Sectors Council

Mustafa GÜLTEPE
Chairman

Mustafa GÜLTEPE

Chairman

Chairman of the Textile and Raw Materials Exporters' Association

Chairman of the Talu Tekstil San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Board Member of the Taha Pazarlama Ve Mağazacılık A.Ş.

Born in Tonya-Trabzon in 1968, Mr. Mustafa GÜLTEPE has graduated from Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Industrial Engineering in 1990 and obtained an MBA from Istanbul University.

He started his career at Taha Textile in 1992. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Talu Textile, which was founded in 1994 as a member company of Taha Group. For the last 30 years, he is actively in charge of executive management in the apparel industry, both in production and export operation levels of the supply chain management of ready-wear products. He has production facilities in Istanbul, Sakarya and Malatya, in which about 3400 people is employed.

Gültepe is within the Management Board of İHKİB since 2006. He worked as the Vice Chairman of the Board since 2014 and became the Chairman of İHKİB in the elections held in April 2018. He is also the Chairman of Sakarya 1st Organized Industrial Zone.

He is married and has three children. He speaks English fluently.

Adil PELİSTER
Chemicals and Chemical Products

Adil PELİSTER

Chairman of İstanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products ExportersAssociation

Ahmet BOLAT
Services

Prof.Dr. Ahmet BOLAT

Chairman of Services Exporters' Association

With almost 17 years experience at Turkish Airlines, Dr. Bolat has been responsible for Fleet Planning, Investment Management, International Relations & Alliances and Innovation as the Chief (Investment and Technology) Officer.

During his tenure, he managed strategic growth plan of Turkish Airlines and lead the team for procuring around 550 aircraft to Turkish Airlines fleet. Being responsible for International Relations & Alliances, Dr. Bolat has managed Government Affairs issues & commercial agreements with airline partners, ensuring partnership & network development with enhanced bilateral relations. He was the leading executive for the feasibility study of Alliance election project for Turkish Airlines.

Prof.Dr. Ahmet Bolat has played an important role in the growth strategy of Turkish Airlines. He was a Board Member of Sun Express Airlines and currently a Board Member of Turkish Cabin Interior Inc. and Deputy Chairman of Turkish Aerospace Industry.

Dr. Ahmet Bolat graduated from Istanbul Tecnical University in 1981 as an Industrial Engineer. In 1984, he graduated from M.Sc. Operations Research program at Stanford Universtiey and in 1988, he obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

He started his career in 1981 as a Design and Production Engineer. Between 1985 and 1988, he held a variety of roles at the University of Michigan including as teaching assistant, research assistant and assistant professor. From 1988 to 2005, he worked as assistant professor, associate professor and professor at Industrial Engineering Department of King Saud University.  He also continued teaching Universties in Istanbul, on part time basis

He supervised projects in logistics areas such as Aircraft-Gate Assignment, Oil Tanker Transportation and Intercity Bus Operations. He advised many doctoral and master theses, contributed to the literature with many papers on the subjects of Optimization, Sequencing and Scheduling, Automobile Assembly Lines.

 

Ahmet GÜLEÇ
Wood and Forestry Products

Ahmet GÜLEÇ

 

Ahmet Gülec was born in Şırnak in 1970, he graduated from the Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences Department of Public Administration in 1990.

After completing his military service in 1997, he started his career at Nurhas Furniture in 1998. At first he worked as a Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors and then as Vice Chairman in 2003, he served as the Chairman of the Board. Still functioning as the Chairman of Nurhas Furniture, he established NDESIGN brand and has influence within the furniture sector.

Around 2007 – 2012 when he was a member of MUSIAD Advisory Board Member, he succeeded to get attention to himself with his vision and words. After completing his job as the head of Inegol Furniture Presentation Group for 2 years, he became one of the IMOS founders which brought wealth to the province. At the same time MÜSIAD Advisory Board Member Ahmet Gulec, was selected as the Turkey Furniture Manufacturers Association (MOSDER) management at 2010. Representing the majority of the Turkish furniture industry MOSDER and elected as the president in 2012 and the creator of "Turkish Furniture" style, aims to make Turkey to be in the top 5 exporting countries within 5 years.

He is married and has four children.  

