“The ones who underestimate experience, pay a high price for inexperience.”

Elif Ateş Özpak

Elif joined Globalturk Capital as a business partner. Elif is an experienced director with extensive legal, acquisitions, value creation, private equity and exit experience. Her governance experience includes regulated, family company, multi-shareholder, start-up, listed, joint venture boards and private equity investment committees. Elif was educated in France. She is trilingual, fluent in English, French and Turkish.
She is a qualified lawyer and a member of Istanbul Bar Association She studied at Istanbul University Law School (LLB 1992) and Harvard Law School (2000). Elif has worked in different geographies including U.K., Turkey, Eastern Europe and Middle East. She is experienced in different sectors and industries such as energy, telecoms, retail, private equity, big data, banking and insurance. She brings governance, strategy, technology, start-up, risk management experience to projects and boards. Elif has co-founded and currently manages three separate businesses in two countries with full budget, and P&L responsibilities.

Executive Experience - Managing Director at Kybele Consulting UK (2017 - To Date), Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman at BN Telekom and bulurum.com (2008 - To Date), Fund Manager and Business Partner at Crescent Capital (Clean Energy Transition Fund) (2011 - To Date)

NED Experience - Non-Executive Board Member at Unico Sigorta (formerly AVIVA) (2019), Non-Executive Board Member at Boyner Grup (2012- 2017), Non-Executive Board Member at Kuzeykaya Elektrik Uretim A.S. (2014-2016), Non-Executive Chair at Doga Çevre Teknolojileri A.S. (2014 - 2016), Non-Executive Board Member at Kredix (2014-2016), Non-Executive Board Member at Ray Sigorta (2008)

Career in Legal - Elif was an M&A business partner at Taboglu, Ates & Demirhan, a leading Turkish law firm between 2004 and 2008. She also acted as Turkcell's General Counsel Board Advisor and Corporate Governance Officer between 2001 and 2005. Turkcell is a leading mobile operator listed on NYSE and ISE. Elif was a business partner Pekin & Pekin, a major Turkish law firm.

Memberships - Member at Women on Boards UK, Women Corporate Directors Organisation, Institute of Directors, Istanbul Bar Association, International Bar Association and International Women Forum.
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