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Summary

A finance professional with banking experience in Turkey and Bahrain. Experienced as overseas branch head with focus on relationship management in financial institutions, project financing, debt capital markets, syndicated and bilateral financing. Skilled in FI Relationship Management, Structured Finance, Sukuk Securitization, Risk Management, Strategic Budgeting, Financial Modeling with Excel & VBA. A fan of python programming in Python, data science and machine learning applications for finance.

Experience

Turkiye Finans Participation Bank

2015-2017 Head of Bahrain Branch

Head of first overseas branch of the bank, licensed by CBB as wholesale islamic.
Focus on bilateral funding for the bank.
Implement project finance over corporate sukuk issuances.
Lead or join syndicated financing or funding activities for Turkish corporates.

2014-2015 FI & Structured Finance - Asst. Vice President

Led the Structured Finance Team for funding non-Bank corporations.
Finalized TRY343mio issuances, one of which is the first ever in energy industry.
Coordinated fatwa discussions for these transactions.
Managed public TRY sukuk issuance program for the bank.
Product owner of “core banking system adaptation” of first overseas branch.
Active participant of sukuk legislation discussions within and on behalf of the bank.

2012-2014 Strategy and Business Development - Asst. Vice President

Medium Term - 5 year - financial projection of the bank with a special focus on strategic targets; specifying wholesale funding needs, equity capital requirements, branching decisions.
Contribute to discussions with the senior management on scenarios and strategy updates.
Developed a complex financial projection spreadsheet with advanced VBA and SQL scripting.
Compare bank performance analysis on the peer group and the overall industry.
Adhoc analysis required by senior management.
Initiated and implemented the first corporate sukuk of the participation banking.

2011-2012 Affluent Banking Asst. Manager

Responsible for developing customer base for HNWIs.
Implemented first mass housing loan project for the Izmir Branch.
Trained branch staff on Indiviual Pension System sales.
Supported Commercial RMs for complex funding needs of customers.

2009-2011 Risk Analytics - Supervisor

Created initial data gathering SQL scripts for credit portfolio and risk analysis.
Implementation of first retail credit scoring model.
Assisted on credit risk model implementations for SME and Commercial segments.
Engaged in IT infrastructure analysis for credit risk management software implementations.
Reported on root cause analysis of collateral management problems of the Credit modules.

2008-2009 Information Systems Auditor, CISA

Engaged in first IT Inventory audit of the bank and relevant follow up procedures.
Implemented datawarehouse audit, and recommended changes according to best practices.
Performed Internet branch audits (functionality and security), examined Pen-Test results.
ATM Inventory and performance audits of the ATM services, as well as service providers.
POS Inventory and accounting audit, along with the solution partners.

Halkbank

2006-2008 Auditor

Performed financial and operational audits in accordance with the internal audit program.
Participated in financial crime investigations as an assistant auditor.
Worked as a member of IT Audit Team, upon a selective training.
Engaged and reported on Internet and ATM fraud Investigations performed periodic branch audits.

Education

2008-2011 Yeditepe University, Istanbul. MSc in Financial Economics

2002-2005 Izmir University of Economics, Izmir. BA in Economics

Articles

Case Study in Deloitte Islamic Finance Insights TRY100 million Wakala Sukuk in the energy sector
Article in Islamic Finance News Turkish sukuk market review: a look at corporate sukuk

Language Skills

English Full Professional Proficiency
Turkish Native or Bilingual Proficiency
German Intermediate Proficiency

Certifications

Become a Corporate Financial Planning Analyst - Linkedin Learning
Python Programming Track - Datacamp
Scientific Computing and Python for Data Science - WQU
Advanced Level Licence for Capital Markets
Derivatives Licence for Capital Markets