Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Anar Mammadov was born in Baku in 1971. He completed his medical education at Azerbaijan Medical University. Then he graduated from Baku State University, Department of Law. He completed his MBA in TRIUM Global Executive MBA and his Ph.D. in oil supply, logistics, and trade at the UK College of Petroleum Studies.
Between 1995 and 1998, he managed the Avista company he founded. Between 1998 and 2007, he worked as a regional director at Milio International. He served as CEO at Arxiel Carbonexis between 2007 and 2009, at SOCAR Georgia between 2009 and 2014, and SOCAR Greece between 2014 and 2016. After becoming the General Manager of Petkim in 2016, he was appointed as the Head of SOCAR Türkiye Refinery and Petrochemical Business Unit in November 2019.
Mammadov, awarded the Taraggi (Progress) Medal by the Presidency of Azerbaijan in 2018, has more than 15 years of experience in the oil and energy sector. He also speaks fluent English, Russian, and Greek.
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors
Kenan Najafov was born in 1975. He graduated from Baku State University with a degree in International Law and International Relations in 1997, from American University Washington College of Law in 1999, in International Business Law, and from the University of Wharton School of Pennsylvania in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration.
He started his career as an operations specialist at the World Bank's Azerbaijan office in 1996 and worked in the Washington and Baku offices of Baker Botts global law firm in 1999.
Najafov worked in the Business Analysis and Business Development department of BP PLC's London and Aberdeen offices between 2003 and 2008. Between 2008 and 2012, he worked as an Investment Analyst at CITIGROUP and EXANE BNP PARIBAS, Vice President at CITIGROUP, and Chief Strategy Officer and Deputy CEO at NOBEL OIL between 2012-2015. He worked in the private sector for the next five years, and since 2020, he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Business Development Fund of the Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan.
On August 11, 2021, by the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, he was appointed as the Deputy Chairman of SOCAR.
Zaur Gurbanov was born in 1982 in Mingachevir. He served in Azerbaijani Armed Forces and participated in peacekeeping operations from 2000-2005. He graduated from Odlar Yurdu University with a bachelor's degree in Business Organization and Management in 2010 master's degree in Finance from the Azerbaijan University of Economics in 2012.
He had labor activities in various local and foreign companies from 2005-2010. He held different positions at 'Ernst & Young' an international audit and consulting firm, as advance higher-level staff, senior consultant, manager, senior manager, and director from 2010-2020. He has attended several pieces of training over these years. Since 2020, he has served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Azerbaijan Investment Holding.
On August 11, 2021, he was appointed Vice President of SOCAR by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan decree. He serves as the Supervisory Board Member in 'Azerbaijan Caspian Sea Shipping' CJSC, 'Azerbaijan Airlines' CJSC, and 'Baku Metropolitan' CJSC based on the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Teymur Abasguliyev graduated from Baku State University, Department of International Relations and Law, with bachelor's and master's degrees.
He started his professional career in 1994 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Between 1996 and 2013, as a senior manager and partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), he managed projects for various multinationals and local market leaders in the central and Eastern Europe region.
Abasguliyev, who has been working as the Chief Financial Officer of Group Companies at SOCAR Türkiye Enerji A.Ş. since 2013, has been a member of the UK's Association of Certified Public Accountants (FCCA) since 2002.
Mehmet Celal Savaş
He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University.
He served as an assistant at the same faculty from 1989 to 1994 and as a freelance lawyer until 2000. He served as Legal Counsel at BP Türkiye from 2000 till 2006. At the same time, he represented BP Türkiye at the BP Europe Downstream Activities Council as a Member of the Board of Directors. In 2006, he assumed the position of Chief Legal Counsel at Siemens Türkiye and then a Management and Executive Board member. In 2016, he became a member of the Gebze Organized Industrial Zone Board of Directors on behalf of Siemens Türkiye.
Serving as Chief Legal Officer at SOCAR Türkiye Enerji A.Ş. since 2018, Savaş also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors in some of the group companies of SOCAR Türkiye.
