Çakmakcı has been the Secretary General of Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV) since 2009. He represents TTGV in the various private equity and venture capital funds and the fund of funds. Çakmakcı occasionally teaches on technology and innovation management in various major universities. He is a Kauffman Fellow in Venture Capital. He got his BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, and holds MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering with a minor degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Syracuse University.