Meet the Team

KAAN OZ

Kaan Oz is the co-founder and managing director of Consultist.  Since founding Consultist at 2006, he has led numerous consulting projects on market entry, business development and technology transfer in Europe, Turkey and other emerging markets.   Alongside his career as a consultant, Kaan has been involved in number of technology start-ups as an angel investor or mentor, helping them with business model creation and international business development.

Prior to founding Consultist, Kaan was responsible for the international expansions of a leading online betting company towards Turkey and Greece.

Kaan studied International Business in University of Vienna and completed Master degrees in Industrial Management and Information Technologies from same university and in Internet Marketing from TU Braunschweig. He also holds a diploma of European Union Studies.

TAHIR OZTURK, PhD

Dr. Tahir Ozturk is a senior consultant with expertise at Spanish and Turkish markets. He is the head of Consultist Barcelona office, where he and team helped number of companies from various industries to successfully set up operations and sell in the Spanish and Latin American markets.

Tahir had his MSc and PhD degrees from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, on Managerial Economics. He also holds a double major in economics from London School of Economics and Istanbul Bilgi University. Apart from his consulting career, Tahir has involved in various international conferences and symposiums at his respective academic field.

MEHMET ERBENGI

Mehmet is a senior business consultant with a strong entrepreneurial experience and mind-set, who has worked with clients such as Diageo, Bridgestone, Ford and Turkcell. After completing his MBA at the American University in Washington DC he held several marketing executive positions in the United States and Turkey. Previously Mehmet was the director of directCom/ PNG Group in Turkey where he supervised a team over 30 consultants.

Mehmet is based in Istanbul, one of the fastest growing consumer markets in the world, and oversees Consultist business development operations to ensure successful market entry of international retail brands. Most recently he has introduced world’s leading travel accessory brands, TUMI and Mandarina Duck into the Turkish market and managed to achieve a significant growth within couple of years. Mehmet is father of lovely twins.

LETICIA CABRAL

Leticia is a senior consultant on strategy and international business development. She has working experience in Latin America, Europe and Asia; and has comprehensive expertise for the every aspect of international expansion processes.

Having a particular interest in international expansion of SMEs, Leticia has worked as business development and management consultant for global companies. She has vast business experience in different cultures, and has involved in projects for wide range of industries; including Telecommunications, Airlines, Healthcare, Retail, and NGOs.  Leticia is responsible for Consultist operations in Latin America.

Leticia has completed his bachelor degree at Instituto Technologico Autonomo de Mexico and holds an MBA degree from Manchester Business School.

NNEKA EBRU OKPE, PhD

Ebru is an expert on doing business in African markets, and is managing the Consultist Lagos Office. Ebru has assisted number of international companies in their market expansion in Nigeria and other key African Markets. Her experience ranges from FMCG companies to manufacturers of industrial goods and foreign contractors of public infrastructure projects.

Ebru holds a Doctorate of Business Administration, and MSc of International Management, both from Paris Business School.  She also has bachelors degrees of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management, and Marketing from the Covenant University, Nigeria.

MUSTAFA KALKANDELEN

Mustafa is a senior consultant with over 25 years professional experience of business development and international trade. He has worked on executive levels of leading FMCG and retail companies, being responsible for the commercial strategy, management and international expansions.

Mustafa manages Consultist Budapest office. With his wide network and extensive experience in the Hungarian market, he provides comprehensive services on every phase of the market entry process, from strategy to operation.

Mustafa holds a BSc degree on Industrial Engineering, from Bogazici University.

DUYGU ALADAG

Duygu has a special focus on market entry strategies and technology transfer towards emerging markets. Since her joining Consultist, Duygu has involved in numerous projects where she conducted market research and analysis to provide market entry strategies for innovative companies.

Duygu holds an MSc degree on International Business and Emerging Markets, from the University of Edinburgh Business School. With her studies on the EU’s innovation and SME policies, she has granted with a full scholarship from the prestigious Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme for her MSc degree. She also holds two bachelor degrees on Economics and Management, from London School of Economics and Istanbul Bilgi University.

KUTAY AKTAS

Kutay is the International Sales and Marketing Manager with a special expertise in Spain and Latin American markets. Kutay currently works at Consultist Barcelona office, where he focuses on achieving marketing, sales and operational objectives, and identifying sales opportunities aligned with market requirements.

Kutay holds an MSc degree on International  Business and Management, from the Universidad de Autonoma de Barcelona , and a BSc degree on Economics, from Uludag University.