Mr. Suat Bakkal was born in 1980, Trabzon-Turkey; Mr. Bakkal completed both undergraduate & Graduate studies at Boğaziçi University and holds a Master Degree in Economics and Finance. He also has capital markets licenses on the fields of Derivative Financial Instruments, Corporate Governance, Credit Rating, Real Estate Appraisal and CFA3.

During his career, Mr. Suat Bakkal served as the Head of Corporate Marketing in Aktif Bank, as well as executive committee member of IFM Istanbul Financial Center J.S.C., board member of Aktif Asset Management, board member of Inovaban Innovation Consulting JSC, and also chairman of several energy production & investment SPV companies. On April 2018, Mr. Bakkal was appointed CEO and Board Member of BKT Kosovë J.S.C.

Mr. Sohrabzadeh started his finance career at 1999 and since 2006 he works for Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and since 2013 he serves as Principal at Lines of Finance, Financial Insitutions Development Department. He is an Islamic Banking professional with special focus on term financing products for Banks and Financial Institutions and Project Financing and economist with extensive experience in monetary policy, micro & macroeconomic studies as well as industry and capital market researches and investment advisory.

Mr. Sohrabzadeh holds MSs degree in International Securities, Investment and Banking from Henley Business School (ICMA Center), The University of Reading-UK and BA, MA and PhD(ABD) degree in Economics from University of Tehran-Iran.

Mr. Vedat Sarıyar was born in 1976, İstanbul-Turkey and graduated Dokuz Eylül University.

He started his career in 1997 as financial accountant and has an experience of 9 years in İngbank as an internal auditor and 10 years in branch management also in İngbank and Burganbank as a branch manager.

Mr. Vedat Sarıyar is serving as The Head of Corporate Marketing in Aktif Bank, board member in Aktif Asset Management and also chairman of several energy production & investment SPV companies.

Ercan Taşkesen serves as Head of Subsidiary Management at Aktif Bank and Board Member at Aktif Asset Management. He has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of finance. Before holding office at Aktif Bank, he had worked in Audit Department at Deloitte.

Born in Kayseri, Mr. Taşkesen graduated from the department of International Relations, Marmara University and he completed his master’s degree in finance at Marmara University. He holds (CPA) License, Capital Market Activities Level III License and Derivative Instruments License.

After receiving his BS degree in Petroluem and Natural Gas Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1997, Bahadır Tonguç began his professional life at T.C. Ziraat Bankası in 1998. He has been in several senior roles in T.C. Ziraat Bankası’s Capital Markets and Treasury Departments throughout 10 years. In 2008, Mr. Tonguç started working in Garanti Asset Management where he took his first steps in Fund Management industry. He actively managed, Pension Funds of Garanti Pension Company and Mutual Funds of Garanti Bankası with the titles of senior fund manager and manager. In 2019, he was promoted to the Chief Investment Officer(CIO) of Garanti Asset Management with the full responsibility of all asset under management. Bahadır Tonguç has been appointed as the CEO of Aktif Asset Management as of March 2020. He is fluent in English and holds the Capital Markets Board Level-3 and Derivate Instrument license.


Having graduated from Bilkent University Faculty of Business Administration in 1994, Elif Pehlivanlı completed Strategic Business Management and Planning Certification Program jointly conducted by Marmara University and Michigan State University in 1998 and then completed her MBA at Yeditepe University in 2000. Additionally, she completed Real Estate Evaluation Expertise Certification Program conducted by Istanbul University in 2004.

Starting her career at international auditing company Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International as an auditor in 1994, Pehlivanlı gained experience in finance by serving at Bayındır Holding in Strategic Planning Department and at Bayındır Securities in Corporate Financing, Public Offering and Merger Departments between 1997 and 2002. Between 2002 and 2010 she became an expert on Integrated Marketing Communication Strategies and served as a Strategic Planning Manager at prominent advertising agencies. Also, she worked as a Marketing and Sales Manager in important real estate business development projects. Before joining to Aktif Asset Management, between 2010 and 2017 she served at Egeli & Co. Financial Services Group as Managing Director, Marketing. Pehlivanlı also served as a Board Member at Group Companies.

Pehlivanlı is a member of Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD), Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Women Entrepreneurs Council (KGK). Pehlivanlı, who holds a Certified Public Accountant Certificate, Capital Market Activities Level 3 License and Corporate Governance Rating License, speaks English.

Sinan Soyalp serves as Fund Management Director at Aktif Asset Management.

Born in 1984 in Istanbul, Mr. Soyalp obtained his diploma in science field from Istanbul Robert College, his bachelor's degree from Department of Mathematics, Earlham College, and his postgraduate diploma from Department of Quantitative Finance, Istanbul Bilgi University. He holds Capital Market Activities Level III License and Derivative Instruments License.

He started his professional life at various positions as an intern at Ata Yatirim Ortakligi, Economic Research Department of ING Bank and Strategic Planning Department of Sabanci Holding, respectively. Subsequently, he maintained his professional life as fund manager at SRT Capital.

After starting to serve as analyst at Alkhair Portfoy in 2011, he was promoted to the position of portfolio manager in 2015 and maintained his position, under which he was in charge of Islamic mutual funds, until the mid-2016.

Burcu Atar Sönmez has 15 years of finance experience in Turkish Capital Markets. Previously she served as Fund Manager at Alkhair Portföy since 2015. Before Alkhair Portföy, she served as Treasury&Finance Manager at Alkhair Capital where she was also responsible for treasury transactions, budget process and development of financials based on IFRS. She was also taking part in the Company's valuation process. She started her career at Inter Yatırım (INY) in 2005. Before joining the finance team, She contributed to Research and Risk Department of INY.

She has MA in Financial Markets and Investment Management from Marmara University with thesis of Valuation and pricing methods for companies listed at ISE and BSc in Business Administration from Uludağ University. She is CPA and the CFA Candidate.

Mehmet Alp Ertekin currently works a Manager in the fund management team of Aktif Asset Management.

Born in 1989, Mr. Ertekin graduated from Bursa Anatolian High School, and obtained its BS degree in Economics at Bogazici University. He is fluent in English and holds the Capital Markets Board Level 3 and Derivate Instrument license.

He started his professional career as a part-time analyst in research department at Erste Securities Istanbul. He continued as a full time analyst in corporate finance service having an advisory role in M&As at EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young). After he worked as a sell-side analyst serving both domestic and international corporate clients with investment reports and recommendations, he moved to a buy-side analyst role conducting analysis with the major focus on equities and market strategies in Research & Strategy department at Garanti Asset Management. Thereafter, he worked as a Senior Fund Manager responsible for various multi-asset funds managed with different performance & risk criteria at Absolute Return Products desk of the same company, until joining Aktif Asset Management.

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