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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.

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.

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.

Member of the Board

Kerem Sabancı Kamışlı joined Esas in 2019 and became a board member in 2020.

Prior to joining Esas, Kerem worked as a strategy consultant for EY in London. He is also the founder of the Young Business Leaders Foundation, an NGO focused on developing the next generation business leaders of Turkey. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Turkish Society since 2020.

Kerem Sabancı Kamışlı earned his B.A. degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

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

Ernest Boles has enjoyed an international career in investment, finance and law spanning more than three decades. 

For the past 12 years, Ernest has been a senior executive within the Harald Quandt Group, a leading German investment firm established by the heirs of Harald Quandt, a prominent German industrial family.  During his tenure in the Group, Ernest has served in various senior roles, including CEO of HQ Capital, the Group’s private equity and real estate investment business, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of HQ Trust, the Group’s multi-family office and investment management business and Co-managing Director of Harald Quandt Holding, the Group’s dedicated single-family office.

Ernest currently acts as Vice Chairman of HQ Capital and serves as a standing member of the investment committees of the private equity and real estate investment businesses.  Ernest also acts on various non-affiliated boards, including as a member of the Board of Directors for esas Holding, as a member of the Investment Committee of Beiersdorf AG and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Frankfurt International School Foundation. 

Prior to joining the Harald Quandt Group in 2007, Ernest held senior positions in leading global financial institutions, including serving as CEO of Bank Morgan Stanley AG, Zurich, as the MD responsible for the non-discretionary investment program within Morgan Stanley’s London-based Wealth Management Division for EMEA and as CIO for Citi’s London-based Wealth Management Business in Europe.  Prior to his career in banking, Ernest practiced international tax law with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York, where he is admitted to the bar.  A former Fulbright Scholar, Ernest earned a Dr. jur degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and a JD from the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Law Review.  Ernest is a frequent speaker at global conferences and events focusing on investments in alternative assets.

Member of the Board

Daniel Bernard is President of Provestis, Vice President of the Board of Capgemini, member of the Supervisory Board of PSA and Senior Advisor at Towerbrook Capital Partners.

He is also member of the Board of HEC Paris, having previously held the position of President of the HEC Foundation from 2008 to 2014. 

From 2009 to 2017 he has held the position of Chairman of Kingfisher Plc and from 2010 to 2015, has been Chairman of the Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Retail Group, in Dubai. 

Previously, Daniel Bernard was Chairman and CEO of the Carrefour Group after being a member of the Board and COO of Metro International.

He is a former member of the board of Alcatel-Lucent and Saint-Gobain.

He graduated from HEC Business School.

Member of the Board
Member of the Board & CEO

Çağatay Özdoğru oversees all of Esas’ business segments including real estate, private equity, venture capital and wealth management, and serves on their investment committees. He is a board member of Esas Properties and various private equity portfolio companies including Pegasus Airlines, Mars Athletic, Korozo and Ayakkabı Dünyası.

Çağatay joined Esas Holding in 2005 as an executive board member. He played a major role in establishing Esas Private Equity where he served as CEO since 2010, until transitioning to his current role in 2019. He led a number of Esas’ private equity investments and exits of various portfolio companies including UN Ro-Ro, Mars Cinema Group and Peyman.

Previously, Mr. Özdoğru was the President of IT & Telecommunications Group at Sabancı Holding. Prior to that, 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. 

In 2020, Çağatay was appointed as the Chairman of Turkey - France Business Council at DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Council). Previously, he served as the Chairman of Turkey - Sweden Business Council and Turkey - Croatia Business Council, and board member of TBV (Turkey IT Foundation) and TUBISAD (Turkey IT Industry Association).

Mr. Özdoğru graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a B.S. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and received a M.S. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from George Washington University, where he received the Hall of Fame Award for Alumni in 2016.

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