Board of Directors

M. İlker Aycı

Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee


M. İlker Aycı, born in Istanbul in 1971, is a 1994 alumni of Bilkent University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration. After completing a research stay on political science at the Leeds University in the UK in 1995, Mr. Aycı completed International Relations Master’s program at the Marmara University in Istanbul in 1997.

In his professional career which started in 1994, Mr. Aycı held a variety of positions at Kurtsan Medicine, Universal International Trade, and the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul, where, as an advisor to the then Mayor of Istanbul, H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, he took part in a number of development projects realized in the largest city of Turkey.

In the insurance sector, Mr. Aycı became the General Manager of Başak Sigorta in 2005. After the privatization of the company, Mr. Aycı took over the management of Güneş Sigorta, one of the largest insurance companies in Turkey, in 2006. As the General Manager until 2011, he increased the value and size of the company.

In 2011, Mr. Aycı became the President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), the only official national body to promote Turkey’s investment environment globally and to assist international investors in their investment projects. Between 2013-2015, Mr. Aycı also held first the Vice Presidency and then, the Presidency of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), the umbrella organization of over 170 investment promotion agencies from 130 countries.
Since 2015, Mr. Aycı is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines.

Additionally, Mr. Aycı held positions at different capacities in a number of organizations including the Insurance Association of Turkey, the Turkish-Chinese Business Council in the Foreign Economic Relations Board, Vakıf Emeklilik, and Güneş Sigorta Sports Club. Currently, Mr. Aycı serves as a board and audit committee member in different organizations such as the Turkish Football Federation and Turkish Airlines Sports Club.

Mr. Aycı speaks English and Russian.

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Bilal Ekşi

Deputy Chairman and CEO

Born in 1968 in Rize, Bilal Ekşi graduated from Yıldız Technical University, the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1989. Starting his career in 1989, Mr. Ekşi worked as an Electronics and Communications Engineer at Turkish State Railways and thereafter, he was assigned to the position of Workshop Manager at Istanbul Ulasim A.S., and he played an active role in realization of significant transport projects. 

As the Head of Overhaul Workshops at Turkish Airlines Inc., Mr Ekşi carried out the duty of maintenance of aircraft engines, landing gears and all components between 2003 and 2005. In 2005, he has been assigned as the Chief Ground Operations Officer at Turkish Airlines Inc. Mr. EKŞİ accomplished significant projects, particularly in improvement of the on-time departure performance during his tenure.

Having served as the Chief Production Officer at Turkish Technic in 2008 and 2009; and as the CEO of Cyprus Turkish Airlines as part of the reorganization of Cyprus Turkish Airlines in 2010; and as the Executive Vice President at "Turkish Engine Center (TEC)", established by the Joint Venture of Pratt Whitney, the American Engine manufacturer, and Turkish Technic Inc. between 2010 – 2011; Mr. Ekşi was assigned as the Director General of Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation in April 2011.

During his tenure as the Director General of Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Turkey has been reelected as a member of Council of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 66 years later its pervious membership and has become one of the 36 members in ICAO’s decision-making platform. 

On 21st of October, 2016, Mr. Ekşi has been assigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Deputy Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines Inc. 

İsmail Cenk Dilberoğlu

Member of the Board and the Executive Committee


Born in İstanbul in 1975, İsmail Cenk Dilberoğlu graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Law. From 1999 to 2003 he worked as a lawyer in his own office which is located in İstanbul, Cağaloğlu. Since 2003, he has been giving legal consultancy to companies in the field of commercial law, company law, tax law, execution and bankruptcy law, within a partnership structure called “Kollektif Hukuk Bürosu”. In 1999, he was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustee of Ensar Vakfı and acted as the Vice Chairman until 2011 and since then he has been serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of Ensar Vakfı. Mr. Dilberoğlu is married with three children.


Mithat Görkem Aksoy

Member of the Board 

Captain Mithat Görkem Aksoy was born on June 6th, 1977 in Antalya. He started his flight training in 1996 and graduated from Turkish Aeronautical Association  in 1998 and worked until 2001. In 2001, he started flying at private airlines. After serving in couple of private airlines, he started Turkish Airlines in 2007. He flew different types of aircraft such as  G4, G550 , B737 and A330- A340. In 2016, he was promoted as SVP, General Aviation VIP Fleet Operations. He is currently serving as captain pilot at Turkish Airlines.

Prof. Dr. Mecit Eş

Member of the Board 

Prof. Dr. Mecit Eş, born in 1953 in Samsun; received his degree from the Istanbul University School of Economics in 1974. Having held several offices, he commenced his academic projects and received his Doctorate in 1985. He became Associate Professor in 1990 and Professor in 1996. And having then worked at Dumlupınar University from 1992 and 2012, Mr. Eş continues his academic studies as a Professor of the Academy of Commercial Sciences at Istanbul Commerce University. He has published many books and articles, and is married with three children.


