Assigned as the Board Member and Managing Director of Turkey Wealth Fund as of September 2018, Zafer Sönmez is also Deputy Chairperson of Borsa İstanbul Board of Directors.
Launching the Khazanah Turkey Regional Office in October 2013, Sönmez worked at Khazanah Nasional Berhad as Senior Manager responsible for investments in the Middle East, Turkey and Central Asia regions. Between 2017-2018, he was responsible for the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and North Africa investments at Khazanah Turkey Regional Office and led the Khazanah Africa team.
He worked as Director of Corporate Banking at Royal Bank of Scotland Istanbul Branch between 2010-2011 and held management positions at Portfolio Management and Corporate Banking departments of ABN AMRO Istanbul Branch between 2005-2010. Sönmez started his professional career at Interbank in 1997. He worked at Dışbank in 2000-2003 and at MNG Bank in 2004.
Born in Düzce in 1974, Sönmez is graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Business Administration.