Management Team

Mehmet Ali Ersarı

Our goal is to help our clients reach their financial objectives by constructing ideal investment strategies and allowing them to take advantage of the most appealing opportunities in the markets.

Mehmet Ali Ersarı, with more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, is the CEO of Ak Asset Management. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University and MBA degree from Bilkent University. He started his career in 1997 as a Fixed Income trader at Interbank Treasury Department following the Management Trainee Program and afterwards he joined Ottoman Bank Treasury as a Senior Trader. He served as the Head of Fixed Income Trading at Garanti Bank until 2004 following the merger with Ottoman Bank. He was leading the Country Rates Trading at ABN Amro N.V. as a member of the Global Leadership Program before his accession to Ak Asset Management in 2008 as the Chief Investment Officer (CIO). Since the begining of 2018, Ersarı has been assigned as the CEO of Ak Asset Management.

Ertunç Tümen, CFA

We are commited to add value by constructing solutions that take into account your financial objectives, your attitude towards risk and your potential liabilities.

Ertunc Tumen, CFA is an investment professional focusing on business development for wealth management products. He is the Senior Executive VP of Marketing & Sales in Ak Asset Management. Previously, he worked as the Head of Affluent Banking Marketing, Deposit & Investment Products in Akbank and as Chief Investment Officer in Ak Asset Management. He played significant roles in developing innovative products & services for Turkish High Net Worth & Affluent investors. He worked as the President of CFA Society of Istanbul between 2013-2016 and selected as the Global Volunteer of the Year by CFA Institute in 2014.

Göktürk Işıkpınar

We are confident with globaly inline investment process and its long term sustainable outcome.

Göktürk IŞIKPINAR is CIO & Executive Vice President responsible for Local & Global Equity, Research, Private Equity and Real Estate since 01/03/2011. He received his B.Sc. in Economics from University of London in 1996. He completed Middle East Studies Certificate Program in Galatasaray University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2005. He lived in UK for seven years and was a trainee in Kleinwort Benson/UK Emerging Equity Desk in 1993. He joined DIS Securities Research Team in 2000 and worked as a sell-side research analyst for three years. In 2003 he joined DIS Asset Management as a buy-side Research Analyst. He worked as an equity fund manager between “2003 – 2006” in Fortis Portföy. He served as the CIO of Turkish Equities in the same company until his leave during 2006 – 2011. He was responsible of providing research (and managing during BNPP IP) to international funds of Fortis Investments (BNPP IP) including BNP Paribas L1 Equity Turkey, Emerging European Equities incorporated in Luxembourg and Turkish Equities domicile in Japan, developed several private equity projects in health industry.

Emrah Ayrancı

We manage your investments with a long-term perspective, and aim to provide returns that are consistently better than those of competitors.

Emrah Ayrancı, with more than 15 years of experience in the capital markets, is the CIO of Ak Asset Management. He received his B.A. degree in Management from Bogazici University in 2000. He started his career in HSBC Investment Services and held various positions in asset management and investment banking. He joined Ak Asset Mangement in 2007, and served as Vice President and Senior Vice President in the Investment Team. He holds an Executive MBA degree from Sabancı University and has been assigned as the CIO of Ak Asset Management in April 2018.

Ali Emrah Ustacı

Investment climate has been ever-changing. To achieve financial goals and purposes, timely access to information and awareness of new investment products have become increasingly essential. Our mission is to assist our clients by developing novel ideas and providing high quality services.

Ali Emrah Ustacı has been working in the financial services industry for nineteen years. He finished Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management Master of Business Administration (MBA) Leadership and Entrepreneurship program. He has been currently attending Sabancı University Executive MBA Program. He recived Master in Finance degree from the Yeditepe University after graduating from Dokuz Eylül University with a degree in Economics. Mr. Ustacı started his career at HSBC’s (formerly Demirbank) Domestic Markets Department in 1996. He was a senior investment advisor at Ak Investment between 2003-2008. Mr. Ustacı then moved to the Strategy - Economic Research Department of Akbank in 2008. After 3 years of strategy and research experience, he joined Ak Asset Management in 2011 to launch and spearhead company’s Investment Consulting Department, with the aim of increasing awareness of Akbank’s sales teams and clients about various investment alternatives and asset classes. He is currently in charge of Investment Consulting Sales, Mutual Funds Marketing, and Distrubution Channels.

Eyüp Gülsün

We believe we are always one step ahead in Portfolio Management with our experience, knowledge and client focused principles.

Eyüp Gülsün is the Head of Dicretionary Portfolio Management. He joined the firm in 2013. He received his MBA degree from University of California, Berkeley, USA in 2003 with a Magna Cum Laude degree, and his BSc degree from Electrical and Electronics Engineering department of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul in 1997.  He started his career in Garanti Bank Treasury department, and then spent more than 10 years in preeminent international and  local investment banks in London and Istanbul, such as Goldman Sachs International, Merrill Lynch and Garanti Asset Management. He also traded CEEMEA countries in addition to Turkey. He has intense trading experience in Rates, FX and Derivatives business.

Cenk Günkut

We aim to add value to our customer’s long term strategic investments with our local experience and international partners.

Cenk Günkut graduated from METU with license degree in statistics. Between 2002 and 2004 he led Garanti Insurance and Garanti Pension funds. In 2004, he established Denizbank Gold Banking department and led the department as the head of sales and marketing. Later in 2005, Cenk Günkut led BNP Paribas Cardif Turkey Cash and Fund Management department. He founded 6 new pension funds and was a member the fund management board. He also managed relations with the portfolio management company. Cenk Günkut joined Ak Asset Management in 2013.

Aret Boncuk

Aret received his B.Sc. and M.Sc degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He started his career at Kocbank in 1996 as a management traniee, worked as a dealer in equity desk in 1997 and in fixed income desk from1998 to 2002. Then, he served at Koc Asset Management as assistant manager in Operations and compliance department from 2003 to 2006 and continued his carrier as manager in operations, risk and compliance management team at Yapı Kredi Asset Management until 2014 following the merger with Yapı Kredi Bank. He joined Ak Asset Management in 2014, and is currently working as the Head of Operations, IT, Legal Department.

Barış Özkaptan

Having graduated from TED Ankara College and later from METU Civil Engineering department, Barış Özkaptan completed his MBA at Bilkent University and started his carrer at Citibank in 1999 as Management Associate. After his 3 year experience in Treasury Marketing Unit within Treasury department, he moved to the trading desk and was the VP of Trading Desk between 2003-2009. In 2009, he was transferred to Citigroup Emerging Markets Desk in London as a Director to manage the Turkish business. Barış Özkaptan joined Ak Asset Management in 2018 as Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management and was appointed Head of Fixed Income in 2019 where he currently serves.