About Ozan M.Ozkural
Focused on strategic business development, corporate governance, risk and asset management, with an overarching expertise on global geopolitics and ESG investing. A diligent and inspiring international leader with an increasingly prevalent international presence and world-class communication skills that is also dual citizen (British, Turkish). An intermediary for a shifting paradigm, in a non linear world where only the principals have a seat at the table, helping decipher the impact and direction of the disruption and change coming our way.
Ozan Ozkural was born in Turkey and raised in between Turkey and the United Kingdom, where he also obtained much of his academic education. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Studies from the University of Nottingham, and then subsequently was qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant by CIMA (ACMA/GCMA).
Having joined straight out of university to join the global management trainee programme of Unilever, Ozan Ozkural rose through the ranks quickly as a top percentile trainee, having been appointed as the business group finance manager of a major product category with a US$100m+ turnover by the age of 24.
Throughout his 3 years in Unilever, he took additional leadership roles in coordinating one of the largest strategic business restructuring initiatives of any firm in Europe and subsequently working as the factory finance manager for one of the key UK plants with over 700 workers as the member of the factory executive committee, at the same time working to get qualified as a chartered management accountant.
Investment Banking Career
In early 2005, Ozan Ozkural moved to one of the world’s top bulge bracket investment banks of the time – Merrill Lynch – having joined as a senior analyst within the Global Structured Finance & Principal Investments team.
Ozan Ozkural was responsible for the origination, structuring, and principal investments across multiple asset classes and sectors – focusing predominantly on mezzanine financing, distressed debt, non-performing loan trading, private credit, securitisation, and warehouse financing opportunities across the globe, with a balance sheet of over US$8.5bn. Having been promoted within 5 months of joining, Ozan Ozkural originated, structured, and managed transactions of over US$ 7bn across Europe, Emerging Markets, US, and Asia.
When the 2008 global financial crisis hit, Ozan Ozkural was one of the very few people that remained in the team that was downsized from 62 strong across New York and London down to 4 within a year, and throughout 2008 worked to de-leverage the teams overall position by over US$8bn.
Ozan Ozkural subsequently joined the Emerging Markets Debt Capital Markets team internally as a Vice President in 2009, with responsibility for the origination of debt capital markets transactions within Central Eastern Europe, Middle East, Turkey, CIS, and Africa. In this capacity,
Ozan Ozkural originated and executed over US$30bn of bonds and high yield debt instruments, including sovereign, financial institution, and corporate issuers. He was the key banker in creating a new borrowing market for banks and corporates in Turkey, having worked very closely with one of the largest banks in the Country (Akbank) in taking them to global debt capital markets with a benchmark 5 year US$1bn 5 year issuance, which was the first ever non sovereign issuance from Turkey that led to a subsequent total private sector issuance of over US$48bn since then over the past 9 years. In 2011, in addition to the CEEMEA debt capital markets responsibilities Ozan Ozkural was tapped to run the structured finance origination business in the region.