Dogan Baysal (Honorary Chairperson)
doganbaysalMr. Dogan Baysal obtained a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Robert’s College in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1977 and an MS degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1978. Mr. Baysal is the President and CEO of Seba International LTD, an international steel trading company. He served as the Managing Director at the TAAB Board for 2006-2007 activity year and currently is the Honorary Chairperson representing TAAB all over the world. Mr. Baysal has a chair at Mayor of Houston’s International Affairs & Development Council (MIADC), representing ‘Middle East/North Africa’ Regional Council.

Huseyin Finci (Managing Director)
Huseyin1Mr. Finci obtained a BS degree in Business Administration from Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus in 1996 and an MBA degree from University of Saint Thomas, Houston TX in 1998. Huseyin Can Finci is the president of Houston Quality Builders Inc. Mr. Finci has been in the construction industry since 2001. He specializes in new residential construction. Mr. Finci is a co-founder of TAAB and served as its managing director for the 2004-2005 activity year. Mr. Finci is the managing director of the Turkish American Association for Business for the 2014-2015 year.

Okan Akin (Co-Director)
okanakinMr. Okan Akin obtained a BS degree in Finance from the University of Houston in 1995 and an MBA degree also from the University of Houston in 1996. Mr. Akin has over 12 years of experience in commercial lending and credit administration. Mr. Akin is the President at Independence Bank, a community bank with commercial lending focus. Mr. Akin is a co-founder of TAAB and served as its Managing Director for the 2007-2008 activity year. Mr. Akin is on the Board of the RMA (Risk Management Association) Gulf Coast Chapter and he also serves as a Board Member at Independence Bank.

Arhan Dundar (Co-Director)
arhanMr. Dundar obtained a BS degree in Economics from Marmara University in Istanbul, in 1995 and an MBA degree in Financing from St. Thomas University, Houston, TX in 1999. Mr. Dundar has fifteen years of corporate application, implementation, project management, technical support, and training experience in ERP and CRM applications. He also has two years of internal audit experience in the banking industry. Currently, he runs his own consulting practice providing ERP systems implementation, software projects management services.

Sinem Mehterian (Co-Director)

Ertugrul Akmese
ertugrulakmeseMr. Ertugrul Akmeshe is the Rig Systems Product Manager at TDE Petroleum Data Solutions, Inc. Mr. Akmeshe obtained a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, in 1990 and an MS degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Montana State University in 1993. Mr. Akmeshe has over 20 years of experience in software and automation area in petrochemical and energy industries. Mr. Akmeshe is a co-founder of TAAB and a board member since 2002.

Unal Baysal
unalbaysalMr. Unal Baysal obtained a BBA degree in Marketing from University of Houston, in 1982 and an MBA degree in Finance & International Business from University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX in 1984. Mr. Baysal is the Vice President and Director of Seba International LTD, an international steel trading company specializing in carbon & alloy steel products. Mr. Baysal has extensive banking background with various executive roles he held for more than 10 years in banking sector including, Charter National Bank Houston (acquired by Bank of America), Sterling Bank, and Independent Bank. Mr. Baysal is a co-founder of TAAB and served as its managing director for the 2002-2003 activity year. Mr. Baysal is the managing director of the Turkish American Association for Business for the 2010-2011 year.

Evren Gurpinar

Tayfun Karakoc, M.D.
tayfunkarakocDr. Tayfun Karakoc M.D. is a psychiatrist at DAPA Family Recovery Center in Houston, TX. Dr. Karakoc obtained his medical degree from the Istanbul University – Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in 1994.

 

Natalie M. Kassenyeva, CFA
nataliekassenyevaMs.Kassenyeva, native Azerbaijani, graduated from Baku State University with the Diploma in Computer Science and Cybernetics in 1995. She also holds a MS in Finance from Texas A&M University . Prior to attending Texas A&M, Ms.Kassenyeva worked as a Financial Manager for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Azerbaijan and Project Secretary for UNICEF/Azerbaijan. Ms.Kassenyeva worked as a Vice President of Research for Paul Comstock Partners for over 10 years. Her responsibilities as a Vice President of Research include investment manager searches, performance monitoring, asset allocation and investment analysis for individual and non-profit (501c3) institutional clients. Currently, Natalie is with Citibank / Commercial Lending Division. Ms.Kassenyeva is a member of Houston Society of Financial Analysts and actively involved with the organization. She is CFA charterholder since 2002. Ms.Kassenyeva is also a member of CFP (Society of Fundraising Professionals) Houston. Ms.Kassenyeva created or helped in the creation of the following non-profit organizations: Tango Houston, URAA-Houston and Houston Azerbaijanis. Ms.Kassenyeva served as a member of ATA ExCom for 4 years.

Kerim Koseoglu
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Tekin Kunt, PhD
Tekin KuntTekin Kunt is a Product Manager focusing on providing software solutions for the Oil & Gas industry. He has extensive experience in the software product development, upstream/midstream/downstream oil/gas businesses, and modeling/optimization technologies. Tekin holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He studied Chemical and Industrial Engineering (double major) at the Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Haluk Noyin
haluknoyinMr. Haluk Noyin obtained a BS degree in Business Administration from Marmara University in Istanbul, in 1996 and an MBA degree from the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business in 2001. Mr. Noyin has 10 years of experience in energy trading and energy markets. Mr. Noyin is the Financial Structuring Manager at Cheniere Marketing, Inc.

 

Cenk Ozdogan, M.D.
cenkozdoganDr. Cenk Ozdogan is currently a partner and executive board member at the Greater Houston Anesthesiology, and Chairman of the Compliance Committee. He is also a board member at the Museum of Fine Arts, Islamic Arts Committee. Dr. Ozdogan obtained his medical degree from Istanbul University – Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, and subsequently completed Anesthesiology residency and cardiovascular fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.

Emre Senyuva
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Bora Tarhan, PhD
boratarhan.jpgMr. Tarhan is a senior research engineer at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and B.Sc. degrees in both chemical and industrial engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is an expert in the area of operations research, specializing in decision making under uncertainty and risk management.