Who We Are

Ilker Yener

Mr. Yener qualified as Oceangoing Master, already spent his years on board as Captain on large vessels and he has a bright and smart experience in Ship Management as Marine Superintendent and Crewing Manager. He also made his career on Yachting Industry as Captain and “Vice Project Manager” of a fleet consisted on 46m Expedition Motor Yacht and 36m Ketch/Sailing Yacht as well during their refit and fleet operation process for 4 years.

Belek Ozturkcan

Belek joined the Xone team in 2016 as Head of Training Department. As he holds A II/2 Master Unlimited after a bright career at sea, he made another extraordinary career underwater. Belek was managing PADI SCUBA Diving Center and also was working as freelance Insurance and Maritime Law consultant for Shipping Industry. He is exclusively accepted as expert and has his vast know-how on Class and Statutory Surveys, Certifications and on site Operational Management.

Aydin Sonmez

Aydın graduated from ITU Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Faculty in 1989. He is a top qualified and experienced marine surveyor, has always been at the south-west coast part of Anatolia. He has studied specially on yachts as designer and has taken part in the yacht projects of new built and refit. Before joining Xone Team, he worked at the same area as a Regional surveyor of a Classification Society, in commissioning process of new built yacht surveys and also process of class renewal surveys of the existing yachts.

Eda Deniz

Eda Deniz studied Electronics at Bogazici University and Business Administration and Marketing at Marmara University. Ms.Deniz served as Marketing and Public Relations Manager at several well-respected companies in luxury retail business in Istanbul for more than 15 years. She attended into sailing world few years ago, recently qualified as an International Bareboat Skipper presently and aiming to reach to instructor level. She has joined Xone Yacht as Sales & Marketing Captain and is looking forward to utilizing her marketing communications expertise in Superyacht Industry. In addition to her passion for sailing, she is addicted painting, photography and travel.

Alyona Shkarupeta

Alyona has finished two universities in Russia as Public Relation Specialist and English Interpreter in Business Communication. She is living in Turkey since 2009 and has more than 17 years experience as journalist and editor. She also has vast experience on PR and Marketing more than 10 years. She is in love with Sailing and holding her licence as Bareboat Skipper. She joined Xone team in 2016.

Betul Ozaltin

Betul Ozaltin has joined Xone Team after having a respected experience at Anadolu Group as Sales Executive for 7 years. She has a bachelor degree on Business Administration and Master degree at Economics and Administrative Sciences. Ms. Ozaltin had an extensive research, continued with specialized training and certified exclusively on “Employment and Business Consultancy” in Yachting Industry. She is qualified as Sailing Yacht Skipper and loves racing.

Zerrin Soylugil

Born in Izmir. Graduated Izmir Girls College. She has great experince on Tourism & Yachting industry over 20 years in management level in Southern Turkey and Canada as well. She has been working at Xone Superyacht Academy for 4 years as Training Coordinator for internationally accredited trainings.

Sorya Meliani

Soraya has joined the xone team in 2017 after spending 17 years at sea as a chief stewardess as well as a chef onboard super yachts. She has got a professional hotelerie school certification for hotel and restaurant management in France. Started as a restaurant manager in France at age of 23! Soraya is highly experienced in her domaine.

Gokhan Bayramoglu

Gokhan Bayramoglu graduated from Yildiz Technical University. From a young age he worked as sailing and windsurfing instructor at accredited schools both in France and Turkey. For several years he managed instructor and training programmes at these schools and competed in sailing regattas. In 2005 he opened his own school and since has been successfully training many people of all abilities from all over the world in, dinghy sailing, windsurfing and yachting. Gokhan is also an active member of the Xone yacht training and racing teams.

Burak Tarakçı

He is qualified as Master Mariner and he has earned huge experience as Oceangoing Captain with various respectful Flag State administrations around the world. He also has remarkable experience on shore based Ship Management & Operations as DPA, surveyor on technical inspections and surveys, ISM/ISPS/MLC Audits. Additionally he is a talented sailor likes sailing with his own single mast sloop yacht.

Tuna Tarakçı

Tuna Tarakçı graduated from faculty of Auqaculture and Business Administration in Istanbul. She has bright experience in Banking Business/Consumer Banking as Customer Relation Manager.
Prior to start her banking and finance career, she has employed in import-export companies in charge of sales and accounting.

Gökçen Özkan

Gokcen has joined Xone team as Marine Surveyor and Fleet Master, brings his vast experience in the Maritime Industry of more than 15 years at sea as Oceangoing Master on board large ships and Large Yachts as well. He is graduated from ITU Maritime Faculty in 2004, holds Master Mariner CoC and MCA approved Master of Yachts Unlimited certificate. His areas of expertise are leading and managing teams, ISM/ISPS/MLC audits, various Class Society and Flag State audits and Inspections and STCW trainings.