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Mapa Group Construction Worker

Who we are

Founded in 1976, Mapa Group is a vibrant organisation with 20,000 staff members working across all our key sectors, governed by an experienced management team that is committed to delivering every project on time and on budget.

About Mapa Group

Mapa Group is a leading multinational headquartered in Turkey. With four decades of success in five sectors, Mapa Group works to create infrastructure and businesses across construction, hospitality, renewable energy, airports and air freight across EMEA.

We have completed over two hundred projects worth over $11bn, ranging from Algeria to Uzbekistan, Ghana to the GCC countries, including Turkey where Mapa Group was founded. Our talented and hard-working staff now stand at 20,000 employees worldwide, which has helped excel our annual revenues exceed $1.3bn.

In 1976, Turkish construction entrepreneur Mehmet Nazif Günal founded Mapa Group. Within the first decade of launch, Mapa Group had already built its first power plant, the second largest dam in Turkey, and Ankara’s first Hilton hotel. In the years since, the company has expanded its reach across EMEA, most notably in the GCC region, and further diversified successfully into profitable key industries such as hospitality, renewable energy, airports and air freight. Today, 80% of our business revenues come from projects consolidated across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The construction projects we are contracted for are predominantly employed by governments, and some are financed by trusted international financial institutions, including the African Development Bank and the EBRD.

Our ethos has always been the same: deliver on time and on budget. Our reliability and professionalism have won us long-standing clients who trust us, even for their most challenging projects.

Leadership

Mehmet Nazif Günal

Founder & Chairman

Mehmet Nazif Günal, the Founder and Chairman of Mapa Group, is one of Turkey’s and the world’s most successful self-made entrepreneurs and global business leaders.

Mehmet Nazif Günal was born in Artvin, Arhavi located on the Turkish Black Sea coast in 1948. His father, a shopkeeper, died when he was two-months old. He was raised with his two brothers and two sisters by his mother, who taught them the values of hard work, honesty and self-reliance.

A brilliant student, Mehmet Nazif Günal graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Science (MSc)degrees in Civil Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, the best Faculty of Engineering in Turkey, whose language of instruction is English. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the same university.

From the age of 14, under the guidance of his brother-in-law who was a civil engineer, Mehmet Nazif Günal worked as a part-time construction intern and sub-contractor to financially support his family. From early on, he stood out as a result of his hard work, leadership skills and talent in optimising construction processes. By the age of 23, when he received his engineering degree, he had already contracted and built 21 buildings.

In 1976, Mehmet Nazif Günal set up Mapa Group in Turkey and developed it into one of the most successful construction companies in Turkey, Middle East and Africa. His principle to deliver every project on time and on budget, his hard-working mindset and his entrepreneurial spirit are at the heart of his success.

As Turkey became an attractive tourist destination, Mehmet Nazif Günal developed a series of hotel resorts projects throughout Turkey until today, including Ankara Hilton and İzmir Hilton. With its construction projects carried out throughout the country, Mapa Group responded to the growing demand that resulted from Turkey’s booming economy in the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s. Mapa Group’s completed constructions projects span from residential buildings to roads, hotels, dams, plants, pipelines, irrigation systems, railways, ports, airports, water treatment and storage facilities. From 1996, Mehmet Nazif Günal diversified his business activities in the sectors of banking, aviation, mining and renewable energy, with great success in these sectors as well.

From 2004, Mapa Group progressively expended its construction work outside of Turkey, with a focus in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, North Africa and South-East Europe. Today, 80% of Mapa Group revenues come from outside of Turkey.

Mapa Group’s success in delivering every project on time and on budget helped it become an esteemed partner of numerous international financial institutions, including the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Today, Mapa Group employs more than 20,000 people throughout the world, with annual revenue exceeding $1.3 billion. In 2020, Forbes Magazine estimated Mr. Mehmet Nazif Günal’s personal net worth at $1.6 billion.

