Board of Directors

Recep Süleyman ÖZDİL

Chairman and Independent Board Member

Recep Suleyman Ozdil was born in Istanbul in 1961. He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Science, Department of Economics. After beginning his professional career as an Auditor at a private company in 1984, Ozdil served as a Specialist, Assistant Manager and Branch Manager at Albaraka Turk Ozel Finans Kurumu A.S. in the years from 1986 to 1993. He worked as a Finance Coordinator at a private company between 1993 and 1995 before performing his duties as Assistant General Manager at İhlas Finans Kurumu A.S. from 1995 to 2001 and at Family Finans Kurumu A.S. from 2001 to 2005. Ozdil served as board member and General Manager at Birlesik Fon Bankasi A.S. from 2005 till 2011, and as a board member of the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund between 2011 and 2014. He has been serving as Chairman of T. Halk Bankasi A.S. since August 28, 2015.


Himmet KARADAĞ

Vice Chairman of Board of Directors and Independent Board Member

Himmet Karadağ was born in Denizli in 1974 and graduated from Antalya High School in 1991. In the same year, he started studying at Gazi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Public Administration. He graduated in 1995. In 2010, he completed his MBA at Exeter University. Himmet Karadağ embarked on his career in 1998 as the Assistant Revenue Specialist in the General Directorate of Revenues of the Ministry of Finance. Between 1999 and 2002, he worked as an Assistant Account Specialist in the Board of Account Specialists and as an Account Specialist from 2002 to 2005. Between 2005 and 2006, he served as the Advisor to the President of the Revenue Administration Department and from 2006 to 2008 as the Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in the Ministry of Finance. He served as Chief Account Specialist and Group Vice President in the Board of Account Experts between 2009 and 2011. In 2011 and 2012, Himmet Karadağ served as Head of Department at Ministry of Finance General Directorate of Revenue Policies. Since 2012, he has been a Board Member in the Capital Markets Board and became the Chairman of the Board on January 1, 2016. He was appointed as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Directors of the Istanbul Stock Exchange on April 1, 2016. Karadağ had become a Board Member at Turkiye Wealth Fund in January 19, 2017 and served as the General Manager and Vice Chairman at the same institution between September 7, 2017 and September,12 2018. On August 13, 2018, he has also started serving as a Board Member and Vice Chairman at T. Halk Bankası A.Ş. He is married with four kids.


Osman ARSLAN

General Manager and Board Member

Osman Arslan was born in Ankara in 1971. He earned a bachelor's degree in statistics from the Middle East Technical University. He later completed an MBA program at the same university. In 1995, he launched his professional career at Ziraat Bank. From 1998 to 2004, he served in executive positions at various private banks. Between 2004 and 2012, he worked as a Division Manager, Head of Department, and as the Deputy General Manager at Halkbank, and went on to become the General Manager of A&T Bank. In March 2012, he began serving as the Executive Vice President for Financial Coordination at Ziraat Bank. As of January 2013, he started to work as the Executive Vice President for International Banking and Partnerships, and as of August 2014, as the Executive Vice President for Information Technologies at the same bank. He served as the CEO of Ziraat Participation Bank from February 2015 to June 2017. He was appointed as the General Manager of Halkbank on June 8, 2017.

 


Kerem ALKİN

Board Member

Kerem Alkin was born in İstanbul in 1965. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from İstanbul University’s School of Business Administration, he completed his graduate and PhD degrees at the Economics Department of İstanbul University’s Institute of Social Sciences. In 1987, he began his academic career as a research assistant at the Economics Department of İstanbul University. Between 1999-2001, he worked as the Head of the Money-Banking Department of the Institute of Social Sciences at İstanbul University. In 2004, he became a full professor at the Economics Department of Istanbul Commerce University’s Faculty of Commercial Sciences. Between 2001-2014, he worked as the Head of the Institute of Social Sciences, Head of the Vocational School, and Head of the International Trade and Banking-Finance Department. Between February 2017 - September 2018, he undertook the positions of Board Member and Corporate Governance Committee Member of Türkiye Varlık Fonu Yönetimi AŞ.

He currently serves as the Vice Dean of the Medipol Business School at Medipol University, as well as Board Member of the İstanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) and Economic Assessment Board Member of the Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD). He was elected as a Board Member of Türkiye Halk Bankası AŞ at the General Shareholders’ Meeting on June 12, 2020.


Meltem TAYLAN AYDIN

Board Member

Meltem Taylan Aydın was born in Ankara in 1973. She studied business at Istanbul University. Later, she completed her graduate studies on the macroeconomic performance of emerging economies and behavioral economics. In 2014, she was admitted to the Emerging Leaders program of Harvard University. She is currently doing an MBA at Harvard Extension School. Aydın currently serves as an Adviser to the President, and has been a Board Member of Halkbank since June 2017.


