The Health and Education Foundation (SEV) acts as the umbrella organization managing the leading Turkish educational institutions known collectively as the American High Schools and SEV Schools. SEV also manages and coordinates Redhouse Publishing House.
In accordance with its mission and with the support of alumni and friends, SEV remains dedicated to carrying into the future the invaluable legacy inherited from the American Board.
After serving our country for nearly two centuries, the American Board passed on its assets to SEV as well as its philosophy of a continuous pursuit of perfection in education and health services.
Our commitment to this trust continues with every step that we take, as we move our students beyond academic success and leadership into areas of global citizenship and social responsibility.
We thank you for your continued support of SEV in our noble journey.
Health and Education Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees
The SEV Board of Trustees, the highest decision making body of the Health and Education Foundation, consists of forty-six trustees who are either graduates of SEV American Schools or those who contribute to the SEV institutions in a volunteer capacity. The Board, which meets twice a year, is charged with reaching decisions based on the goals and services set forth in the Foundation’s charter.
With an experience distilled from a two-century-old educational tradition, we are well aware of the great impact of education on the life of an individual, on a country and the world. We are also aware of the growing importance of the raising “global citizens” in today’s world. To this end, the Health and Education Foundation strives to offer a service in world standards.
We are working to make sure that the institutions under the Foundation’s umbrella keep themselves up to date with the world, which is changing at a breathtaking pace. At the same time, we continue our deep commitment to our traditions, as we know that the secret to this kind of success which transcends centuries is “continuity”. With the power and experience drawn from the past, we are preparing for what tomorrow’s world has to offer.
Mehmet T. Nane
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Health and Education Foundation
Board of Directors of the Health and Education Foundation
Board of Directors of the Health and Education Foundation is formed through an election by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees and Board of Directors consist of members who are mostly graduates of American Colleges and they work voluntarily for the Foundation. In the Plenary Session held on 22 December 2018, the new Board of Directors were decided on by the Board of Trustees. The new board consists of professionals who pursue an active business life in different senior executive positions in various sectors.
After graduating Tarsus American College in 1984, Mehmet T.Nane obtained his undergraduate degree in International Relations at Boğaziçi University in 1990 and his graduate degree in International Banking and Finance at University of Heriot Watt, Scotland in 1993 with UK Government’s FCO scholarship. He also participated Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2013.
After various managerial positions in Türkiye Emlak Bankası, Demirbank and Demir Invest, he joined Sabancı Holding within which he held roles including Vice President of the Strategic Planning and Project Development Department, Director of the Retail Group and General Secretary of Sabancı Holding.
Mehmet T. Nane has held the position of General Manager at Teknosa on April 2005. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Teknosa Board of Directors between the founding date, March 2000 and April 2005. On August 2013 he has been appointed as the General Manager of CarrefourSA and held this position till 2016. On March 2016 he became the CEO of Pegasus Airlines.
Worked as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of FAPRA (Federation of Asian Pacific Retailers) between 2013-2015 Mehmet T. Nane is currently the Board Member of Turkish Federation of Shopping Centers And Retailers-TAMPF, Board Member of TOBB- Retailing Council of Turkish Union of Chamber of Commerce GS1 Turkey Foundation, the Chairman of TOBB- Retailing Council of Turkish Union of Chamber of Commerce, the chairman of SEV-Health and Education Foundation and Chairman of the Association of Turkish Graduates of Harvard Business School.
Piraye Erdem graduated from American Collegiate Institute in 1980 and from Dokuz Eylül University’s Faculty of Law. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Erdem&Erdem Law Office and also the manager of the Dispute Resolution Unit. She has profound experience and recognition in the dispute resolution area both in national and international fields. During her Professional career for more than 30 years, she has represent her local and foreign clients in commercial and management disputes and international arbitration cases. Erdem conduct studies most particularly on commercial controversies via supply & configuration contracts, merger and acquisition transactions, agency & distributor contracts, construction contracts, service, equipment, hardware and software acquisitions.
Piraye Erdem gives counselling to her clients on many legal issues such as international commercial contracts, arbitration cases, recognition and enforcement of foreing courts and arbitraments, obligations law, business law, foreign investments and merger & takeovers in various business lines.
She is a member of International Bar Association, İstanbul Bar Association, ACI Alumni Association; board member of Garanti Investment Trust Inc. and a member of SEV Board of Trustees.
