Our Team

Escarus Provides services with dynamic, strong and experienced staff.

Escarus considers its employees as the leading value of the company. The brief resumes of our employees are given below.

General Manager

DR. KUBİLAY KAVAK

Kubilay Kavak, PhD, holds a bachelor's degree (Bilkent University) and a master's degree (Gazi University) in industrial engineering. He obtained another master's degree (Cornell University) in public policy and holds a doctoral degree (Gazi University) in public administration.

Prior to joining the Escarus family, Kavak initially worked in the private sector, then at the Turkish Prime Ministry, State Planning Organization, Ministry of Development and the United Nations. In his professional life, he mainly focused on topics and fields such as national development, projection and modelling, energy policies, industrial policies, infrastructure investments, public administration, public policies, investment finance, project analysis and project management.

Kavak has published a myriad of articles, reports and studies on energy, climate change, public policy, urbanization and industrialization as well as a book on energy efficiency, and edited four books on optimization in industrial systems. Kavak has also working experience at various levels with international and development finance institutions.

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Senior Manager

MELİS BİTLİS

After having her major in Social and Political Sciences from Sabancı University, Melis Bitlis obtained her master's degree at Johns Hopkins University in Energy and Environmental Policy as well as International Economics.

Bitlis has been working at Escarus since 2015 and leads sustainable finance and climate change services by the company, including sustainability policies, green bond framework and second party consultancy services offered to customers in finance sector (banks, insurance companies, private pension funds and leasing companies) as well as real sector companies. She has experience in developing sustainable investment frameworks and sustainable finance instruments in accordance with investment portfolios, providing consultancy services to financial institutions on climate change-related risks and opportunities and reporting sustainable green finance. She also develops training models on such matters for private sector professionals.

In addition to her project management experience in energy efficiency, environmental and social performance standards, environmental and social risk assessment, green bonds, climate finance and sustainable finance, Bitlis also has broad international experience on climate change.

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Senior Manager

H. DORA ÜRETEN

H. Dora Üreten, a graduate of Koç University Mechanical Engineering, obtained his master's degree in the field of International Management at EADA Business School.

He began his professional career in Marsh Risk Consultancy in 2009 and continued to work as a Financial Analyst at TSKB. Between 2012 and 2016, he actively involved in the establishment of Escarus and worked in different positions such as project manager and business development manager. Between 2016-2020, he worked as the Business Development Manager at Garanti Koza İnşaat and GKE Enerji and actively involved in various conventional-renewable energy and greenfield real estate development projects in Turkey and abroad. Üreten rejoined Escarus as of April 2021.

He has experience in project management, business development, preparation of feasibility studies, designing sustainability strategies, establishment of sustainability management systems and E&S management systems in line with internationally recognized standards (World Bank, IFC, EBRD, Equator Principles, GRI, SASB, CDP, GHG Protocol, Sustainability Indices, etc.), sustainable finance, sustainability-focused reporting, resource and energy efficiency, calculation and reduction of carbon emissions and has taken part in many local and abroad projects in different sectors.

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Manager

RANA AKBAŞ

Rana Akbaş graduated from Marmara University Environmental Engineering Department and completed her master’s degree in Environmental Technologies Department of Boğaziçi University’s Environmental Sciences Institute.

Started her professional journey as a sales engineer and continued with academic projects, she worked as an LCA expert in the Green Production Clean Future Project supported by Istanbul Development Agency and İKMİB. As a researcher at Boğaziçi University Sustainable Development and Cleaner Production Research Center, she provided consultancy services to companies in LCA/cleaner production practices and took part in the coordination of the university's Sustainable Green Campus Program. She worked in Esan Eczacıbaşı, specialized on environmental management (establishment, monitoring and improvement of an environmental management system at a level that would meet the legislative requirements, customer and social expectations) and sustainable mining (collection, consolidation and verification of data in accordance with GRI reporting). She is also experienced in determining the environmental and social risks of investment projects in the mining sector, and structuring projects from the first step in accordance with the standards of international financial institutions.

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Manager

ESRA KOÇ

Esra Koç graduated from the Middle East Technical University, Department of Chemical Engineering.

Koç, who started her journey as an occupational safety specialist and continued as a quality control engineer in the construction chemicals industry, turned to the field of sustainability in 2014. In addition to many R&D and consultancy projects, she was also involved in business development activities.

Having a deep knowledge of the voluntary carbon market and the legislation on the monitoring of GHG emissions, Koç holds a Lead Verifier certificate from the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change. Working as an expert on various World Bank and GIZ projects for the adaptation and implementation of the EU ETS in Turkey, Koç has worked closely with different private sector and public institution stakeholders.

Koç, who has strong experience in calculating greenhouse gas emission inventory, preparing climate change mitigation and adaptation action plans, climate change risk and vulnerability analysis, also has competence in many areas such as nature-based solutions, low-carbon development, climate finance, and stakeholder analysis.

