Tayfun Özkan graduated from I.T.U. Management Engineering –magna cum laude. He has a Master’s degree in Banking at Marmara University Banking and Insurance Institute and currently continues his Ph.D. studies in Finance and Accounting at Bahcesehir University. Starting his 20+ years career at the Board of Auditors in Garanti Bank, he worked in Amsterdam, London, and Luxembourg in addition to Turkey, where he had gained experience in many areas of international banking and finance such as auditing, management information systems (MIS), compliance, Asset management business set up, hedge fund set up, project&acquisition finance, etc. Then he worked actively in M&A projects as Director of Investments at Gozde Private Equity, private equity arm of Yıldız Holding, a.k.a Ulker Group, one of the biggest food conglomerates in Turkey and in the world. In 2015, he joined Kuveyt Turk family to set up the asset management business. Currently he has been serving as KT Portfoy’s founding CEO.
Tayfun Özkan holds Advanced Level (Level 3) License, Derivative Instruments License, Corporate Governance License, and Real Estate Appraiser License from Capital Markets Board of Turkey, and is a candidate at the CFA Program.