Mapa Group Construction Worker

Who we are

Mapa Group is a leading multinational conglomerate 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.

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, Founder & Chairman of Mapa Group, is one of Turkey’s most successful self-made entrepreneurs and global business leaders.

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

A brilliant student, he received a MSc in civil engineering from the best English-speaking scientific university in Turkey – the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

From the age of 14, under the guidance of his brother-in-law who was a civil engineer, Mr. Günal worked as a part-time construction worker 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 diploma, he had already contracted and built 21 buildings.

In 1978, Mr. Günal set up Mapa Group and developed it into one of the most successful construction companies in the Middle East and Africa. His mantra to deliver 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, Mr. Günal developed a series of hotel resorts throughout the country, including the first five-star hotel in Ankara which remains under his ownership until today. Mapa Group’s constructions span from residential buildings to roads, hotels, dams, plants, pipelines, irrigation projects, railways, ports, airports, water treatment and storage facilities, responding to the growing demand that resulted from Turkey’s booming economy in the 1980’s, 90’s and 00’s. From 1996, Mr. Günal diversified his business activities in the banking sector, aviation industry, mining and renewable energy with equal success.

From 2004, the company progressively expended its construction work outside of Turkey, with a focus in the GCC, North Africa and South-East Europe. Today, 80% of our revenues come from outside of Turkey.

Our success in delivering 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 an annual revenue exceeding $1.3bn. Forbes Magazine estimates Mr. Günal’s personal net worth at $1.6bn.

Mr. Günal and his wife have three children, who all graduated in Civil Engineering from Columbia University in New York. They are strongly involved in Mapa Group’s operations and Murathan Günal, his eldest son, has been serving as CEO since January 2020.

Mr. Günal is an active sportsman and enjoys walking, boating and water skiing. A committed philanthropist, Mr. Günal provides more than 150 scholarships yearly to children from lower socio- economic backgrounds to study at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

Mr. 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 has been serving as CEO of Mapa Group since January 2020.

Mr. 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 meetings and construction sites several times per month. Between 2003 and 2007, he studied at Columbia University, NYC for his 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 UAE, Mr Günal pushed through major projects including residential and highway construction jobs, navigating a major client’s restructuring process, and learning about how to keep businesses afloat during a fierce recession.

In 2011, Mr. Günal moved to Istanbul and began wider involvement in each of the Mapa Group companies throughout the world. He was appointed a member of the executive board for Istanbul Grand Airport, leading all technical and financial affairs. He was appointed CEO of Mapa Group in January 2020.

In his spare time, Mr. Günal reads widely, mainly in philosophy, history and non-fiction, as well as swims and water skies. He serves as a Director at the Atlantic Council.

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Mustafa Bülent Karaarslan

COO

Mustafa Bülent Karaarslan presently serves as Chief Operation Officer for Mapa Group and has managed a series of major projects for the company since joining in 2010, predominantly in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He attended the Middle East Technical University where he studied civil engineering before serving as an engineer as part of his military service. He subsequently entered the construction industry.

In 2008, Mr. Karaarslan completed a 145km natural gas pipeline transmission project for BOTAS, with three hundred employed on the project. The route ran through mountainous terrain and was completed in under a year including a difficult winter period.

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

Mr. Karaarslan joined Mapa Group in 2010 and immediately embarked on one of his largest projects to date, the $451m Ras Al Khair-Riyadh Water Transmission System, with a total staff of eight hundred. Simultaneously, he managed three water tank projects with over one thousand staff, worth $210m.

In 2015, he was promoted to project director and has since completed five major water projects in five years in Saudi Arabia. In his spare time, Mr. Karaarslan enjoys spending time with his young family, doing yoga, reading and playing the ‘ney’, a traditional Turkish instrument. He has also started an annual charitable fund for the education of impoverished students.

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Ayşegül Özkaplan

CFO

Ayşegül Özkaplan has served as Chief Financial Officer for Mapa Group since 1987. Following her graduation with a bachelor’s degree in Management from Middle East Technical University, she worked for one year in a bank before joining Mapa Group.

Ayşegül Özkaplan is responsible for managing the twenty staff who make up the Finance and Treasury Department, and coordinates all of our financial affairs for the group. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, painting and looking after her cats. She is also involved in charitable endeavours assisting students from deprived backgrounds pay for their studies.

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Zeliha Yüzbaşioğlu

CCO

Zeliha Yüzbaşioğlu acts as Chief Compliance Officer for Mapa Group. Before becoming Chief Compliance Officer, she worked as a legal counsel in the corporate legal department of Mapa Group for seven years.

As in-house legal counsel, she gained wide-ranging experience in various legal, business and commercial areas involving Mapa Group both in Turkey and abroad.

Zeliha Yüzbaşioğlu is a qualified attorney at law in Turkey, registered to the Union of Turkish Bar Associations. After obtaining her French Baccalaureate, she studied law in France, then in Turkey. Zeliha Yüzbaşioğlu has a bachelor’s degree in Law from Ankara University Law School. As well as her native Turkish language, she has a professional capability in both English and French.

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Ayhan Yilmaz

Chief Legal Counsel

Ayhan Yilmaz acts as Chief Legal Counsel for Mapa Group since 1998. He manages all legal affairs for Mapa Group including litigations, lawsuits, trials, contracts and agreements, and also provides legal advice on our activities.

Mr. Yilmaz has over thirty years of legal counsel experience in a wide range of legal, business and commercial matters in Turkey as well as abroad. He has a bachelor’s degree in Law from Istanbul University Law School.

Ayhan Yilmaz is a qualified attorney at law in Turkey, registered to the Istanbul Bar Association since 1990. Before joining Mapa Group, he worked as a legal counsel at the State Agency for Hydraulic Works for eight years. He is responsible for the corporate legal department of Mapa Group consisting of thirty-five people, of which seventeen are legal counsels.

In his spare time, Ayhan Yilmaz enjoys listening to music, reading, travelling and photography. He is also involved in charity work and frequently attends events organised by Istanbul Bar Association.

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Emre Mazanoğlu

Head of Investor Relations & Financial Control

Emre Mazanoğlu is currently Head of Investor Relations and Financial Control for Mapa Group. Prior to taking on the additional role of Head of Investor Relations, he was Head of Financial Control since joining Mapa Group in 2011.

Mr. Mazanoğlu has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, conducted in English, from Hacettepe University in Ankara, as well as a Masters in Public Finance completed in 2015. After graduating from university in 2004, he joined Deloitte, rising to Audit Manager and responsible for large-scale audit projects.

As Head of Financial Control at Mapa Group, Mr. Mazanoğlu has coordinated all companies within the group with regards financial reporting, forecasts, audit, tax management, structured financing and M&A transactions.

In his spare time he enjoys bike riding, walking and fine dining. He is also a donor to a number of trusts and foundations related to child health and leukaemia.

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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.