Ziya Akıncı, is the founding partner of Akinci Law Office, carries out his duty as the President of Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC). Dr. Akıncı is a member of the ICSID Committee and a former member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He is also head of the International Private Law Division of Galatasaray University Faculty of Law.

Dr. Akıncı focuses primarily on dispute resolution and has acted as counsel, expert, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in many international and domestic proceedings including international construction projects, energy projects, investment disputes, mergers and acquisitions, international commercial disputes.

Dr. Akıncı was admitted to the Bar in 1986. He received his PhD in 1992 after receiving LLM degrees from Ankara University in 1987 and from Exeter University in UK in 1991. In 2003, he became a professor of Private International Law in Galatasaray University. He has authored numerous publications on topics including but not limited to international arbitration, international construction law, applicable law to the contracts and the international carriage of goods by road.