About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion of ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. Our aim is to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economics grow. Our network of more than 160 societies helps carry out our global mission in local markets.

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Alper Alkan, CFA


Sercan Uzun, CFA


Püren Kolabaş, CFA


Gönenç Altınoklar, CFA


Alper Alkan, CFA

Sercan Uzun, CFA

Püren Kolabaş, CFA

M. Sinan Veziroğlu

Gönenç Altınoklar, CFA

Gürkan Kızılkaya, CFA

Eyüp Işık, CFA


İlke Takımoğlu Homriş, CFA


Serra Akçay

Past Presidents

Oğuz Ayhan, CFA 2021-2022

Onursal Yazar, CFA 2020-2021

Albert Krespin 2016-2020

Ertunç Tümen, CFA 2013-2016

Eralp Denktaş, CFA 2012-2013

Onursal Yazar, CFA 2010-2012

Ismail Erdem, CFA 2008-2010

S.Alp Keler, CFA 2006-2008

Attila K. Koksal, CFA 2005-2006

Murat O. Kayahanli, CFA 2002-2005


Awareness Committee Lead: M. Sinan Veziroğlu
This committee oversees public communications including advertising, media communications, outreach etc., develops and maintains listing of local media contacts, develops and maintains website entries, issues press releases, feeds, maintains and develops social media sites (LinkedIn, etc.).

Blockchain Committee Lead: Evren Cantürk 

This committee aims to position CFA Society Istanbul at the forefront of blockchain technology in finance, by providing education, fostering innovation, and facilitating networking and regulatory collaboration. The committee follows blockchain trends for finance, shares insights via webinars, reports, creates partnerships with stakeholders, plans events, and provides learning opportunities.

Education & Scholarships Committee Lead: Gönenç Altınoklar, CFA
This committee counsels both current and prospective candidates about CFA Program Review Courses, organizes CFA exam prep review courses, administers practice exam providers, including maintain contact with mock exam providers, administers the Society’s Scholarship Program, administers CFA Institute Society Scholarships.

Employer Outreach & Career Committee Lead: İlke Homriş, CFA
This committee develops programs and services to enhance members’ professional skills, provides tools and resources for members looking for jobs in the financial community, organizes career development events and reviews all policy issues relating to career support.

ESG Committee Lead: Püren Kolabaş, CFA
This committee provides all ESG related trends, research, documents and news, organizes and promotes webinars and trainings, communicates CFA Institute’s research reports, consultation papers, surveys, articles, events and webinars to the members, regulatory and governance institutions and companies, attend ESG related events and provides speakers. 

Governance, Advocacy, Disciplinary Committee Lead: Alper Alkan, CFA
This committee co-ordinates local advocacy efforts, liaises with CFA Institute, advocates for integrity in the local markets through research, guidance, and publication, works with, and provides a resource for, the Disciplinary Committee where appropriate, organizes and maintain AGMs of the Society, Monitors and evaluates progress of the Strategic Plan, determines Action Plans and maintains Action Plans of the 2-year-term for Directors and Officers.

Membership & Volunteering Committee Lead: Gürkan Kızılkaya, CFA
This committee approves membership applications along with the Board, ensures that member data is used for appropriate purposes only, reviews all policy issues relating to membership, communicates with members and makes surveys to determine their needs. This committee also assists the Program Committee for activities planned for members. Also, the committee maintains society website and other IT solutions in coordination with committee heads, evaluates technical solutions, manages Society Domain Name and Web Hosting Relationship, website & publishing also outsourced by the social media agent.

Program and Sponsorship Committee Lead: Sercan Uzun, CFA
This committee counsels both current and prospective candidates about CFA Program or any other product/program by CFA Institute, assists Member Value Committee with Charter Award Ceremony, Markets to the local financial industry the CFA Program any other product/program by CFA Institute, organizes regular events include: charter award ceremony and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Research Challenge Committee Lead: Sercan Uzun, CFA
This committee encourages and organizes university participation among the natural territory of the society (Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia) in the Research Challenge, get sponsorship, determines the subject company, follow local, regional and global Challenge timeline, submits registration forms, assigns judges and graders, prepares and edits all the communication including social media posts, press articles, newsletter articles, congratulations messages, feedback reports, gifts, virtual or in-person venue.

University Relation Committee Lead: Eyüp Işık, CFA
This committee develops effective interaction with local Universities, develops and maintains the CFA curriculum inclusion into the Bachelor and Master Program in Finance, facilitates networking opportunities between Society members, CFA program candidates, students from local universities and professionals, encourages university participation in the Global Research Investment Challenge.