Team 212

Our talent reflects our outlook, an appreciation of diversity and out-of-the-box thinking.

Leading the way from start-up to scale-up.


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Ali H. Karabey

Ali has spent his career focused on technology and communications investments. After graduating from the University of Michigan, in 1999, Ali joined Arthur Andersen in New York where he oversaw mid-market transactions in technology, media, and telecommunications. In 2002, he joined ... Morgan Stanley Capital International where he managed the North American and European finance teams. Ali spent a year from 2007-2008 at Deutsche Bank where he served on the bank’s principal investments team. In 2008, he shifted his focus to the Middle East where he seized on the opportunity to work on helping companies go to scale. He worked with the Turkish government and private sector on finance and private equity projects. At 212, Ali serves on the boards of Avatao, App Samurai, Fazla Gida, Insider, Metrobi, Solvoyo, and Smartmessage. In addition, Ali sits on the Advisory Board of Endeavor and is a member of the Istanbul chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization.

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Basar Yenidunya

Basar started his career as a consultant with PwC before moving into investment banking at Oaklins. Afterward, he co-founded a mid-market investment banking boutique – providing mergers and acquisitions advisory services to private clients, corporations, and private equity funds. ... After attaining a certain level of success, he decided to take on a new challenge in a competitive international MBA program. Upon graduation, he joined IS Private Equity, a middle-market focused private equity, investing in Turkish businesses with a focus on technology startups. Throughout his career, he has advised startups on a professional and personal level on a wide range of issues. Yenidunya has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

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Cem Okay

Cem started his career at the Istanbul-based financial services group Unlu & Co. There he focused on M&A advisory and investments, working both in the company’s Corporate Finance and Alternative Asset Management departments. Later, he joined EBRD’s FIG team, which is responsible for the bank’s debt and equity investments in the Turkish financial sector. There Cem’s primary job was structuring and leading new investments as well as managing existing ones within the EBRD FIG team’s portfolio. ... While at EBRD, Cem spent a year with the SME Team, where he worked on the development of the bank’s regional Supply Chain Finance Programme. Cem earned a Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance from the University of Manchester and holds an MSc in Management from the London School of Economics, where he wrote a thesis on Turkey’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. While at LSE he also worked as a campus ambassador for a start-up in London.

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Ezabel Nihmet

Ezabel has an extensive background in asset management. Ezabel began her career at Price WaterHouse Coopers in 2003 as a Certified Public Accountant. In 2005, she moved into the fund management industry at TPG Axon, first in New York and then in London. ... In 2012, she moved into the venture capital space as a financial controller with Accel Partners. Throughout her career, in her spare time, she has assisted charities and start-ups. She advises on a wide range of financial issues from budgeting, accounting, financial modeling to profitability analysis and valuations. Ezabel is a graduate of Boston University where she has a BA in business administration and received an MA in theoretical psychoanalytic studies from University College London.

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Ipek Celiksoz

A graduate of Istanbul Technical University and Bahcesehir University's MBA program, Ipek is a technology and entrepreneurship evangelist. In 2014, she received a masters degree at San Diego State University. She started a management trainee program at Abdi İbrahim Pharmaceuticals in Istanbul. In 2016, she joined Istanbul's Kolektif House, the city's premier co-working space, working initially with startups ... and eventually moving to oversee Isbank's Entrepreneurship Program. As the program coordinator for the entrepreneurship program, she worked with startups on business plans, scaling up, fundraising, and other challenges. At 212, she plays a critical role in the deal process, conducting due diligence, research, and analysis. In addition, she helps organize Fvckup Nights Istanbul, an event series where anyone can share stories of professional failure.

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Dr. Maher Hakim

Dr. Maher Hakim is the chief advisor of innovation and enterprise at Qatar’s Research, Development and Innovation Council and the executive director of the CITRIS Foundry - UC Berkeley’s tech innovation hub. Maher is an ecosystem builder, tech investor, startup coach, mentor and educator. Before joining QRDIC, Dr. ... Hakim was the executive director of Qatar’s Science and Technology Park. Maher's past experience, accumulated over the past 25+ years, included launching and building several tech startups, leading product innovation groups for large software companies, teaching innovation, entrepreneurship and investing in tech startups at universities and accelerators such as Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley, and the European Innovation Academy, supporting and leading efforts to build innovation ecosystems around the globe, and mentoring and coaching startup founders and investment professionals. Maher is a technologist by education and holds a PhD in Computer-Aided Engineering and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He muses on topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership on his LinkedIn Blog.

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Numan Numan

Numan Numan has spent the past three decades focused on investments and technology in three continents. Numan got his start in 1994 at Credit Suisse in Tokyo before moving on to Goldman Sachs in 1996, first in Tokyo than New York City. ... Numan oversaw the firm’s global engineering teams with an eye on identifying cutting-edge innovations. His main role was to ensure business growth. In 2010, Numan shifted his attention to Emerging Europe and MENA where he focused on scaling up startups. Numan is a technologist by education and holds B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from Ege University. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey where he is actively involved in building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region. At 212, Numan currently serves on the boards of Chooch AI, HotelRunner, Mall IQ, OMMA, and Trio Mobil.

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Ozlem Akkurt

Ozlem has worked as a consultant for Oxford Policy Management, an international development consulting firm in the UK. She led projects that helped attract investments in developing countries at different market maturity stages, such as the Congo. ... Prior, Ozlem joined the prestigious Fellowship Scheme from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), funded by the UK Government. As an ODI Fellow, she worked as an economic and investment policy advisor to Ethiopia and Rwanda’s Governments to help attract foreign investment through new incentives. In her spare time, Ozlem has provided pro-bono support to micro-finance organizations, such as Midland Microfin in India and Sonas in Cambodia, as well as an ed-tech start-up, AcceleratED in Ethiopia, leading their social impact assessments.

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Sercan Zulfikar

Sercan started his career as a team member of "3Z", a biomedical engineering company that was established by the İTÜ Big Bang Start-Up Project and later evolved into "Respo Gadgets." He conducted marketing research at "3Z" by analyzing the states' health policies. ... In 2017, his focus shifted to finance and auditing, starting his position in Ernst & Young's Global Compliance and Reporting department. He had the invaluable opportunity to observe a wide range of sectors - from textile to mining, medical to automotive, as well as all of their operational backgrounds, financials, and accountings. As a graduate of Marmara University and the University of Warsaw, he obtained a BA in Political Science and International Relations. He also received a MA in Social Policy from Boğaziçi University. At 212, Sercan is responsible for fund management, financial reporting, due diligence & investment process, accounting, and auditing.

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