Dr. Yılmaz Argüden is a leading strategist, advisor, and board member of major public and private institutions, and NGOs. He is the Founder and Chairman of globally recognized Turkish management consulting firm, ARGE Consulting. ARGE has been recognized at the European Parliament as one of the best three companies “shaping the future” with its commitment to corporate social responsibility. ARGE Consulting is the first Turkish signatory of the UN Global Compact and has served as the B20 Knowledge Partner for Governance & Sustainability. He is also the Chairman of Rothschild investment bank in Türkiye. He has served on the boards of more than 60 companies in different jurisdictions; as an adjunct Professor of Business Strategy at the Bogazici University and the Koç University; an author of numerous books and a columnist focusing on business, strategy, and governance issues.
As a social entrepreneur he has founded and led numerous NGOs; initiated the National Quality Movement. As the elected Global Chair of the Local Networks he represented 100+ National Networks on the Board of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainability platform. He is a renowned governance expert and served as a member of the Private Sector Advisors of the IFC’s Corporate Governance Group, and as the Vice-Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Business at OECD. He is also the founder of the non-profit Argüden Governance Academy, who is the first Turkish institution to adopt Integrated Reporting.
He has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Bogazici University, where he received both the Top Graduating Engineer Award and the President’s Prize for Student Leadership. He was a member of the High School and University basketball teams that won National Championships and later has served as the Vice-Chair of Turkish Basketball Federation. He received his PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate Institute with General Distinction. He is an Eisenhower, Fulbright, NATO, and Tubitak fellow; and a recipient of numerous leadership, distinguished citizenship, and career awards. He was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow, by the World Economic Forum for his commitment to improve the state of the world.
Following her graduation from Üsküdar American Academy in 1985, Özlem Ataünal received her BA degree in business administration from Uludağ University in 1989. She began her professional career in İktisat Bank and worked as Branch Manager and CRM Division Head in Körfezbank. Later, Ataünal joined Akkök Group as Akenerji Budget and Finance Manager in 2000.
She promoted to become CFO of the Group in 2005, appointed as Executive Committee Member in 2012 and as Board Member in 2017. Currently, she serves as CFO, Executive Committee Member responsible from Strategy and Business Development and President of Energy Group. She is also the Board Member of Akkök Holding and the group companies. She is a TÜSİAD member since 2013.
Following her graduation from Tarsus American College, she graduated from Boğaziçi University’s Mathematics department. She worked at Yapı Kredi Insurance as Vice General Manager responsible from Technical Service and Agencies, at TEB Insurance as Vice General Manager responsible from Technical Reassurance and Damage departments and at Allianz as Key Accounts Group Manager respectively. She is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Generali Insurance Ltd., which she joined as Vice General Manager in charge of Technical Services and Reassurance. Mine Ayhan is also the member of Generali Grup Diversity & Inclusion committee member, responsible of Turkey, Greece and Portugal. She is a member of board of directors of Turkish Insurance Institute, board member of Italian Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, board member of Italian Entrepreneurs Confederation, Chairman of the board of directors of Europe Assistance Türkiye, board member of Europe Assistance Global Holding and a member of Women Corporate Directors.
Graduated from Üsküdar American Academy in 1984 and Bosphorus University Business Administration in 1988. She started her professional career at Finansbank in 1988; worked in the International Division until she became the Head of the Division in 1997. She established Financial Institutions Department in 1997 and until 2018 carried out her position as the Executive Vice President at Finansbank responsible from Financial Institutions Department, Structured Funding Department, Financial Institutions Credit Management Department, International Business Development Department, Trade Finance Department and Investor Relations Department. Cinemre is acting as the Executive Vice President at Development Investment Bank of Turkey responsible from Treasury, Financial Institutions and Development Finance Institutions.
Cinemre is the Board Member of Women on Board Association Turkey.
After having graduated from Üsküdar American Academy in 1986 and Boğaziçi University Business Administration department in 1990, she started her professional career at Procter & Gamble Turkey where she continued working until 2002 in various departmental positions. In 2002, she was appointed to the “Global Women Personal Care Products Financial Analysis and R&D Finance Assistant Director” position of P&G, in their Cincinnati office, USA. After working at PepsiCo as CFO-East Mediterranean Region, she took the position of Vice President of Finance-Southeastern Europe Region. Between 2012 and 2017 she worked as the Vice President of PepsiCo’s Food and Beverages Turkey Transformation Department.
