Nalan Erkarakaş, a veteran of capital markets and business world joined Grant Thornton

Nalan Erkarakaş, a veteran of capital markets and business world, is now part of Grant Thornton, as the Partner for Financial Services...

Serving Turkish business community with independent audit, tax, accounting, and consulting services for more than 30 years, Grant Thornton Turkey recently expanded its ranks with the joining of Nalan Erkarakaş, who previously served as Ciner Group’s Capital Markets Group President.

Nalan Erkarakaş graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science, Department of Economics/Finance, and began her career in 1983, as an Expert at the Capital Markets Board. Taking an active part in the establishment and development of capital markets and exchanges in the period 1983-1989, Erkarakaş was enrolled in the Capital Markets Certification Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987-1988. In the private sector, she served in a number of positions including Vice President for investment banking at a bank, and General Director and Chairman of a brokerage house and portfolio management firm, followed by her transfer to real sector in 2002, assuming the position of Ciner Group’s Capital Markets Group President. Through the years she served as Deputy Chairman in the group’s publicly listed companies, as well as Board Member in a number of firms operating in media, aviation, energy, and mining industries where the group operates.

In 1997, she received the ‘Executive of the Year’ award from the Young Executive Businessmen Association, followed in 2000 by the ‘Successful Businesswoman of the Year’ award from Dünya Daily. Nalan Erkarakaş currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of KOTEDER (Exchange-Listed Corporations Association) which serves as the umbrella organization for publicly listed firms. Through the association, she engages in joint efforts with the Capital Markets Board and Istanbul Stock Exchange, not to mention the Turkish Capital Markets Association. Nalan Erkarakaş is also an assembly member in TÜGİAD, TKYD, TÜYİD, BAKYD, and TOBB capital markets.

In February 2018, she joined Grant Thornton as the Partner for access to capital markets within the framework of financial services, financial restructuring, corporate management, and financial risk management services.

Nalan Erkarakaş is married and the mother of a girl and serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at Koruncuk Foundation for Children in Need of Protection as part of her charity work.