Uğur Akkuş Named Top Businessman and CEO in Turkey

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The votes are in, and the winner of Turkey’s 2022 Best Businessman Award and Best CEO Award is Uğur Akkuş, the Founder and CEO of A&S Investment Holding Company.

The awards are a reflection of his constant dedication to his company and Turkey as well as his reputation in the industry. As the leader of a company whose multimillion-dollar portfolio includes assets in manufacturing, export, finance, construction, and communications, Akkuş is constantly meeting with business leaders to discuss the development of their industries and their impact on the Turkish economy.

He took time away from his busy schedule for the award ceremony, and Akkuş is as modest in victory as he is shrewd in business: “I can’t tell you how happy I am about this. They are public awards and I had some tough competition, so just to be nominated was a tremendous honor.”

Turkey “Perfect Solution” for Worldwide Investors

Akkuş is excited about Turkey emerging as a global leader, and he has made note of the increasing number of foreign companies who are recognizing the many advantages of doing business in Turkey. He points out that as China’s dominance in manufacturing is coming to a close, and because of the economic embargo on China, major corporations are flocking to Turkey.

He points out, “Shipping costs have risen because China closed its borders due to COVID; a container that used to ship for $2,500 now ships for $12,500. Really, Turkey is the perfect solution. Our location means we are right at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and even Africa, if you think about it. Whichever direction you go, you will find an important market within only hours.”

Akkuş explains that he thinks that because of the political and economic turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, there will be an inevitable transfer of wealth to Turkey over the next decade. “As that happens, Turkey will see more businesses grow across industries, and I am guiding A&S Investment Holding Company to be there when that happens.” 

Akkuş cares deeply about his country and has utilized his business resources to do good. He didn’t let the pandemic stop him. In fact, when COVID-19 hit, he met with doctors and other medical professionals across the country and from around the world to learn what they needed. A&S Investment Holding Company built a manufacturing facility to produce masks, and then expanded to meet demand for further personal protection equipment.

He also didn’t take a break from his efforts to develop Turkey. “We didn’t stop just because the coronavirus arrived. Instead, we looked down the road and envisioned where we wanted Turkey to be when the pandemic ended: strong and able to capitalize on an educated, cultured workforce. I met with my own employees and cast a vision for 2022 and the coming years: to use A&S Investment Holding Company to help Turkey to become the economic powerhouse I believe it is destined to become.”

Akkuş is also dedicated to the worldwide good and has welcomed and offered aid to Ukrainian refugees to flee to Turkey to escape the Ukraine/Russia conflict. “We are doing what we can to help them, and we are keeping a close eye on the conflict and its possible implications for Turkey and the region,” he says. “We want to be ready to step in and help with the reconstruction of Ukraine when the war stops, so we are developing projects that will support the rebuilding of its food, textiles, and construction industries.”

A&S Investment Holding Company Introduces Turkey’s First Local and National Blockchain Cryptocurrency

Akkuş says that as Turkey continues to grow in prominence in the region, the key to it leading economically will be the contributions that it will make to the digital revolution. “Digitalization is inevitable and will bring exciting developments to the country and the world. This is why A&S Investment Holding Company plans to activate our digital money stock exchange, We plan to launch this in the United States and around the world at the beginning of June.”

He explains that will be Turkey’s first local and national blockchain cryptocurrency. “It will lead to commission discounts, airdrop campaigns, new ICO processes, and trading competitions.”
Akkuş reveals that, through the company’s Ascoin Invest Program, will also be used to sponsor relevant departments that are working on blockchain technology. “We are very happy about this because it will have the potential to provide financing for the projects of young entrepreneurs. I am pleased that will contribute to Turkey being able to provide unprecedented opportunities for more people.”

Uğur Akkuş Applied Generations of Wisdom to Form A&S Investment Holding Company

Akkuş is a third-generation businessman who attended Bilkent University in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and continued his education in Germany, at Essen-Duisburg University. He is fluent in English, German, French, and Arabic and has great respect for education.

But, as he says, “Business is in my family’s blood.” He hit the business world head-on, serving as Vice-Chairman of Kuwait Business Council and the Foreign Economic Relations Board, Vice-President of Saudi Arabia Business Council, and becoming a High Advisory Board Member for the Turkish American Business Association. He was also the founding member and board member of KUVİD Association.

He then applied all the accumulated wisdom and knowledge of his family to start A&S Investment Holding Company, with two key goals: investing in commercial sectors with high-profit potential and achieving sustainable and stable growth within targeted periods. Akkuş learned from his family’s business, which has been engaged in trade in Turkey since 1962.

“Business is my way to give back to my country and the world,” Akkuş says. “In forming my company, I used everything I learned from my father and grandfather about domestic and international trade as well as my own experiences and capital. The result is A&S Investment Holding Company, which supports all of its subsidiaries in terms of operations management, corporate governance, and finances.”

He continues to bring more businesses into the company portfolio based on the principles of quality, value, service, and excellence. He adds,“It is my goal that A&S Investment Holding Company will make Turkey even stronger for generations to come.”

A&S Investment Holding Company Is Committed To Turkey’s Future Growth

Akkuş is determined that his company contribute to the development of Turkey. He has his vision fixed on Turkey’s place in the global economy and manages to keep a cool head amidst the whirlwind of business ventures and world events.

“COVID, thankfully, is mostly behind us, and a new normal has been revealed,” he says. “With China’s role changing and war in Eastern Europe having global repercussions, A&S Investment Holding Company will work hard to continue to be at the forefront of important solutions and innovations through 2022 and beyond.” 

For more information on Uğur Akkuş, A&S Investment Holding Company, and their work to help develop Turkey into a global economic leader, please visit the company’s website or contact:

A&S Investment Holding Company


Phone: 0212 801 48 64


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