Who We Are Leadership Team

Değer Şahbaz

CEO

Değer Şahbaz has twenty four years of investment banking experience. Değer took key roles in a broad range of investment banking activities including financial advisory services, mergers & acquisitions transactions and capital markets projects. His industry experience covers food, beverage, retailing, tobacco, banking, telecommunication, textiles, paint, technology, media and insurance. Prior to co-founding Pragma in 2002, he worked for Global Securities. Değer received his BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boğazici University and MBA Degree from Koç University.

Ömer Bilhan

Managing Director

Ömer Bilhan has twenty six years of investment banking experience. Ömer has completed many cross border mergers & acquisitions transactions for international and Turkish companies in a variety of industries including power, banking, paper and packaging, steel, cement and construction materials. Prior to co-founding Pragma in 2002, he worked for Global Securities and Shell Oil Company. Ömer received his BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University and MBA Degree from Purdue University, USA.

Şükrü Barlass

Managing Director

Şükrü Barlass has twenty five years of investment banking experience. He has been involved in a variety of transactions in the areas of privatization, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets advisory and other financial advisory. Şükrü has advised both private and public sector clients in a broad range of industries, including energy and utilities, natural resources and chemicals, metals and mining, food and retail, and financial institutions. Prior to joining Pragma in 2007, he worked for Global Securities and Finansbank. Şükrü holds an MBA degree from Koc University and a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from İstanbul Technical University.

Özlü Yalaza

Managing Director

Özlü Yalaza has twenty three years of experience in investment banking. Throughout his career in investment banking, he has contributed to numerous projects in mergers & acquisitions advisory, financial restructuring, privatization, floatation and various capital markets products. Özlü has extensive experience in various industries, mainly construction materials, logistics, energy, food, and chemicals. Prior to co-founding Pragma, he worked for Global Securities, Dundas, Ünlü & Co. and Finansbank. Özlü received his BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from Boğazici University and MBA Degree with a concentration in finance from University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Mustafa Akgün

Managing Director

Mustafa Akgün has twenty two years of experience in investment banking. Throughout his career in investment banking, he has contributed to numerous projects in mergers & acquisitions advisory, private placements, privatization, and structured equity products. Mustafa has extensive experience in various industries, mainly healthcare, pharmaceuticals, insurance, food, and construction materials. Prior to co-founding Pragma, he worked for Global Securities. Mustafa received his BS Degree in Industrial Engineering from Boğazici University, MBA Degree with a concentration in finance and MS Degree in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA.

Saltuk Buğra Akbulut

Managing Director

Saltuk Buğra Akbulut has twenty years of experience in investment banking with a focus on mergers & acquisitions advisory. His industry experience covers electricity generation and distribution, packaging, paper, steel, chemical, mining, consumer products and banking. Prior to co-founding Pragma, he worked for Global Securities and Boğaziçi University. Saltuk received his BS Degree and MS Degree in Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University.

Ahmet Noyaner

Managing Director

Ahmet Noyaner has eighteen years of experience in investment banking and joined Pragma in 2015 after working 7 years in London as an investment banker at Dresdner Kleinwort and at Citigroup covering power and utilities sector across EMEA and advising clients in mergers & acquisitions and equity capital market transactions. Previously, Ahmet worked for Global Securities focused on mergers and acquisitions across a number of industries including energy, metals & mining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Ahmet holds B.S. degree in civil engineering from Boğaziçi University and worked for ENKA in Moscow for six years before receiving his MBA degree from Yale University, USA.

Sultan Pınar Kavukcuoğlu

Director

Sultan Pınar Kavukcuoğlu has fourteen years of investment banking experience. Her industry experience covers food, beverage, retail, FMCG, logistics, healthcare & medical, insurance, machinery & equipment, and call center. Prior to joining Pragma in 2006, she received her BS Degree in Civil Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and MBA Degree from Insituto de Empresa in Spain.

Ahmet Çavuşoğlu

Director

Ahmet Çavuşoğlu has ten years of investment banking experience. He joined Pragma in 2010. His advisory experience covers various industries including machinery and equipment, chemicals, retail, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, logistics, outsourced services and e-commerce. He also advised sponsors and financial institutions in debt financing transactions of healthcare PPP projects as well as in a number of infrastructure projects in Turkey. He holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and worked for Oyak Renault Turkey before receiving his MIM degree from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain

Özgür Özcan

Director

Özgür Özcan has ten years of investment banking experience. Throughout his career, Özgür focused on investment banking activities including mergers & acquisitions transactions and financial advisory services. His industry experience covers energy, machinery and equipment, natural resources, chemicals, construction materials, auto parts and packaging. Prior to joining Pragma in 2011, he received his BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Sabancı University and MS degree in Finance from Bocconi University, Italy.

Selin Çağlı

Director

Selin Çağlı has ten years of investment banking experience with a focus on mergers & acquisitions advisory. Her industry experience covers healthcare, industrial manufacturing and financial services. Prior to joining Pragma, she worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London covering Turkey. She received her undergraduate degree from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.