Board of Directors


Dr. Hasan Basri Göktan holds undergraduate degrees in Engineering, Economics and Law, as well as a PhD in Economics. He started his professional life in 1973 at Türkiye Şeker Fabrikaları A.Ş. He served as the Chairman and General Manager of Pankobirlik between 1983-1993. Between 1988-1993, he served as the General Manager of Pankobirlik, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. and Konya Şeker Fabrikası A.Ş. In this process, he successfully realized the privatization of Konya Şeker Fabrikası, a first in the Turkish sugar industry. In 1993-2002, he served as the General Manager of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. He also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of T. Şeker Fabrikaları A.Ş. and for a while as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yüksel İnşaat A.Ş. Between 2002-2007, he served as the General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. Hasan Basri Göktan has been working as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Şekerbank T.A.Ş and its financial subsidiaries since February 1, 2008.

Mirat Utepov graduated from KIMEP University, Department of Economics. He holds a master's degree in Business Economics from City University London. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Warwick Business School. Started his career with KMG Kashagan B.V. and continued as Assistant Treasury and Planning Manager at KazMunayGas Refining and Marketing JSC before moving to JSC SWF Samruk-Kazyna in 2017. Mr. Utepov held various senior positions at Samruk-Kazyna and has been the Co-General Manager for Economy and Finance since July 2023. He is also a Board Member of JSC KazPost, JSC Tau-Ken Samruk National Mining Company, and Samruk-Kazyna Trust. Mr. Utepov has been serving as a Board Member at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. since October 2023.


Having undergraduate degrees in both communications and business administration, Aybala Şimşek Galpin holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Faculty of Business Administration at Istanbul Bilgi University and a Masters level diploma in Financial Strategy from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. Şimşek is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s General Management Program. Having started her career in the communications sector in 1999, Şimşek started her banking career in 2004 in the Bank’s Corporate Communications department and eventually becoming Head of Corporate Communications and Brand Management. During her tenure in these roles, Şimşek initiated the Bank’s sustainable development banking activities while also playing a pioneering role in the Bank’s inclusion in many international platforms in this area. She then led Türkiye’s first micro-finance project, before becoming the Group Head of Strategy as of 2013. In 2016, Şimşek was appointed as an Executive Vice President, with her areas of responsibility varying over the years to include Strategy, Digital Banking, Financial Institutions, Treasury, Corporate Communications, Sustainable Development Banking, Marketing and Risk Analytics and Human Resources and she also led the Transformation Programme in which the bank’s end-to-end technological infrastructure, digital channels and processes were renewed between 2019-2023. Şimşek has been appointed as General Manager at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. as of September 2023 and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank (Kıbrıs) Ltd. and Şeker Faktoring A.Ş.

Board Members

Mehmet Ayhan Altıntaş graduated from Hacettepe University, Department of Business Administration. He received his master’s degree from the University of Westminster and his doctorate in Accounting and Finance from Başkent University. He started his career at the Treasury’s Banks Sworn Auditors Board. He worked for 10 years as Assistant Auditor and Auditor at the Board. Then, he served as Head of Undersecretariat of Treasury’s Banking Department, Economic Counselor at the London Embassy, Head of SDIF Finance Department, Head of BRSA Monitoring Department, Head of BRSA Research Department, Head of T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş. Risk Management Group, and Director of Istanbul Takas ve Saklama Bankası A.Ş. Central Risk and Collateral Management Group. He started serving as a Member of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. in March 2018. He is in charge of the Risk Management and Internal Control Systems as part of his role as a Board Member. Mehmet Ayhan Altıntaş is also an Independent Board Member of Şeker International Banking Unit Ltd.

Zhanadil graduated from Kazakhstan Management, Economics and Strategic Research Institute, Department of Business Administration and Accounting in 2006, and completed his master’s degree in Accounting and Finance at Manchester University in 2009. He is currently pursuing an integrated eMBA program at Columbia University and London Business School. Zhanadil started his career as a Specialist at PwC in 2006 and served as Head of Internal Audit and Financial Control at Samruk Kazyna Kazakhstan National Wealth Fund between 2010 and 2016. He then served as CFO / co-CFO - Member of the Board of Directors of Samruk Kazyna Kazakhstan National Wealth Fund from 2017 to 2021. From April 2021 to August 2023, he served as CIO at Samruk Kazyna National Wealth Fund, after which he was appointed CEO of Qazaq Green Power Plc, a portfolio company of Samruk Kazyna National Wealth Fund. During his tenure at Samruk Kazyna National Wealth Fund, Mr. Zhanadil served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tau-Ken JSC, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Samruk Kazyna Invest LLP, Board Member of Kazakhstan Railways JSC, NAK Kazatomprom JSC and National Company Kazmunaygas. Since April 2021 he has been serving as Board Member of Şekerbank T.A.Ş.

