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Esra Altekin

Financial Manager

Esra Altekin is the Financial & Administrative Affairs Manager of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Ms. Altekin was a Manager at Deloitte Istanbul, focusing on transaction advisory services conducting due diligence and valuation projects. Ms. Altekin started her career in Deloitte as an Assistant Auditor.

Ms. Altekin received a BS in Economics from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.

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İsak Antika

Managing Partner

İsak Antika is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Actera Group and serves on the Firm’s Investment, Operating and Portfolio Committees. Prior to forming Actera, Mr. Antika was the founder and Managing Partner of Antika Partners, a leading corporate finance and M&A house based in Istanbul which was the strategic partner of Merrill Lynch in Turkey. Prior to establishing Antika Partners, Mr. Antika was the Head of Investment Banking for Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa at JP Morgan and was a member of the bank’s worldwide operating committee. During his 18-year tenure at the bank, Mr. Antika served in a variety of positions including Regional Manager for Turkey, CIS, Balkans and Israel, Division Manager for Turkey and Central Asia, and Country Manager for Turkey. Mr. Antika started his career at JP Morgan Chase & Co. in London in the Global Markets Group.

Mr. Antika received a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.

Mr. Antika serves on the Board of Directors of Karnaval Media Group, Karma Açıkhava, Hayat Varlık, MAC, Joker, Tam Faktoring, Standard Profil, Çelebi, Kamil Koç, 2kids, UN Ro-Ro and Korozo.

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Murat Çavuşoğlu

Managing Partner

Murat Çavuşoğlu is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Actera Group and serves on the Firm’s Investment, Operating and Portfolio Committees. Prior to forming Actera, Mr. Çavuşoğlu was a Managing Director and investment committee member of Southeast Europe Equity Fund (SEEF), a private equity fund sponsored by Soros Fund Management investing in Turkey, Southeast Europe and the Caucasus. Prior to joining SEEF, Mr. Çavuşoğlu was the founder and Managing Partner of Taurus Capital Partners (TCP), the general partner of a private equity investment program focusing on Turkey. Prior to establishing TCP, Mr. Çavuşoğlu held a number of senior executive positions at Fiba Group, a leading Turkish conglomerate, including serving as the Managing Director of the group’s main holding company. Mr. Çavuşoğlu started his career at Goldman Sachs in London, focusing on corporate finance and M&A transactions across Europe.

Mr. Çavuşoğlu received a BS in Electrical Engineering with Highest Distinction from University of Virginia, an MS in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Çavuşoğlu serves on the Board of Directors of Karnaval Media Group, Karma Açıkhava, Hayat Varlık, MAC, Joker, Tam Faktoring, Standard Profil, Çelebi, Kamil Koç, 2kids, UN Ro-Ro and Korozo.

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Yağız Çekin

Partner

Yagiz Çekin is a Partner of Actera Group and serves on the Firm’s Investment and Operating Committees. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Çekin was a Vice President at Southeast Europe Equity Fund (SEEF), a private equity fund sponsored by Soros Fund Management investing in Turkey, Southeast Europe and the Caucasus. Prior to SEEF, Mr. Çekin was a Principal at Taurus Capital Partners (TCP), the general partner of a private equity investment program focusing on Turkey. Mr. Çekin joined TCP from the Investment Banking Department of Global Securities where he worked on M&A transactions in Turkey, Balkans and Central Asia.Mr. Çekin started his career at Finans Invest in the Corporate Finance Group.

Mr. Çekin received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

Mr. Çekin serves on the Board of Directors of MAC, Çelebi and Korozo.

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Berke Demirhan

Analyst

Berke Demirhan is an Analyst of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Mr.Demirhan was an Associate at Alpacar Associates in Istanbul focusing on mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Demirhan received a BA in Economics from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.

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Dave Dorner

Partner, Operating

Dave Dorner is an Operating Partner of Actera Group and serves on the Firm’s Portfolio Committee. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Dorner was the Regional Head of Live Nation Entertainment and the CEO of Biletix, the largest event ticketing company in Turkey with more than 3 million annual ticket sales, which he co-founded in 2000 and later sold to Live Nation Entertainment in 2006. Prior to Biletix, Mr. Dorner had a 10 year tenure with Monitor Group where he also started his career.

Mr. Dorner received a BA in Finance and Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Dorner serves on the Board of Directors of Standard Profil and Çelebi.

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Cem Erkul

Associate

Cem Erkul is an Associate of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Erkul  was a Senior Associate at Boston Consulting Group. Prior to Boston Consulting Group, Mr. Erkul worked in the corporate finance department of HSBC where he started his career. 

Mr. Erkul received a BS in Civil Engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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Orkhan Gambarli

Analyst

Orkhan Gambarli is an Analyst of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Gambarli was an Analyst at Bravia Capital in Hong Kong focusing on private equity investments.

Mr. Gambarli received a BA in Economics with Highest Distinction from Ozyegin University in Istanbul and an MS in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford.

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Fatih Gelmez

Associate

Fatih Gelmez is an Associate of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Gelmez was an Associate at Pragma Corporate Finance in Istanbul focusing on mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Gelmez received a BS in Electronics Engineering from Sabanci University in Istanbul, an MBA from Koc University in Istanbul and a Masters in Advanced Management from Yale University.

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İpek Güleç

Vice President

İpek Güleç is a Vice President of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Ms. Güleç was an Analyst at JPMorgan Chase Investment Banking Division in New York where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital restructuring in the Financial Institutions Group.

