chairman of the Turkish-British Business Council for two terms. From 2009 to 2016, Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer sat on the Global Board of Advisors of Chatham House. In 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer the title of "Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)" in recognition of her proactive and influential contributions to the development of Turkey-UK relations.

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is strongly committed to corporate social responsibility activities and assumes various positions in the fields of culture, education, and the promotion of entrepreneurship. She is a founding member and board member of the leading high-impact entrepreneurship movement, Endeavor Turkey, and chairman of the Executive Advisory Board and member of the board of patrons of the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair. Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is also Luxembourg’s Honorary Consul in Istanbul. In 2014, Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer was given the Order of Civil Merit (Orden del Mérito Civil) of the Kingdom of Spain by King Felipe VI of Spain for her contributions to the relations between the two countries and for her support to the cultural convergence.

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer holds a BA in Finance from Richmond College in the UK and an MBA from Boston University in the USA. Ms. Sabancı Dinçer is married with two children.


Eyüp Engin

Vice Chairman and Executive Board Member

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 and after 1998, Engin continued to serve as Executive Vice President in charge of International Banking and Overseas Financial Institutions Marketing.

Eyüp Engin was appointed to the position of Head of Internal Audit in 2007 and during 2007-2019 he served on Boards of Directors of Bank's subsidiaries as the President of Audit Committee. He is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. Engin was elected as Executive Board Member in March 2019. Eyüp Engin also serves as Vice Chairman of Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş..

Additionally, Eyüp Engin is a Board Member of TT Mobil A.Ş. and TT Net A.Ş. and also Chairman of Argela Yazılım ve Bilişim Teknolojileri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.


Ahmet Fuat Ayla

Executive Board Member

Ahmet Fuat Ayla was elected as Executive Board Member in charge of credits as of 12 July 2017. Ahmet Fuat Ayla joined Akbank as Corporate Branch Manager in 2002, became the Senior Vice President in charge of Corporate and Commercial Credits Approval Unit in 2005 and was appointed as Executive Vice President in charge of Corporate and Commercial Credits Approval in 2007. Before joining Akbank, Ahmet Fuat Ayla worked in marketing and sales department positions at Head Office and branches at different private sector banks. Ahmet Fuat Ayla is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration.


Can Paker


Received his master’s degree from Berlin Technical University and continued his education at Yildiz Technical University to receive his PhD in mechanical engineering and at Columbia University for his MBA (1973). Starting his professional career at Turk Henkel in 1971, he held various senior positions in the company, and served as the general manager (from 1984) and president of the Board of Directors until 2004. Paker held positions on the boards of several private companies and civil society organizations such as the Sabanci Holding, Sabanci University, Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD), İstanbul Culture and Arts Foundation (İKSV), The Open Society Foundation in Turkey and Robert College. He served as the Chairman of TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation) between 1997 and 2015. He is currently the founding and managing partner of B.O.Y. Consulting and a founding member of PODEM (Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies), an İstanbul based think tank established in 2015.


Yaman Törüner


Yaman Törüner became a member of the Board of Directors in March 1998. Having served as a Member of Parliament between 1995 and 1999, Yaman Törüner also served as a Minister of State in 1996. Between 1990 and 1994, Yaman Törüner served as the President of the Istanbul Stock Exchange and from 1972 until 1990 he worked in various administrative positions within the Central Bank of Turkey, also serving as the Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey between February 1994 and January 1996. Additionally, Yaman Törüner is an op-ed columnist in the Milliyet daily.


Emre Derman


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.


Prof. Dr. Özgür Demirtaş


Özgür Demirtaş got his BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Boğaziçi University in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Finance from Boston College in 2003. In the same year, he was appointed as a tenure track Assistant Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York. In 2007, he earned a tenured Associate Professor position.  He was awarded with one of the prestigious medals of the University: The presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. His research is also awarded by Eugene M Lang foundation and Marie Curie Reintegration program. He published more than 30 academic articles in various academic journals. He taught at Boston College, CUNY, NYU Stern School of Business and in 2012, he joined Sabancı University as a Chair Professor of Finance. Since 2014, Professor Demirtaş is the founding chairman of the Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF) at Sabanci University.


Aydın Günter


Aydın Günter served at Sabancı Holding and held various positions including Executive Vice President in charge of Financial Control and Finance from 1974 to 1994. In 1994, he founded his own consulting firm and served as a Member of the Board of Directors in various companies beginning from 1998. Prior to joining the Sabancı Group, Aydın Günter worked at the Ministry of Finance as a Tax Inspector. Aydın Gunter is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University.


Tuğrul Belli


Tuğrul Belli started his professional career at Iktisat Bank’s Corporate Finance Department in 1990. He started serving as General Secretary at Turkish Bank in 1994, and participated in the foundation of Turkish Yatırım in 1997, a subsidiary of the bank. He served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the company until 2005, and also served as General Manager for a period. He still serves as an Economics Advisor at Turkish Bank. Belli taught at İstanbul Ticaret University on “Banking Management” between 2006 and 2012. Belli has been an op-ed columnist of Dünya Daily since 2008. An alumni of American Robert College, he holds an undergraduate degree from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a graduate degree from CUNY Baruch College.


Hakan Binbaşgil

Member and CEO

Hakan Binbaşgil joined Akbank as the Executive Vice President in charge of Change Management in October 2002. He initiated the Bank's "Restructuring Programme" which has transformed Akbank into one of Turkey's most customer-focused, modern and innovative financial institutions. Hakan Binbaşgil was appointed Executive Vice President in charge of Retail Banking in November 2003, Deputy CEO in May 2008, and since January 2012 as Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.

Prior to joining Akbank, Binbaşgil worked as a Management Consultant in the London and Istanbul offices of Accenture, and as Executive Vice President in a different private sector bank. Binbaşgil also served on the boards of directors of numerous companies domestically and abroad.​

After graduating from Robert College, Hakan Binbaşgil graduated from Bosphorus ​University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Binbaşgil also holds MBA and MS degrees in Finance from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, USA.

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