Dr. Faruk Cengiz Tekindağ

Dr. Faruk Cengiz Tekindağ joins OPINA as the Managing Director of WYG Turkey and CIS. He brings to the team 35 years of professional experience in the development banking sector, project finance, project management and PCM methodologies, particularly in EU-funded projects and financial reporting standards at the national and international levels. He also has extensive experience in technical assistance and cooperation program development and implementation, preparation and evaluation of investment projects, feasibility studies, firm valuation, financial projection, forecasting models (having engaged in more than 250 project appraisal reports and feasibility reports), financial analysis techniques;  EU and other international organizations’ (WB, EIB, IDB, ADB, UN) project preparation, evaluation, grant programs, procurement rules, setting up monitoring systems and budget planning and implementation. Faruk has worked with the donor agencies, international financial institutions (Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Ethiopian Development Bank, Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific-ADFIAP, The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation-COMCEC, International Turkish Cooperation Agency) as well as regional development agencies, line ministries, local commercial banks, chambers of commerce and industry, and nongovernmental organizations in Turkey. He has a strong experience as a Lead Trainer and Consultant in project evaluation, financial projection and forecasting and financial analysis models as well as EU PCM approaches and has trained more than 2500 people, both nationally and internationally. Faruk has completed the Executive Financial Management Program certified by Maastricht School of Management and holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from Gazi University with a Ph.D. in Accounting from Anadolu University.

Didem Şirin

Didem Şirin joins OPINA as a Project Manager from WYG Turkey. She brings with her extensive experience in project management, having participated as both a project manager and event coordination expert in over 10 socioeconomic development and sustainability projects that have all been funded by the European Union. Didem is a graduate of English Translation and Interpretation from Hacettepe University and also holds a degree in Radio and Television Programming from Anadolu University.

Aylin Arslan

Aylin Arslan joins OPINA as a Project Officer from WYG Turkey and is an Organizational Psychologist, bringing 16 years of experience in management, strategic planning, human resources and organizational psychology from global Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 Turkish companies. She brings the team cross-industry insight from the banking, marketing, sales, executive search and corporate communications sectors in her roles at Uyar Holding, Dizel Turbo, Profil International, ING Bank, Siemens, Johnson and Johnson. Aylin graduated from Auburn University in 2002 with a B.A. in International Business and Spanish. In 2020, she earned a Master’s in Organizational and Business Psychology from the University of Liverpool and has completed a number of training programs in the fields of psychology, human resources management, leadership development, and mediation and negotiation strategies. She is also a certified Global Mediator and Negotiator.

Öykü Şendur

Öykü Şendur joins OPINA as a Project Assistant from WYG Turkey with experience in international socioeconomic development projects. In 2018 and 2019, she interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate for EU Affairs and the Economic Development Foundation, respectively. Further in 2019, she worked at the Spinal Cord Paralysis Association in Turkey and on the gender equality Erasmus+ project, “He and She, Different but Equal,” in Norway. Oyku graduated from Yildiz Technical University in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations after completing a Erasmus study at Charles University in Prague. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in European Politics and International Relations at Marmara University.