Ali Keles holds a Master’s Degree in Dutch Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Since the beginning of his studies, he started founding new ventures in various sectors. With nearly 20 years of experience in different fields of business, he has gained significant expertise in asset management, corporate finance, and strategic business development. From 2007 to 2012, he was an Advisory Partner to TransMatch Realty Advisors and from 2012 to 2019, he served as co-founder and Managing Partner of TransMatch Capital Partners. In August 2019, Lakeside Capital Partners was founded by Ali Keles as a successor of the latter.
He has advised and led multiple successful start-ups and scale-ups. Currently, he is also chairman of the Netherlands Association of Corporate Art Collections, board member of an advisor to various NGOs, and companies. One of these companies is Tandheelkunde Groep Nederland, a portfolio company, that has been awarded the title FD Gazelle consecutively in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, with a highest ranking of 79th fastest growing company in the Netherlands. The industries he concentrates on are finance, real estate, healthcare, technology, and renewable energy. As a philanthropist and art aficionado, he pursues social impact through Keles Foundation and Lakeside Collection.
From 2010 to 2014, he served as a member of the City Council of Barendrecht in the Netherlands. During this council membership he introduced crowdfunding as a solution for financing renewable energy projects on Municipality owned real estate and had initiated various conferences such as the anniversary of 400 years diplomatic and business relations between the Netherlands and Turkey.
In 2012 he co-founded the Cultural Foundation Netherlands Turkey and was on the board consecutively for 5 years. Since its establishment, it has been supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Turkey and Dutch Municipality funds for organizing the Red Tulip Film Festival in the Netherlands. In 2005, he was installed as a Member of the Board of the foundation, Student Forum for European Affairs (SFEA), which initiated the European Parliament for Students in The Hague, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.