Our Founder & CEO
Akif Ekin (born in February, 8 1967) is an Aerospace and Aircraft engineer (M.Sc.) and a businessman in information technologies sector. Ekin is currently the President of Ekin – Smart City Solutions, a company founded in 1998 that provides red light enforcement, speed detection, license plate recognition, smart intersection management, parking management, central management software and mobile enforcement solutions to law enforcement, governments, local authorities and private sector around the world.
Ekin is also a member of iCERT – Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies, Inc..
Ekin having completed his elementary-secondary-high school educations in Germany, graduated as a Certificated Engineer from Stuttgart Technical University, earning a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering.
He worked as a research assistant for two years at the Space Research Laboratory of Stuttgart Technical University. He participated in the research of relevant materials resistant to high temperatures for the Hermes Spacecraft developed by the European Space Agency (ESA). In 1988, during his education, he accomplished his internship in aircraft manufacturing at Zenair in Canada.
Ekin lived in the USA and Canada for several years, and in 1990 he became focused on technical designs, founding Akart Lamp in Germany. In 1992, at Iltis Consulting, he gave lectures in various regions of Germany about technical and marketing training to about 2000 senior executive participants from the automotive sector. Between 1993-1995, he worked as General Director in Pyramid Security Systems.
During his time in Germany, he leaded publication of the first Turkish article in Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) founded in 1949. Furthermore, he is the author of Nachbar Türkei (1997) and Erfolg in der Türkei (1998), which are articles about Turkey published in German.
After his role at Pyramid Security Systems, in 1998 Akif Ekin founded Ekin Smart City Solutions.