Mr. Günal and his wife Mrs. Günal have three children, who all graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University in New York.  His children are strongly involved in Mapa Group’s operations. His eldest son, Murathan Doruk Günal has been serving as Mapa Group CEO since January 2020.

An active sportsman, Mehmet Nazif Günal enjoys boating, water skiing and walking. A committed philanthropist, he provides scholarships yearly to more than 150 students in need, to support their university studies at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

Mehmet Nazif Günal is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.

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Murathan Doruk Günal

CEO

Murathan Doruk Günal serves as CEO of Mapa Group since January 2020.

Murathan Doruk Günal was born and raised in Ankara where he graduated top of his high school. As a boy, his father Mehmet Nazif Günal, the Founder and Chairman of Mapa Group would take him to business meetings and construction sites several times per month. Between 2003 and 2007, Murathan Doruk Günal studied at Columbia University in New York City for his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Civil Engineering.

He moved to Dubai shortly before the global recession hit and Dubai’s property and construction market became one of the most challenging business environments in the world.

As General Manager of Mapa Group in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Murathan Doruk Günal pushed through major projects including residential buildings and highway construction projects, ably navigating a major client’s restructuring process, and gained significant experiences about how to keep businesses afloat during a fierce recession.

In 2011, Murathan Doruk Günal moved to Istanbul and began wider involvement in each of the Mapa Group’s subsidiaries throughout the world. He was appointed a member of the Executive Board of IGA Airport Operation Inc. for Istanbul Grand Airport, leading all its technical and financial affairs. He was appointed CEO of Mapa Group in January 2020.

In his spare time, Murathan Doruk Günal reads widely; mainly in philosophy, history and non-fiction topics; and he enjoys swimming and water skiing.

He serves as a Director at the Atlantic Council, D.C.

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Mustafa Bülent Karaarslan

COO

Mustafa Bülent Karaarslan serves as Chief Operation Officer for Mapa Group since January 2020. He has managed a series of major projects for Mapa Group since joining Mapa Group in 2010, predominantly in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU) with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Civil Engineering, the best Faculty of Engineering in Turkey. After his military service, during which he served as an engineer, he entered the construction sector.

In 2008, Mustafa Bülent Karaarslan completed a 145km natural gas pipeline transmission project for Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Company (BOTAŞ), with a staff of 300 employed in the project. The route ran through mountainous terrain and completed in less than one year despite a difficult winter period.

In 2009, Mustafa Bülent Karaarslan began employment with Nesma & Partners Contracting Company, and he worked for Saudi Aramco on a major sanitary, storm, irrigation, potable water and firefighting systems project.

Mustafa Bülent Karaarslan joined Mapa Group in 2010 and immediately embarked on one of his largest projects to date, the $451million Ras Al Khair-Riyadh Water Transmission System project, with a total staff of 800. Simultaneously, he managed three water tank projects with over 1000 staff, worth $210million. In 2015, he was promoted to Project Director and has since completed five major water projects in five years in Saudi Arabia. He has an excellent command of English.

In his spare time, Mustafa Bülent Karaarslan enjoys spending time with his family, doing yoga, reading and playing the ‘ney’, a traditional Turkish instrument. He has started an annual charitable fund for the education of students from low-income families.

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Ayşegül Özkaplan

CFO

Ayşegül Özkaplan serves as Chief Financial Officer for Mapa Group since 1987. She manages and supervises all financial affairs of Mapa Group, including financial strategy, planning, management and treasury. She provides financial advice and opinion on business and commercial issues involving Mapa Group.

Ayşegül Özkaplan is the Head of the Finance and Treasury Department of Mapa Group, which consists of a qualified finance team of twenty people. She is a member of the Board of Directors of many companies within Mapa Group.

Ayşegül Özkaplan has more than thirty-three years of extensive experience in all financial, commercial and business matters related to the activities of Mapa Group in Turkey and abroad. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the Middle East Technical University (METU), which is one of Turkey’s best universities.

