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BÜLENT GÖKTUNA

Chairman of Mineks International

Dr. Bülent Göktuna graduated with MSc in Chemical Engineering from Science Faculty of Ankara University. He got his MBA degree from Syracuse University of New York. After completed his MBA, Dr. Bülent Göktuna received PhD in integrated alternative medicine from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Bülent Göktuna served as an analyst at the United Nations whilst just in his twenties, and went to Vietnam in this capacity in 1974. He founded the company Mineks International in 1976. Mineks engaged in metal trading and expanded rapidly to become one of the top ten global companies in the sector. Its operations in Turkey began in the early 1980s. Dr. Bülent Göktuna continues to handle the company's business and management strategies, corporate development, and capital/debt structuring.

Dr. Bülent Göktuna has significant experience in several areas ranging from management and government relations to investment consulting and company mergers/acquisitions. He has consulted many companies around the world with debt structures, buyouts, PPP’s and strategic investments. He has participated in joint ventures in the fields of energy, infrastructure, telecommunications and health. Throughout his career, Dr. Bülent Göktuna has made important contributions to improving trade between Turkey and Europe, USA, Canada, Africa and the Middle East. He currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Mineks International.

Dr. Bülent Göktuna is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Zambia and the Founder/Chairman of Ageless Clinic. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Golf Club (NGC) in Belek, Antalya. Dr. Bülent Göktuna is an active member of such organizations as the Institute of Directors in Great Britain, ATC and TÜSİAD, DEİK, the Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Turkish-American Businessmen’s Association in Turkey, and serves as Co-chair on the Turkish-British Sweet-Talk Forum’s Turkey Committee. In addition, Dr. Bülent Göktuna has been actively representing Mineks International at the World Economic Forum since 2002. He enjoys golf, outdoor sports, travelling, classical music, contemporary art and fashion.

ŞEYDA ALTUĞ SAĞLAMLAR

Vice Chairman of the Board & CEO

Şeyda Altuğ Sağlamlar completed her studies with International Management and Modern Languages Departments of London University Queen Mary Westfield and double major in Economics at the South Bank University.

She is responsible conducting contract negotiations and business development. She plays an active role in the strategy development process in the fields of energy, construction, media, transportation and real estate and M&A Transactions. Having worked at Mineks International since 2000, her ideas and vision have contributed significantly to the expansion of Mineks International in Turkey and in the Region. She is a member of the Mineks International board of directors.

She is the Vice President of Turkish - Qatari Business Council at the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK). She is also a board member of the Turkish - UAE Business Council at DEİK.

NİLÜFER VURAL

Member of Board of Directors and Director of Financial Affairs

Nilüfer Vural graduated from the Beyoğlu Business High School’s Accounting Department. 

Before joining Mineks, Nilüfer Vural worked as director of accounting, finance and administrative affairs at various international companies with operations in the textile and construction sectors. Vural formulates the budget and accounting policies for Mineks International, prepares financial statements and forwards them to the board of directors and management team. She also manages and oversees payments by maintaining relations with bankers as well as finance and legal consultants. She is responsible for researching investment opportunities, developing relevant strategies and the decision-making process. Nilüfer Vural has been working at Mineks since 2000 and is a member of the Mineks International board of directors.

TOLGA GÖKSEL

General Manager

Tolga Göksel graduated from the Ankara University School of Political Science with a bachelor’s degree in Management.

He worked as an auditor at one of the world’s leading companies in the fields of consulting, corporate financing, corporate risk management, tax services and audits. He went on to work as a project manager and member of the board of directors for four years at a company that provided management consultancy in the energy sector. 

A Mineks employee since 2006, Tolga Göksel has managed numerous projects at Mineks International in fields ranging from energy, hydrocarbons, infrastructure and construction to company mergers/acquisitions, defense, public-private sector partnerships and transportation; he specializes in China, the Middle East and the Caspian Sea regions.

An active member of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), Tolga Göksel also sits on the Asia-Pacific Business Council board of directors.

KEREM KAPANCI

CEO

Joined Mineks Structured Finance Services in 2016 as the CEO, an affiliate of Mineks International. After completing his high school education at St. Georg Austrian High School, Kerem Kapancı continued his studies at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in the United States, where he was granted a BS degree in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and International Business.

