Akin Ipek (Hamdi Akin Ipek)
In 1986, Mr Ipek received a AA degree from Harlaxton College, UK (British Campus of the University of Evansville, Indiana, USA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Hacettepe University, Ankara, in 1990.
Mr Ipek is the Chairman of Koza Ipek Holdings, a Turkish conglomerate that spans different industries and sectors in Turkey and internationally. The group includes interests in the mining, media and print, aviation, agriculture, health and insurance sectors. Mr Ipek sits on the board of all 22 companies in the Koza group, three of which are publicly traded.
Mr Ipek began his career as a Marketing Manager in 1992 at Koza Ipek Basin Basim A.S., a printing business, where he has been president of the Board of Management since 2004.
He served as president of the Board of Directors of Koza Anadolu Metal Madencilik Isletmeleri A.S. and as chairman of Koza Altin Isletmeleri A.S. and “Ipek Dogal Enerji Kaynaklari Arastirma ve Uretim A.S.” three publicly traded companies on the Istanbul stock exchange with diverse interests in print, mining and energy.
Other notable positions held by Mr Ipek were the presidency of the board of ATP InşaatVe Tic A.S., a construction and commerce company; Koza Ipek SigortaAracilikHizmetleri A.S., an insurance brokerage firm; and the chairmanship of ATP Havacilik Ticaret A.S., an aviation commerce company.
Mr Ipek was chairman at Koza Ipek Gazetecilik ve Yayincilik A.S., the company that runs the Bugun and Millet newspapers and Bugun TV and Kanalturk TV stations “CALLED İPEK MEDİA” in Turkey.
Mr Ipek is also a director of the English company Koza Limited, a subsidiary of Koza Altin Isletmeleri A.S., which has mining interests in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Mr Ipek is a founder of the Koza Ipek Educational, Health Services and Charity Foundation which helped to establish “Ipek University”, the first university in Turkey dedicated to the arts and social sciences.