Akif was born in Adana, a city in southern part of Turkey, and moved to Istanbul with his family at age three. Having grown up in a multicultural environment (his grandparents migrated from Uzbekistan in 1945) and in the diverse city of Istanbul, he began studying foreign language in high school. Akif continued exploring this passion in college and graduated with a degree in English Translation and Interpretation at Istanbul University. Akif has several years of experience in translation project management and joins the Multilingual Connections team as its first Turkish employee. In his spare time he likes to work out, watch documentaries, and dream about being a race car driver.