Çetin Aydın graduated from Uludağ University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics. He joined Şekerbank in 1988 as Assistant Inspector. He took part in various positions at Şekerbank. He served as Deputy General Manager between 2005-2016. He has been serving as a Member of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. since March 2018. Çetin Aydın is also a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Şeker Finansal Kiralama A.Ş., Board Member of Desmer Güvenlik Hiz. Tic. A.Ş. and Rentek Teknoloji Ticaret A.Ş., and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tintech Bilgi İşlem ve Pazarlama Tic. A.Ş.

He graduated from Marmara University, Department of Public Administration. He started his career at Şekerbank in 1983 and served at various levels. Karakaş, who served as the Deputy General Manager of Şekerbank between 2006-2017, served as the General Manager of Şeker Faktoring A.Ş. between 2017-June 2020. He was elected as a member of Şekerbank’s Board of Directors in June 2020. Orhan Karakaş is also a Board Member of Şeker Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. Orhan Karakaş was appointed as Acting General Manager of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. on July 01, 2022 and served as Acting General Manager until September 8, 2023.

Nariman Zharkinbayev graduated from T. Ryskulov Kazakhstan University of Economics, Department of International Economics and International Relations. Between 2002-2008, he worked in various institutions and banks, including BTA Bank JSC, Alliance Bank JSC, GarantiBank International N.V. in Kazakhstan and abroad. In May 2008, he joined BTA Bank JSC as Head of the Financial Institutions Department. Nariman Zharkinbayev was appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. in November 2012 and as Acting General Manager of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. on April 27, 2020. Nariman Zharkinbayev served as Acting General Manager until June 30, 2022. Nariman Zharkinbayev is also a Board Member of Şeker Finansal Kiralama A.Ş. and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Şeker Kentsel Dönüşüm ve Danışmanlık A.Ş. 

He graduated from Al Farabi Kazakhstan National University, Department of Law in 2001 with honors. He received his master’s degree in law from the same university. After working at ATF Bank JSC between 2003-2004 and Transtelecom JSC between 2004-2005, he served as a Credit Committee Member and Legal Counsel at Kazkommertsbank JSC between 2005-2008. He has been working as the Head of the Legal Department and a Member of the Investment and Strategic Committee at the Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk Kazyna JSC since 2008. Mr. Zhamiyev has been serving as a Board Member at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. since March 2017.

Born in Van in 1967, Levend Torusdağ graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Engineering Faculty in Erciyes University. He worked at Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş, as an Engineer, Chief Engineer, Department Manager, Branch Manager, Head of Department, Regional Coordinator, and Deputy General Manager responsible for SME and Tradesmen Banking. He retired on October 19, 2018. Having served duties as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at Halk Faktoring A.Ş., Chairman of the Board of Directors at Halkbank AD Skopje between 2016-2018, Torusdağ has been serving as the Member of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. since June 2020.

He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Business Administration in 1987. Starting his career as an Assistant Inspector at Yaşarbank A.Ş., Simit served as an Inspector, Assistant Manager, and Branch Manager. Between 1999 and 2007, he worked as Credits Manager and Branch Manager at Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası A.Ş. Between 2007 and 2013, he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş., Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş., Kredi Garanti Fonu A.Ş., Arap Türk Bankası A.Ş. and affiliates of Ziraat and Halkbank at home and abroad. Simit who served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Türkiye Emlak Katılım Bankası A.Ş., Merkezi Kayıt Kuruluşu A.Ş., Sermaye Piyasası Lisanslama Sicil Eğitim Kuruluşu A.Ş., Şeker Finansal Kiralama A.Ş., Şeker Faktoring A.Ş. and Şeker Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. between 2013-2021, was elected as a Member of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. on March 31, 2021. He is also an Independent Board Member at Şeker Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş.

Executive Vice Presidents

He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Business Administration in 1995. He started his career as an Assistant Inspector at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. Internal Audit Department in 1996. After working as Assistant Inspector, Authorized Assistant Inspector, and Inspector between 1996-2000, he worked as Operations Director at Üsküdar and Kozyatağı branches and then as Commercial Marketing Director at Üsküdar Branch. In 2005, he assumed the position of Branch Manager at Üsküdar Branch, followed by Altunizade Corporate and Güneşli Corporate branches. Having served as the Regional Manager of the Istanbul Anatolian Region in 2016, he was appointed as Marmara Regional Manager following an organizational change in the regions. Since April 2020, Mr. Özcan has been serving as the Head of Internal Audit Department. He was appointed as Executive Vice President in September 2023, and as of January 2024, he has been serving as Executive Vice President responsible for Credit Management. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. Personnel Social Insurance Fund Foundation.

