Chairman Erkan Kahyazade

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Erkan Kahyazade is an international entrepreneur who started his business in 2001 and has enjoyed phenomenal success in a variety of areas, including an online insurance company, one of the first private online banks for commodity traders and an ethical investment fund.

Erkan has also translated his entrepreneurial panache to philanthropy. He has been involved in initiating a number of cutting edge charitable projects including educational initiatives as far afield as the Balkans and Asia. One such project is Purifi, which provides drinking water to disaster areas around the world. He was instrumental is setting up a private grant giving foundation in the UK.

CEO AZEEM IBRAHIM

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Born and raised in Scotland, Azeem is a respected entrepreneur, philanthropist, academic and is now an experienced adviser to a number of world leaders. He also holds three masters degrees, a doctorate from the University of Cambridge and served as an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a member of the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy's Dean's International Council. He was also named as an 'emerging World Leader' by Yale in their World Fellows Program and a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum. His columns are regularly published around the world in leading prestigious publications.
Co-founder Mehmet Akif Ozak

Mehmet graduated from the Faculty of Management in Istanbul and obtained an MSc in Marketing from Leicester University in the UK. A serial entrepreneur, Mehmet established the first Expandable Polystyrene factory in Northern Turkey along with Polifish, the biggest fish factory and cold storage facilities in the region. Mehmet also pioneered the region’s first and only call centre, Politel Iletisim, in cooperation with Turkey`s biggest GSM provider. After his success with Turkcell, Mehmet Ozak went on to create the region’s largest call centre (Mega Iletisim) with approximately 2000 employees in Izmir Bornova.

Mehmet is also involved in numerous other sectors from entertainment, construction to food. He has considerable interest in Turkuaz MMC in Azerbaijan, in the construction and entertainment divisions of of Global Girisim, and food retailing with Oztok Gida.


Meet The Team

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Alexander Grouet
Senior Consultant

Alexander Grouet holds a B.A. (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and an M.A. from Oxford University. Alexander is an Africa specialist who has advised heads of government and senior cabinet members in various West African states. An entrepreneur and policy analyst, he was also the manager of the Sub-Saharan Africa operations of Mira Networks, Africa's leading mobile content aggregator.

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Vusi Gumede
Senior Consultant

Dr Vusi Gumede obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Natal, Durban and was Chief Policy Analyst with The Presidency's Policy Coordination and Advisory Services since 2001 for the President of South Africa. He also lectures at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at Witwatersrand University and serves on numerous boards and councils. Before joining the Presidency, he served as an economist in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and as Research Advisor for the United Nations Development Program in South Africa.

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Mansoor Panawala
Senior Consultant

Mansoor Panawala holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and spent ten years at McKinsey & Company where he provided strategic advice to numerous Fortune 500 companies and top-tier financial sponsors on strategic and operational issues. Before joining McKinsey, Panawala spent over a year at Motorola in the Mobile Device strategy