Hamdi Akın
Turkey
Hamdi Akın
  • 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.”

Summary

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.

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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.
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Hamdi Akın, founder of infrastructure investment company Akfen Holding, describes how the military coup in Turkey in 1980 brought in a new generation of businesspeople and, especially after 1983, the possibility of synergy between the government and private sector.


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Hamdi Akın, founder of infrastructure investment company Akfen Holding, recounts his discussion with the President of Turkey in 1990 about the need to build a larger airport at Antalya.


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Hamdi Akın, founder of Akfen Holding, an infrastructure investment firm in Turkey, relates the creation of the airport management company, TAV, and its growth from a local concern to a global one.


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"Interview with Hamdi Akın, interviewed by Felix Oberholzer-Gee, February 11, 2015, Creating Emerging Markets Project, Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, http://www.hbs.edu/creating-emerging-markets/."