Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Board Advisor Raif Ali Dinçkök
Born in Istanbul in 1971, Raif Ali Dinçkök graduated from Boston University (USA), Department of Business Administration in 1993, and subsequently started working at Akkök Holding. Mr. Raif Ali Dinçkök continued his career in the Purchasing Department of Ak-Al Tekstil San. A.Ş. between 1994 and 2000, and later served as Coordinator of Akenerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. from 2000 to 2003. Prior to his current position as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Akkök Holding A.Ş., he served as a Member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee at Akkök Holding A.Ş. Mr. Raif Ali Dinçkök has served as the Chairman of the Board of Aksa Akrilik, Ak-Kim, Akiş REIT and Akmerkez REIT, as well as a Member of the Board of Directors in other companies within Akkök Holding. He also works as Akkök Holding Executive Board Advisor.
Assistant Chairman of the Board of Directors Nilüfer Dinçkök Çiftçi
Born in Istanbul in 1956, Nilüfer Dinçkök Çiftçi graduated from Lycée Français Sainte Pulchérie in Istanbul in 1970. She continued her education in Switzerland, where she later graduated from St. Georges School in 1976. Assistant Chairman of the Board of Directors of Akkök Holding A.Ş., Nilüfer Dinçkök Çiftçi is acting on the Board of Directors of Akkök Group Companies.
Member of the Board of Directors Ahmet Cemal Dördüncü
Born in Istanbul in 1953, Ahmet C. Dördüncü, graduated from Çukurova University, Department of Business Administration. Later, he pursued his postgraduate studies at Mannheim and Hannover Universities. Mr Dördüncü began his professional career at Claas OHG Company in Germany, and after returning to Turkey, he worked at Mercedes Benz A.Ş. between 1984 and 1987. He joined Sabancı Group in 1987, and assumed several positions at Kordsa A.Ş. until 1998. Mr. Dördüncü served as General Manager/President at DUSA South America, and later at DUSA North America in 1998. After working as Group President of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Sabancı Holding A.Ş. in 2004, he assumed the position of Chairman of the Executive Board of Sabancı Holding from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Ahmet Cemal Dördüncü, Chairman of the Executive Board of Akkök Holding since January 2013, also serves as the Chairman of Epsilon and Akcoat, Deputy Chairman of Aksa Akrilik, Ak-Kim Kimya and Akiş REIT, and Member of the Board of Directors of various Akkök Holding Companies. Mr. Dördüncü is the Chairman of the United Nations Global Compact Turkey. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors in International Paper Co. companies. He speaks English, German and Portuguese.
Member of the Board of Directors Alize Dinçkök
Born in İstanbul in 1983, Alize Dinçkök graduated from the Department of Business Administration and Economics at the Sawyer School of Management of Suffolk University in 2004. She attended Harvard Business School General Management Program and completed it successfully. In 2018, she graduated from the Innovative Thinking Program at MIT Sloan School of Management. She started her career in 2005 as a Strategic Planning Expert at Ak-Al Tekstil Sanayi A.Ş. She joined Akiş Gayrimenkul Yatırımı A.Ş., when the Company was setup in 2005. Here she worked as Project Coordinator, Sales and Marketing Manager, and Assistant General Manager for Sales and Marketing respectively. Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board Member of Akkök Holding A.Ş., Alize Dinçkök acts as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Akmerkez Lokantacılık, Ak-Pa, and also serves on the Board of Directors of various Akkök Group Companies. Alize Dinçkök also manages the Akkök Group Marketing Platform established in December 2015.
CEO and Member of the Board of Directors İhsan Gökşin Durusoy
Born in Denizli in 1964, İhsan Gökşin Durusoy received his master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University in 1987 and started his career as Production Engineer in Arçelik. Working as Finance and IT Executive at Izmir Demir Çelik A.Ş. from 1988 to 1989, Durusoy joined Akkök Group in 1989 as Chief Budget Planner at Ak-Al Tekstil Sanayii A.Ş. Here, he later served first as Budget Planning Manager and then as Strategic Planning Director. In 2007, he became Assistant General Manager at Akiş REIT, which was founded with the aim of developing unique and largescale real estate projects. Between 2009 – 2012, Mr. Durusoy served as General Manager and Member of the Board of Directors at Akiş REIT, as well as serving on the Boards of Directors at various Akkök Holding companies. As of January 2023, Mr. Durusoy has become the CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Akkök Holding.