Koçak was born in Tarsus in 1966. He completed his secondary school education at Tarsus American College and his undergraduate education at Çukurova University’s Department of Business Management (English). He established H. Ruhi Koçak Agriculture Limited Company in 1996, and Ertar Kimya San. Ve Tic. Ltd. Şti. (founding partner) in 2005. Again in 2005 he established Rosland Tarım Seracılık Tic. Ltd. Şti (production of cut roses). In addition to his professional career, Ruhi Koçak was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tarsus Chamber of Commerce in the elections in 2005 and 2009, and in the most recent elections of 2013 he was elected as the Chairman. Additionally, he is the Chairman of Tarsus Commerce and Industry Chamber, Turkey National Committee Board Member of International Chamber of Commerce, TOBB Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Member of Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Entreprise Committee at Tarsus Gıda İhtisas OSB.
Kutluer completed his high school education at Tarsus American College in 1974 and his undergraduate education at METU’s Department of Economics and Statistics. A. Refik Kutluer, who is the partner, General Manager and Chair of the Board of Directors of Alabanda Turizm Inc. in Ankara is the first tourism executive of Turkey who holds the “CTIE – Certified Travel Industry Executive” title. He authored articles which were published in USA Travel Institute magazine and in various newspapers and magazines in Turkey.
He has organized conferences on “Science and Ethics”, jointly initiated with Prof. Robert Edwards - a holder of Nobel Prize in Medicine (2010), in London, İstanbul and in Berlin. Refik Kutluer has founded a company- Ref Productions in 1978, and with his wife Şefika Kutluer who is a celebrated flute soloist, has been organizing an international festival in Ankara since nine years, which has the theme “East Meets West”. He is the president of “Anküge”, the Association for Research and Development of Anatolian Cultures, and a member of the Board of Trustees of International Mevlana Foundation.
Rasim Küçükkurt, who is a Tarsus American College graduate, completed his undergraduate education at İstanbul Technical University’s Department of Architecture in 1988. He received his master’s degree in 1990 from ITU School of Architecture, Department of Construction. Along with his university Career, he has been a professional handball player with Çukobirlik, ITU and Enka Sports Clubs. He worked as an administrator and athlete at Tarsus American College Sports Club. He served at the Turkish Handball Federation in 1997 and in 2001. In 1996 he set up the Adana branch of Tarsus American College Alumni Association and worked as the chair for two years. Since 1990 he has been working at Akser İnşaat, a family based company active in the construction sector. He is also a partner of Hayatsu Enerji which was established in 2010.
A 1992 graduate of Üsküdar American Academy, Aslı Ogay received her undergraduate degree from Boğaziçi University Sociology Department in 1996 and attended Boğaziçi University’s Graduate Certificate Program, Store and Product Management in Textile Retailing in 1997. Ogay is a member of Tohum Autism Foundation’s Social Committee.
Ogay started her professional career as Product Manager at Beymen in 1996, she continued as Buyer at Toys “R” Us Turkey, Range Department Manager at IKEA, Senior Buyer/Merchandiser at Harvey Nichols, Marketing and Corporate Relations Coordinator at Doğuş Media Group, Country Manager at Habitat and Managing Director at Douglas Perfumeri. Ogay lastly worked as the Vice President of Marketing at Paşabahçe between 2017-2018.
Canan Özsoy graduated Üsküdar American Academy in 1980 and completed her undergraduate education at İstanbul University’s Faculty of Dentistry in 1985. She then received her master’s in Business Management at Boğaziçi University in 1993 and Energy Technologies at Sabancı University in 2015. She worked as a Dental Surgeon until 1989. She continued her professional career as Sales and Marketing Manager in pharmaceutical industry between 1989-2004, then moved to Paris in 2004 for the Global Marketing Leadership position.
Özsoy joined into GE Healthcare as Vice President of International Regional Marketing, responsible of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and China in March, 2007. Özsoy moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin as Healthcare Systems Marketing Director to join the Global Leadership team in March, 2009. During her work on development, strategy and marketing of the new products, she became the General Manager of GE Healthcare Mammography Product Line that based in Paris, in November, 2011.
Canan Özsoy assumed the title of GE Turkey Chairman of the Board and the General Manager, responsible of GE expansion in Turkey by August, 2012. She is currently the Deputy Chairman of TEI(Tusaş Engine Industries) and KOMET, METCAP Group; also a member of the Board of Directors in YASED (International Investors Association), ABFT(American Business Forum in Turkey) and WCD (Women Corporate Directors).
