Board Members

Board Members

Hamdi Akın - Chairman

Mr. Hamdi Akın graduated from Gazi University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He founded Akfen Holding in 1976. In addition to serving as the chairman of the board of directors of Akfen Holding A.S, in 2005 he also became chairman of TAV Airports Holding of which he is a founder and a shareholder. Mr. Akın has also carried his work in business to volunteer efforts and non-governmental organizations as a manager and founder of many societies, foundations and chambers of commerce. He has served as vice president of Fenerbahce Sports Club (2000-2002), MESS-Metal Industrialists' Union president of Ankara Regional Representatives Council (1992-2004), president of TUGIAD-Turkish Young Businessmen's Association (1998-2000), on the board of directors of TISK-Turkish Confederation of Employers' Associations (1995-2001), on the board of directors of TUSIAD-Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association and has also served as the president of Information Society and New Technologies Commission (2008-2009).

David Yang - Board Member

Mr. David Yang graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and subsequently obtained a Master's in Business Administration from George Washington University. He is the regional chief executive officer of PSA Europe, Mediterranean and Americas. Mr. Yang has overall responsibility and accountability for leading and expanding the businesses in Europe, Mediterranean and Americas. He also sits on the Senior Management Council of PSA International Pte Ltd. Prior to his current position, Mr. Yang was the chief executive officer of PSA Mediterranean and Middle East South Asia from 2008 until the end of 2009. Mr. Yang rejoined PSA in January 2008 following a short stint with DFS (Ventures Singapore) Group where he was senior vice president, Global Logistics, with worldwide responsibility for warehousing, transportation and trade and regulatory compliance. He first joined PSA in 2001. From 2001 to 2006, he served in a number of roles, including regional director for Europe, followed by head of logistics for PSA's logistics businesses. He was later the interim chief executive officer in Turkey, where he played a key role in forming the existing partnership with Akfen Holding. In 2004, Mr. Yang assumed the position of group head of business development where he formulated strategies, recommended tactical approaches and headed teams participating in concession tenders, leading to PSA's partnerships in Vietnam, Pakistan, Turkey, and Panama. Before joining PSA in 2001, Mr. Yang worked at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) as director of its Milan Center and was based in Milan for six years.

Lim Pek Suat - Board Member

Ms. Lim Pek Suat has a bachelor in accountancy (Hons), an MBA in finance and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). Ms. Lim is the chief financial officer and head of group business development at PSA International Pte Ltd. As PSA International Pte Ltd's chief financial officer, she is responsible for PSA's world-wide finance functions, including financial management, treasury and related risk management. In her role as head of group business development, Ms. Lim plays an integral role in shaping the global footprint of PSA and is responsible for PSA's global projects. Ms. Lim is also a member of the Senior Management Council of PSA International Pte Ltd. She joined PSA in September 2001, bringing 14 years of experience in corporate and project management accounting, as well as investment and treasury activities. During Ms. Lim's time with PSA, she has covered various aspects of corporate accounting in PSA's accounting and finance division office, and was previously the chief financial officer for Southeast Asia and Singapore Terminals. Prior to joining PSA, Ms. Lim was involved in a boutique private equity firm specializing in infocomm and biotech investments, and has held various positions, including treasury, project management accounting, business and investment analysis, in leading multinational corporations, such as Shell Eastern Petroleum, Union Bank of Switzerland and SG Warburg.

John Phillips - Board Member

Mr. John Arthur Phillips graduated from the College of Nautical Studies, Warsash. Mr. Phillips holds a class 1 master mariner certificate and higher technical diploma in nautical studies obtained in 1986. Mr. Phillips has over 30 years of experience in shipping and port operations relating to a wide variety of vessel types and cargo activities. Before joining the Company in 2007, Mr. Phillips was working as senior port operations director in DFDS Tor Line/DFDS Nordic Terminal in the Port of Immingham. Following his achievements as port operations assistant general manager of the Company, he held the position as general manager of the Company from 2008 until his appointment to the board of directors in 2012.

Vincent Ng - Board Member

Mr. Vincent Ng graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with an Honours degree in Accountancy.  He is currently the regional CFO for Europe, the Mediterranean and the Americas.  Mr. Ng joined PSA International in December 1998, and has worked in PSA’s business units in Singapore, Antwerp and Mersin.  Mr Ng was the Deputy Assistant General Manager for Finance for MIP at its incorporation in 2007.  Prior to joining PSA, Mr. Ng worked as an auditor in PwC.

Sacha Denys - Board Member

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Deepa Bharadwaj - Board Member

Executive Director

Joined IFM Investors in 2017

Deepa has senior level responsibility for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, transaction execution, asset management, and developing client relationships. She represents IFM Investors as Director on the Board of Brisbane Airport, Director of Veolia Energia Polska, Director of Veolia Energia Warzawa and Vice Chair of its key subsidiary, Veolia Lodz.

Deepa has extensive global expertise in the infrastructure and energy sectors, having worked in the US, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Her 13 years at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore included senior leadership roles, most recently as Global Head for Power, Transportation and Infrastructure. Over the course of her career, Deepa has successfully concluded several billion dollars in advisory and financing transactions in power, utilities, renewable energy, infrastructure and transportation. She also has extensive experience in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Deepa has a B.A. Honours in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India; a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India; and a MBA from New York University, U.S.A.

Flemming Dalgaard - Board Member

Flemming Dalgaard is a senior business leader and non executive board member, with extensive global leadership and management experience in maritime infrastructure including ports, shipping, logistics and road/rail transport. He has previously worked as a senior executive for Maersk Line, DP World and CEO for Gulftainer. He has a successful performance record covering strategic, financial, tactical and operational exposure and responsibilities in all areas of business management and leadership. Flemming has held various Board Memberships as Director and Chairman for the last +15 years driving strategies, improvements and overall business management execution. Flemming holds a degree in International Shipping as well as a qualification in Maritime Law (Commercial). He has completed a select number of executive programs, most recently at Wharton University, London Business School and the CSEP at Columbia University (New York). He is also a Chartered Director at the IOD and fully qualified as a professional board director, as well as a Chartered Fellow at the UK Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Zafer Kurtul - Board Member

Mr. Kurtul received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration and obtained his MBA degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). He held several executive roles at Citibank, BNP-Ak-Dresdner Bank and Societe Generale prior to his appointment as an EVP at Akbank in 1998. Between 2000 and 2009, Mr. Kurtul served as the CEO of Akbank and held the role of Board Vice Chairman until 2010. He then worked as the CEO and Board Member of Sabancı Holding until 2017. In the same period, he was the Board Chairman of various subsidiaries of Sabancı Holding. He was appointed as a Board Member of Alternatif Bank in 2017. Mr. Kurtul is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Board Committees

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving investment and capex plans, and award of major investment contracts.

Renumeration Committee

The Remuneration Committee is responsible for evaluating the performance and setting of renumeration for the management team.

Audit & Risk Committee

The Audit & Risk Committee is responsible for reviewing and ensuring internal control, compliance, code of conduct, financial statements, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption policies, as well as ensuring the adequacy of risk management.