Ali KAVAK
Fresh Fruit and Vegatables

Ali KAVAK

Chairman of Turkish Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Sectoral Board

 

Born in Karaali Village affiliated to Antakya/Hatay in 1949, Mr. Ali Kavak completed his primary education in Karaali Elementary School. In 1970, he was graduated from Düziçi Teacher Training High School, being ranked the most successful student in the High School. After having been teacher for six years, he resigned and went into business. 

Now, he is continuing exporting fresh fruits and vegetables. Moreover, he has companies which have been active in different sectors such as printing, international logistics, fuel, packaging and plastics, and constructing etc. since 1990.  In these companies, he provides employment for thousands of people.

Along with his business life, he held the following positions;

  • Member of Management Board, Mediterranean Exporters' Association for 4 years,
  • Chairman of Management Board, Mediterranean Fresh Fruits Vegetables Exporters' Association for 27 years,
  • Member of Management Board, Turkish Exporters' Assembly for 8 years,
  • Chairman of Committee on Agriculture, Turkish Exporters' Assembly
  • Chairman of Turkish Fresh Fruits Vegetables Sectoral Board,
  • Chairman of Citrus Promotion Group,
  • Chairman of Antakya Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Member of Council, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

 

Mr. Kavak currently assumes the position of Chairman of Turkish Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Sectoral Board and Member of Sectors' Council at Turkish Exporters' Assembly. Being married, Mr. Kavak has four children.

 

 

Baran ÇELİK
Automotive Industry

Baran ÇELİK

Chairman of the Board for Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters Association


Baran Çelik was born in Bursa in 1977. He completed his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Uludağ University Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. He received the title of Mechanical Engineer MSc. Çelik started his career in 2000 as a Board Member at Beyçelik A.Ş.

Baran Çelik currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board/CEO of Beyçelik Holding A.Ş., established in 1976 and operates in automotive, energy, heating, cooling and air conditioning (hvac) and insurance sectors. Çelik also serves as Chairman of the Board of Beyçelik Gestamp, which is the flagship of the Holding. He has been serving as Vice Chairman of the Board/CEO of various companies in the Holding since 2007.

Baran Çelik participates in various non-governmental organizations actively. Between 2012-2014, he assumed the Chairman of the Board duty in Young Businessmen Association of Turkey Bursa Branch (TUGIAD). Between 2016-2018 he assumed the President of High Advisory Board in TUGİAD.

Baran Çelik is the Coordinating Chairman of Uludağ Exporters' Association and Chairman of the Board for Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters Association (OİB). Çelik is a Member of Automotive Sector Council for the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTSO). He is also a member of Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK) and Turkish Industry & Business Association (TÜSİAD). Çelik has been serving as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of The Business at OECD (BIAC) as of 20 May 2021.
Baran Çelik is married and has 3 children.

Başaran BAYRAK
Ship and Yacht

Başaran BAYRAK

 

Başaran Bayrak was born in Trabzon, on 9th of October, 1959. He was graduated from the Marmara University, Faculty of Communications in 1982.

He was one of the founding members of ÇEKSAN limited company established in 1978. In 2004, by changing of Çeksan into joint stock co, Başaran Bayrak became vice president. In 2000, he and his business partners from Çeksan, jointly founded Bayrak Maritime Joint Stock Co.

He was also involved in executive board of GİSAŞ, the company founded by members of Turkish Shipbuilders Association, as financial executive director between 2001 and 2006 and vice chairman between 2006 and 2008.

In April 2010, he was voted into chair of newly founded Turkish Ship and Yachts Exporters' Association by total of all 42 votes and consequently he is entitled as first chairman of the association. 

Today he is still in position of vice president and general manager of Çeksan Shipyard, Bayrak Maritime and Baytaş Tanker and also Councillor of Chamber of Shipping and Chairman of Turkish Ship and Yacht Exporters Association.

He is married with children.

Birol CELEP
Dried Fruit

Birol CELEP

 

K.F.C. Food Textile Industry. Exp. Investment Inc. Chairman

Birol Celep was born in June the 4th 1960 in İzmir and graduated from Çınarlı industrial technical high school in 1977.

In 1984, he managed the production and purchase departments of his family's corporations Celepler Pamuk and Celpam Pamuk which carry their businesses in cotton sector in Gediz and Bakırçay basins.

After the take over of K.F.C food textile ind importation&exportation investment join stock company which was founded with Turkish-Dutch partnership in 1993 with the aim of dried fruit production and exportation, by Celep family, Birol Celep assumed the chairman position at K.F.C Food Textile Industry. Exp. Investment Inc.

