Executive Board

Sarper Ak

Co - Founder and
Board Member

Sarper Ak was born in Konya, Turkey in 1955. He founded Netcad (initially as Ak Engineering) together with his brother Serdar Ak in 1988, with the goal to make Netcad the leading GIS software company of Turkey. He held different executive positions at Netcad until 2016. Since then he is serving as a board member and guiding the vision and strategy of Netcad.

Prior to founding Netcad he held several technical positions at Turkish Armed Forces as a mapping engineer officer. Aside from Netcad, Mr. Ak is also the Chairman and CEO of EVON, a construction and contracting company he founded in 2012.

Mr. Ak holds a BS degree in Mapping Engineering from Higher School of Military Mapping and is a graduate of Kuleli Military High School.

Serdar Ak

Co - Founder and
Board Member

Serdar Ak was born in Kayseri, Turkey in 1961.  He founded Netcad (initially as Ak Engineering) together with his brother Sarper Ak in 1988, with the goal to make Netcad the leading GIS software company of Turkey. At Netcad he held different executive positions such as the technical manager, CTO and CEO until 2016. Since then he is serving as a board member and guiding the vision and strategy of Netcad.

Aside from Netcad, Mr. Ak is also the Chairman and CEO of DECE Inc., a big data and GIS software development company he founded in 2014.

Mr. Ak holds a BS degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and an MS degree in Signal Processing from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, where he was a recipient of a scholarship from Turkish National Ministry of Education.

Yalçın Nak

Board Member

Yalçın Nak was born in İzmit, Turkey in 1965. He joined Netcad in 2016 as a board member to help guide its vision and strategy.

Mr. Nak is also a co-founder and a managing partner at Taxim Capital. Prior to forming Taxim Capital, Mr. Nak was the COO of the Acıbadem Healthcare Group where he worked for 6 years. Before Acıbadem, he served as the CEO and board member of Memorial Healthcare Group for 3 years, as country director of the strategy and management consulting division of PWC for 2 years, as project/client manager at the Istanbul Office of McKinsey & Company for 5 years and as a planning and product manager at Procter&Gamble's German and Turkish Head Offices for a total of 7 years.

Mr. Nak holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul and an MBA degree from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of the Northwestern University in Chicago. Mr. Nak has been a TEV (Turkish Education Foundation), Fulbright and VKV (Vehbi Koç Vakfı) Scholar during his university studies.

Serkan Kızıl

Board Member

Serkan Kızıl was born in İzmir, Turkey in 1973. He joined Netcad in 2016 as a board member to help guide its vision and strategy.

Mr. Kızıl is also a co-founder and a managing partner at Taxim Capital. Prior to forming Taxim Capital, Mr. Kızıl was the head of private equity division at Invest AD, the investment group owned by the Abu Dhabi Government, where he covered Turkey, Gulf region and North Africa. He established its Turkish private equity operations in 2008. He served as chairman, vice chairman and board director of various companies during his tenure. Before joining Invest AD, Mr. Kızıl worked for Goldman Sachs for 9 years at its investment banking division in New York and London, where his latest role was executive director. While at Goldman Sachs, he worked on a long list of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financings, IPOs, and equity and debt transactions. Prior to his experience with Goldman Sachs, Mr. Kızıl worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Istanbul. He also comes from a family business environment where he was heavily involved with management.

Mr. Kızıl holds a BS degree in Economics from Middle East Technical University in Ankara and an MBA degree from Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.

Selahattin Zoralioğlu

Board Member

Selahattin Zoralioğlu was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1977. He joined Netcad in 2016 as a board member to help guide its vision and strategy.

Mr. Zoralioğlu is also a co-founder and a managing partner at Taxim Capital. Prior to forming Taxim Capital, Mr. Zoralioğlu was a partner at Pamplona Capital Management, a private equity fund based in London, where he worked for 9 years. During his tenure with Pamplona Capital Mr. Zoralioğlu invested in Europe and also led the fund’s investment efforts in Turkey. Prior to his experience with Pamplona Capital, Mr. Zoralioğlu worked at the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch in London, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, and at McKinsey & Company, focusing on strategy development and operational improvement for companies in Turkey and the Gulf region.

Mr. Zoralioğlu holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul and an MBA degree from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of the Northwestern University in Chicago.

Ufuk Balcı

CEO

Ufuk Balcı was born in Malatya, Turkey in 1971. He started his Netcad career as an intern while he was still a college student. Upon graduation he became a reseller of Netcad for Istanbul region. Later he joined Netcad as a regional office manager with the task of establishing Netcad Istanbul sales office. As the founding Istanbul office manager, he gathered and developed a strong sales and technical support team and helped Netcad gain a large market share in Istanbul and Western Turkey. As a result of this and several other accomplishments he got appointed as the CEO of Netcad in 2013.

Mr. Balcı holds a BS degree in Geomatics Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

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