Omer Paksoy is a co-founder and the chairman of Hesapkurdu, the leading financial price comparison platform in Turkey. Hesapkurdu helps millions of monthly users find the best loan and insurance products in the market. Its mission is to empower consumers to make the right financial decisions through bringing transparency to the financial services industry. Hesapkurdu was selected among the fastest growing companies in Turkey by Borsa Istanbul, Deloitte and Turkish Chamber of Commerce on multiple occasions and it counts international, listed banking and insurance conglomerates as investors.
Outside of work, Omer is a staunch believer in giving back. He has been a board member at SEV since 2013, with continuous roles in its finance and education committees. Omer was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2013 in recognition for his contributions to sustainable economic development in Turkey. He also supports the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Turkey through mentoring and investing in numerous startups. Mr. Paksoy is a member of the Financial Literacy and Inclusion Association.
Previous to his current role, Omer was a private equity executive with Turkven, investing in mid-cap private companies. He started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen and EY and then worked for PwC as a consultant and a corporate finance executive. Mr. Paksoy graduated from Tarsus American College in 1998 and he went on to earn a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University in 2002.
Sitare Sezgin, who is an ACI graduate, completed her undergraduate education at Bilkent University’s Department of Business Administration in 1997 with full scholarship. She then received her master’s in business administration, with a concentration in finance, at UMIST/Manchester Business School with a scholarship from British Council.
Sezgin started her professional career as an administrative consultant at Bain & Company in 1999, and then worked at The Boston Consulting Group as a senior consultant until 2004. She served as a Strategy and Business Development Manager at the Food and Retail Group of Sabancı Holding Inc. between 2004-2009, and as Department Manager Responsible for Product and Channel Development at Akbank.
She worked as the General Manager of Back-Up & Back-Up Travel in February 2011 and General Manager of Webloyalty in 2014-2018. Between March 2016-2018 she worked as an Independent Board Member at CarrefourSA and AvivaSA.
She had been working as the General Manager of AkÖDE since 2018 before she was appointed to her current position as of September 1, 2021 as the General Manager of Teknosa.
Erden Timur, the creator of Foldhome and Foldoffice concepts, was born in Mersin in 1982 and is a member of the Nef Board of Directors. After having completed his secondary education at Tarsus American College, he obtained a degree in Law at Marmara University in 2005 as well as economics education at the London School of Economics thereafter. Erden Timur subsequently started his professional career at Timur Gayrimenkul Geliştirme Yapı ve Yatırım A.Ş. Timur Real Estate Development Construction and Investment Joint Stock Company.
Erden Timur introduced new principles that will change the working and production approach of the sector to the real estate sector with the Nef brand that he established in 2010. He established his working approach on ‘Share the grief of others’ at the Nef brand, which was inspired from the Turkish origin of the word ‘Nefes’ (to breathe). He took as a mission the approach that allows the people to have the design as a lifestyle rather than a luxury and broke new ground with his 24 room Foldhome/Foldoffice home concept in Turkey and the world. Nef was the first real estate company to participate in the “100% Design London” fair, which is the most important trade fair in the design sector. Erden Timur, focusing on the expectations and needs of people, is rather distinct nationally and internationally thanks to his 18 discoveries (patented or patent pending).
The projects developed by Erden Timur, who has attended many internationally famous media channels, including Wired with Nef brand, are today applied in Turkey and many other countries throughout the world.
Esra Yazıcı Tözge, a 1984 graduate of American Collegiate Institute completed her undergraduate education at Boğaziçi University’s Department of Economics in 1988. Following a six-month internship in finance at LYAC POWER, Copenhagen, Denmark, Tözge worked in the departments of Strategical Planning, Logistics and Sales at HENKEL TURYAĞ Inc. İzmir between 1989-1997, of Marketing at SAINT GOBAIN WEBER Inc. İzmir between 1997-2001. She has been working at Kale Grubu, İstanbul since 2002 and is currently the Vice President In Charge of Corporate Development.
A graduate of UAL ’93, Pelin Urgancılar graduated from Marmara University Department of International Relations in 1997. She started her business career in Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges / Istanbul Stock Exchange. She worked as Sales Manager during the start-up of Kariyer.net and opened the company’s office in Dubai. She was one of three people that started the operations of Hay Group, one of the top HR Consulting companies, in Turkey. She worked at Hay Group for six years, first as Business Development Manager, later as Marketing Director of Southeast Europe. Pelin is the founder of Solid Consulting Partners and a partner of the RBL Group, a leading global professional services firm, since 2008.