Celep, the chairman of K.F.C Food Inc. Which has been exporting dried fruits to more than 56 countries via it's brand Sunny Fruit and Safe Food Corporation which has been running the business in USA for 15 years, is also a member of board of executives at Celepler Pamuk ind.trade.co.ltd.

Celep has been a part of Aegean Dried Fruit and Products Exporters' Association's board member and Audit board since 2003 and was elected in 2010 as Vice President, beginning a four-year term.

Celep was elected as Chairman to Aegean Dried Fruit and Products Exporters' two consequtive terms in 2014 and April the 16th, 2018. Celep was elected as Aegean exporters' Association's Vice Coordinator Chairman and is also one of the founding members of Board of Foreign Economic Relations. Celep is married and is father of two.

Çetin TECDELİOĞLU
Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

Çetin TECDELİOĞLU

Chairman of İstanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters' Association

Cetin Tecdelioglu who was born in 1971, Malatya; graduated form Kabatas High School in 1987 after completing his primary and secondary education in Istanbul. His entrepreneurial spirit occured in his youth, with hot and cold iron working studio whicaws founded by his grand grandfather Ahmet Hodja, who was known as “Tecdeli” at the time of Ottoman Empire.

The bond with metal which have become a family tradition continues at Cetin Civata in production; at Civtec Cıvata in marketing with the management of 3rd generation representatives.

Mr. Tecdelioglu took charges in a lot of different areas within Tecde Group which was founded in 1987 and has 18 companies within.  

He continues his duty as a Chairman in Civtec Cıvata which has become an arbiter in fastener industry. Another mission of Tecde Group is having brought Aidata, which was the first local computer brand, to our country. Tecdelioglu, the board member of Tecde Group whiich is an arbiter of IT, IT technology and consumer electronics within Bogazici Holding, has been chosen as Chairman at the ordinary general meeting of Istanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters' Association in May, 2022.

Cetin Tecdelioglu, chairman of Istanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters' Association, is the new Industry President in Turkish Exporters Assembly at the same time.    

With taking charge in nongovernmental organizations and industry organizations, Tecdelioglu takes it as a duty sharing his knowledge and experience as a contribution to the future of our country.

Some of the foundations and institutions that Cetin Tecdelioglu takes part:

  • Chairman of Istanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters' Association
  • Board Member of Turkish Exporters Assembly
  • Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Industry President in Turkish Exporters Assembly
  • Council Member of Istanbul chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman of Hardware Manufacturers and Businessmen's Association
  • Deputy Chairman of Association of Turkish Construction Material Producers
  • High Advisory Board Member of Malatya Businessmen Association
  • Board Member of Tecde Group
  • Board Member of Bogazici Holding
  • Board Member of Civtec Cıvata

Cetin Tecdelioglu, father of 3 children, speaks English.

 

Davut ER
Olive and Olive Oil Product

Davut ER

 

Davut ER, was born in 1965 in Aydın province, graduated from Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, department of Business Management. ER started his business life in 1988 by trading olive, olive oil and dried fig. For long years, he has taken part in Board of Directors of Aydın Commodity Exchange. Between the years 1999-2001, he ran the position of Chairman of the Board. He also ran as President of Assembly of Aydin Commodity Exchange between 2004-2005. He was elected as Board Member of Aegean Olive and Olive Oil Exporters Association (EZZIB) in 2006. Er, who worked as EZZİB Vice Chairman in 2014, was elected as Chairman of EZZIB in May the 11th, 2016. Davut ER speaks English besides Turkish. He is married and father of three.

Erdem ÇENESİZ
Cement, Glass, Ceramic and Soil Products

Erdem ÇENESİZ

President of ECE Holding

Erdem Çenesiz was born in Tokat Turhal in 1972. He is originally from Çorum, and he completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Samsun. Erdem Çenesiz received a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in business analysis. He is the President of ECE Group, which dates back to 1946 and gathered under the roof of ECE Holding in 2007. In addition, he undertakes the duty of Turkey's CEO of Ideal Standard. Erdem Çenesiz is maintaining his duties as the Chairman of the Turkish Ceramics Federation and the Vice Chairman of TOBB Ceramics and Refractory Assembly. Erdem Çenesiz also served as the Chairman of Turkish Entrepreneurship and Business World Confederation, the Chairman of Central Black Sea Industrialists and Businessmen Federation, the Chairman of Ceramic Sanitaryware Manufacturers Association and the Chairman of Çorumsiad.

