Board of Directors

Melikşah UTKU ( General Manager (CEO) )

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 a consultant to General Manager of Albaraka Turk. In 2006- 2007, he was the 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 between 2007 and 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 Turk as of October 2016 Utku continued his duty, as well as Chairman of the Board of directors of Turkey Union of Participation Banks (TKBB), Bereket Varlık Kiralama A.Ş., Albaraka Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş., Katılım Emeklilik ve Hayat A.Ş and Albaraka Kültür Sanat ve Yayıncılık A.Ş.

Turgut SİMİTÇİOĞLU ( Deputy General Manager (CMO) )

Mr. Simitcioğlu was born in Erzurum in 1961. He graduated from Education Faculty in King Suud University (Saudi Arabia, 1989). He started his Professional career as an officer in the central branch of Albaraka Turk in 1990. Later, he advanced to Assistant Chief and Chief (1993-1997), Second Manager and Assistant Manager (1997-2001) positions within the same branch. Between 2001 and 2003, he became Vice Manager. Then, he continued as Manager of central branch in the Corporate Banking Department in 2003 until 2009. In 2009, he was appointed as Assistant General Manager primarily responsible for Credits Operations, International Banking Operations, Payment Systems Operations, Banking Services Operations and Risk Follow-Up Departments. As of January 2017, he was appointed as Senior Assistant General Manager. He continues his duty as Senior Assistant General Manager.

Mustafa BÜYÜKABACI (Board Member)

Mr. Büyükabacı graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Industrial Engineering and earned his master’s degree in the same field in 1984. He then worked as a research associate at the same department. From 1989 onwards, he assumed various management roles at capital markets and investment firms, mainly focusing on Asset/Portfolio Management and Investment. In 1993, he joined Yıldız Holding as the Founding Director and Board Member of Taç Investment Trust. In addition, he served as Capital Markets and Financial Advisor at Yıldız Holding with regard to capital, commodity and money markets; and as Board Member at Family Finans and other group companies. He founded Bizim Securities, where he worked as Founding Director and Board Member. Mr. Büyükabacı founded the real estate division of Yıldız Holding, turning real estate operations into a major line of business. He worked as Founding President of the Real Estate Group. He left Yıldız Holding at the end of 2010. Later, he founded his own investment company, where he continues to engage in investments in agriculture, livestock, real estate and capital markets. Between 2013 and 2016, Mr. Büyükabacı served as Board Member at Borsa Istanbul. He also served as Independent Board Member at BİM Birleşik Mağazalar A.Ş. and Albaraka Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. Mr. Büyükabacı has been serving as Board Member, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee at Albaraka Türk Participation Bank since April 2017. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University.

Muhammed Emin ÖZER (Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi ve Genel Müdür)

1967 yılında İstanbul’da doğdu. 1988’de İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, İşletme Mühendisliği Bölümü’nden mezun oldu. 1992 yılında Boğaziçi Üniversitesinde, İşletme Yüksek Lisansını tamamladı. 2011 yılından itibaren Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, İşletme alanında Doktora çalışmaları devam etmektedir. 1991’de Bumerang Menkul Değerler’de yatırım uzmanı olarak göreve başladı. 1996-1998 yılları arasında Bumerang Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş.’nin kuruluş ve halka arz sürecinde Şirketin Genel Müdürü ve Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi olarak görev aldı. 1998-2003 arasında Bumerang Menkul Değerler ’in Genel Müdürlüğü görevine atandı. 2003-2005 arasında Bizim Menkul Değerler A.Ş.’de Genel Müdür Yardımcısı olarak çalıştı. 2002-2005 yılları arasında İstanbul Menkul Kıymetler Borsası Uyuşmazlık Komitesinde görev aldı. Türkiye Sermaye Piyasaları Aracı Kuruluşları Birliği tarafından Sermaye Piyasasını temsilen aday gösterilmiş ve 2005 yılında Sermaye Piyasası Kurulu Kurul Üyeliğine atanmıştır. 2011 yılında ikinci kez Türkiye Sermaye Piyasaları Aracı Kuruluşlar Birliği adayı olarak SPK Kurul üyeliğine atanmış ve kurul tarafından Sermaye Piyasası Kurulu İkinci başkanı seçilmiştir.2016 Nisan - 2017 Ocak arasında Bizim Menkul Değerler ve Bizim Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş.’nin koordinasyonu ve yeni projelerin geliştirilmesinden sorumlu olarak BMD Genel Koordinatörü olarak görev yaptı. Şubat 2017 den itibaren Albaraka Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. de Genel Müdürlük görevini sürdürmektedir. Ayrıca 2013 yılından bu yana İstanbul Sabahattin Zaim Üniversitesi İşletme Anabilim dalı ‘Uluslararası Finans ve Katılım Bankacılığı’ Yüksek Lisans programında “Sermaye Piyasaları” ve “Uluslararası Finans” dersleri vermektedir.

Rıza Tonyukuk TOSUNLU ( Board Member )