Maksut SERİM

Board Member

Maksut Serim was born in Izmit in 1955. He received his bachelor's degree in theology at Marmara University. He earned his master's degree from the Department of Public Administration and Political Science at Atılım University. Between 1977 and 1998, he served as a clerk, chief, supervisor, deputy manager, and as deputy general manager at Vakıfbank. He later served as Public Information Adviser and then as Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister between 2003 and 2016. Serim currently serves as a Senior Adviser to the President, and has been a Board Member of Halkbank since June 8, 2017.



Ebubekir ŞAHİN

Board Member

Ebubekir Şahin was born in Rize Çayeli in 1974. He completed his primary school education in Rize, and high school in Sakarya. In 1995, he graduated from the Department of Public Relations and Advertising of Gazi University's Faculty of Communication. In 2002, he received his master's degree from the Department of Journalism. He worked as a manager in many institutions, including the Ministry of Interior, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) and the Prime Ministry. He served as the Deputy General Manager at Anadolu Agency. He undertook positions as the Deputy Undersecretary and Undersecretary at the Ministry of Family and Social Services. In October 2017, he was elected as a Supreme Board Member of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) and in January 2019 as the President of the Board. He was elected as a Board Member of Türkiye Halk Bankası AŞ at the General Shareholders’ Meeting on June 12, 2020. 


Sezai UÇARMAK

Board Member

Sezai Uçarmak was born in Ordu in 1964. He graduated from the Department of Public Administration in the Faculty of Political Sciences at Istanbul University. In 1987, he started working at the Ministry of Customs as an Assistant Customs Inspector. He then was promoted to Customs Inspector and Chief Customs Inspector. Between the years of 1994 and 1998, he gave lectures on “Customs and Foreign Trade” at Istanbul University Institute of Social Sciences. Between the years of 2003 and 2005, he served as Director of Customs. Having worked as a Chief Customs Inspector between 2005 and 2008, Uçarmak then served as the Head of the Board of Inspectors until 2011. In November 2011, he was assigned to the role of Deputy Undersecretary at the Ministry of Customs and Trade. Having been appointed as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Trade on January 18, 2019, Uçarmak also serves as a Board Member at Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş. since February 27, 2019.


Mevlüt UYSAL

Board Member

Mevlüt Uysal was born in 1966 in Antalya. He graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law. Uysal practiced as a lawyer for many years. In March 2009, he was elected as the mayor of Istanbul’s Başakşehir district in the local elections. In 2014, he was re-nominated in the local elections and was later re-elected as the mayor of Başakşehir for the second time, allowing him to continue his duty. In September 2017, he was elected as the mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality by voting at the extraordinary meeting of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Council. Uysal serves as a member of the board of directors of Halkbank since May 27, 2019. 


Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. Yılmaz ÇOLAK

Member of the Supervisory Board

Yılmaz Çolak was born in Giresun in 1969. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Middle East Technical University. He received his master's degree and Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science and Public Relations at Bilkent University. Between 1993 and 2010, he served as faculty at Bilkent University, Kırıkkale University, and Eastern Mediterranean University. In 2010, he began working at the Police Academy, and went on to become President of the Academy. Since June 8, 2017, he has served as a Board Member of Halkbank.


Faruk ÖZÇELİK

Member of the Supervisory Bo

Faruk Özçelik was born in Hadim, Konya in 1968. He is a graduate of the Banking and Insurance Academy of Ankara University and holds a master’s degree in International Relations (from Institute of Social Sciences, Selçuk University) and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration (from the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University)

Özçelik began his career as Assistant Auditor at the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry, General Directorate of Foundations, later serving as Auditor and Chief Auditor in the same institution and the Ministry of Public Works and Settlements.

Between 2003 and 2009, Özçelik worked as Deputy General Manager at the Prime Ministry, General Directorate of Personnel and Principals, and later served as the General Manager of the same institution until 2014.

He has also served as a director on the boards of Natural Disasters Insurances Authority and the Institute of Public Administration for Turkey and the Middle East (TODAİE), and as a member of the Supervisory Board of Turkish Maritime Operations (Türkiye Denizcilik İşletmeleri A.Ş.).

Özçelik was appointed as the Undersecretary of Ministry of Youth and Sports on January 26, 2014.

Currently, he serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş., and on the Istanbul Olympic Games Presentation and Organization Committee.

Özçelik is married with two children. His interests include football, volleyball, and athletics. Özçelik speaks French, Arabic, and English.