Ekrem Arıkan received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at Boğaziçi University and his Master of Business Administration degree at Yeditepe University. He is still continuing his PhD in Business Management and Organization at İstanbul Ticaret University.
He embarked on his career as Support Engineer on 1997 and started to work for Microsoft on 1998. He became Program Specialist on 1999 and then he promoted as Windows International Program Manager on year 2000 in Microsoft Windows International Product Unit. He took responsibilities in development of many Microsoft Windows products in international projects until 2006 at Microsoft.
In year 2007, he started to held positions at Fintek Financial Technology Services Inc. (Ziraat Technology Inc.) as IT Architecture Manager, and then became Project Management Office Manager and coordinated many of financial technology projects. Afterwards, he became IT Security Manager and managed IT security and risk issues. Then he promoted as Enterprise Development Director at Ziraat Technology and managed IT Security, Quality and Risk Management, as well as Human Resources and Support Services departments.
Then he transferred to Ziraat Hayat ve Emeklilik A.Ş. beginning from 2014 as Group Manager responsible from Information Technologies, Customer Services and Call Center, HR and Support Services.
As of 2015, he served as Strategy Development Director at the newly established Energy Exchange Istanbul.
And he has been Executive Vice President responsible from IT at Takasbank since June 2016.