In her spare time, Ayşegül Özkaplan enjoys painting, spending time with her cats and cooking. She is involved in charitable activities to provide contributions to the education of students from low-income families.

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Zeliha Yüzbaşıoğlu

CCO

Zeliha Yüzbaşıoğlu acts as Chief Compliance Officer for Mapa Group. She is responsible for managing and overseeing all compliance matters of Mapa Group, including regulatory compliance, compliance with business ethics and compliance with internal policies and procedures in all Mapa Group’s activities.

Before being assigned as Chief Compliance Officer, Zeliha Yüzbaşıoğlu served as a Legal Counsel in the Legal Department of Mapa Group for seven years. As in-house Legal Counsel, she gained extensive experience both in Turkey and abroad, in various legal, commercial and business areas in which Mapa Group is involved.

Zeliha Yüzbaşıoğlu is a qualified legal counsel and attorney at law registered to the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, having a license to practice law.

After obtaining the French Baccalaureate diploma in Sciences (Bac S) including education in French and English languages, she studied at law school in France and then in Turkey. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from Ankara University Law School, one of Turkey’s best law schools. As well as her native Turkish language, she has a professional capability in both English and French.

 

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Ayhan Yılmaz

Chief Legal Counsel

Ayhan Yılmaz acts as Chief Legal Counsel for Mapa Group since 1998. He is responsible for managing and overseeing all legal affairs of Mapa Group, including lawsuits, dispute resolutions, contracts and agreements processes. He provides legal advice and opinion on legal, commercial and business issues involving Mapa Group. He is the Head of the Legal Department of Mapa Group, which consists of a qualified legal team of thirty-five people, of which seventeen are legal counsels.

Ayhan Yılmaz has over thirty years of legal counsel and attorney at law experience in a wide range of legal, commercial and business matters in Turkey as well as abroad. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from Istanbul University Law School, one of Turkey’s best law schools.

Ayhan Yılmaz is a qualified legal counsel and attorney at law, registered to the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, having a license to practice law since 1990. Before joining Mapa Group, he served as Legal Counsel at the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works for eight years.

In his spare time, Ayhan Yılmaz enjoys listening to music, reading, travelling and taking photographs. He supports charity activities and regularly attends social and professional events organised by the Istanbul Bar Association.

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Emre Mazanoğlu

Head of Investor Relations & Financial Control

Emre Mazanoğlu is Head of Investor Relations and Financial Control for Mapa Group. Prior to taking on the additional role of Head of Investor Relations in January 2020, he was Head of Financial Control. Since joining Mapa Group in 2011, he has been serving as Head of Financial Control.

Emre Mazanoğlu has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) conducted in the English language from Hacettepe University in Ankara which is one of Turkey’s best universities, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Finance completed in 2015. After graduating from the university in 2004, he started his career at Deloitte, promoted to the position of Audit Manager, and he was responsible for large-scale audit projects.

Since joining Mapa Group in 2011, as Head of Financial Control, Emre Mazanoğlu coordinates financial reporting, forecasts, audit, tax management, structured financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions of Mapa Group and its subsidiaries.

In his spare time, Emre Mazanoğlu enjoys bike riding, walking and tasting various culinary delights. He makes donations to foundations related to child health.

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Health & Safety

We operate according to the best international standards and ensure the continuous development of our health and safety systems. While we strive to build on time and on budget, protecting the health and safety of our 20,000 strong workers and contractors are fundamental to our success. 

We believe that teamwork is at the heart of these systems. Our sub-contractors are inspected regularly to ensure they are delivering to a high standard and deploy the best work practices. In addition, all of our employees are trained in the safety and welfare of others in the workplace.

Sustainability

As an active investor and operator in the renewable energy sector, we believe that prosperity can be achieved with sustainability. Mapa Group puts environmental protection at the heart of its processes in all of its operations in construction and development.

On our construction sites, we take systematic precautions to minimise any potential hazardous effects on the environment. In our other activities, we also strive to optimise our processes to reduce the environmental impact.