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Manager

NURGÜL BAĞCIN

Nurgül Bağcın, graduated from Kocaeli University Chemical Engineering Department and completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration Department of Gebze Technical University.

Bağcın started her professional life as a Chemical Engineer for a company of dye-solvent recycling in 2010. Then continued her career as a Coordinator of company that provides enviromental consultancy, laboratory services, quality management system for hazardous chemicals from 2013 to 2016. She has also provided consultancy services to many companies for greenhouse gas monitoring / reporting, start up / development of enviroment permit process, waste management, enviromental impact assesment, set up and development of quality management systems. Then, she worked in a company as the Environment, Health&Safety and Quality Manager from 2016 to 2022 and took responsibility for the coordination and supervision of scores of activities.

Bağcın also has a vast experience on auditing reports as a “Lead Verifier” authorized by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change on many projects within the scope of the voluntary carbon market and the legislation on monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Manager

MERTCAN BİLGİN

Mertcan Bilgin graduated from Kocaeli University Environmental Engineering Department and completed his master’s degree in Engineering Management and Environmental Engineering at the same university and Occupational Health and Safety at Işık University.

Bilgin started his professional career at Tüpraş in 2015 and worked in HSE department in different positions such as Environmental Control and Technical Safety. Bilgin has experience in the sustainable environmental management and monitoring of KPI’s, preparation and reporting for environmental compliance audits, environment permit and EIA processes, environmental risk assessment, sustainable and integrated waste management, industrial symbiosis, management of ISO 14001 IMS implementation and audit processes, emission and greenhouse gas reporting processes, emergency response (land/sea spills and fire-fighting), road and traffic safety, contractor management and inspection, technical specifications and contract processes, as well as budget follow-up.

Bilgin took part in audit processes for environmental management and legal compliance on the basis of institutions of various sizes operating in different sectors within Koç Holding. Bilgin also has competence in management and team coordination of all technical projects.

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Assistant Manager

NİLAY CAMBAZ

Nilay Cambaz holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Yıldız Technical University and completed her master's degree in Environmental Science, Engineering and Management program at Istanbul Technical University.

Working as a sustainability consultant prior to joining the Escarus family, Cambaz has coordinated several national and international projects and had the opportunity to work directly with both public and private sector stakeholders. She has in-depth expertise in climate change, carbon footprint calculation, sustainability reporting (GRI-based), sustainability disclosure/ratings (CDP, EcoVadis), eco-labels (ISO 14020-25), sustainable finance, circular economy, clean production, management of finite resources, water quality, and watershed management.

Cambaz has also in-depth experience in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and has conducted several studies both at the product and organizational level in various sectors, mainly construction, chemistry, food, ceramics, packaging, white goods and composite materials.

Thanks to the projects she carried out with organizations of various sizes operating in different sectors throughout her career, Cambaz has developed competence in measuring sustainability and also gained experience in project management and team coordination processes.

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Expert

EMİNE ÇELEN

After graduating from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Emine Çelen obtained her master’s degree in energy science and technology at Istanbul Technical University. After master’s degree, her PhD education is currently ongoing at the same university and the same department.

Prior to joining Escarus, Çelen worked as R&D and project engineer at Maviiz Environment and Energy Systems R&D Co., Ltd. located at Istanbul Technical University Ayazağa Campus and took part in preparing feasibility, drawings and mass energy calculations in environment, chemical and biomass energy projects. Çelen, who intensively worked in biogas projects, has experience in engineering and procurement for the installation of biogas power plants.

Çelen also took part in “ITU: Sustainable Energy Installation” funded by Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) and Istanbul Technical University. She worked in all steps of the projects including but not limited to preparing financial and technical reports, controlling the installation, conducting procurement operations and commissioning activities. She also coordinated the correspondence between ISTKA, academicians and project partners.

Çelen, who has been working at Escarus since 2019, engages in the establishment of sustainability management systems, identification of environmental and social risks of projects, and calculation of greenhouse gas emissions.


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Expert

S. DENİZ AKDEMİR

After receiving her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering Department from METU in 2017, S. Deniz Akdemir completed her master's degree in Energy Policies and Economics at the same university. She attended the Berlin Beuth Technical School with the funding of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and received her specialization in “energy efficiency in buildings”.

She began her professional experience in a private company as a carbon specialist. Akdemir worked as an expert in the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) program supported by the World Bank. She gained experience on IPA technical support projects in the GIZ and took an active role in Turkey's Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings Project. After completing Project Management Professional (PMP) training, she continued her career as a project management expert at the projects funded by various national and international institutions in 2020-2021, and managed and oversaw the energy and environmental projects targeting cities and the manufacturing industry.

Working in Escarus’ Business Development Unit, she currently takes responsibility seeking for potential business fields and developing new projects.

