Ahmet AKBALIK - Vice Chairman
Ahmet Akbalık was born in 1971 in Istanbul. He started to work for the family company at a young age and continued his education at the same time. After he graduated, he established Özak Tekstil ve Konfeksiyon Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (Özak Textile and Ready-Made Clothes Industry and Trade Inc.) in 1991 and made the company one of the leading companies of the sector in a short time.
Ahmet Akbalık entered the construction sector with İnt-Er Yapı A.Ş. (İnt-Er Construction Inc.) in 1995 with a focus on the construction of residences, shopping centres, business centres and hotels. This experience helped lay the foundations of Özak GYO (Özak REIC).
After that, Ahmet Akbalık established Kübrateks Tekstil Sanayi ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş. (Kübrateks Textile Industry and Foreign Trade Inc.) in 1997. Adopting high quality as a principle, Kübrateks works with denim in all the stages from manufacturing to design.
Ahmet Akbalık established Aktay Turizm (Aktay Tourism) in 2004, which was Özak Global's investment in tourism. Aktay Turizm contributes to Turkish tourism sector and adds on to the promotion of the county with Ela Quality Resort Hotel situated in Belek, Antalya. Currently, Aktay Turizm is keeping on working on new investments.
Özak Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş (Özak Real Estate Inc.), which was an investment of the group in the real estate sector, was founded by Ahmet Akbalık in 2008. Özak GYO develops projects in five different segments, namely residence, office, storage, tourism and retail. ÖZAK GYO went public in 2012 with a successful listing, and it is now traded on BIST 100. ÖZAK GYO ranked 57th on the 2015 Forbes list of “100 Biggest Turkish Companies”. ÖZAK GYO is now one of the biggest real estate companies in Turkey, and it will confidently continue to be so with its strong financial structure.
Ahmet Akbalık established Özak Enerji A.Ş. (Özak Energy Inc.) in 2009. He is now continuing to work on environmentally friendly power plants using renewable energy in Turkish and global markets.
Ahmet Akbalık founded Akyön Tesis Yönetim Hizmetleri A.Ş. (Akyön Facility Management Services Inc.) in 2011. It works on real estate projects related to plazas, residences, hotels, offices, industrial storage, logistic centres and shopping malls and renders services such as market analysis, development processes, marketing, management and renting.
Ahmet Akbalık united all his companies under the roof of Özak Global Holding A.Ş. in 2009 and now works as the Co-Founder and Chairman Özak Global Holding. Ahmet Akbalık has employed more than 5.000 people in Özak Global Holding. Thus, as a locomotive of Turkish economy, Ahmet Akbalık concentrates on the holding's future strategies.
Ahmet Akbalık has actively undertaken several duties in non-governmental organizations working for the business world as well as several professional and industrial organizations. So far, Ahmet Akbalık has worked as the Deputy Chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly, the Chairman of Turkish Ready-Made Clothes Sector Council, Deputy Chairman of Istanbul Ready-Made Clothes Exporters Assembly, Executive Member and Chairman of Foreign Economic Affairs Council. He has also worked as the Deputy Chairman of Service Exporters Assembly, Chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly Service Sector Council and Chairman of Özak Foundation. Ahmet Akbalık holds the title of Macedonian Consular Agent as well.