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He was a founding partner of Fokus Yatirim Holding, an asset management and advisory firm active in Turkey since 2010.
Uzay is an independent Board Member of Akis REIT in Turkey, a leading real estate development company part of Akkok Group of Companies. He is also a partner in Innova Thermal Recycling Ltd. an end of life tire (ELT) recycling business.
Prior to Fokus he was Managing Director and CEO of Lehman Brothers, Turkey and a member of the Europe and Middle East Operating Committee. Lehman’s activities in Turkey ranged from capital-markets brokerage activities and corporate advisory to a number of successful principal investments (including a 900MW Natural Gas Fired Power Plant in a joint venture with OMV to acquiring a stake in Istanbul Doors Group in the F&B sector in Turkey) as well as a USD 2 billion non-performing loan business comprised of portfolios acquired from local financial institutions complete with a servicing platform.
Before rejoining Lehman Brothers in September 2005 he was one of the founders of Inquam Ltd. (Zapp Holdings ) , a specialized wireless network operator with Qualcomm Inc. of USA and Saudi Oger Group as its main shareholders. Inquam had operations in Portugal and Romania providing 3G services in the 450MHz band.
Uzay joined Lehman Brothers’ Fixed Income Division in 1992 and was Head of Emerging Markets Sales when he left to start up Inquam in 2000.
He holds a BA in Economics from University of Istanbul and an MBA in Finance with distinction from Nottingham University.