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Expert

KORAY TOPCUOĞLU

Koray Topcuoglu graduated from the Environmental Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 2016.

Following his first step to the professional business life as a Research and Development Engineer within the body of a waste incineration and flue gas treatment systems manufacturing company, Topcuoglu has continued his career between 2018 and 2020 as the Project Engineer in Assystem Envy, a French-based company providing international consultancy and engineering services. He has worked in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for 2 years to supervise on-site environmental monitoring studies and report the collected data within the scope of Site Characterization of the First Nuclear Power Plant in the KSA Project of the company. After then, he has worked as the Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change Engineer at Limak Cement Group and took part in the coordination of sustainability studies of the Group.

Topcuoglu has domestic and overseas experience in the fields of environmental monitoring and impact assessment, waste management, renewable and clean energy, corporate sustainability, climate change and business development.

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Expert

NESLİŞAH İNAN

Neslişah İnan completed her undergraduate degree in Department of Architecture and master's degree in Project and Construction Management at İstanbul Technical University.

She started her professional life as Green Building Expert Architect (LEED Accredited Professional) at Altensis and had an opportunity to be involved in sustainability strategy development and implementation processes to several large-scale construction projects. She gained in-depth expertise in globally well recognized green building rating and certification systems (LEED, BREEAM, EDGE, WELL). She continued her career in agriculture sector as Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator at Ferrero Group and managed collaborations with internal and external stakeholders to proceed due diligence processes on human rights and environmental impacts. She also developed and carried out numerous corporate social responsibility projects on child labor, labor conditions and social equality in cooperation with international organizations, local authorities and NGOs.

In her professional life and academic studies, İnan mainly focused on identification and mitigation of environmental and social risks, project management, social impact management, climate change related risks on urbanization, and climate refugees.

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Assistant Expert

YUSUF SAĞ

Yusuf Sağ received his bachelor degree from Özyeğin University, Industrial Engineering department in 2018.

During his academic life he undertook internship studies in various industries. He participated in one of Turkey’s leading food industry firm’s warehouse operations optimization project and took active role from one end to other. Meanwhile he performed a marketing internship in the same company.

He started his professional career as a procurement, material and warehouse management consultant, and designed, adapted and implemented procurement and material management processes for different industries. Before joining Escarus, he worked as an IT (information technologies) risk advisor and IT auditor in Deloitte Turkey. During his tenure, he analyzed IT environments and evaluated IT risks for leading bank affiliates, fast-moving consumer goods, drug, and heavy industries as well as energy companies. Alongside, he participated in BDDK (Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency) compliance consultancy project for a leading bank affiliate. Since April 2021 he has been working as an assistant expert at Escarus.

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Assistant Expert

ESRA YILMAZ

Esra Yılmaz completed her undergraduate education at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Department of International Relations with high honors degree and a minor in Business Administration at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

During her education life, Yılmaz developed a particularly strong interest on energy and climate studies and did her internships at prominent think tanks and government institutions. After graduation, she worked at the University of Duisburg-Essen Mercator School of Management in Germany as an intern and gained experience in portfolio management, competitive strategies, digital transformation, and digital marketing.

She started her professional career as a planning specialist in 2019 for acrylic resin production. Besides, she has had experience in a project assistant role in chlorine-alkali process plant and mining investment projects. While working as a project assistant, she undertook the duties in hydroelectric energy, unlicensed electricity generation, and sustainability studies. She has been working as an assistant expert at Escarus since March 2019.


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Assistant Expert

CEYDA KALIPÇIOĞLU

Ceyda Kalıpçıoğlu received her bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering at Middle East Technical University. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in environmental technology at Boğaziçi University’s Institute of Environmental Sciences.

Thanks to Erasmus+ Programme, she studied at Aarhus University in Denmark during her undergraduate education. She worked as an undergraduate researcher in such studies as zero waste, sustainable fuel production, and life cycle assessment when returned back to Turkey. After getting bachelor’s degree, she worked as researcher at the Sustainable Development and Cleaner Production Center of Boğaziçi University for the projects related to zero waste, eco-label, and life cycle assessment. Within that period, she played an active role in reporting projects, writing articles, research and development while staying in touch with public and private sector stakeholders.

Thanks to the academic studies and projects that she has participated for the last 3 years, she won the 2021 McKinsey Achievement Award which aims to recognize and encourage talented individuals around the world. Since December 2021, she has been working as an assistant expert at Escarus.

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Assistant Expert

BESTE İLİ

Beste İli completed her bachelor’s degree in the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Middle East Technical University and continues to her master's degree at the same university. In her master’s studies she focuses on sustainable development, climate change, environmental economics, and EU Green Deal.

