Chairman’s Circle Members
Ramerica International, Inc
Ramerica has been established in 1984 as a result of the Koç Holding’s international strategic attempts taken in 1980 regarding the expansion of the overseas activities. In 1985 the company designated the range of its activities as following: Marketing and sale of Turkish textile (ready-to-wear products) in the US market, Exporting raw materials from the US to Turkey, Trading between the US and Europe, Serving in US for the sale of the other Turkish products. Ramerica representing approximately 30 companies in machinery, equipment, construction and food fields in the United States, has been involved in marketing operations in a wide scope. In the new structuring of the Foreign Trade Group, Ramerica is operating as the US Liaison Office of the Koç Group since 1999.
FoundRae provides tools of self-discovery and self-expression. We like to think that it’s more than jewelry, that each piece is a modern heirloom, one that allows the wearer to express something of one’s self to the world and to unfold further into the person that we were meant to be. And like all heirlooms, these pieces tell a story. The story they tell is both ancient-for what is more timeless than our personal quests for wholeness? For love? For fulfillment? As well as highly relevant. I believe that every one of us has the ability to gather the collective wisdom that is available to us as well as to gather wisdom from the personal journeys we take, and to use that knowledge to become braver, bolder and whole. FoundRae is a reminder, one we wear against our hearts or on our hands, of our capacity for change and growth. Our greatest inheritance is our birthright to reach our full potential. Everything you want is inside of you.
Trustee’s Circle Members
Akbank is one of the leading banks in Turkey with over TRY 444 bn consolidated assets. Incorporated as a privately-owned commercial bank in Adana in 1948, the bank is 48.8% owned by H.Ö. Sabancı Holding, affiliated institutions and individuals, with a free float of 51.2%.With its dedication to innovation and technology, Akbank continues to provide unrivaled financial solutions to its customers leveraging its robust capital, diversified funding base, strong liquidity, ability to raise foreign financing on favorable terms and superior asset quality together with its subsidiaries Ak Asset Management, Ak Investment, Akbank AG, Ak Lease and AkÖde. Its strong presence in the country and extensive network of over 700 branches enable the group to reach all segments of the population and act as a vital pillar of the economy.
Doğan Group companies play a pioneering role across the wide variety of sectors in which they operate, including energy, industry, fuel, finance, internet & entertainment, automotive, tourism, and real estate Doğan Group operates across a vast geographical area, and regularly forms strategic partnerships with international groups in order to ensure efficient operations. Thanks to value-focused approach to investments, Doğan Group is a responsible investment holding that aims to extend its positive influence around the world.
Fiba Group, a respected and well-known player in national and international markets, has been founded in 1987 by Hüsnü M. Özyeğin. The Group controls an investment portfolio of high-value brand names in both financial and non-financial sectors. Fiba Group’s investments in the financial services industry are in Banking, Leasing, Factoring, Insurance and NPL Finance. Its non-financial investments are in Retail, Real Estate, Renewable Energy, and Hotel-Ownership.
Established in 2000, Esas is the largest family-owned investment firm in Turkey and is backed by the first and second-generation family members of Şevket Sabancı, one of the five founding members of Sabancı Holding, a leading Turkish conglomerate. With offices in Istanbul and London, Esas invests in various asset classes globally including private equity, real estate, venture capital, and liquid assets.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global financial institution that delivers a broad range of financial services across investment banking, securities, investment management and consumer banking to a large and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.
RPD Fund Management, LLC (“RPD”) is a New York-based hedge fund founded by Ahmet Okumus. Mr. Okumus serves as the Chief Investment Officer for the fund that pursues a deep value-driven long-short equity strategy. The fund has distinct style of investing only when there is an exceptional valuation disconnect through a focused, patient, and very disciplined investment approach. RPD takes advantage of structural inefficiencies in the marketplace that contribute to stock prices that do not reflect its fundamental value. The firm has a contrarian bent and often invests in companies that are oversold or out of favor. RPD’s goal is to earn superior and consistent returns for its clients with limited downside volatility regardless of market conditions
Fort Partners is a Miami-based, privately held real estate ownership, development, and management company, led by Nadim Ashi. Mr. Ashi’s core vision for the Fort Partners brand is one of permanence and solidity, understated elegance, sophisticated design, and impeccable, unparalleled service. Conscious of the importance of historic preservation, innovation, architecture, design, sustainability, and the environment, Fort Partners is committed to the purposeful integration of all aspects, that ultimately manifest in an orchestrated balance, providing spaces that enhance the well-being and lifestyle of their inhabitants. Through careful collaborations and thoughtful partnerships, Fort Partners creates lasting relationships with other like-minded companies, whose visions align with the Fort Partners dream. As a result, Fort Partners offers the highest standards of quality and service, along with acclaimed international design talent, to a market that is ready for world-class real estate and hospitality.