Member of the Board of Directors Özlem Ataünal
She graduated from Üsküdar American High School in 1985 and Uludağ University, Department of Business Administration in 1989. Starting her career at Iktisat Bank, Ataünal held various positions from Branch Manager to Customer Relations Management at Körfezbank. She joined Akkök Group in 2000 as Budget and Finance Manager of Akenerji. In 2005, Ataünal was promoted to the position of CFO of Akkök Holding. In 2012, she was appointed as the Executive Committee Member in charge of Finance. In 2017, she became a member of the Board of Directors of Akkök Holding. She has assumed various responsibilities over the years and is currently the CFO of Akkök Holding, Executive Committee Member in charge of Strategy and Business Development and President of the Energy Group. In addition to being a Member of Akkök Holding’s Board of Directors, Ms. Ataünal is the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors in various companies of the group, including publicly traded companies and companies with foreign partners. She has also been a member of TÜSİAD since 2013.
Member of the Board of Directors Mehmet Emin Çiftçi
Mehmet Emin Çiftçi was born in Istanbul in 1987, and graduated from Istanbul Ticaret University Faculty of Business Administration. He started his professional life in the Department of Budget Planning and Reporting in Ak-Kim Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş, and completed his Business Administration education in UCLA Extension (UCLA). Mr. Mehmet Emin Çiftçi completed the MBA program at the Institute of Business at Özyeğin University in 2018. Mr. Mehmet Emin Çiftçi is a Member of the Executive Board of Akkök Holding as of 2020, as well as Akkök Holding Board Member. He also serves on the Boards of various Akkök Holding Companies.
Member of The Board of Directors Yılmaz Argüden
Dr. Argüden is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AR-GE Danışmanlık, known globally for its efforts to prepare companies for the future, the creative and innovative management strategies it has developed, and its social contributions. In addition to being the Chairman of the Rothschild & Co investment bank in Turkey, he has served on the boards of more than 70 companies in various countries throughout his career. Having started his career at the Koç Holding R&D Center, Dr. Argüden later worked as a Strategic Analysis Specialist at The RAND Corporation. He worked with 20 countries in the World Bank Credits Department, where he assumed the position of Section Manager. Carrying out the responsibility of the Privatization Program between 1988-1990, Dr. Argüden served as the Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister on the economy in 1991. Initiating the National Quality Movement during his KalDer Presidency, Dr. Argüden was elected as the World President of National Networks and served on the UN Global Compact Board of Directors, the world’s most widespread sustainability platform. Known around the world for his work on boards of directors and governance, and whose books and articles are published in many languages, Dr. Argüden is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Argüden Yönetişim Akademisi. He also assumed international duties such as the Chairman of the Business at OECD Governance Committee and a member of the IFC Corporate Governance Group Advisory Board. Having completed Boğaziçi University by winning the Rector’s Award for both academic first place and student leadership, and winning the Turkish Basketball Championship three years in a row as the playmaker in the Tarsus American College and Boğaziçi University basketball teams, Dr. Argüden also served as the Vice-President of the Turkish Basketball Federation. He has given lectures on strategy, governance and sustainability at Boğaziçi University, Koç University and War Academies. Winning many professional awards such as Outstanding Citizenship, Strategic Leadership, and Quality Leadership throughout his career, Dr. Argüden was selected among the 100 Global Leaders of the Future by the World Economic Forum.
Member of the Board of Directors Melis Çiftçi
Born in 1978 in İstanbul, Melis Gürsoy graduated from Özel Işık High School in 1996 and continued her higher education in Boston, Massachusetts, where she received her degree in Business Administration from Mount Ida College in 2000. She started her business career at Ak-Pa Tekstil İhracat Pazarlama A.Ş. Melis Gürsoy performs duties on the Board of Directors of Akkök Holding.