Our Team

Escarus Provides services with dynamic, strong and experienced staff.

Escarus considers its employees as the leading value of the company. The brief resumes of our employees are given below.

General Manager

DR. KUBİLAY KAVAK

Kubilay Kavak, PhD, holds a bachelor's degree (Bilkent University) and a master's degree (Gazi University) in industrial engineering. He obtained another master's degree (Cornell University) in public policy and holds a doctoral degree (Gazi University) in public administration.

Prior to joining the Escarus family, Kavak initially worked in the private sector, then at the Turkish Prime Ministry, State Planning Organization, Ministry of Development and the United Nations. In his professional life, he mainly focused on topics and fields such as national development, projection and modelling, energy policies, industrial policies, infrastructure investments, public administration, public policies, investment finance, project analysis and project management.

Kavak has published a myriad of articles, reports and studies on energy, climate change, public policy, urbanization and industrialization as well as a book on energy efficiency, and edited four books on optimization in industrial systems. Kavak served as a project coordinator for a project conducted jointly by UNDP and UNIDO between 2013 and 2017, and has practical experience of working with international institutions and development finance banks at various levels.

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Business Development Director

KADİR BURAK OĞUZ

Burak Oğuz graduated from Marmara University Department of Management and then proceeded to obtain his master’s degrees in Management and Organization at Yeditepe University and Production Management and Marketing at Marmara University.

Starting his professional life at Koç Group's Otoyol Pazarlama A.Ş. in 1996 as a marketing expert, he completed Finansbank’s Management Trainee program in 1999 and then assumed positions in the Bank’s Payment Systems and Retail Banking operations, taking part in various projects on alternative delivery channels, payment systems, CRM and MIS.

After leaving Finansbank, he assumed various positions on CRM, market research, product management, communication, campaign management and sales force automation in the marketing departments of Hyundai, Avea, Koleksiyon and GfK.

Oğuz has been working at Escarus since March 2016 after serving as a consultant in domestic and global projects on sales development, digital marketing, payment systems, CRM and data mining in banking, manufacturing and retail industries. In addition to project development work, Oğuz is also responsible for and competent in matters relating to product and line design.

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Project Director

AYŞE ECE SEVİN

After graduating from the Department of Environmental Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Ayşe Ece Sevin obtained her master's degree in Energy and Environmental Management. Prior to joining Escarus, Sevin worked as Environmental Consultant/Project Manager at Fichtner and took part in the assessment and evaluation of dozens of investment projects as well as the management of numerous projects.

Sevin has been working at Escarus since 2014, dealing with the identification of sustainability related non-financial (environmental and social) risks of corporations and projects, establishment of sustainability, environmental and social management systems, and establishment of sustainability strategies and reporting on sustainability performance for national and international financial institutions and investors.

A competent professional in conducting environmental and social risk assessment and project impact analysis, in developing emission mitigation projects and in project management, Sevin has also experience in various fields such as conventional and renewable energy projects, energy distribution projects, climate change and sustainability. Sevin has international experience through her work in various projects abroad and she also serves as a trainer in many projects and training events.

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Manager

MELİS BİTLİS

After having her major in Social and Political Sciences from Sabancı University, Melis Bitlis obtained her master's degree at Johns Hopkins University in Energy and Environmental Policy as well as International Economics.

Bitlis has been working at Escarus since 2015 and leads sustainable finance and climate change services by the company, including sustainability policies, green bond framework and second party consultancy services offered to customers in finance sector (banks, insurance companies, private pension funds and leasing companies) as well as real sector companies. She has experience in developing sustainable investment frameworks and sustainable finance instruments in accordance with investment portfolios, providing consultancy services to financial institutions on climate change-related risks and opportunities and reporting sustainable green finance. She also develops training models on such matters for private sector professionals.

In addition to her project management experience in energy efficiency, environmental and social performance standards, environmental and social risk assessment, green bonds, climate finance and sustainable finance, Bitlis also has broad international experience on climate change.

