About Optima

Working with a strong network of international property developers, sales executives and legal advisors, Optima has been providing a wide range of exclusive products to its international clients and investors since 2004.

Optima is an Istanbul based private real estate company, focusing on property development and international sales with extensive experience and expertise in Turkey, Spain, Thailand and UK.

As a well respected member of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Optima prides itself on seeking out and completing a broad array of complex and exciting residential projects in Turkey, many of which are joint ventures or private partnerships. Such involvement in projects early on in their development phases allows Optima privilaged access to profitable and exclusive property investment opportunities that are offered to clients.

Optima is actively involved in all aspects of international sales, right from exhibitions, database mining and telemarketing to deal closing, after sales management and legal advice. It's founders have exceptional educational backgrounds and been working for top international corporations at senior positons before establishing Optima.

Optima's objective is to set a new standard in professionalism and reliability in an industry where concerns about trust have been a major setback for many potential propery clients and investors worldwide.

Core Team

Tolga Güven
Managing Partner

Tolga is a Managing Partner of Optima. Mr. Güven was a Partner at various Coldwell Banker operations and has a strong network of deal flows, as well as sales and marketing know how. Previously he was a Partner at Hestiun, where he was a co-founder and set up the first international marketing JV with Anglo Spanish partners in Turkey. He was actively involved in the management of the sales and marketing of properties from Turkey, covering all aspects of the operations from exhibitions to database mining to telemarketing.

Tolga is a graduate of Robert College, and also graduated from Bilkent University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He also holds an MBA from the University of California at Riverside.

Onur Özgen
Managing Partner

Onur is a Managing Partner of Optima. He held a VP position at Salıpazarı Port Project, a $1.5 Billion Doğuş and Bilgili JV, in charge of Project Development, Leasing & Marketing. He also served as VP at Bilgili Holding, where he set up and managed the sales, leasing, and marketing operations for Bilgili and BLG Capital investments. His previous experience encompasses various management positions at major development companies such as Sinpaş REIT and Doğuş-General Electric REIT. Along with Tolga Güven, he pioneered in the marketing of properties from Turkey, setting up the first such international agency.

Having also held various management posts in international companies in Switzerland and Azerbaijan, Onur is a graduate of Robert College, and holds a BA in Business Administration from Bosphorus University, and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

Bora Samman
Managing Partner

Bora is a Managing Partner of Optima. As an entrepreneur and angel investor, he holds partnerships in a Hong Kong based company Bioserie in bioplastics, a car-sharing venture YOYO in Turkey, and an art business with French partners. Prior to his entrepreneurial initiatives, he held VP roles at leading international trading houses such as Transammonia and Dreymoor, managing the Asia & Pacific markets. His earlier experience includes an E-commerce Manager position with Turk Nokta Net and a Marketing Communications Manager position with Isuzu. He lived in Hong Kong for eight years, where he built a diverse business network in markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Russia.

Bora is a graduate of Robert College, and also graduated from University of Istanbul with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.