How Finance Institutions Adapt with the “New Normal” in The Present Economy

Date: 24 MAY 2021

Time: 10:30 AM Istanbul (GMT+3)


Mr. İlhami Öztürk

Secretary General


He has served as governor in Deposit Insurance and Quarantee Fund of Turkey ( SDIF ) for six years ( 2012-2018 ). He was responsible to determine the main strategy and objectives of the Quarantee Fund with regard to the duties and responsibilities defined in current legislation. He was also responsible to determine the principles for deposit insurance, bank resolution and recovery processes including the coverage and amount of insured deposits, the tariff, method and other conditions of the risk-based insurance premium system, resolution strategies for failed banks, collection principles, methods and tariffs for SDIF receivables. Mr. Ozturk was International Law Legal Coordinator and managed and monitored various international legal operations of the SDIF which includes the lawsuits and arbitration proceedings regarding major shareholders of the failed banks’ and other obligors abroad and the lawsuits related with the international Court of Arbitration such as ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC. Coordinated and led the task force for an efficient communication process with international lawyers ( 2009-2012).

Mr. Ozturk was Executive Board Member of IADI ( International Asssociation of Deposit Insurers) (2016 – 2018). He was also Plan and Budget Commission Chair of IADI ( 2016 – 2018) and Eureasia Committee Chair of IADI ( 2016 – 2018) and Europe Committe member   (2016 – 2018).He has participated in board meetings and represented the SDIF of Turkey in IADI event and exercises. He attented to lots of IADI organizations as speaker and attendee all over the world. He informed to other countries about the legal deposit insurance system of Turkey, worse-case senories and other banking or financial systems.

He has graduated from Law Faculty of İstanbul University (İstanbul/Turkey ) in 1995 and has a master degree of Law of European Union in the same university. He went to Chelsea School of English (1996) – London/United Kingdom. He is married and have two children. He knows English and little Arabic.


Dr. Hakan Yurdakul


Board of Economic Policies 

Presidency of the Republic of Turkey

He was born in 1973 in Ankara. He graduated from Ankara University, Department of International Relations In 1995. He started his professional career in Istanbul. He held upper management positions in finance and IT sectors. In 2005, he received MBA degree from Koç University. He worked actively in Eastern Europe, Gulf, Sub-Saharan Africa and Turkic Republics. He was appointed to the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, Head of Economy Monitoring and Coordination in 2015, then to the Committee of Economic Policies Board Member in 2018, and lastly to the Public Oversight Accounting and Auditing Authority Board Member.

He took Ph.D. degree on Business Administration with his thesis of “Evaluation and Future of the Turkish PPP Practice in The Light of Worldwide Impact and Determinants Analyses of PPP Projects” in 2018. He is fluent in English and had been a professional translator. 

Mr. Melihşah Utku

Board Member and General Manager

Mr. Utku was born in Ankara in 1968. He graduated from Mechanical Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, 1990). He completed his graduate studies in London School of Economics (1990-1992) and Master’s Degree on economic development in Marmara University (Istanbul, 1998). In 2004, he served as a consultant to General Manager of Albaraka Turk. In 2006-2007, he was the head economist in Albaraka Turk. In addition, he was an economics columnist for Yeni Şafak newspaper for over 10 years (1995-2009). He later worked as Investor Relations Manager between 2007 and 2009. He continued as CIO-Assistant General Manager in December 2009 and was appointed as CFO-primarily responsible for Financial Affairs, Budget and Financial Reporting and Corporate Communication Departments. He was a board member of Borsa Istanbul from 2013 to 2016. Since October 2016, Mr. Utku has been serving as the General Manager of Albaraka Turk, and he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Bereket Asset Leasing Company, Albaraka Portfolio Management Company, and Albaraka Culture Art and Publishing Company as well as the Deputy Chairman of the Katılım Pension and Life Company. He is a member of Executive Committee, Credit Committee, and the Chairman of IT Governance Committee.

Assoc. Prof. Dr.  Burhan ULUYOL

Islamic Economics and Finance Research and Application Centre (ISEFAM)             

İstanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

Dr Burhan ULUYOL or known as Buerhan Saiti is an Associate Professor at the Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University and recipient of Outstanding Young Scientists Award by Turkey Academy of Sciences (2018-2021). Previously, he was Associate/Assistant Professor and Senior Lecturer at International Islamic University Malaysia and University Kuala Lumpur, Respectively. As a young Academician, he has published 4 books, 11 book chapters, almost 55 SCOPUS & ISI indexed journal publications and attended more than 45 International and local conferences. He was awarded by the IIUM for publishing highest number of articles in citation-indexed journals in social science category in year 2017. He is named for top 1% reviewer in years 2018 and 2019 by Publons (WoS). His research interest is the empirical studies of Islamic Banking and Finance.