İbrahim PEKTAŞ
Steel

İbrahim PEKTAŞ

Vice Chairman of the Steel Exporters' Association

 

İbrahim Pektaş, who was born in Malatya in 1953, graduated from Çukurova University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in 1976. Having completed his Master's Degree in Macro Economics at the University of Western Illinois (USA), Pektaş began his career as an Assistant Inspector at the Ministry of Labor in 1977, served as the Head of the State Planning Organization Export Promotion Group in 1980. He continued his career as a Consultant to the Ministry of State in 1988 and in 1989, he became a Member of Audit Committee, Member of the Board of Directors and Assistant General Manager at Turkish Airlines.

From 1992 until the present day, he has been serving as a Member of Board of Directors for all the companies under the umbrella of Diler Holding A.Ş., the Deputy Chairman for Diler Demir Çelik End. Ve Tic. A.Ş., Diler Dış Ticaret A.Ş., Yazıcı Demir Çelik San. Ve Tur. Tic. A.Ş., Diler Yatırım Bankası A.Ş. and a Member of Board of Directors for Asil Çelik San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Being elected as the Chairman of Steel Exporters' Association in 1994, Pektaş served as the Deputy Chairman for Turkish Exporters' Assembly between 1995-2005. Being a member of the Board of Directors of Steel Exporters' Association since 2010, Pektaş is still serving as a member of TIM Sectors Council.

 

İsmail YILMAZ
Ornamental Plants and Products

İsmail YILMAZ

Chairman of Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association Executive Board

Tempo Tarım Mobilya Tekstil Med.Oto.Gıda İnşaat Taah.ve Tic.San.Ltd.Şti. Chairman of the Board

 

İsmail Yılmaz was born in Trabzon on 03.05.1972 and graduated from Erzurum Atatürk University, Faculty of Agriculture. He began his professional life by working in private sector for three years in several jobs.

Co-founder of Tempo Tarım Ltd. Şti., İsmail Yılmaz initiated a business in cut flowers industry. Afterwards, he started a business named ABANNE Fide Üretim Ltd. Şti., which focuses on young plant production in the same industry.

İsmail Yılmaz has been Chairman of Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association Executive Board since April 2018.

He was a former Board Member of Cut Flowers Exporters Association between the years of 1999-2010 and a former Vice Chairman of the Board in Turkish Ornamental Plants & Products Exporters Association between the years of 2010-2015. He speaks English.

İsmail Yılmaz is married and has four children.

Kutlu KARAVELİOĞLU
Machinery and Machinery Accessories

Kutlu KARAVELİOĞLUx

Machinery Exporters' Union (MAIB), Chairman​

Layne Bowler A.Ş/Executive Member of Board

Samsun Makina Sanayi A.Ş/Deputy President

 

Date Of Birth/Place Of Birth: 14.11.1961/Ankara

Education: 

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

TED Ankara College and METU (licence 1984, M.S. Degree 1987) Thesis on Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Worked for Turkish Electricity Authority, Power Plants Department, in charge of planning, construction and investment phases of thermal power plants during his post graduate studies (1984-1987).

Military service carried out at Turkish Naval Forces Headquarters, Technical Department, as a liutenant responsible from training of maintenance and repair foremen (1987-1988).

 

Previous Duties

Sectorial Duties In Turkey:

1994 - 2003     Foreign Economic Relations Council (DEIK) Turkish-Magrep and Turkish-Iraqi Business Councils' member

1997 - 2000    Turkish Pump and Valve Industrialists' Association (POMSAD), Founder Member of Board

2000 - 2007    Turkish Pump and Valve Manufacturers' Association (POMSAD), President

2002 - 2004    Machinery Exporters' Association (MAIB), Founder Member of Board

2004 - 2006    Machinery Manufacturers' Union (MIB), Secretary Member of Board

2004 - 2006    Turkish Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers' Association (TARMAKBIR), Member of Board, representer at foreign federations

2006 - 2008    Machinery Exporters' Union (MAIB), Member of Board

2007 - 2010    Machinery Promotion Group (MTG), Member of Board

2008 - 2018    Machinery Exporters' Union (MAIB), Deputy Chairman

2010 - 2017    Machinery Promotion Group (MTG), Deputy Chairman

2014 - 2015     Machinery Manufacturers' Federation (MAKFED), Founder President

2014 - 2018    Turkish Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers' Association (TARMAKBIR), Member of Board