She started her career with the analysis of the environmental and social impacts, the planning of management systems and stakeholder participation of the projects in renewable energy and nuclear energy sectors. She also worked on the reporting of emission-immission measurements of factories. Additionally, she worked on the risk and sustainability assessment and protection of water resources through the Source Water Protection Plan prepared for Coca Cola's factories in 20 different countries.

Before joining to Escarus, Beste İli continued her career in the Turkey office of a US-based company, carried out environmental due diligence and assessment studies in projects around the world. In this context, she coordinated with the federal, state and environmental institutions in USA, conducted research, and provided coordination and management of the environmental group in Turkey office.

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Assistant Expert

İLKE DUMAN

İlke Duman received her bachelor’s degree from Middle East Technical University, Environmental Engineering Department with an honor degree in 2020. Her studies for master’s degree is currently ongoing at the same university.

During her academic life, she worked as a project assistant at Denmark Technical University and studied on energy efficiency in biogas production. She focused on sustainability, life cycle assessment (LCA), and eco-label studies in her graduate education and took part in the Turkish Environmental Labeling System Development Project.

She started her professional career in a company operating in the fields of process safety and environmental consultancy. She participated in HAZOP, FTA, and ETA studies and played an active role in reporting. Duman also has freelance works on researching the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications in environmental monitoring. Before joining to Escarus family, Duman worked as a Project Manager in the Turkey office of a US-based company. She contributed to the environmental due diligence projects, communicated with regulatory agencies, conducted legislation research, and managed the environmental team in Turkey.

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Assistant Expert

ESEN YAREN YAVUZ

Esen Yaren Yavuz, completed her undergraduate education in 2021, receiving the title of Agricultural Engineer from Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics.

During her undergraduate education, she focused on project preparation and evaluation, environmentally-sensitive agricultural policies, European Union agricultural policies, agricultural policies of Turkey and agricultural extension. In addition, she participated in various agricultural trainings and had the chance to study and experience on-site by taking part in Ankara University Research Application Farms.

With her graduation thesis on the evaluation of the changes in production, consumption, foreign trade and prices of the main agricultural products grown in Turkey, she conducted a productivity analysis study on the agricultural products and drew conclusions on the balance of production and consumption.

As a researcher concentrating on agricultural economics, sustainable agricultural practices and the social dimensions of sustainability Yaren has been working in Escarus since July 2022.

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Assistant Expert

NİL SERRA YERLİKAYA

Nil Serra Yerlikaya graduated from Marmara University, Department of Environmental Engineering.

During her internships at TAV Atatürk Airport, she took part in OHSE operations and studied the outputs of the Green Airport initiative. In addition, she worked with the Machinery Maintenance teams and examined the energy systems. At Coca-Cola İçecek A.Ş as Quality Control intern, she was mainly involved in waste management operations, as well as the operations of the industrial treatment plant and contributed to several projects. She gained experience in the field of internal audit at Yıldız Holding and, lastly, during her long-term internship at Leadership & Sustainability, a Germany-based company, she worked on FEM validation.

After her graduation, Yerlikaya started her career as a Sustainability Specialist within the OHSE department at Yünsa Yünlü Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. and continued her career at the Sustainability Platform established under the R&D Department. During her tenure at Yünsa, she worked on the processes such as audit/verification, certification, social sustainability process review and follow-up, environmental sustainability process and project review and follow-up, economic sustainability studies, customer demand follow-up, data entry and reporting, sustainability report writing, determination of sustainability strategy.

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Financial Affairs and Operations

GÖKÇE AKYILDIZ

Gökçe Akyıldız, a graduate of Anadolu University Faculty of Business Administration, completed the English Language Education program of Manchester University.

She began her professional career in Ulusalbank S.A. as a Current Account Specialist and took role in conducting banking processes such as following corporate customer current accounts, investment operations (foreign currency, bond, repo, deposit) and transactions. Akyıldız, who worked at Intralot S.A. Liaison Office Turkey between 2003-2015 as a Financial Affairs and Corporate Communications Manager occupied the position of central responsible of the office and took role in financial management, budget-reporting, purchasing, feasibility research, preliminary preparation for merger and accusation, preparation of promotion and advertisement content and trip-hotel-event organization.

Akyıldız, who has been working at Escarus since 2017, is responsible for all financial and operational work, notably the financial management, accounting, purchasing and administrative services. Akyıldız also works on the social media and corporate website management.

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Assistant

HİLAL ALTUN

Hilal Altun completed her associate degree in Office Management and Executive Assistance Department at Marmara University and her bachelor’s in Management at Anadolu University.

Altun started her professional career in 2012 and took positions in assistance, administrative affairs, pre-accountancy and accountancy. Altun, who worked at Accountancy and Administrative Affairs departments of institutions from various sectors such as vocational training, construction machine production, spare part supply of energy sector, electrical measuring apparatus supply for electricity transmission and distribution, joined Escarus in July 2022.

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