Board

Escarus’ Board of Directors is comprised of five members.

Çiğdem İçel is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors at Escarus, which operates with a vision to be the consultancy firm leading the support extended to sustainable development.

Chairman of the Board

ÇİĞDEM İÇEL

Çiğdem İçel was born in 1966 in Eskişehir and graduated from the Department of Management at Boğaziçi University.

Starting her professional life in the Treasury Department at TSKB as an Assistant Investment Advisor, İçel was promoted to the Treasury and Correspondent Banking Department in 1998, after serving in a variety of positions. İçel was appointed as the Executive Vice President in May 2006. İçel served as the Executive Vice President responsible for Economic Research, Development Finance Institutions, Financial Institutions and Engineering and Technical Consultancy Departments starting from January 2017 and after working for 12 years in the executive post, she retired in April 2019. İçel is currently the Chairperson of the Board at Escarus.
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Vice Chairman of the Board

MELİH YALÇIN

Melih Yalçın was born in 1978 in Istanbul. After starting his university education at Mount Ida College, Boston, he graduated from Business Administration Department at Yeditepe University at the top of his class. Later on, he obtained his master's degree at Development Management and Political Economics from London School of Economics (LSE).

Yalçın started his professional life at Bretton Woods Institution centered in London in 2003. In the same year, he was appointed as an Expert in Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Business Development Department at Doğan Holding. Later on in 2005, Yalçın became the Manager of the Strategic Planning and Business Development department of Garanti Bank. In 2008, Melih Yalçın was appointed as the Manager of Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Partnerships at BGC Partners. After serving as the Member of the Executive Committee for Strategic Planning and Business Development at Kale Group in 2011, Yalçın worked as a Managing Partner starting from 2014 at Strategy Loop, operating in Strategy Consulting and Acquisitions.

Yalçın was appointed as Director at TSKB Consultancy Services in April 2019 and is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Board at Escarus.

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Board Member

COŞKUN KANBEROĞLU

Born in 1967, Coşkun Kanberoğlu graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Boğaziçi University in 1990. He completed his master’s program in Chemical Engineering at Boğaziçi University in 1992.

A notable expert in FMCG - milk production and dairy products as well as feasibility analysis and project evaluation for and reporting of energy efficiency projects to international and supranational financial institutions (The World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the French Development Agency, and so on), Kanberoğlu has more than 20 years of engineering experience in energy efficiency, project management and environment.

After serving as an expert engineer and Manager respectively at the Department of Engineering at TSKB beginning from 1997, Kanberoğlu was appointed as the Head of Financial Institutions.

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Board Member

TOLGA SERT

Born in Malatya in 1973, Tolga Sert graduated from the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the Middle East Technical University in 1995 before obtaining his master’s degree in Business Administration at Yeditepe University.

He started his career as an Assistant Expert at Garanti Bank and then worked at Total A.Ş. Headquarters. In 1998, he joined the Treasury Department at TSKB as a Dealer. After serving at the Department of Risk Management and at TSKB Branch in Bahrain, he started working as a Manager at the Department of Budget Planning. In 2009, Sert joined Financial Control Department as a Manager and currently works as its Department Manager.

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KADİR SANCAR

Born in 1982 in Mardin, Kadir Sancar graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2004.

Starting his professional life in Jordan at Koray Construction firm, Sancar served as Contracts Engineer at the Russia office of Enka İnşaat A.Ş. between 2006-2008. After being appointed as the Project and Cost Manager at the Russia branch of Mott MacDonald Development Consultancy and Engineering in 2008, Sancar was transferred as the Senior Project and Cost Manager to the Turkey office of the company in 2012 and provided consultancy services on utility, healthcare, real estate, transportation and aerospace to various leading domestic and international organizations in public-private partnerships and project finance sectors.

Sancar has been the Head of Engineering and Technical Consultancy at TSKB Consultancy Services since April 2018.

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Board Member

SEVİLAY KIRAN

Born in 1978 in Iğdır, Sevilay Kıran graduated from the Department of Business Administration in English at Istanbul University in 2001 and obtained her master's degree on Finance at the same university.

After starting her professional life as Assistant Expert in Financial Analysis department at Yapı Kredi Bank, Kıran later served as Expert in Corporate Credits department.

Kıran started working as a Senior Expert in the Financial Analysis and Appraisal Department at TSKB in 2007 and worked as a Manager at Corporate Loans Department between 2013-2015. In 2015, she was appointed as the Group Manager in the Financial Analysis and Appraisal Department. Kıran currently serves as the Head of Financial Consultancy at TSKB Consultancy Services.

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ARTUN ÖZERDEM

Born in Ankara in 1978, Özerdem graduated from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Middle East Technical University in 2001.

Starting his professional life at İşbank Board of Inspectors in 2001, Özerdem first served as an Inspector at the Board of Inspectors until 2016 and then worked as a Manager at Project and Transformation Management as well as Strategy and Corporate Performance Management Departments.

Özerdem started working in TSKB in 2016 and became the Group Manager in the Business Development department. In 2018, he was appointed as the same Department's Head. Artun Özerdem currently serves as the Head of Business Development and Consultancy Management Office established under TSKB Consultancy Services.

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