Cem Garih is the Managing Partner of Alarko Ventures. He joined Alarko in 2020 in order to set up Alarko Ventures. Priorly, Cem was EY’s Business Development lead responsible for infrastructure project financing across Europe, Middle East, India & Africa. Prior to EY, Cem worked with Bechtel Corporation as a project engineer and program controller.
In addition to managing his own portfolios in public markets and real estate, Cem has been an active investor in early stage technology companies globally. Cem is the co-founder and co-president of Yenibirlider Foundation, which operates with a mission to craft the next generation of leaders in Turkey.
Cem Garih holds a BS in Civil Engineering with a concentration in construction management from Columbia University.
Ümit Nuri Yıldız
Ümit Nuri Yıldız is an Investment Committee Member at Alarko Ventures. He has been working at the Alarko group of companies since 1998, and currently is the General Manager of Alarko Holding. Mr. Yildiz also serves on the Board of Directors of Alarko Holding and several of its portfolio companies.
Mr Yıldız started his career in 1987 as an Assistant Auditor at the Board of Auditors of the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Yıldız worked at the Ministry as Auditor and Chief Auditor until 1997. He was appointed Deputy General Manager of the Turkish Employment Organization in 1997. He joined the Alarko group of companies in 1998.
Ümit Nuri Yıldız holds a BA in Business Administration & Management from Ankara University and an MSc in Accounting & Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alpaslan Serpen is an Investment Committee Member at Alarko Ventures. He has been working at the Alarko group of companies since 2005, and currently is the Investment Planning Director responsible for the Business Development, Strategic Planning, M&A and Investment activities for the group. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Alarko’s publicly traded Real Estate Investment subsidiary Alarko Real Estate Investment Company (ALGYO).
Prior to joining Alarko, Mr Serpen started his career in 1999 in the Treasury & Fund Management Department at Pamukbank and worked there until 2005.
Alpaslan Serpen holds a BS Degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor degree in Finance from the Middle East Technical University.