Leadership at embonds
Mehmet Artun - Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Mehmet has been involved with Emerging Markets trading since 1995 having worked at Finansbank, Credit Suisse, WestLB, Commerzbank and most recently at Deutsche Bank in London as Head of Emerging Markets Credit Trading. He has managed bond, CDS, structured notes and distressed bonds trading businesses for CEEMEA and LATAM and has deep knowledge of credit derivatives.
He has been a postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA and holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Princeton University and is a graduate of Bogazici University with BSc degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering. Mehmet also has a number of refereed publications in fusion plasma physics and has taught physics and mathematics courses at UCLA and Bogazici University.
Kerim Acanal - Founder and Chief Marketing Officer
Kerim started his career at Citibank and worked at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers where he was Head of CEEMEA Local Markets. His most recent appointment prior to EMBonds was as a senior portfolio manager at Pharo Management.
He holds a MSc in Finance from Ecole Superior de Sciences Economiques and is a graduate of Bogazici University with a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering.
Didem worked at WestLB Istanbul Branch in various roles for 18 years. Her last role was Internal Audit, and she also worked in Operations, Treasury Operations and Financial Control Departments.
She is a graduate of Istanbul University Economics Department and attended Galatasaray High School.
Gokhan Demir - Chief Technology Officer
Gokhan worked at Cybersoft, Argela Technologies and ING Bank Turkey in various roles such as Application Development Engineer, Team Leader, and Product and Group Manager for 11 years.
He is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University Computer Engineering Department and attended Haydarpasa High School.
Stuart is a Senior System Architect with extensive infrastructure, development and business experience in Emerging Markets Fixed Income. His former appointments include Emerging Markets fixed income front office development at WestLB.
He is a graduate of De Montfort University.
Antonia is a former board member of the Financial Supervision Commission of Bulgaria. She was previously an alternate representative for Bulgaria with the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Board of Supervisors and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB). She’s an experienced public policy professional with an emphasis on financial markets and regulation and a former judge.
Antonia has a Master’s degree in law from Sofia University, followed by specialization in international private law at Universite Pantheon Assas (Paris II) and QLTT exams for England and Wales.
Rob is a senior technical business analyst with 17 years of experience in Financial Markets. His responsibilities included performing detailed analysis, documenting business requirements and system impact. He is able to leverage his experience to recommend industry standard and best practice solutions to ensure the successful delivery of EMBonds to our clients.
Prior to EMBonds Rob worked for WestLB and Formicary.
Greville Lucking - Chief Operating Officer
Greville is an experienced Chief Operating Officer with a track record of providing growth for technology companies. A strategic thinker able to align operational efficiency with business growth. A qualified management accountant with over 20 years of experience in Emerging Financial Markets and Financial Markets technology. Prior to EMBonds he worked in similar roles at WestLB and Formicary.
He is a graduate of Liverpool University Economics Department and holds ACMA and CGMA qualifications.
Michael Leary - Head of Products
Michael has over 10 years experience trading Emerging Markets credit both in CEEMEA and LATAM. Before joining EMBonds, Michael was a Director at Deutsche Bank in NY trading CDS and other structured products for Latin America. Prior to that he worked at WestLB, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank in London.
He is a graduate of Nottingham University with a BSc in Mathematics and also has a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School.
Yeliz started her career at the consulting firm Accenture where she worked as a Software Engineering Team Leader/Consultant for 4 years prior to joining EMBonds. She has extensive consulting and project management experience in Telecommunication, Insurance and Finance/Banking Industry.
She is graduate of Istanbul Commerce University Computing Department.
Emre has 9 years Web application development experience having worked at IKS, Nitro and also as a freelance full-stack developer. He also designed, developed and co-founded various startups such as Muhsis.
He attended Marmara University, Computer Education Technologies department and attended the Anatolian High School in Mersin.
Mehmet worked at Argela Technologies and Ericsson Turkey as Software Engineer, Software Architect and Solution Architect for 9 years. He has extensive experience in Java and database architecture.
He is a graduate of Istanbul University Computer Engineering Department and currently working on a masters degree at Bogazici University Software Engineering Department.
Elmira Amdiy - Head of Coverage
Elmira has over ten years of experience in Sales & Trading with expertise in Emerging Markets Structured Rates, Credit and FX. She has held positions at Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers, Nomura, UBS and Mizuho Bank and was head of coverage for Russia, CIS, Central and Eastern Europe in her most recent post.
Carlos Olivares - Head of Coverage Americas
Carlos has been involved in Emerging Markets trading since 2000. He started his career as a trader at a Latam Private Bank in NY and prior to joining EMBonds spent 8 years as Director in EM Sales at ING Financial Markets.
He holds a BS in Finance from Boston College and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
Emine worked at Odya, Truva and AvivaSA as a software developer for 6 years prior to joining EMBonds.
She is a graduate of Istanbul Bilgi University Computer Science Department and attended Mecidiyekoy High School.