Ms. Güleç received a BA in Quantitative Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.

Ms. Güleç serves on the Board of Directors of Hayat Varlık.

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Can İkinci

Partner

Can İkinci is a Partner of Actera Group and serves on the Firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. İkinci was the CEO of Shaya Group Turkey (one of the leading retail groups in the country with over 2,500 employees) where he led the successful growth of a number of retail businesses (including Starbucks Coffee, Topshop and Body Shop) in Turkey. Prior to Shaya Group, Mr. İkinci was with McKinsey & Company in New Jersey and London. He started his career at TEFEN Operations Management Consulting in New York.

Mr. İkinci received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. İkinci serves on the Board of Directors of Joker, Kamil Koç, 2kids and UN Ro-Ro.

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Yeşim Kanburoğlu

Associate

Yeşim Kanburoğlu is an Associate of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Ms. Kanburoğlu worked as an Analyst at Unlu & Co Corporate Finance department where she advised clients in retail, consumer and transportation industries. Prior to Unlu & Co, Ms. Kanburoğlu was an Analyst at AIB Leveraged Finance Division in London where she focused on leveraged buyout transactions in Europe. 

Ms. Kanburoğlu received a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Bosphorus University in Istanbul and holds an MS degree in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.

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Selmi Haleva-Kapeluto

Partner

Selmi Haleva-Kapeluto is a Partner of Actera Group and serves on the Firm’s Investment and Operating Committees. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Haleva-Kapeluto was a Principal at Antika Partners, a leading corporate finance and M&A house based in Istanbul which was the strategic partner of Merrill Lynch in Turkey. Prior to Antika Partners, Mr. Haleva-Kapeluto was an Associate at Taurus Capital Partners, the general partner of a private equity investment program focusing on Turkey.Mr. Haleva-Kapeluto started his career at TSKB, in the Equity Research and Corporate Finance Groups.

Mr. Haleva-Kapeluto received a BS in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Management from Marmara University in Istanbul.

Mr. Haleva-Kapeluto serves on the Board of Directors of Karnaval Media Group, Karma Açıkhava, Hayat Varlık, Tam Faktoring, Standard Profil and UN Ro-Ro.

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Seçkin Köksal

Partner, Operating

Seçkin Köksal is an Operating Partner of Actera Group and serves on the Firm’s Portfolio Committee. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Köksal was the Business Development Director of g2m, an Actera portfolio company. Prior to g2m, he was the Head of Marketing at Erdemir A.Ş., the leading integrated steel group in Turkey. Prior to Erdemir, Mr. Köksal was a Global Business Manager at W.R. Grace & Co., a NYSE-listed global specialty materials company where he was involved in a wide range of industries and was responsible for innovation-driven growth, geographic expansion and business model restructuring initiatives for a number of business units on a global scale. Mr. Köksal started his career at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in Turkey.

Mr. Köksal received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Mr. Köksal serves on the Board of Directors of Standard Profil and Korozo.

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Hüsnü Okvuran

Partner

Hüsnü Okvuran is a Partner of Actera Group and serves on the Firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Okvuran was the Head of Financial Institutions Group for Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Head of Investment Banking for Turkey at Deutsche Bank. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Okvuran spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division in New York, Los Angeles, London and Dubai working on investment banking and principal investment transactions. He was most recently responsible for FIG EMEA M&A and Emerging Markets.

Mr. Okvuran received BS degrees in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.

Mr. Okvuran serves on the Board of Directors of Tam Faktoring.

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Selman Ruso

Vice President

Selman Ruso is a Vice President of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Ruso was an Analyst at Rothschild Investment Bank in Istanbul and Paris, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in Turkey and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Ruso received a BA in Economics and an MA in Corporate Finance and Business Law from University of Zurich.

Mr. Ruso serves on the Board of Directors of Kamil Koç and UN Ro-Ro.

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Seçkin Tabak

Vice President

Seçkin Tabak is a Vice President of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Tabak was an Associate at Ernst & Young in Istanbul, focusing on mergers and acquisitions across Turkey and Southeast Europe.

Mr. Tabak received a BA in Management from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.

Mr. Tabak serves on the Board of Directors of Joker and 2kids.

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Türker Tekten

Partner, CFO

Türker Tekten is the CFO of Actera Group and serves on the Firm’s Investment and Portfolio Committees. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Tekten was the CAO and CFO of Morgan Stanley in Turkey and managed the establishment of the Turkish entity Morgan Stanley Menkul Değerler A.Ş. where he held the position of Acting General Manager. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Tekten held a number of positions at JP Morgan Chase Turkey including serving as the CFO of the bank and as AVP of Emerging Markets Turkey Structured Products Desk. Mr. Tekten started his career at Türkiye İş Bankası, a leading Turkish commercial bank, as an Assistant Internal Auditor.

Mr. Tekten received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara.

Mr. Tekten serves on the Board of Auditors of MAC, Çelebi, and on the Board of Directors of Karnaval Media Group, Karma Açıkhava, Hayat Varlık, Joker, Tam Faktoring, Standard Profil, Kamil Koç, 2kids, UN Ro-Ro and Korozo.

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Barış Yılmaz

Vice President

Barış Yılmaz is a Vice President of Actera Group. Prior to joining Actera, Mr. Yılmaz was an Associate at Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in London focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Yılmaz worked as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble in Istanbul and Geneva.

Mr. Yılmaz received a BA in Business Administration and in Economics from Koç University in Istanbul and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr.Yılmaz serves on the Board of Directors of Tam Faktoring and Korozo.