Kerem Kapancı worked at the F&B industry before completing his military service. Subsequently, he joined a top 5 Management Consulting Company and worked on internet related projects. Later, he joined a Management Consulting Company that specializes in the Telecommunications sector in Barcelona, Spain, and worked as a Consultant for two years doing projects at various European countries. After returning to Turkey, Kerem Kapancı joined the largest GSM operator of Turkey and worked there as a Manager for 8 years at different departments, ranging from Strategic Planning to Customer Relations, from Retail Development to Product Marketing. Subsequently, he established his own company and served large scale clients in the areas of Corporate Events, PR and Creative Services. In the meantime, Kerem Kapancı continued his role as the Country Manager of Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) in Turkey, and the Assistant General Manager at Mineks International. Lastly, he served as the COO of Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership.

He is the Chairman of Alumni Admissions Program of Georgetown University, a Board Member of Turkish Luxembourg Belgian Chamber of Commerce, a member of Corporate Governance Association of Turkey, a member of the Georgetown University Alumni Association and a member of the St. Georg Austrian High School Alumni Association.

İLKER CANÖZER

Deputy General Manager

İlker Canözer graduated in 1994 from Istanbul Technical University as Metallurgical Engineer. Then he completed his Masters Program in Production Metallurgy Discipline of ITU and he received MSc. degree from the same university in 1996.

He completed his military obligation as a Project Officer (Lieutenant) in Ministry of National Defense (MND). After his military service, he joined ROKETSAN Inc. Co. which is the biggest missile and rocket manufacturer of Turkey in 1998. He worked as a Project Coordinator and a Project Manager in ROKETSAN until 2007. He has managed many national and international defense projects such as 40 mm. Grenade Launcher Design and Production, Turn-key Construction of Munitions Disposal Facility, Multi-national CEPA and JP model R&D Programs in West European Armament Group (WEAG), some Missile projects...etc.

İlker Canözer received General Manager position of MİL-SAV Defense Industry Co., Ltd. in 2007. Whistle working as a General manager, he won three big defense project tenders including T-LORAMIDS program and one hydro-electrical power plant tender between the years of 2007 and 2013.

İlker Canözer was one of the founders of Turkish-Chinese Friendship Foundation in 2010 and he acted  as a board member  until the end of 2013.

He resigned from MİL-SAV at the end of 2013 and established his own company. He produced some defense goods. In December 2014, he joined Mineks International as a Deputy General Manager.

İlker Canözer also has a scientific study published in international area.

IŞIL ŞİŞMAN

Public Affairs Director

Işıl Şişman received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Başkent University’s School of Economics and Administrative Sciences and was the valedictorian of her class. She also received a master’s degree in “International Trade and Finance” from Ufuk University. She also possesses a training certificate in “Public Tender Law, Marketing, Management and Organization.”

Işıl Şişman joined Mineks International in 2006. She works in the company’s Ankara office on numerous projects in the company portfolio, such as the defense industry, energy, transportation, privatization, construction and infrastructure, and follows up company business with government agencies.

Işıl Şişman also coordinates the Istanbul Zambia Honorary Consulate.

İLTER FERAH

Executive Director

İlter Ferah graduated from the Dokuz Eylül University Department of Electrical-Electronic Engineering as an electronic engineer.

He served in various positions in the marketing and sales departments at Netaş A.Ş. from 1993 to 2004, and he worked on software, chemicals and automation as part of Circa Ltd., where he was an executive partner from 2005 to 2008. After selling the company, İlter Ferah moved to head the Selex Es Civilian Sector Group in Turkey, where he developed and implemented the company’s civilian sector sales and projects for 5.5 years. He began working at Mineks International in March of 2014 and is involved in the management of projects in areas ranging from communications and transportation to defense and construction.

İlter Ferah is a member of the Information Security Association. 

TOLGA EROL

Business Development Manager

Subsequent to his high school education at Beşiktaş Ataturk Anatolian High School in Istanbul, Tolga Erol continued his studies at the Engineering Department of the Sabanci University, where he was granted with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering.

Tolga Erol joined Mineks International in 2015. Before he was working in international companies in business development and sales fields where he specialized in the renewable energy sector. He has experience and background in project development in renewable energy, business modelling and project management areas. He has been heavily working with international stakeholders to develop renewable energy projects in Turkey, Middle East region, Turkic Republics and China.

