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Director of African Markets
Burak Unal is the founder and the Director of African Markets and Relations of Istanbul Africa Trade Company. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s global trade initiatives and client relations. Burak is responsible for managing relations with national business councils and businessmen.
Prior to Istanbul Africa Trade Company, Burak Unal worked at Oliver Wyman, New York based management consulting firm, as a Financial Services Consultant. In his career at Oliver Wyman, he had several banking projects in Turkey, Italy and Greece. He also took part in business development activities in the Middle East region, including United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
In his early career before Istanbul Africa Trade Company and Oliver Wyman, Burak had experience in M&A and Sales&Trading at global financial institutions.
Burak holds a master’s degree in finance from London School of Economics, a bachelor’s degree in management from Bogazici University. He is a Chevening Scholarship holder and lived in the United Kingdom for 1 year during his master’s studies at LSE.
Director of Supply Chain
Mete Unal is the head of Turkish Operations of Istanbul Africa Trade Company. He is in charge of export processes of goods, custom affairs between Turkey and partner countries. He mainly specializes in outsourcing and transportation solutions. He manages the company’s strong network with Turkish exporters.
Mete Unal continues his Business Degree at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Before joining the Istanbul Africa Trade Company, he had experience in sales and supply managing in Florida, United States of America. He worked at Walt Disney Company as a part of their International Program. In this role, he had opportunity to understand the supply chain of Walt Disney products and their sales to end-customers.
Mete Unal received a bachelor’s degree in management from Bogazici University.
Director of Construction and Oil&Gas Advisory
Gurkan Caylak is the Director of Business Development at Istanbul Africa Trade Company. He is responsible for giving advisory service to Turkish Construction and Oil&Gas companies that are willing to operate in Africa. He manages the tender processes, loan application and construction management.
Before working at Istanbul Africa Trade Company, Gurkan took management roles at SOCAR (State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic) and at ENKA. He worked in Central Asia and Turkey. He has extensive experience in project management and cost engineering.
Gurkan holds a master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management from Bogazici University, a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Bogazici University.
Shadrack Twumasi Appiah
Market Leader of Ghana
Shadrack Appiah is the market leader of Istanbul Africa Trade Company in Ghana. He is responsible for client relationship and sales procedures in Ghana.
Shadrack Appiah worked at several public sector departments, including Ghana Statistical Service and Judicial Service of Ghana.
Shadrack holds a master’s degree in International Development Management from Westminster Business School in the United Kingdom. He also holds a master’s degree in Democracy, Governance, Law and Development from the University of Cape Coast. He attended the same university for his bachelor’s degree in Economics. He was selected to the Chevening Programme in 2018.
Market Leader of Zimbabwe
Tafadzwa Garufu is the market leader of Istanbul Africa Trade Company in Zimbabwe. He is responsible for client relationship and sales procedures in Zimbabwe.
Tafadzwa Garufu is an experienced leader with vast exposure in private and public sector, having worked in Trade, Accounting, Taxation and Banking services. His proven business acumenship and leadership expertise makes him outstanding.
He holds a BSc in Accountancy, MBA from University of South Wales and an MSc in Finance and Investment Management degree at University of Aberdeen.
Market Leader of Uganda
Innocent Anguyo is the market leader of Istanbul Africa Trade Company in Uganda. He is responsible for client relationship and sales procedures in Uganda.
Having worked in both Europe and Africa, Anguyo has several years of professional experience spanning business and financial journalism, research, communications, stakeholder relations, international development, career development, and event management. He is passionate about developing African markets.
Anguyo is a graduate of a Master’s in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Financial Journalism & International Political Economy from the University of London. He received his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Makerere University.
Chi Chi Ladislav
Market Leader of Cameroon
Chi Chi Ladislav is the founder and owner of Bliss International Holdings; a multimedia and consultancy firm which doubles as the market representative for Istanbul trading Africa Company in Cameroon.
Chi Chi is an experienced multimedia expert who is renowned for his audio-visual prowess all over the national territory. His company which was founded in 2010 carries out diverse activities ranging from multimedia production, importation, exportation, transport, construction and events management. His proven business skillset and leadership makes him outstanding throughout the national territory.
Market Leader of Congo (DRC)
Adrien has more than 10 years’ experience in Entrepreneurship, Community Development & Social Enterprise creation. He worked in Managerial level for different settings including One Africa Partnership and NCISE (New Communities in Social Enterprises), providing leadership & outreach support to new and emerging new community social enterprise organisations in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester in United Kingdom.
Adrien is currently an Insurance Business Consultant at Precise Protect and the Executive Director & Business Development Manager of the Congolese Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain. He is in charge of Public Relations, Investments and Market Entry.
Adrien holds a BA (Hons) Degree from De Montfort University (Leicester) in 2007 and successfully completed a High Advance Practice Diploma in Housing and Welfare Management at London Trans-Atlantic College.