Akın Ongor

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"Y Akın Öngör is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Business Administration. He started his career as marketing executive in different industrial companies. Mr Öngör joined the banking sector in 1981 as a top executive.

"In 1987, Mr Öngör was appointed as Executive Vice President and was responsible for Marketing and External Relations in the Corporate and Commercial Banking Department of Garanti Bank. Between 1991-2000 he served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Garanti Bank. In 1999, Mr Öngör received the "Distinguished Services for Outstanding Contribution to Turkey and the University" Award from Middle East Technical University. Until 2002, he served as Executive Director in the Board of Garanti Bank. During the same period Mr Öngör was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Garanti Bank International, Garanti Bank Moscow, Garanti Insurance Company and Garanti Technology.

"After his retirement from professional life, Mr Öngör established a wine production facility in his vineyard in Akhisar, producing Chateau style wines under his "Selendi" brand. He also published two books: "ia orana" covering his memories during his sailing in the Pacific Ocean; and "Keep Going When I am Gone" detailing successful transformation of Garanti Bank.

"Mr. Akın Öngör is the Member of the Board of Trustees of WWF-Turkey. Also the chairman of the CEO Club." [1]


  • Trustee, Common Purpose (UK)
  • Trustee, Bosphorus University Foundation
  • Trustee, TED Istanbul College

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  1. Common Purpose (UK) Akın Ongor, organizational web page, accessed May 16, 2012.