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Established in 2000, Esas is the largest family-owned investment firm in Turkey and is backed by the first and second generation family members of Şevket Sabancı, one of the five founding members of Sabancı Holding, a leading Turkish conglomerate.

With offices in Istanbul and London, Esas invests in various asset classes globally including private equity, real estate, venture capital and liquid assets. 


Şevket Sabancı is the founder and Chairman of Esas. Before establishing Esas in 2000, Mr. Sabancı held various executive positions at Sabancı Holding’s textile companies and then started representing Sabancı Holding internationally in 1980. Also a founding member of Vaksa, Mr. Sabancı was the Vice Chairman of Sabancı Holding and played a vital role in the successful growth of the group until 2004.

Mr. Sabancı graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Textile Engineering.

Şevket Sabancı leads Esas as the Chairman of the Board.

Board of Directors

Ali Sabancı joined Esas as a board member in 2004. He started his career at Morgan Stanley in the USA. After returning to Turkey, he held various positions at Akbank. In 1997, he became the Head of Projects at Sabancı Holding and in 2001 he started serving as the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.

Mr. Sabancı studied Politics and Economics at Tufts University and received his M.B.A. degree with a major in International Finance from Columbia Business School.

Ali Sabancı is the chairman of Pegasus Airlines since 2005. He also serves on the investment committees of Esas Private Equity, Esas Properties and Esas Ventures.

Vice Chairperson

Emine Sabancı Kamışlı is the co-founder of Esas and has been serving as Vice Chairperson since 2000. Mrs. Kamışlı started her career at Willis Corroon, a reassurance brokerage company in London. After returning to Turkey, she joined Aksigorta as the Director of Commerce. She served as an Executive Board Member of Aksigorta, Akhayat and Sabancı Holding prior to the establishment of Esas.

Mrs. Kamışlı received her B.S. Degree in Economics of Industry and Commerce from The London School of Economics.

Emine Sabancı Kamışlı leads Esas’ Family Office and Esas Social.

Member of the Board

Erhan Kamışlı joined Esas as a board member in 2008. Mr. Kamışlı started his career at Exsa and held various positions at Akçimento. Later, he served as the President of the Cement Group at Sabancı Holding while holding the chairman positions at Akçansa and Çimsa. He was also a board member at the Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations and the Turkish Cement Producers Association. He also served on the board of Beşiktaş Football Club and is a board member of the Turkish Football Federation.

Mr. Kamışlı graduated from California State University with a degree in Marketing and International Business Administration.

Erhan Kamışlı is the chairman of Esas Properties and Medline Healthcare Group.

Kazım Köseoğlu
Member of the Board

Kazım Köseoğlu graduated from Austria High School, İstanbul. After completing his undergraduate studies in Business Economics (German) in Brown University of the United States in 2007, Köseoğlu received his master’s degree of International Finance and Banking from City University of London Cass Business School, in 2008.

After working in one of UK's largest real estate companies F&C Reit Asset Management as an investment analyst in real estate fund for three years, Köseoğlu is the CEO and board member of Esas Properties, since 2009.

Can Köseoğlu
Member of the Board

Can Köseoğlu is a member of the Investment Committee of Esas Ventures. Can started his career at Esas Holding’s Food Group, working for various portfolio companies including Gıdaser, Bonservis and Esaslı Group. Can also founded Döner Stop, a fast food chain with eight branches across 4 cities in Turkey and exited the business to TAB Food Investments in 2018.

Can Köseoğlu received a B.A. degree in Economics from Tufts University.

Kerem Kamışlı
Member of the Board
Member of the Board

Ahmet Bozer joined Esas as an advisor to the Board in 2017.

Prior to joining Esas, Mr. Bozer was an Executive Vice President at Coca-Cola, with a strong track record of performance, value creation and experience in working across many cultures globally. He joined Coca-Cola in 1990, working in various financial roles. After four years, he became the Managing Director of Coca-Cola Bottlers of Turkey (now Coca-Cola Icecek). Mr. Bozer returned to Coca-Cola in 2000 as the Division President of the Eurasia region. He then assumed responsibilities for the Middle East and subsequently became the Group President of the Eurasia region in 2007. As Group President & COO of the Eurasia & Africa regions, he led business activities in 90 countries and later, as President of Coca-Cola International, in more than 200 countries.

Mr. Bozer has a B.S. degree in Management from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and a M.S. degree in Business Information Systems from Georgia State University.

Throughout his career, Ahmet Bozer has served on a number of boards of privately-held joint ventures and bottling companies. Currently he serves as a non-executive board member in various for-profit and not-for-profit organizations globally.

Member of the Board & CEO

Çağatay Özdoğru is a board member and oversees all of Esas’ business segments including real estate, private equity, venture capital and wealth management, also serves on their investment committees.

Prior to joining Esas in 2005, Mr. Özdoğru was the President of IT & Telecommunications Group at Sabancı Holding. Previously, he held various positions at France Telecom Group, where he last served as the Executive Vice President of the REEMEA region. He was also a member of the Global Operating Committee.

Mr. Özdoğru graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and received his M.S. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from George Washington University.

Esas Values
Esas in Numbers
Private Equity

Total EV of Turkish portfolio companies


Combined revenues of Turkish portfolio companies


International investments


Average return of the last four exits (in € terms)

Real Estate

Combined value of the real estate investments in Turkey and internationally

356,000 sqm

Total gross leasable area of the Turkish portfolio

539,000 sqm

Total gross leasable area of the international portfolio


Number of international assets