Hüseyin Üst graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Finance. He began his professional career as Assistant Specialist at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. in 1995. After serving as Assistant Inspector and Authorized Assistant Inspector at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. between 1996 and 1999, he served as Marketing Director, Corporate Branch Manager, and Regional Manager. Üst was appointed as Executive Vice President at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. in November 2017, and as of January, 2024, he has been serving as Executive Vice President responsible for SME Banking. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Şeker Faktoring A.Ş. and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. Personnel Social Security Foundation.

Burak Latif Latifoğlu graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics (English). He started his professional career as an Administrative Judge. Afterwards, he joined to the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA) and resigned from his position as under the title of Chief Sworn Bank Auditor in 2017, which he started in 2006 as a Certified Bank Auditor. Meanwhile, in Türkiye and abroad in numerous banks and non-bank financial institutions has carried out audits and served as the Audit Group President and Vice Chairman in the years 2014-2017. Latifoğlu served as the General Manager of Şeker Finansal Kiralama A.Ş. between October 2017-September 2019 and was appointed as the Executive Vice President of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. in October 2019. Latifoğlu is also a Board Member of Şekerbank T.A.Ş. Employee Social Insurance Fund Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Şeker Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş.

After graduating from Hacettepe University Computer Sciences Engineering Department, he started his career as a Software Analyst at Şeker Bilişim San. Tic. A.Ş. in 1999. After continuing his career as a Software Analyst at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. between 2002-2004, he worked as a Project Manager at Şeker Bilişim San. Tic. A.Ş. between 2004-2007. After serving as Software and Project Management, Department Manager, and Head of Information Technologies Group at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. since 2007, Mehmet Ak was appointed as Executive Vice President in November 2019. Mr. Ak served as a Board Member at Şeker Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. between 2021-2023 and currently serves as a Board Member at Şeker Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş. and Tintech Bilgi İşlem ve Pazarlama Ticaret A.Ş.

After graduating from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Ender Dilekçi received his master’s degree from Istanbul Bilgi University, Institute of Social Studies in Accounting and Auditing. He started his career at Şekerbank as a Clerk in 1999 and after working as an Auditor between 2000 and 2003, he served as Financial Analysis Department Head, Branch Manager, Regional Credits Manager, Corporate Commercial Monitoring and Follow-up Department Head and Credit Management Group Head, respectively. Appointed as Executive Vice President of Credits in March 2022, Dilekçi has been he has been serving as Executive Vice President responsible for Credit Monitoring and NPL Management as of January 2024. Ender Dilekçi is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Şekerbank Cyprus Ltd. and Şekerbank T.A.Ş. Personeli Munzam Sosyal Güvenlik ve Yardımlaşma Vakfı. 

Fatma Nur Çetinel graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Economics in 2000 and received her master's degree in International Money, Finance and Investment from Brunel University London. She started her banking career in 2000 as an Assistant Specialist at Ziraat Bank Banking School and worked in international capital markets, financial markets, and investor relations in the following years. Fatma Nur Çetinel, who served as the Head of Financial Markets Department and Investor Relations Department at Ziraat Bank and as a Board Member at Ziraat Yatırım, joined Şekerbank T.A.Ş. in October 2023 as Executive Vice President in charge of Treasury and Financial Institutions.

Tuba Kara Albek, who graduated from Marmara University, Department of English Language and Education in 1998, attended the master's program on Human Resources Management at the same university. She started her career as a human resources specialist in 1998; in the following years, she took on mid- and senior-level leadership roles in different sectors and implemented change programs for business, organization and culture. She started at ING as Human Resources Business Partnership Director and later worked as Talent and Development Director. Tuba Kara Albek, who has a coaching certificate, also takes part in voluntary activities for civil society and acts as a founder/manager in studies aimed at gender equality, increasing the number of female leaders at senior levels and training future female leader candidates. As of May 2024, she joined Şekerbank T.A.Ş. and serves as Deputy General Manager responsible for Human Resources.

Having started his career as a Financial Analyst at Citibank in New York in 1998, Mr. Aşık became Branch Manager at JP Morgan Chase Bank in New York in 2002, and assumed the positions of Branch Manager and Regional Manager at HSBC Bank in New York in 2006. He started working at HSBC Türkiye in 2012. Mr. Aşık took on key roles in the establishment of various projects in the field of private banking, serving as Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management, Senior Manager of Sales and Capital Markets Intermediary Services, and Head of Private Banking. Most recently, Mr. Aşık had been serving as Director of Retail and Private Banking at ING Türkiye since 2020, and will now continue his career at Şekerbank as Executive Vice President of Retail and Digital Banking.