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Board Members

Dr. Ozan Özerk

Founder

Dr. Ozan Özerk was involved in numerous start-ups from a young age and has a long track record of establishing successful businesses in the fintech space. Alongside Ozan Elektronik Para, he is the founder of the banking-as-a-service provider OpenPayd, European Merchant Bank and online trading platform Eurotrader.

Ömer Suner

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Suner received a Bachelor of Economics degree from Yıldız Teknik University, followed by a Master of Business (MBA) degree in Digital Marketing from Yeditepe University. He completed the “Stanford-Endeavor Innovation and Growth” programme at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Suner started his professional career at the Alternative Delivery Channels department of Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB, later acq. by BNP Paribas) and worked as a Senior Marketing Manager at Samsung Electronics for a long spell. Suner was founder and CEO for “ininal” from 2012, and he was a board member of “iPara” before he became the CEO of Ozan in 2020.
With over 20 years of experience in the banking, technology, and fintech sectors, Ömer Suner is a mentor at Endeavor Turkey and is a board member of the Financial Literacy and Inclusion Association (FODER).

Erdal Özcan

Chair of the Board

Erdal Özcan represents our company at the Association of Payment and Electronic Money Institutions of Turkey (TÖDEB). Özcan received a Bachelor of Economics from the Middle East Technical University, and went on to receive a Master's degree in Corporate and Financial Risk Management from Sussex University before completing the Future Commerce programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
After his 17-year career at the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA), Özcan worked as the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of "ininal", "iPara", and "Multinet Up". Özcan, who also took part in several projects of the Turkish Payment and Electronic Money Association (ÖDED), joined the Ozan family in 2020.

Ahmet Türkay Varlı

Board Member

After working at BRSA for a total of 20 years as supervisor and advisor, Ahmet Türkay Varlı joined the Ozan Electronic Money family as a Board Member.
Varlı completed his undergraduate education at the Business Administration Department of Gazi University and received a Master's degree in Business Administration from Ankara University. Varlı was responsible for bank supervision and surveillance, bank accounting, and bank surveillance methods and techniques at the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (TCMB), where he worked for 15 years. Varlı contributed to the establishment of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency and acted as the Head of the Information Management Department he founded for 10 years. Later, he worked as Advisor to Chairman for 7 years and represented BRSA and Turkey as a Member of the Executive Committee of ROC, which supervises the entire Global Legal Entity Identifier established by the FSB-G20.

Leman Derin

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Leman Derin is currently the CFO at OpenPayd Turkey and a board member at Ozan.
Derin completed her undergraduate education at Marmara University Department of Economics and started her career more than 20 years ago at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC). Specializing in finance, Derin worked in different managerial positions at Netaş, SAP, and Oger Telecom. She became the CFO of OpenPayd Turkey in March 2017 and was actively involved in the founding of Ozan.

Ahmet Cemal Dedeoğlu

Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO)

Ahmet Cemal Dedeoğlu had a leading role in the foundation and licensing of Ozan and in 2020, he became the vice-chair of Ozan's board of directors.
Dedeoglu completed his undergraduate education at Ege University and started working at Digiturk Customer Care. He continued his career in London, working at Travelex for 6 years in the Business Development Department. Dedeoğlu started his career in payment systems as a Senior Sales Executive at Ecopayz and became the Head of the Turkish Desk at Advanced Currency Markets located in Geneva. He was the Country Manager - Turkey at Paysafecard starting from 2010 and worked as the Strategy VP at Giftbull.