Pelin is an expert in organizational. She helps leaders build intangible value in their organizations by helping them clarify strategy, define the culture needed and make change happen as necessary. Pelin teaches and facilitates at the convergence of strategy, organization, culture, talent and leadership. She is the author of the Turkey chapter of the Global HR Competencies: Mastering Competitive Value Chapter from the Outside, McGraw-Hill Publishing 2012.
Pelin is an active member of of Sen de Gel Foundation and PWN Istanbul and an active volunteer of Çimenev and Hayat Sende Foundation.
An American Collegiate Institute graduate of 2001, Ali Uzun graduated from Galatasaray University Faculty of Law in 2007. He attended the Erasmus Programme at Université de Rennes Faculté du Droit in 2006-2007.
Ali Uzun started his professional career at DOAB / White & Case LLP and specialized on international capital markets transactions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and commercial and administrative litigation. In 2013 he joined Pegasus Airlines where he is continuing his career as General Counsel. During and following his undergraduate study he completed various academic programs on international relations, sports law and capital markets. Ali Uzun is an attorney-at-law registered with the Istanbul Bar since 2008 and is an active member of the Galatasaray Sports Club since 2014.
Departments of the Health and Education Foundation (SEV) and Their Job Descriptions
Foundation’s General Management Office
Overseen by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the department is responsible for implementing the decisions taken by Foundation bodies, conducting the procedures for commercial enterprises, facilities and other units which are related to the Foundation, and performing other activities listed under the areas of operation and service.
The education department is mainly charged with providing consultancy to the Foundation’s administration and the school administration teams in fields of education and education management towards realizing the academic objectives as defined in the Foundation’s charter, to organize academic coordination activities including those on common regulations and curricula, and to follow through and provide coordination towards implementation of such activities.
The main responsibilities of the Education Department are:
• Providing guidance and consultancy to the Foundation’s Board of Directors on decisions related to education,
• Performing duties as assigned at the Education Board,
• Participating in the planning of the educational policies of all schools,
• Conducting operations regarding student assessment and evaluation in order to improve the quality of education,
• Maintaining relationships with the state institutions and organizations, especially with the Ministry of Education in all academic issues, and representing the schools at this level,
• Proposing amendments in the regulations of schools with regard to education and management as necessary,
• Articulating the amendments required in the internal regulations of schools, and following up at the Ministry of Education level and receiving approval for such amendments from the Ministry,
• Providing support to the organizing of in-service and professional development programs,
• Providing guidance to all departments within the Foundation regarding educational issues,
• Contributing to the human resources related processes of the schools.
Human Resources Coordinatorship is responsible for the main human resources functions, as listed below, for the Foundation and its affiliate institutions so as to enable them to realize their short term and long term objectives.
• Recruitment and assignment of qualified staff members who are the right match for the corporate culture,
• Preparing the orientation programs,
• Determining salary policies,
• Creating performance evaluation and staff recognition systems,
• Developing career plans for the staff members and creating back-up systems,
• Organizing socialization activities which help to reinforce employee’s committment to work and sense of belonging to the organization,
• Protecting rights of all employees,
• Ensuring the full utility and sustainability of all human resources systems that have been developed, as well as the regular updating of such systems.
Information Technologies Department oversees the IT operations of the Health and Education Foundation and its affiliates. Its main responsibilities are:
• Keeping track of the hardware and software infrastructure and needs, supporting research and development operations, submitting its proposals for improvement as deemed necessary to the Foundation’s administration, and implements such proposals following approval,
• Overseeing, wilth full responsibility, the communication, maintenance and data security of the SEV Information Technologies infrastructure,
• Developing IT budgets of the Foundation and the affiliated institutions with the officials of the respective institution and submitting them for approval to the Foundation’s administration, receiving such approvals, completing the purchases, testing and installment of the items in the budget and the consequent operation of these items.
• Conducting research and development on education-based information technologies, together with SEV Education Coordinatorship, monitoring projects, tests and implementations in affiliated schools, with the Foundation’s Education Coordinators, and providing support to the educational IT pilot projects in schools.
• Conducting the test phase, realization and implementation of all interinstitutional Central Information Technologies projects.