17 August 1954|
|Occupation||Chairman of Board of Directors|
Born in 17 August 1954 as the third child of Hasan and Hikmet Akın. He studied high school in Mustafa Kemal Lisesi in Ankara, Yenimahalle. He studied mechanical engineering in Gazi University. He has two daughters and a son.
He got a start in business life when he was studying in the third year of university and manufactured water storage, fuel storage and heating boiler in a shed. Akin’s first commission was to manufacture the heating boiler of Ankara Emek Camii (Mosque). Later on, he opened up a shop for construction goods in Ankara, Rüzgarlı Street. In 1976, he became a contractor in construction business and founded Akfen Holding. In 1980’s, he mainly dealt with infrastructure projects, besides hospital and school buildings construction. In 1986, he developed his first public infrastructure investment project, the Antalya Airport Terminal Building, which came to life with the ‘Build – Operate – Transfer’ model. He also contracted Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Çarşamba Airport, Isparta Airport, General Directorate of State Airports Authority and Bursa Natural Gas.
In 1997, he founded “TAV Airports” with TEPE Group and VIE Group and won the İstanbul Atatürk Airport tender, which was constructed with the ‘Build – Operate – Transfer’ model. He gathered all the companies that mainly serve to design and develop real estate investment projects of airport, construction, port investment and management, as well as energy and other infrastructure investments, under a single Holding roof. He is the chairman of board of directors in Akfen Holding as well as TAV Airports Holding since 2005.
In 2005, he went into a 50% - 50% partnership with one of the prominent port operators, PSA, and won the tender for privatization of Mersin Port’s 36 years of operational rights. In 2006, he founded Akfen Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. He made a deal with Accor S.A., an international hotel chain operator, to form a strategic partnership and build three and four starred city hotels. In 2007, he set Mersin International Port (MIP) into operation and became the chairman of the board of directors. Akfen won the operational rights to operate the vehicle inspection stations with TUV Sud AG and Dogus Automotive for 20 years, and sold its share to Bridge Point in 2009.
In 2005, he founded Akfen Su Inc. with the partnership of Kardan N.V. In 2011, he won the tender for the privatization of “IDO” Istanbul Fast Ferries Co. Inc. with Tepe Construction, Souter Investments LLP and Sera Real Estate and Operations Inc.
Founded TİKAV (Turkey Human Resources Foundation) in 1999, for the students studying in Fırat University, in order to provide the social education that is necessary for their personal development during 4 years of university education. He is the honorary head of the Foundation. He is also one of the founders of Contemporary Turkey Studies Chair at the London School of Economics.
- Vice President of Fenerbahçe Sports Club (2000 – 2002)
- MESS – Council of the Turkish Metal Industrialists' Union, Ankara Region Representative (1992 – 2004)
- TÜGİAD – President of Turkish Young Businessmen’s Association (1998 – 2000)
- TİSK – Board Member of Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations (1995 – 2001)
- TÜSİAD – Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association, Member of the Board and President of Information Society and New Technologies Commission (2008 – 2009)
- TÜSİAD – Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association, Member
- Foundation to Support Kayseri AGÜ – Board of Trustee, Vice President
- Deniz Temiz Foundation – Member of the Board
- İstanbul Rotary Club – Member