Board of Directors

  • Metin ÖZDEMİR


    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.

  • Deniz AKSU

    Member of the Board of Directors

    Deniz AKSU, graduated from Middle East Technical University, Economics, started his banking career as a corporate portfolio manager in Pamukbank in 1995. He became Bursa District Manager in Yapı Kredi Leasing Corporation in 1997. After 1998, he continued his career as the Head of Corporate and Commercial Sales in CitiBank and in 2008 he switched to the Senior Branch Manager position in HSBC. Aksu joined Albaraka Turk Participation Bank family in 2012 and after working as the Head of Corporate Marketing Department for 5 years, he became the Assistant General Manager Responsible for Credit Risk in 2017. With a 23-years-experience in financial markets, Aksu was responsible for Credit Intelligence Management, Credit Risk Monitoring Management, Collection Management, and Legal Follow-Up Management based on his position as the Assistant General Manager. Mr. Aksu is the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Emlakbank since 3rd of September 2018.

  • 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.

  • Wael Abdulaziz A. RAIES

    Member of the Board of Directors

    Born in 1972 in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Earned a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996 from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2004 at King Saud University. Joined Schulmberger Wire line & Testing (Oil Services) in 1996 as a Field Engineer operating in different geographical locations both off-shore and on-shore reaching the Engineer-In-Charge of Qatar land locations. He started his banking career in 1999 in Commercial Banking business in Saudi American Bank, a Citi Bank subsidiary. Joined The National Commercial Bank Corporate business in 2002 as a Senior Relationship Manager. He progressed to Commercial Business in NCB leading Central Region in 2008, followed by leading Eastern Region in 2010. He then moved on to Head Office to lead Commercial Business Kingdom wide in 2013. Prior to his appointment as Country Head, Wael headed the Finance Restructuring in June 2013 for a brief period. Over the years Wael has attended specialized Engineering, Banking and Leadership courses with reputable schools such as INSEAD, Darden and Harvard Business School. On November 1, 2016, Mr Raies was appointed as the General Manager of Türkiye Finans Participation Bank.

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