August Leadership is a Global Executive search firm, headquartered in New York, with offices in multiple locations across Americas, Europe and Asia. August is a word that conveys someone who is respected, dignified and impressive. With decades of experience, we specialize in connecting companies to the very best, ‘August’ leaders. The best leaders quickly integrate and influence the organizations they join. They create a velocity in business, accelerating growth. That is an August Leader – rare and precious in today’s changing world. When we find one for your business, greatness results.
ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş. is a Turkish construction, engineering, and project management company that was founded in 1957 by Sarik Tara and Sadi Gulcelik –two young civil engineers back then- as a Collective Liability Partnership in the construction business. Since their first project with their dedication on hard work, commitment, and company’s perception of safety, quality, and entrepreneurial spirit, ENKA became a corporation that is world-renowned and currently holds many important rewards for numerous outstanding projects. ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş.’s motto “Engineering for a better future” resumes ENKA’s corporate point of view on business and innovation. Not only with its many successful subsidiary companies but also with ENKA Scholls, ENKA Sports Club, and ENKA Art, ENKA has become one of the game changers in the globe which influences countless lives with integrity.
TBWA is The Disruption® Company: the cultural engine for 21st-century business. Named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, TBWA creates disruptive ideas that locate and involve brands in culture, giving them a larger share of the future. Their collective has 11,300 creative minds across 275 offices in 95 countries, and also includes brands such as Auditoire, Digital Arts Network (DAN), eg+ worldwide, GMR, The Integer Group®, TBWAMedia Arts Lab, TBWAWorldHealth and TRO. Global clients include Adidas, Apple, Gatorade, Henkel, Hilton Hotels, McDonald’s, Nissan and Singapore Airlines. TBWA is part of the Omnicom Group.
Centricus, founded in 2016, is a global investment firm focused on Advisory, Private Equity and Asset Management. Centricus operates across four core sectors: Financial Services, Technology, Infrastructure and CMES (Consumer, Media, Entertainment & Sports).
Providing service for a total of 2.7 million customers in more than 220 countries, DHL Express satisfies the door-to-door express delivery needs of its customers. From its three global hubs (Cincinnati, Hong Kong, and Leipzig) and 18 regional hubs, DHL Express carries out its activities utilizing more than 111,000 international experts, over 260 dedicated airplanes, and a fleet of 37,700 vehicles.
Having started operating in Turkey in 1981, DHL Express is the founder of the express air freight industry in the country. DHL Express has maintained its leading position since its establishment, and it continues to innovate as it introduces new examples of products and services in the industry. DHL Express is defined as reliable, innovative, a pioneer, rapid and a leader in the eyes of its customers. With a market share of over 50 percent in Turkey, DHL Express never deviates from its core principle of meeting customer needs with a customer-oriented approach. With its Turkish operations consisting of nearly 1,100 Certified International Specialists, 400 vehicles, and approximately 42 offices all over Turkey.
We’re a network of firms in 156 countries with more than 295,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory, and tax services.
PwC has been providing services to the Turkish business world since 1981, with a professional staff of 2.400 in İstanbul, Ankara, Bursa, and İzmir, we provide services to create the value that our clients look for.
Basic Corporate Members
Gunay Law Office is an independent full-service law firm established in Istanbul with the dynamic team based on strong ethics and business-minded approach.
OMNI is one of the world’s leading marine insurance brokers with many years’ experience supporting the maritime sector.
United Medical, LLC is a full-service healthcare organization, promoting healthier communities by changing practices and behavior to enhance efficient population management.
OZISIK PLLC is a leading immigration law firm delivering the full spectrum of immigration solutions.
Driven by the emerging changes to the retail industry’s buying habits, L.I.S aims to become a vibrant multi-label platform that offers to be a wholesale channel of creativity and style for the businesses while empowering a unique sales experience.L.I.S is an exclusive digital showroom experience for fashion and lifestyle designer brands to build lasting relationships with buyers and influencers through innovative online & offline sales.
Manay CPA Inc. is a full-service CPA firm located in Atlanta USA, that provides financial and tax consultancy for local and international businesses while providing a global platform for investment into the United States. Manay CPA staff is composed of US and international professionals specialized in start-up consulting, business plan development, new business formation, financial and retirement planning, tax planning, and CPA reviewed financial statement preparation for VC investors and business valuation.
The story of Lazzoni, which started in Arhavi a century ago (in 1897), with master carpenter Hasan who is known for his Black Sea style wooden houses. It is a journey from Arhavi to New York that passed down the craftsmanship and professionalism from father to son for generations. The US start of this journey starts with the Chelsea Store opened in 2010 in New York. Today, Lazzoni serves quality with its 4 stores in the United States, alongside its many other businesses and franchisees in Turkey, and is continuing to be one of the most powerful brands in the furniture industry. By 2021, Lazzoni has a goal of expanding in the US market and is on its way to bring the Lazzoni brand to the top in the US with its Turkish investors.