Osman Akyüz was born in Trabzon in 1954. After completing high school in Adapazarı, he obtained his BA degree from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences in 1977. Mr. Akyüz started his career as tax inspector with the Ministry of Finance in 1978, where he continued to work until 1983, when he joined the private sector. Mr. Akyüz worked as financial consultant and auditor for a large construction group between 1983-1985, following which, he started to work for Albaraka Türk participation bank in 1985. He served as Manager and Deputy General Manager of the Bank and was promoted as General Manager on January 1, 1996. Mr. Akyüz retired from Albaraka Türk on March 5, 2002 and currently serves as Executive Director of the same bank. Mr. Akyüz is also Chairman of Istanbul Development Agency of Turkey, Board member of Sinpaş Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı (Sinpaş Real Estate Investment Trust), and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Assembly member. Mr. Akyüz has been Secretary General of the Participation Banks Association of Turkey since 2002. Mr. Akyüz is married with two children and speaks English.