 

Sectorial Duties Abroad :

2001- 2013      European Pump Manufacturers' Association (EUROPUMP) Member of Executive Council

2013 - 2015    European Pump Manufacturers' Association (EUROPUMP) Vice President

2015 - 2017    European Pump Manufacturers' Association (EUROPUMP) President

 

Present Duties

Sectoral Duties in Turkey:

2007 -              Machinery Industry Sectorial Platform (MSSP), President

2012 -              Turkish Pump and Valve Manufacturers' Association (POMSAD), President

2015 -               Machinery Manufacturers' Federation (MAKFED), Vice President

2016 -               Turkish Union of Chambers and Stock Markets (TOBB),

                         Council of Machinery Sector, President

2018 -              Machinery Exporters' Union (MAIB), Chairman

2018 -               Turkish Exporters Assembly, Board Member

2018 -               Turkish Exporters Assembly, Chairman of Innovation Committee

 

Sectoral Duties abroad :

2015 -              European Enginering Industries Confederation (ORGALIME), representative of Turkey

2017 -               European Pump Manufacturers' Association (EUROPUMP), Past President and Member of Executive Council

 

Membership of Association/Organization

Listed above

Language Skills

English

Marital Status

Married, 2 children

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Latif Aral ALİŞ
Defence and Aerospace

Latif Aral ALİŞ

Deputy Chairman of Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association (SSI)

 

Latif Aral ALİŞ is a graduate of Italian College and studied Business Administration at Marmara University. He has been working as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2000, as the fifth generation in the family company founded in 1880.

Aliş, who had been the Chairman for three terms between 2004-2012, is the Permanent Honorary Chairman of the Turkish Shooting and Hunting Federation.

Aliş is the Chairman of Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TİM) Committee of Defence and Aerospace Industry. In addition, he is member of TİM's Sectors Council and Turkish Defence Industry Assembly of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).

He worked as the member of the Board of Directors of Turkish side of the second term of Framework for Strategic Economic and Commercial Cooperation (FSECC) Turkey-USA Business Council. Aliş was the member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board member of Foreign Economic Relations Board, which has been re-settled since September 2014. Having exellent command of Italian and English.

Mehmet KAVAKLIOĞLU
Electrical and Electronics

Mehmet KAVAKLIOĞLU

Born in Denizli in 1971, Mehmet Kavaklıoğlu graduate in Anadolu University, Faculty of Economics.

He is the Board Member and General Manager of Pamukkale Kablo which operates in the cable industry with a history of sixty years. Having served as the Chairman of the Cable Manufacturers Association, Kavaklıoğlu is now the Vice President of the Electrical and Electronics Exporters' Association and serves on the Turkish Exporters Assembly Electrical and Electronics Sector Council as a member.

Kavaklıoğlu is the father of two children and speaks English.

 

Melisa TOKGÖZ MUTLU
Fruit and Vegatables

Melisa TOKGÖZ MUTLU

Chairman of Istanbul Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association

 

Born in Istanbul in 1978, Melisa Tokgoz Mutlu graduated from Koç University, Department of Psychology. Having started her business life as a manager at Cherry Valley Food Industry in 1998, Mutlu is still working as the General Manager of the mentioned company. Additionally, Mutlu, who is also a Senior Manager in the Futem Representation Company, has been the Chairman of Sector Council of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Products since 2012. Mutlu is married with 2 children.

Mustafa ŞENOCAK
Leather and Leather Products

Mustafa Şenocak   

 

He was born in Trabzon, in 1959.

He graduated from İstanbul University Management Department in 1983.

His export firms;

  • Derimsa Deri Mamulleri Industry and Trade co. ltd. (Leather  Business- Zeytinburnu)
  • GR Deri Tekstil Ayakkabı Ve Hediyelik Eşya Ürünleri co. ltd. (Leather-Fur Garments-Zeytinburnu)
  • Atacan Deri Industry and Trade co. ltd. (Tannery-Tuzla OSB)
  • İkon Deri Industry and Foreign Trade inc.  (Tannery-Çorlu OSB)
  • Fimaks Plastik inc.  (PET plate and storage boxes production for the food sector–Çorlu)

He is one of the partners of MYM Gayrimenkul Construction Industry and Trade inc.

