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Hakan Akbaş

Strategic Advisory Services
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Hakan is a Senior Advisor of Albright Stonebridge Group in Turkey and Founding Partner of Strategic Advisory Services (SAS) in US. He also operates his own mentoring and advisory business. He has more than 20 years of progressively responsible, international experience directing as many as 5,000 employees with revenues in excess of $2.5 billion in Turkey, the US, Europe and China.

Hakan is one of Turkish Treasury’s first licensed Angel Investors with active investments. Mr. Akbaş brings to startups significant operating experience in leading companies with commercial diplomacy, strategy, market access, marketing strategy, international business development including mergers & acquisitions, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), and joint ventures (JVs), incubation of new technologies and leading business transformation. We typically take equity stakes with a board seat as we look to add value via hands-on guidance, addressing regulatory challenges, networking, mentorship and cross-country business expansion.

From 2006 to 2011, Hakan was the EVP of Corporate Strategy, Business Development, and Insurance Businesses of Sabanci Group. He also advised Güler Sabanci, chairperson of Sabanci Group and one of world’s top 3 most powerful women by Financial Times in 2012. Previously, Hakan was the co-founder and Managing Director of Business Development Operations for Xerox Global Services with sales of $10 billion.

He serves on the boards of several public and private companies. Hakan earned an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester in US, and a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University in Turkey. He graduated from Galatasaray Lisesi, ranked first in class.