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Orhan Birdal

Member of the Board

Born in Kemah, Erzincan in 1958, Mr. Birdal completed his primary and high school education in İstanbul. In 1980, he graduated from the Istanbul Academy of Economics
and Commercial Sciences College of Journalism and Public Relations, and in 1990 completed his graduate degree from the Social Sciences Institute of Marmara University. 

In 1982, he took his first step in the aviation sector by starting as an air traffic controller at the Atatürk Airport, incorporated under the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI). Later on, he carried out various duties, such as air traffic controller and Airport Manager in Erzincan, Directorate of Nevşehir Kapadokya, Trabzon and İzmir Adnan Menderes Airports and Senior Vice President of Airport Operation Department of DHMI.

After working as the Deputy Director and Member Of the Board of Directors of DHMI in 2003, he assumed the position of General Manager and Chairman of the Board Directors of DHMI between 2007-2015. Following his position in DHMI, Mr. Orhan Birdal was appointed to the Undersecretariat of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications. By the end of 2015, he started to serve as Deputy Undersecretary responsible for Aviation and Railroads.

During his tenure as the General Manager of DHMI, he also served as the Member of the Board of Directors and Auditing Committee of Turkish Airlines, between 2008-2012. Besides, he also served as the Vice President of the Turkish Civil Aviation Council of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).

Having worked as a senior manager in the aviation sector for many years, Mr. Birdal, carried out many successful projects including IGA, world’s greatest build-operate-transfer project. He also served in high level positions in 17 build-operate-transfer projects regarding several airports of Turkey.   

Mr. Birdal actively participated in the commission of Domestic Aircraft Project in Turkey. He also served as Chairman of Aviation Sector and moderator in 10. And 11. Transportation Council.

Mr. Birdal granted several awards including Bureaucrat of the year and Goverment Executive of the Year by domestic and international institutions.
Mr. Birdal speaks English, and is married with four children.

Ogün Şanlıer

Independent Member of the Board

Born in İzmit in 1974, Ogün Şanlıer graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Public Administration in French in 1999. He served as an Export Specialist in Anadolu Isuzu Otomotiv San. Tic. A.Ş. between 1999-2001, Regional Export Manager in Feniş Dış Ticaret A.Ş. between 2002-2007, Commercial Manager and Chief Officer in İBB Department of Subsidiaries Halk Ekmek A.Ş. between 2007-2013. Right after, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of İstanbul Medya Akademisi A.Ş. Mr. Şanlıer can speak English, German and French and is married with two children.


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Muzaffer Akpınar

Independent Member of the Board

Born in 1962, Mr. Akpınar graduated from Saint-Michel French High School and the Bosphorus University Department of Management Science. His professional career commenced in 1986 when he became the founder shareholder of Penta Textile. In 1993 he was appointed CEO of KVK Mobil Telefon Hizmetleri A.Ş.. Subsequently, Mr. Akpınar served as the CEO of MV Holding A.Ş. and played an active role in the creation of Fintur Holding BV. Between the years of 2002 and 2006, Mr. AKPINAR served as the CEO of Turkcell. He remains an entrepreneur and investor in the fields of renewable energy, technology, chemicals and construction. Mr. AKPINAR is married and has two children. 


Dr. Fatmanur Altun

Independent Member of the Board

Born in 1979 in Kocaeli, Fatmanur Altun completed her Bachelor’s Degree studies at Istanbul University, Sociology Studies Faculty. She was in the USA between 2002 and 2003 and conducted various studies in her field there. She completed her Master’s Degree studies at Marmara University, Middle East and Islamic Countries Research Institute, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with her thesis study titled "The Role of Big Middle East Project Discourse in Building Turkish Nationalism after 2000”. In 2014, she started her Doctorate Degree studies in the same department and she gained her Doctorate Degree in 2018 with her thesis studies titled “’Social Benefit’ Approach of Secular and Belief-Based Non-Governmental Organizations in Turkey: Examples of the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life and the Foundation of Youth and Educational Services of Turkey”.

Since 2000, Altun has been studying as a translator and editor in the publishing sector. Between the years 2005 and 2010, she served as the department editor in the Journal Anlayış, and between 2006 and 2011, she served as columnist for World Bulletin news portal. Between 2009 and 2012, she served as an Executive Board member at AK Party Istanbul Provincial Directorate. Between 2012 and 2016, she was the Executive Board member at İBB Kültür A.Ş. Since 2015, she has been working at Marmara University. Altun is currently an academic in the Sociology Department of Marmara University. She has copyrighted works and translation works. Apart from the seminars and conferences she is organizing at various platforms, she is also a columnist at the Newspaper Fikriyat. She also regularly publishes articles in different media.

Apart from being the Chairman of the Executive Board of TÜRGEV, Altun is also a member of KADEM Foundation’s Executive Board. She has advanced English and good Arabic and Ottoman Turkish knowledge. She is married with four children.