He is a member of Turkish Wind Energy Association and member Alumni Association of Sabanci University.

ÖMER DOĞAN DİNÇER

Business Development Manager

A graduate of Istanbul’s Robert College, Ömer Doğan Dinçer received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, with a minor degree in Engineering Management, from Tufts University, MA, in 2012.

He began his career in Ethiopia as the Investment Coordinator of an internationally active textile manufacturing company. In 2014, he started working for a major construction contractor and served in the firm’s railway project in Ethiopia. He took responsibility in structuring the financing of this project which was to be realized under the EPC-F model, with a total amount of 1,7 Billion USD. Later he moved in to the Structured Finance and PPP Projects department of the same firm. He is experienced in project development and financing of infrastructure projects in Sub-saharan Africa, CIS countries and the Middle East.

Ömer Doğan Dinçer joined Mineks International in 2016. 

FATOŞ KALKAN FERRON

Events & Public Relations Manager

Fatoş Kalkan Ferron is a resident of Antalya and has studied tourism and hotel management.

She began her career at the Antalya Falez Hotel, where she worked successfully for twelve years in different positions, such as food and beverages and restaurant manager. She was employed as the general manager in several restaurants and night clubs in Antalya, after which she managed her own venues for three years. Fatoş Kalkan Ferron played an active role in the organization of the Nâzım Hikmet Oratorio at the Aspendos Theater in 2003. She has attended a variety of seminars in areas such as business development, communications, modern management techniques and quality management. Fatoş Kalkan Ferron is responsible for Mineks operations in Antalya, and she also coordinates the Turkish Ladies Open Golf Tournament sponsored by Mineks. She has been working at Mineks since November of 2007.

RICHARD N. GRAY

Vice Chairman

Richard N. Gray qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1971, and graduated from the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1982.

He has been involved with Dr. Bülent Göktuna and Mineks International since 1986. Formerly Chairman of a NYSE company which had factories in Texas and Malaysia, he has been involved with corporate amalgamations, reverse mergers and corporate development, particularly in the USA and China.

He resides in the UK and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Institute of Chartered Accountants.

MEHMET TURAN AKKÖPRÜLÜ

Consultant, Government Relations

Mehmet Turan Akköprülü graduated with a degree in Literature from the Istanbul University School of Science and Letters.

He began his career in the Prime Minister's Directorate General of Press, Publications and Information and became the General Manager of TRT in 1988. A pioneer in the structuring of today’s media, Mehmet Turan Akköprülü served as the general manager of Interstar and Channel 6. He has provided Mineks International with consultancy since 1998.

ATT. BURHAN ŞAFAK, M.A.

Consultant, Legal Affairs

A graduate of the Istanbul University Law School, Burhan Şafak completed his master thesis entitled “The Legal Status of Business Enterprises” at the same university. A member of the Istanbul Bar since 1986, Burhan Şafak is currently working on a doctorate at Istanbul Kültür University.

A specialist in contract and business law, Burhan Şafak assists Mineks customers on issues such as strategic consulting, legal and regulatory procedures, marketing initiatives and finance. The owner of Şafak Law Offices, he has provided consultancy for Mineks International since 2004.

ECE ALPAY

Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ece Alpay received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Bilgi University School of Science and Letters.
She worked as a customer representative at Siemens Business Services from 2002 to 2003, and then as sales director assistant and general manager assistant at DuPont Performance Coatings from 2004 to 2013. Ece Alpay has been employed at Mineks International since January 2014, working as the assistant to Chairman of the Board Dr. Bülent Göktuna.
Ece Alpay has supported the Turkish-British Sweet-Talk Form Turkey Committee since she joined Mineks International and took part in operations for the event held in Istanbul in 2014. She also serves as the assistant tournament director for the Turkish leg of the Ladies European Tour Golf Tournament held every year in Antalya.

ASLIHAN TEK

Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors

Aslıhan Tek got her diploma in Economics and Management from İstanbul Bilgi University and got her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing and Management from Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada.
She had over 7 years work experience with Royal Bank of Canada as a Manager of Client Care Risk and Operations, she has assisted in maintaining a professional manner while providing exceptional financial advice and customer service to clients. Aslıhan Tek joined at Mineks International in 2016, working as the assistant to Chairman of the Board Dr. Bülent Göktuna.