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Manager

ARİF CEM GÜNDOĞAN

Arif Cem Gündoğan studied at King's College London as a Jean Monnet scholar and obtained his master's degree in Environment and Development. Gündoğan also holds certificates from the University of East Anglia in Climate Change, Adaptation and Development and from LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) in the Economy and Governance of Climate Change.

Before joining the Escarus team, he worked as a climate change consultant at GTE after serving in charge of Turkey Prosperity Fund Program by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Gündoğan also has experience in freelance consultancy services on developing climate change action plans in cooperation with local authorities and conducting joint research on climate change with NGOs. In addition to his comprehensive experience in project and program management, Gündoğan is also an expert at climate policy analysis and design, climate-related risk assessment and reporting, and scenario analysis. Gündoğan closely follows and keeps up with developments regarding international climate change negotiations as well as those on climate finance and climate-related financial disclosures. 

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Assistant Manager

BURCU OTMAN BEKTAŞ

Burcu Otman Bektaş graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Chemical Engineering and holds a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Hacettepe University. Her PhD education is currently ongoing at the same university.

Previously, Bektaş worked as a specialist at the technical departments of Akçansa Cement and Kordsa Global, both members of Sabancı Group, and assumed tasks in the establishment of systems, management of hazardous chemicals in workplaces, management of environmental and quality laboratories, resource and energy efficiency efforts, process development, quality and product management and Lean 6 Sigma projects.

At Escarus, Bektaş offers services on establishing sustainability and environmental/social management systems in compliance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, preparing comprehensive greenhouse gas emission inventory, delivering resource and energy efficiency work and developing project methodologies as well as sustainability, innovation, environmental and social risk management, climate change and carbon trading.

In addition to her 7-year management experience in terms of management systems such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001, ISO 50001, ISO 10002 and ISO/IEC 17025, Bektaş also has experience on the management of chemicals in various industrial sectors. 


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Assistant Manager

EMİR KOZİKOĞLU

Emir Kozikoğlu holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University / State University of New York at Buffalo Dual Diploma Program and an M.A. in Economics and Finance from Boğaziçi University.

He started his career at Doha as a field engineer responsible for the environment, occupational health and safety and quality at the Lusail Project. Before joining Escarus, he worked as a Senior Consultant in EY Turkey’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services Team between 2014 and 2019.

Kozikoğlu has 5 years of experience in consulting and has worked with companies from many different sectors on a wide variety of advisory and assurance projects including non-financial audit, risk advisory (sustainability and climate change), sustainability strategy and policies, sustainability reporting (GRI, CDP, TCFD, IIRC, UNGC, AA1000APS), sustainability indexes (BIST Sustainability Index, DJSI, FTSE4Good, MSCI ESG Indexes), carbon foot-printing, renewable energy strategy, social impact assessment and social return on investment (SROI).


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Assistant Specialist

EMİNE ÇELEN

After graduating from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Emine Çelen obtained her master’s degree in energy science and technology at Istanbul Technical University. After master’s degree, her PhD education is currently ongoing at the same university and the same department.

Prior to joining Escarus, Çelen worked as R&D and project engineer at Maviiz Environment and Energy Systems R&D Co., Ltd. located at Istanbul Technical University Ayazağa Campus and took part in preparing feasibility, drawings and mass energy calculations in environment, chemical and biomass energy projects. Çelen, who intensively worked in biogas projects, has experience in engineering and procurement for the installation of biogas power plants.

Çelen also took part in “ITU: Sustainable Energy Installation” funded by Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) and Istanbul Technical University. She worked in all steps of the projects including but not limited to preparing financial and technical reports, controlling the installation, conducting procurement operations and commissioning activities. She also coordinated the correspondence between ISTKA, academicians and project partners.


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Assistant Specialist

ESRA AKARÇAY

Esra Akarçay studied at Bilkent University Economics Department with a comprehensive scholarship and graduated in 2019. During her undergraduate education, she gained experience in the banking sector as an intern, worked as a teaching assistant at the university and spent one semester abroad at the University of Madrid Carlos III as an exchange student.

Following the graduation, Akarçay joined the Escarus team as an Assistant Specialist and has been working on sustainable finance tools and social impact in the private sector.


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