Starting his career as a psychological counselor, Uğur moved to the Human Resources (HR) field after three years. She received her HR Management Certificate from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Continuing Education Center in 1999. She worked as Dışbank HR Manager between 2000-2005, Fortis Bank HR Director between 2005-2011, and as Compensation and Benefits Director at TEB between 2011-2015. She managed important human resources projects, especially in organizational development, performance management, remuneration, benefits, mergers, and acquisitions.
Continuing his career at SOCAR Türkiye Energy A.Ş as Compensation and Benefits Coordinator and Director since 2015, Uğur has been serving as the Chief HR & Corporate Services Officer since October 2020. Uğur is also a member of KİPLAS Board of Directors, SOCAR Türkiye Ortak Hizmetleri Yönetim A.Ş Board of Directors, Millenicom Board of Directors, and YASED Employment and Qualified Workforce Council.
Independent Board Member
Murat Zaman received his bachelor's degree from Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Public Administration, in 1997 and his master's degree from Marmara University in 2006. Later, he started his career as an investment consultant at EVG Menkul Değerler and worked in investment advisory and research units at Riva Menkul Değerler and Karon Menkul Değerler, respectively...
He joined Ak Portfolio Management in 2002 and worked as the group manager responsible for managing retirement and investment funds and determining investment strategies until 2010. He joined EVG Menkul Değerler in 2011 as the assistant general manager responsible for individual portfolios and mutual funds. Between 2012 and 2019, he worked at Halk Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. as assistant general manager responsible for investment strategies and management of investment/retirement funds. He joined Halk Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. at the beginning of 2019 as the assistant general manager responsible for the treasury, research, human resources, administrative and legal, financial affairs, operations, and information technologies units.
Between 2019 and 2021, he served as the General Manager of Financial Markets and Foreign Exchange, responsible for strengthening the institutional framework for monitoring and managing systemic risks within the Ministry of Treasury and Finance. During this period, he carried out studies on the development of financial instruments and markets, the development of policies and mechanisms that will facilitate enterprises' access to finance, foreign exchange legislation, and the determination of the principles of foreign exchange policies. He also served as a Board Member in the TÜBİTAK Risk Venture Capital Support Program and Turkish Investment Initiative, which was established in partnership with the European Investment Fund and the Ministry of Treasury and Finance.
Bekir Emre HAYKIR
Independent Board Member
Bekir Emre Haykır, born in Ankara in 1980, graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law in 2001 and completed his master's degree in International Finance Law at King's College London and European Union Studies at Bahçeşehir University.
Bekir Emre Haykır started working as a professional staff member at the Capital Markets Board in 2003 after completing his law internship. During this period, he served as a specialist lawyer, auditor, and head of the market audit group. In 2013, he started to work as a manager in charge of financial law services at the PwC Istanbul office.
Haykır has been working as the Vice President of the Privatization Board of Türkiye since 2016 and as the Head of the Privatization Board of Türkiye since February 2019.
Independent Board Member
After completing her elementary, middle, and high school education in the USA, Neslihan Tonbul graduated from Rutgers University (New Jersey) Department of Economics and Political Sciences in 1981 and received her master's degree in International Finance (M.A.L.D.) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Tufts University in 1983. She worked as a senior manager at the New York, London, and Istanbul offices of international financial institutions (The Irving Trust Company, The Bank of New York, and BNY Mellon) between 1983-2008. Most recently, she worked as a regional manager across the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Turkic Republics.
Having studied at Harvard Business School and settled in Boston, specializing in Family Business Management with CFEG, Tonbul has been giving lectures on 'family business management' at Koç University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, since 2017. In addition, she has been mentoring women entrepreneurs under the EBRD since 2014. Tonbul is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Research Institute in Türkiye (ARIT), the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and the Education Volunteers.
Foundation of Türkiye (TEGV). She is also the founder of the Turkish-American Business Forum.
Tonbul, who has been elected as a member of the board of directors in Türkiye's leading holding companies and institutions since 2008, has been a Petkim Board Member since March 2018, in addition to his memberships in TOFAŞ, Alarko Holding, and Vakıfbank AG. Tonbul, who speaks English, French, and Azerbaijani very well, also attends Italian and Persian lessons.