- Founder and Chairman, Akfen Holding (Construction, infrastructure)
Born Istanbul, Turkey, 1954. BSc. Mechanical Engineering, Gazi University (1976).
“[W]e want these companies to last 100, 200, or even 300 years. We want them to survive in the long term. We don’t want them to just live and die with us. ”
Hamdi Akın, chairman of the infrastructure investment company Akfen Holdings, recounts his efforts to find opportunities amid the political and economic turmoil following the military coup in Turkey in 1980. Akın, who had founded the company in Ankara, built his firm into a major provider of airport management and operations, water distribution, and port operations. Akın also reveals the background to the creation of TAV Construction, founded in 1997 as a regional concern, into one of the largest airport construction firms in the world with projects in Dubai, Libya, Tunisia, and elsewhere.