Hakan Akbas

Hakan Akbas is a Senior Advisor at ASG in Turkey and Founding Partner of Global Dealings Group in US with more than 20+ years of progressively responsible, international experience directing as many as 5,000 employees with revenues in excess of $2.5 billion in Turkey, the U.S., Europe, and China.

Mr. Akbaş brings to clients operating experience in leading companies with commercial diplomacy, strategy development, marketing strategy, international business development including mergers & acquisitions, Public Private Partnerships (PPP), and joint ventures (JV), incubation of new technologies and leading culture/business transformation.

He is also a Founding Partner of Global Dealings Group, a business advisory firm focusing on C-level digitization, globalization and regulation agendas.

From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Akbas was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Business Development, and Insurance Businesses of the Sabanci Group, and advised Güler Sabanci, chairperson of Sabanci Group.  Previously, Mr. Akbas was the Co-founder and Managing Director of Business Development Operations for Xerox Global Services with sales of $10 billion. He led the Incubation and Commercialization Services business of Xerox Global Services in partnership with Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and leading technology players and executives such as Scott McNeal and Bill McDermott.

He serves on the boards of several public and private companies. Hakan is a Turkish Treasury certified Angel Investor with ongoing investments.

He earned a MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester and a B.A. in Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University in Turkey. He graduated first in his class from Galatasaray Lycee. He is fluent in Turkish, English and French.

Mr. Akbas is based in Istanbul, Turkey and Washington, DC.