He is the Vice Chairman of İDMIB, a member of the DTG, a member of the Chamber of Commerce of İstanbul, a member of the Board of Trustees  of Çaykara Foundation and a member of the Executive Board of Çaykara ve Dernekpazarı Assistance Community.

He speaks English at intermediate level, is married with two children.

Ömer Celal UMUR
Tobacco

Ömer Celal UMUR

 

Ömer Celal Umur was born in İstanbul in August the 10th 1968. Graduated from Saint Joseph secondary school in İzmir and went to Britain to study at Bryanston school and also graduated from there. He accomplished his bachelor's degree in Tuft University in USA in the department of International Relations. He started his business carees in 1991, with Richard Ellis in London. Umur has been continuing his career as a member of the board of directors at T.T.L. Tobacco ind. And foreign trade company in İzmir since 1993. Umur has also been at his position in Aegean Tobacco Exporters' Association as the deputy chairman of the executive board perpetually since 1999. He has been elected the president to the Aegean Tobacco Exporters' Association in 2018. Umur is married and is father of two. Umur speaks English and France besides his mother tongue, Turkish.

Recep Burak SERTBAŞ
Apparel
Recep Burak SERTBAŞ
Rüstem ÇETİNKAYA
Mining Products

Rüstem ÇETİNKAYA

Istanbul Mineral Exporters' Association (İMİB)- Chairman of the Board

Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM)- Sectors Council Member

Temmer Marble- Chairman of the Board

 

Born in İstanbul in 1977, Rüstem Çetinkaya graduated from İstanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences.

Çetinkaya, who is Chairman of the Board of the İstanbul Mineral Exporters' Association, served as a Member of the Board from 2006 to 2008 and has been the Vice Chairman of the Board for two terms the years between 2014- 2018 and 2018- 2022. He is also member of the Turkish Exporters Assembly Sectors Council and Member of the Board of the TİM A.Ş. Turkish Trade Center.

Apart from İMİB and TİM, he serves as a Chairman of the Board of Temmer Marble, which he founded in 1998.

Besides this, Çetinkaya's involvement in social responsibility extends to various foundations and associations. Çetinkaya is also lecturing at the universities to next generation architects and engineers about natural stone as a guest teacher.

Çetinkaya is involved in the education business with the Aral Anatolian Technical and Vocational High School which started education and training in the fields of mechatronics and metal in 2017-2018 to meet the needs of the workforce in Afyonkarahisar Organized Industrial Zone.

He is also founding entrepreneur of the Marmara High Technology and Machinery Specialized Organized Industrial Zone which is being established in Bandırma region.

Rüstem Çetinkaya, who speaks English, is married and has two children.

 

Salahattin KAPLAN
Carpet

Salahattin Kaplan

Salahattin Kaplan was born in 1967, in Gaziantep. He has been experiencing approximately 30 years in Carpet Industry as one of the most important producers and exporters of machine-made carpet sector in Turkey.

He presently acts as;

  • Chairman of Southeast Anatolian Carpet Exporters' Association
  • Vice Chairman of Southeast Anatolian Exporter Unions
  • Member of Sectors Council of the Turkish Exporters Assembly
  • Chairman of the Council of Carpet Sector
  • Member of The City Council of Gaziantep
  • Chairman of Dost Kardesler Inc. which is the top machine-carpet-exporting company in Southeast Anatolian and the second highest machine-carpet-exporting company in Turkey.

Kaplan is married with six children.

Salih Zeki POYRAZ
HVAC-R Industry

Salih Zeki Poyraz

Zeki Poyraz was born in Kayseri in 1962. He studied Persian Language and Literature in Ankara University. He graduated in 1985, during his high school and university years he worked in several different sectors as an intern.

As he worked with his father in his construction company he co-founded manufacturing companies from various sectors including food industry (cube sugar), ventilation, cast iron and steel.

Now, he is the CEO of AFS Flexible Duct Co. which he established in 1991. AFS Flexible Duct Co. exports 80% of its products to 70 different countries around the globe. Since 1994 Mr. Poyraz has been working to export his products.

Mr. Poyraz is the chairman of Turkish HVAC-R Exporters Union, a Member of Sectors Council of the Turkish Exporters Assembly and the chairman of Turkish Climatisation Assembly in TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey).

He is married with three children.

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