People: Tekfen Holding AS (TKFEN.IS)
20 May 2019
Prof. Ahmet Celik Kurtoglu has served as Independent Board Member of Tekfen Holding Co. Inc. since May 2012. He graduated in 1965 from the Department of Economics and Finance at the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara Universitesi, where he began his academic career. He gained his master’s degree from Cambridge University and did post-doctoral research at Yale University. He retired from his position as Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics at Istanbul University in 1995. Between 1997 and 2006, he was a faculty member at Galatasaray University. He served for a time as international economic relations advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He worked as research director at the OECD Development Centre between 1983 and 1986. Starting as advisor to Jak Kahmi at the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT) in 1994, he also served as advisor to Bulent Eczacibasi throughout his membership term. In 1987, he took an active role in the founding of DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board) and became its director, a position he held until 1995. He became General Secretary of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Business Councils in 1992 and then served on the DEIK Board of Directors and Executive Committee until 2008. He joined Global Menkul Degerler A.S. in 1995 and then, founding Kurdoglu Danismanlik A.S. in 1999, he began providing consultancy service in strategy, business development and financing. Kurtoglu also worked as a consultant to Mitsui Trading Company Turkiye between 2000 and 2007. He served on the board of nine banks that became part of the TMSF (Saving Deposit Insurance Fund) in 2001 and on the board of Tekfenbank between 2002 and 2007. He also served as Chairman of the Board of TEMA between 2007 and 2008. He has been an Independent Member of the Board of Directors of Tekfen Holding since May 2012. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company.
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