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  • Zaur Gahramanov

    Zaur Gahramanov

    CEO
    Zaur Gahramanov

    Zaur Gahramanov graduated from the Azerbaijan State University of Economics, Department of International Economic Relations with a bachelor's and master's degree. He continued his academic career by getting his MBA degree at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (USA) from 2014 till 2016.

    Starting at KPMG in the finance and tax departments, Gahramanov continued his career at Ernst & Young. After working in performance management and finance at Statoil company in Norway between 2004 -2008, he joined SOCAR in 2008. He served as CFO in SOCAR Trading SA Switzerland until 2013. Gahramanov, who was then appointed as the Deputy Head of Investments Department of SOCAR Azerbaijan, has been serving as the CEO of SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S from 2016.

    Gahramanov also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at TANAP, BOS Shelf, SOCAR Energy Switzerland and Neftci Professional Football Club, and Deputy Chairman of the International Investors Association (YASED).

  • Teymur Abasguliyev

    Teymur Abasguliyev

    Chief Financial Officer
    Teymur Abasguliyev

    Teymur Abasguliyev graduated from the Department of International Relations and Law at Baku State University with a bachelor's and master's degree.

    He started his professional career in 1994 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. As a senior manager and partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1996 to 2013, he managed projects for various multinationals and local market-leading companies in the Central and Eastern Europe region.

    Abasguliyev has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Group Companies at SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S since 2013

    Abasguliyev has been a member of the UK Association of Certified Public Accountants (FCCA) since 2002.

  • Sibel Ugur

    Sibel Ugur

    Chief Human Resources and Corporate Services
    Sibel Ugur

    After studying at the Department of Physics at Bogaziçi University for two years, Sibel Ugur graduated from the Department of Guidance and Psychological Counseling with a bachelor's degree.

    Starting her career as a psychological counselor, Ugur continued her career in the field of Human Resources (HR) after three years. She received HR Management Certificate from Continuing Education Center at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1999. She served as HR Manager at Disbank from 2000 till 2005, HR Director at Fortis Bank from 2005 till 2011, and Wages and Fringe Benefits Director at TEB from 2011 till 2015. She undertook management of important projects in the field of human resources, and in particular, organizational development, performance management, remuneration and fringe benefits, and mergers and acquisitions. Continuing her career at SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. as Remuneration and Fringe Benefits Coordinator, Remuneration and Fringe Benefits Director, respectively, since 2015, Ugur has assumed the position of Head of Human Resources at SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. in 2019, respectively. Sibel Ugur has been serving as Chief Human Resources and Corporate Services since October 2020. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of KIPLAS, Member of the Board of Directors of SOCAR Turkey Ortak Hizmetleri Yonetim A.S., Member of the Board of Directors of Millenicom and Member of the Committee on Employment and Skilled Labor at YASED.

  • Mehmet Celal Savas

    Mehmet Celal Savas

    Chief Legal Officer
    Mehmet Celal Savas

    He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University.

    He served as an assistant at the same faculty from 1989 till 1994 and as a freelance lawyer until 2000. He served as Legal Counsel at BP Turkey from 2000 till 2006. He also represented BP Turkey at the Committee on European Downstream Activities of BP as a Member of the Board of Directors. In 2006, he assumed the position of Chief Legal Counselor at Siemens Turkey, and then member of the Board and Executive Board of Directors. In 2016, he became a Member of the Board of Directors of Gebze Organized Industrial Zone on behalf of Siemens Turkey.

    Serving as Chief Legal Officer at SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. since 2018, Savaş also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors in some of the group companies of SOCAR Turkey.

  • Fuad IBRAHIMOV

    Fuad IBRAHIMOV

    Acting Head of Gas Business Unit
    Fuad IBRAHIMOV

    Fuad Ibrahimov graduated from the Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of International Relations, and from France's ESCP Business School - Energy Management program with a master's degree. After he successfully completed IESE Business School Leadership program in Spain. İbrahimov, who started his career in Turkey in 2003, has continued his professional development in many commercial, strategy, business development and ınvestment fields.

    After working in different fields for more than 10 years in Turkey, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates, Ibrahimov joined the SOCAR Turkey family as Petrochemicals Commercial Group Director in 2017. Afterwards, he took part in various managerial duties at the petrochemical, refinery and holding headquarters. As of October 2021, he started his duty in the Gas Business Unit.

