Serdar Bilgili

Chairman & CEO

Serdar Bilgili founded BLG in 2010 and is a Chairman and CEO of BLG. In addition to his overall leadership responsibilities, Mr. Bilgili is Chairman of Bilgili Group, one of Turkey's leading real estate development & investment companies. Mr. Bilgili has been an active investor and developer of real estate in Turkey since 1984. He was General Secretary and Board Member of Besiktas Sports Club ("BJK") between the periods 1992-1998 and President of BJK between 2000 and 2004.

Mr. Bilgili graduated from University of Redlands, California (USA) with a degree in Business Administration and Photography.

Serife Ercanturk

Partner, IAC Member

Serife Ercanturk is a Partner and IAC Member of BLG. Ms. Ercanturk became active in the construction and tourism sectors through Hayat Tourism, which constructed the Radisson BLU Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul. She is a Vice President of Bilgili Group and manages construction activities of Bilgili Group and oversees all project management activities. Prior to Hayat Tourism, Ms. Ercanturk founded Bluson Textile, a knitwear manufacturing company and co-founded Bagdat Mobilya, successful furniture production and distribution company. Ms. Ercanturk started his career at Martexport Trading.

Ms. Ercanturk graduated from Marmara University (Turkey) with a degree in Business Administration Ms. Ercanturk expanded her studies through graduate courses in Corporate Governance, Family Business Management, Leadership and Communications.

Sevil Bilgili Temo

Partner, IAC Member

Sevil Bilgili Temo is a Partner and IAC Member of BLG. Ms. Temo became active in the construction and tourism sectors through Hayat Tourism, which constructed the Radisson BLU Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul. In 2004, Ms. Temo joined Bilgili Group and is responsible for property management and architectural development activities of the hotels, residences and retail properties. Prior to joining Hayat Tourism, Ms. Temo played a major role in the management of the sales and production departments of Hayat Mobilya.

Ms. Temo graduated from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts (Turkey) with a degree in Architecture.

Jeremy Ford

Chief Investment Officer

Jeremy Ford is the Chief Investment Officer at BLG Capital.  His responsibilities include investment sourcing, underwriting, asset and portfolio management, and investor relations.  Prior to joining BLG Capital, Mr. Ford was the Head of European Investments in The Carlyle Group’s Real Estate Solutions Division.  In that role, he sourced, underwrote, and managed direct property co-investments as well as primary and secondary fund investments.  Mr. Ford started his career as a management consultant with Simon-Kucher & Partners where he specialized in pricing and marketing strategies across a broad range of industries in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Mr. Ford received a B.S. in Foreign Service and International Economics (cum laude) and an M.B.A. with high distinction from Georgetown University, where he is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at the Steers Center for Global Real Estate. He was a J. William Fulbright Scholar at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain.

Elif Egeli Nisanci

Project Development Director

Elif Egeli Nisanci is a Project Development Director of BLG. Prior to joining BLG, Ms. Nisanci set up the Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels' Istanbul office in 2007 as Senior Vice President and oversaw JLLH's full range of services in Turkey; advisory, financing, operator search, management contract negotiation, asset management, transaction, valuations and research. Before joining JLLH, Ms. Nisanci was in charge of developing the Swissotel Krasnye Holmy, as owner's representative. Ms. Nisanci also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York for the Hospitality and Leisure department and as Front Office Supervisor at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Ms. Nisanci holds a Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) degree from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (USA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University (USA).

Murat Erdoğan

CFO

Murat Erdogan is the Chief Financial Officer of BLG. Prior to his current position he worked as General Manager of Sportive Turkey, a company specialized in sporting products retailing. Mr. Erdogan previously worked in several global companies such as Country CFO of Nike and CFO of Novartis/Sandoz.

Mr. Erdogan holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on Marketing from Isik University (Turkey) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Istanbul University (Turkey). He also completed INSEAD Strategy and Senior Leadership programs in France and Canada.

Ertan Cobanoglu

Finance Director

Ertan Cobanoglu is the Finance Director of BLG. Prior to joining BLG, Mr. Cobanoglu worked for RMA Automotive as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Cobanoglu has 17 years experience working across multiple sectors, he worked for Izdas Holding as Assistant Portfolio Manager, Koc Investment as Asset Management Marketing Specialist, Rhenus Logistics as Assistant Finance Manager, Sodexo as Finance and Reporting Manager and SSL International Plc Turkey as Finance Manager his team has been awarded for 2009-2010 Best Performer Finance team in SSL Int. Plc in Europe.

Mr. Cobanoglu holds a Civil Engineering degree from Uludag University (Turkey) and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Istanbul University (Turkey).

Giray Boran

Vice President

Giray Boran is a Vice President of BLG. Prior to joining BLG, Mr. Boran was a Partner at MediaMed, which he co-founded and later sold to a UK based company. Prior to MediaMed, Mr. Boran was an Investment Banking Associate at UniCredit Group, focusing on mergers and acquisition transactions across Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey, where he advised private equity, real estate, infrastructure, energy and TMT sector clients. Mr. Boran started his career at The Coca-Cola Company Eurasia & Africa Group as an Analyst.

Mr. Boran holds a Master of Business Administration degree with distinction from Grenoble Ecole de Management (France-UK) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabanci University (Turkey).

Sinan Temo

Associate

Sinan Temo is an Associate of BLG. Prior to joining BLG, Mr. Temo was interning for Thor Equities LLC in New York City and getting his Master’s degree from Columbia University. Before his Master’s education, Mr. Temo held internship positions at Bilgili Holding and Merrill Lynch London (UK) consecutively.

Mr. Temo holds a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in the City of New York (USA), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Southern California (USA).

Yigit Burak Ozkan

Analyst

Yigit Burak Ozkan is an Analyst of BLG. Prior to joining BLG, Mr. Ozkan founded Project TagAlong, a platform aimed towards easing airport transportation of international travelers, while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at New York University. During his undergraduate education, he held several internship positions in the US, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

Mr. Ozkan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from New York University (USA) where he also minored in Business Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.