Kerim Sakızlı was born in 1973 in Izmit. He graduated from Yıldız Teknik University majoring in Industrial Engineering. He previously worked in McDonalds corporation and Metro Group AG/ Praktiker as the head of various departments. In 2012, he decided to take a different direction as an entrepreneur and his interest in the food and beverage industry led him to co-found the brands Sohitto and Beyoglu Gazozu. Kerim Sakızlı is now a part of the Lidya Ventures team as a trusted partner and as the CEO of the brands mentioned.