Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board of Directors 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. Since January 1, 2019, 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
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 and Chief Executive Officer 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 C. Dördüncü has served as Chairman of the Executive Board of Akkök Holding since January 2013. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Akenerji, Akcez, Akiş REIT, Ak-kim and Gizem Frit, as well as on the Board of Directors of Akkök Holding and various Akkök Holding Companies. Mr. Dördüncü is also a member of the Board of Directors at International Paper Co. He speaks English, German and Portuguese.
Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Board 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.
Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Board 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 the Board of Directors of Akkök Holding, Ataünal has been a member of the Board of Directors of various companies of the Group, including publicly-held and foreign-owned companies. Ms. Ataünal has been a member of TÜSİAD since 2013.
Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Board 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. Yılmaz Argüden is a leading strategist, advisor, and board member of major public and private institutions, and NGOs. He is the Founder and Chairman of ARGE Consulting, a globally recognized management consulting firm based in Istanbul. ARGE Consulting has served as the B20 Knowledge Partner (Governance & Sustainability), as EFQM Certified Advisory Organization, and International Integrated Reporting Council’s Licensed Training Partner. ARGE Consulting is the first Turkish signatory of the UN Global Compact and has been recognized at the European Parliament as one of the best three companies “Shaping the Future” with its commitment to corporate social responsibility He is also the Chairman of Rothschild & Co. investment bank in Türkiye and served on the boards of more than 70 companies in different jurisdictions. He is an author of numerous books and a columnist focusing on business, strategy, and governance issues. He has served as an adjunct Professor of Business Strategy at the Bogazici University, Koç University, and the Military Academy. He is a renowned governance expert who served as the Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Business at OECD and as a member of the IFC’s Corporate Governance Advisory Board. He is also the Chairman of the Trustees of the Argüden Governance Academy. As a social entrepreneur he has founded and led numerous NGOs and initiated the National Quality Movement. As the elected Global Chair, he represented the National Networks on the Board of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainability platform. He has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Bogazici University, where he received both the Top Academic Achievement Award and the President’s Prize for Student Leadership. He received his PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School with General Distinction. He was a playmaker for the High School and University basketball teams that won the National Championships and later served as the Vice-Chair of Turkish Basketball Federation. He is an Eisenhower, Fulbright, NATO, and Tübitak fellow; and a recipient of numerous leadership, distinguished citizenship, and career awards. He was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow, by the World Economic Forum for his commitment to improve the state of the world.
Member of the Board of Directors Melis Çiftçi
Born in 1978 in İstanbul, Melis Çiftçi 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 Çiftçi performs duties on the Board of Directors of Akkök Holding.