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Cenk Alper received his BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Middle East Technical University, in 1991 and 1994 respectively and completed his MBA at Sabancı University in 2002.

Starting his career as Process Engineer at Beksa in 1996, he worked Bekaert' overseas organizations at different managerial positions between 2000 and 2007.

Mr. Alper, who joined Kordsa Global in 2007, worked as Global Technology Director, Vice President of Technology and Market Development and Vice President in charge of operations.

On June 17th 2013, he was appointed as the CEO of Kordsa Global.

Mr. Alper was appointed as the Sabancı Holding Industry Group President on April 1st 2017.

Professor Dr. Mehmet Yildiz is the Vice President for Research and Development at Sabanci University. Born in Diyarbakir in 1972, and received his primary, secondary and high school education in Eregli/Zonguldak, Turkey, he completed his undergraduate education in 1996 with the first rank in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at Yıldız Technical University and received his MSc. degree also from Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at Istanbul Technical University in 2000. Between 1996-2000, he worked in two different companies as an R&D engineer and a project manager in the fields of welding and non-destructive testing. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2005 from Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada in the fields of computational fluid dynamics and semiconductor single crystal growth and then worked as a research associate and lecturer in the same department until 2007.

In 2007, he joined Sabancı University, Faculty of Engineering Natural Sciences as a faculty member in Materials Science and Engineering Program and since 2013, has been leading the effort of establishing Sabanci University-Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center and its industrial leg, Composite Technologies Center of Excellence with Kordsa. Currently, he is serving as the founding director of these centers. He sits in the R&D advisory board of Kastamonu Entegre. He contributed to the establishment of Manufacturing Engineering graduate program at Sabanci University.

Dr. Yildiz's areas of expertise include advanced composite materials, nanocomposites, structural health monitoring and computational mechanics. He published more than 85 SCI indexed high impact factor journals, 8 book chapters, prepared and presented over 135 conference papers and graduated more than 28 MSc. and Ph.D. students.

Hakan Timur graduated from Istanbul University Economics and received his master degree in Energy and Technology Management from the Sabancı University.

Starting his career in 1997 at Marsa-Kraft Foods International, Hakan Timur worked as ‘’Human Resources Manager’’ at Sabancı Food Group, ‘’Human Resources Manager’’ at Sabancı Holding, ‘’Global Human Resources Director’’ at Kordsa Global, “Human Resources Vice General Manager’’ at Akçansa and “Chief Officer, Human Resources and Corporate Capabilities’’ at Enerjisa respectively.

Mr. Timur was appointed as Human Resources Group President at the Sabancı Holding A.Ş. on February 1, 2018. In addition to his current role, Mr. Timur is also serving as Executive Committee member at Sabancı Holding and Executive Board member at Kordsa Global, Çimsa, Avivasa, Carrefoursa, Teknosa and Sabancı DX.

Vecih Yılmaz graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Business Administration and also holds a degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the same university. He received his master degree from Galatasaray University in financial economics.

Yılmaz started his career as an auditor at Deloitte in 2005. Between 2009 and 2013, he worked at Sabancı Holding in reporting, financial planning & analysis and investor relations. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as Financial Controller and Risk Manager at Enerjisa. Joining Kibar Group in 2015 he worked as CFO at Assan Panel and as Deputy CFO at Kibar Holding. Yılmaz rejoined Sabancı Holding as Finance Director in 2017; he is also a Board member of Kordsa and Yünsa.

Yılmaz has CPA certificate and also holds Capital Markets Advanced Level, Independent Auditor, Credit Rating and Corporate Governance Rating licenses.

Semiha Yaşar received her BSc and MSc degree and Middle East Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Starting her professional life in 1984 at Aselsan as Mechanical Design Engineer, she served as a consultant at Republic of Turkey, Ministry of State (1987-1990). Joining FNSS (FNSS Defense Systems) at 1990 as a Senior Engineer, Ms. Yaşar served as Engineering and R&D Supervisor (1994-2007), Project Manager (2007-2009), Development Programs Director (2009-2014) and Product Engineering and R&D Director (2014-2015). She held Vice President position at BMC Otomotiv between 2016-2018. Ms. Yaşar founded Sempro Consultancy and Engineering in 2015 and continues to hold her position.

Mehmet Sami, has 30 years of experience after his studies in BA (Hons) Economics from Kingston University and MSc in Business Systems & Analysis from City University, London. Within the 30 years, Mr Sami has gained deal origination and execution experience in corporate finance and capital markets areas via establishing related business divisions, strategic alliances and offices in New York and Dubai.

Between 1987 - 1990 he has undertaken numerous consultancy assignments in marketing and research studies. Since 1990, he has undertaken various Turkish privatization, valuation and advisory projects, advised foreign and domestic clients in mergers & acquisitions and large international joint ventures in Turkey. Part of this work was via Ata Invest, where during 1994, he founded Investment Banking, Research and Institutional Trading divisions that became one of the largest independent firm in Turkey. (Clients served include; GE Capital, News Corp., Arcelor, Privatization Agency, JBIC, IFC, Trade Partners UK, AIG, Dubai Holding, Emirates Bank NBD). Between 1996-2012, Mr Sami has initiated and executed many Private Equity deals as an Advisor and during 2000 has raised Turkey’s first Private Equity Fund with AIG Capital, during the life of the Fund, Mr. Sami was a member of the Fund’s Investment Committee.

After nearly 19 years at Ata Invest, moved to Deloitte Corporate Finance to become the Lead M&A and Debt Advisory Partner in 2012 and served on the Deloitte Global M&A ExCo. After 27 years of professional life, Mr Sami has founded his consulting and advisory practice in 2015 where Mr Sami advises International banks, IFIs, multinationals and local corporates. Besides serving on the Board of Turkish Corporate Governance Association, he has become the Founding Member of Board Members Association and is restructuring - establishing corporate governance standards in numerous firms while serving as an Independent Director.