Escarus’ Board of Directors is comprised of six members.

Çiğdem İçel is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors at Escarus, which operates with a vision to be the consultancy firm leading the support extended to sustainable development.

Chairman of the Board


Çiğdem İçel was born in 1966 in Eskişehir and graduated from the Department of Management at Boğaziçi University.

Starting her professional life in the Treasury Department at TSKB as an Assistant Investment Advisor, İçel was promoted to the Treasury and Correspondent Banking Department in 1998, after serving in a variety of positions. İçel was appointed as the Executive Vice President in May 2006. İçel served as the Executive Vice President responsible for Economic Research, Development Finance Institutions, Financial Institutions and Engineering and Technical Consultancy Departments starting from January 2017 and after working for 12 years in the executive post, she retired in April 2019. İçel is currently the Chairperson of the Board at Escarus.
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Deputy Chairman of the Board


Born in 1967, Coşkun Kanberoğlu graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Boğaziçi University in 1990. He completed his master’s program in Chemical Engineering at Boğaziçi University in 1992.

A notable expert in FMCG - milk production and dairy products as well as feasibility analysis and project evaluation for and reporting of energy efficiency projects to international and supranational financial institutions (The World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the French Development Agency, and so on), Kanberoğlu has more than 20 years of engineering experience in energy efficiency, project management and environment.

After serving as an expert engineer and Manager respectively at the Department of Engineering at TSKB beginning from 1997, Kanberoğlu was appointed as the Head of Financial Institutions.

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Board Member


Born in 1983 in Istanbul, Seyit Hüseyin Gürel graduated from the Department of Economics at the Middle East Technical University in 2007.

Starting his professional life at Industrial Development Bank of Turkey, Gurel held various positions in Financial Analysis Department between 2007 and 2015. Gurel was positioned in Corporate Banking Department in 2015, and he was appointed as the Department Head of Corporate Banking Marketing in 2019. He was also a Board member at TSKB REIT since August 2017.

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Board Member


Born in 1981 in Istanbul, Ojen Arslanyan graduated from the Department of Mathematics at Yeditepe University in 2004 and Business Administration and Management as a double major in 2006. In 2007, she completed her master’s program in Economics&Finance at Boğaziçi University.

She started her career in 2007 joining Industrial Development Bank of Turkey as Management Trainee in Corporate Finance Department. After positioned in Board of Internal Auditors in 2009, she worked as an auditor between 2009 and 2011. She was then appointed to the Financial Control Department in 2011 and worked as an Assistant Manager for 2 years, working mainly on reporting and Bank’s subsidiary management. She has been working in the same department as a Manager since 2015.

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Board Member


Ms Ünüvar holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration, MSc degree in Applied Economics and Finance, and a PhD in Economics.

Before joining the TSKB, Dr. Ünüvar worked at İ.D. Bilkent University (Ankara) and Yasar University (İzmir) as full time lecturer at the Department of Economics. Her academic research focuses on monetary economics; mainly monetary policy and Central Bank communication. Prior to her academic career, she worked 10 years at investment banking as an economist.

Ünüvar has been working as the Chief Economist and the Head of Economic Research Department of the TSKB since April 2017..

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Board Member


Çağla has a double major in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Yıldız Technical University. She earned her master's degree (non-thesis) in Construction Management at Yıldız Technical University. She holds international certificates as a green building expert such as LEED AP BD+C and International BREEAM Assessor.

Prior to joining TSKB, she managed the LEED green building certification process of a construction sector Company’s mixed-use high rise building project. Furthermore, she worked on developing real estate projects and delivering project cost control as well as project management.

Çağla has been working as Group Manager in the fields of development and assessment of technical feasibility studies in various sectors, corporate sustainability and environmental and social risk management at TSKB, which she started in 2014.
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