Graduate School of Business

Ahmet KARACAHİSARLI

Born in 1951, Ahmet studied Economics at Hacettepe Univeristy, Ankara where he graduated in 1973 with the Rector’s Award of Distinction. Under Scholarship from the Ministry of Education he later completed his studies in Economics at the London School of Economics, University of London and earned his M.Sc. degree in 1978. Upon returning to Turkey he started his career in banking at Interbank, at the start of the era of liberalisation of financial markets in the 80’s. Following his initial assignment at the Planning and Budget Department he then moved on to the International Financial Institutions Department in 1985 and continued in this function at executive management positions in several banks. His primary responsibilities involved securing foreign curreny funds from International Banks, including the first medium term revolving facility provided through International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 1991. Devolopment of a strong network of personal relationships with the top management of both domestic and foreign banks throughout his long banking career, culminated to a total of USD 500 million arranged syndicated deals for the financial institutions he worked for. Following the privatisation undertaking of public banks his final assignment in banking was Halkbank in 2001 where he served as board member of Demir Halk Bank Nederland and Halk Financial Leasing.

In 2003 he joined Doğan Holding as CFO. Within his responsibilities he provided operational support on financial issues, tax and CMB regulations regarding the sale of Dışbank (a Holding subsidiary) and the partnership between Petrol Ofisi and the Austrian oil/gas company OMV. He administered Investor Relations and held Board Memberships at Doğan Holding Group companies, Çelik Halat, Ditaş, Milpa A.Ş., Hürriyet Pazarlama, Doğan Organik and Doğan Oto.

Since 2012, he teaches courses in economics and finance as part of Bahçeşehir University’s MBA program and serves as a board member at the Graduate School of Business. He is also a Certified Trainer on Business Edge Methodology, IFC-International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group).
His interests include politics and history and in sports, sailing (Catamaran, Lazer) and motorbike.

He is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French.