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Managing Partner

Önder started his international career as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen in Brussels. Between 2002 and 2007, he served at Electrabel in Belgium at different positions including trading, origination and asset management gaining trading and utility experience in Europe. From 2007 until 2011, he was Senior Vice President of Business Development in GDF Suez in Middle East & Turkey based in Dubai and Istanbul. During this period he developed successfully a power-water project in Bahrain, divested a power plant in Oman and started a coal-fired power plant project in Turkey. Since then Önder decided to pursue his own ventures on commodity trading, mining and energy project development. He developed successful international start-ups, among which Jupiter Trading grew into an active coal trading & marketing company on the Indian Ocean and Turkish markets. He started AURUM with a regional focus on the growing Turkish and East Mediterranean markets. AURUM trades, markets industrial raw materials (primarily steam coal, petroleum coke and metals) and advises energy industry on project development and M&A matters. Önder is a civil engineer and holds Financial Economics and MBA degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He speaks English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, and Turkish and has intermediate knowledge of Russian. He is married and has two daughters.

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