  • Anar Mammadov

    Anar Mammadov

    Head of Refinery and Petrochemicals Business Unit
    Anar Mammadov

    Anar Mammadov graduated from Department of Law at Baku State University after completing medical education at Azerbaijan Medical University. He had doctorate degree on oil supply, logistics and trading at the College of Petroleum Studies in UK, and master degree in Business Administration under TRIUM Global Executive MBA.

    After founding Avista, he undertook management of it between 1995-1998. He served as the Regional Director at Milio International from 1998 till 2007. He served at Arxiel Carbonexis from 2007 till 2009, SOCAR Georgia from 2009 till 2014, and SOCAR Greece from 2014 till 2016 as CEO. In 2016, he assumed the position of General Manager of Petkim. In November 2019, he was appointed as the Head of Refinery and Petrochemicals
    Business Unit. With more than 15 years of experience in the oil and energy industry, Mammadov was awarded a Taraggi (Progress) Medal by the Presidency of Azerbaijan in 2018.

  • Hakan Irgit

    Hakan Irgit

    Chief Digital Transformation Officer
    Hakan Irgit

    Hakan Irgit graduated from the Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration at North Texas University.

    He served in the Technology Strategies Group and Global Business Practices Group at Andersen Consulting in North America from 1996 till 2000. He undertook management of transformation projects in Budapest, London and Hague-based energy companies at Accenture Energy Group from 2001 till 2003. He undertook management of Business Intelligence Group in North America, and served energy, pharmaceutical, insurance and media companies from 2004 till 2008. He founded Accenture Turkey Oil, Gas, Infrastructure Services, Petrochemistry and Natural Resources Industry Group in 2008 and served as the Country Lead until 2018.

    Irgit joined SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. in November 2018 as Chief Integration Officer. He was in charge of integration of the functions and operations of the Refinery and Petrochemistry Business Unit and the Gas Business Unit. He has been serving as the Chief Digital Transformation Officer at SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. since 2020.

  • Mikayil Yusifov

    Mikayil Yusifov

    Chief Communications and Government Relations Officer
    Mikayil Yusifov

    Mikayil Yusifov graduated from Bilkent University, Department of International Relations. After master's degree in International Relations and Economics at Corvinus University in Hungary, he had second master's degree in European and International Relations at Vienna Diplomatic Academy in Austria. After completing his master's degree in International Relations and Economics at Corvinus University in Hungary, he completed his second master's degree in European and International Relations at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy, Austria.

    Until 2013, he worked as the Protocol Branch Manager at the Central Bank of Azerbaijan. At the same time, he worked as a lecturer in the fields of International Relations, Security and Political Science at Hazar University between 2009-2013.

    Continuing his career at SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S., he served as Protocol Manager, Chief of Staff and Executive Office Director at SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S., respectively. Yusifov has assumed the position of Chief Corporate Services Officer at SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. in 2018. He has been serving as Chief Communications and Government Relations Officer since October 2020.

  • Emil Eminov

    Emil Eminov

    Head of Portfolio Management Business Unit
    Emil Eminov

    Emil Eminov graduated from the Department of Economics at Dokuz Eylul University. Then, he earned master's degree in Finance and Strategy at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Starting his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000, Eminov assumed several positions such as management consultant, investment consultant, partner and co-founder in various companies between 2004 -2012. In 2013, he assumed the position of Deputy General Manager and Project Sponsor at SOCAR Polymer plant.

    Eminov has been continuing his career as Chief Investments and Projects Officer at SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. since 2016, and serving as Head of Portfolio Management Business Unit since October 2020.

  • Kanan Mirzayev

    Kanan Mirzayev

    Chief Strategy Officer
    Kanan Mirzayev

    After graduating from the Department of Finance at Azerbaijan State University of Economics, Kanan Mirzayev earned master's degree in the Department of Management of Industrial Enterprises at Aston University in UK. Continuing his education in UK, Mirzayev received a Senior Management Diploma in Business Administration at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and studied Leadership Development program at Harvard Business School between2019 -2020.

    Mirzayev, who was engaged in several international projects and served in the companies of SOCAR from 2004 till 2011, assumed various positions in the fields such as Business Administration, Occupational Health and Safety and Quality. Since 2011, he has assumed the positions of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Manager at Baku Wind Energy Project, Business Analyst at Investment Department of SOCAR, Senior Business Analyst and Deputy CEO at SOCAR Energy Greece, Deputy General Manager of Strategy and Business Development at Petkim and Deputy Head of Business Excellence at Refinery and Petrochemistry Business Unit, respectively. Mirzayev has been serving as Chief Strategy Officer at SOCAR Turkey since October 2020.