Executive Board

Mehmet Emin AKYÜZ

SPL Chairman of the Board

Mr. AKYÜZ started his career at the Capital Markets Board of Turkey (CMB) as an Assistant Expert in Intermediary Activities Department. Between 2016-2021, he served as the Vice Head and the Head of Market Oversight and Enforcement Department, respectively and still continues to perform his duties as Executive Vice Chairman of CMB in charge of the Enforcement Department and Accounting Standards Department.

Mr. AKYÜZ graduated from Bogazici University, Political Science and International Relations Department and completed his master’s degree in Finance and Law at Queen Mary University of London.

Serdar SÜRER*

SPL Vice Chairman of the Board

Serdar Sürer graduated from the Department of Economics from Anadolu University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and started his career at Ekinciler Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. Having served as the Securities Manager and Mutual Funds Manager in the same institution, Mr. Sürer continued his duty as the Branch Manager at Global Menkul Değerler, which he started in 2000, until 2002. Mr. Sürer started his duty at Halkbank in Treasury Management in 2002 and he served as the Head of the Bonds and Bills Department, and then the Head of the Money and Capital Markets Department, respectively.

Mr. Sürer, served as the General Manager of Halk Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. between October 2017 and June 2019. Lastly, between July 2019 and August 2021, her served as Assistant General Manager Responsible for Treasury Management and International Banking at Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş. and Chairman of the Board of Halk Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. Mr. Sürer served as a board member at Turkish Capital Markets Association (TSPB), Capital Markets Licensing Registry and Training Agency Inc. (SPL) and Central Registry Agency Inc. (MKK) for various periods. Serdar Sürer was appointed as the Secretary General of the TSPB on October 1, 2021.

Doç. Dr. Serhat YÜKSEL

SPL Board Member

Mr. YÜKSEL graduated from Yeditepe University, Business Administration Department in 2006 and completed his master’s degree in Economics at Bogazici University. Mr. YÜKSEL started his professional career at the Finansbank as an Assistant Inspector and he worked for the same firm for 8 years with the titles of Senior Assistant Inspector, Inspector and Senior Inspector, respectively. Meanwhile, he completed his PhD program at Marmara University, Institute of Banking and Insurance between 2012-2015.

He started his academic career as an assistant professor at Konya Food and Agriculture University in 2016. After serving as the head of the International Trade and Business Department for 1 year at this university, he started to work as an assistant professor at Istanbul Medipol University in 2017. He obtained the title of associate professor in finance in 2018. He still continues to work as an associate professor at Istanbul Medipol University. He has over 220 articles and over 15 English books in the fields of energy finance, renewable energy investments, nuclear energy projects, banking, central banking. 55 of his studies have been published in SSCI and SCI indexed journals.

Nizamettin UÇAK

SPL Board Member

Mr. UÇAK graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law in 1997. Mr. UÇAK started his career as an Assistant Expert at the Capital Markets Board of Turkey (CMB) in 1997. He was appointed as Expert in 2001 and Chief Expert in 2010. Between 2016 and 2019, he served as the Vice Head of Corporate Finance Department and still continues to perform his duties as Head of Corporate Finance Department.

Mr. UÇAK received his master’s degree from Atılım University, Finance Program in 2004. He also completed another master's degree in Financial Economics from Boston University, Metropolitan College, in 2011.

Esen Pamir KARAGÖZ

SPL Board Member

Having embarked on her professional life as an auditor in 1998, Pamir Karagöz worked for Citibank Turkey’s Retail Banking department between 1999 and 2008 with a focus on a wide range of duties such as Strategy, Sales, Wealth Banking and High-Income Clients segment management. In 2008, she was appointed to Barclays Emerging Markets Dubai regional office as the head of Premier Banking and investment products. In 14 countries where she assumed responsibility as part of Barclays, she was engaged in areas such as market penetration strategies for starters, customer value management and strategic channel management.

Between the year 2011 and 2012, she worked for Mashreqbank during the bank’s restructuring process as an executive in wealth banking, as well as sales and marketing of investment, insurance and mortgage products. Between the year 2012 and 2015, she worked for Deloitte Turkey where she was the Director of strategy, marketing and business development. Between the year 2015 and 2018, she maintained her position as the Executive Vice President of QNB Finansinvest Retail and Wealth Management. She has been continuing to work as the CEO since February 2018. Having received a BA degree in Business Administration from the Middle East Technical University, Pamir Karagöz holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth Business School. A member of QNB Finansbank Group since 2015.

Prof. Dr. Levent ÇİNKO

SPL Board Member

Mr. ÇİNKO, who graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Public Administration in 1991, started to work as an Academic Specialist in Marmara University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in 1993, received the title of Associate Professor in Macro Economics in 2012 and received the title of Professor in 2019.

Working in various administrative and academic positions at Marmara University, Mr. ÇİNKO also served as Personnel Department Head and General Secretary at the same university. He is still working as the Director of Marmara University Vocational School of Justice.

In addition to his administrative duties, he has many academic articles, papers and books at national and international level.


Chief Executive Officer

SPL Board Member

Mr. KARABACAK graduated from Saint Benoit High School and Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Business Administration, and completed master programs at Bogazici University Financial Engineering and London School of Economics Decision Sciences. He started his career as an assistant planning expert in the State Planning Organization in 1998 and later worked as an assistant expert, expert and chief expert in the Enforcement Department at the Capital Markets Board of Turkey (CMB). Mr. KARABACAK worked as a financial consultant for the Promontory Financial Group in London between 2007-2008.

After returning to Turkey, Mr. KARABACAK served at the Capital Markets Licensing Registry and Training Agency Inc. (SPL) first as the Executive Vice President, then as the Acting Chief Executive Officer and the Board Member. Mr. KARABACAK served as the chief advisor to the chairman of the board of directors in Borsa Istanbul Group between 2016-2017 and as the chairman of the Audit and Surveillance Board between 2017-2019. Mr. KARABACAK, who also served as the general secretary of the Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges for a period, also represented Borsa Istanbul by serving as the vice chairman of the board of directors of the Montenegro Stock Exchange and as a member of the board of directors in Baku and Bishkek stock exchanges. Before joining SPL, Mr. KARABACAK, who worked as a general manager for a private holding company, also served as a member of the board of directors in many organizations in Turkey.


*Mr. Serdar SÜRER has been appointed and assigned as the real person representative of TSPB by the Board of Directors' Resolution and has been registered with the trade register.