Sectors Council

İsmail GÜLLE
Chairman

İsmail GÜLLE

Chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly

Born in Sivas in 1960, İsmail Gülle has completed his first and secondary education in the same city.

Mr. Gülle graduated from İstanbul Technical University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 1982 and obtained an MBA from Istanbul University Business Administration Institute. In 1970, he took over the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gülle Entegre Tekstil İşletmeleri A.Ş., founded by his late father Halis Gülle.

Between 1999 - 2003, Mr. Gülle has successfully carried out his duties within Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters' Association as a Board Member. Between 2003-2018, he held the following positions: Chairman of Istanbul Textile and Carpet Exporters' Association (İTHİB), Member of the Sectors' Council at the Turkish Exporters Assembly, Assembly Vice President at the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, Chairman of the Industrialists and Businessmen Association from Sivas.

He currently holds the positions of Chairman and Member of the Board of Trustees at Ergene-2 Organized Free Zone, Member of the Eximbank, Vice President of DEİK, Member of the Economic Development Foundation, Chairman of the Textile and Raw Materials' Sector Board.

Mr. Gülle has recently been elected as the Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) at the 25th General Assembly held on June 30, 2018.

Mr. Gülle is supporting education by way of the schools he has had constructed in Sivas and its villages as well as many individual and institutional scholarships he has provided to secondary and higher education students. İsmail Gülle is married, with two children.

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.

 

Zeki KIVANÇ
Textile and Raw Materials

Zeki KIVANÇ

 

Born in 1963, graduated from the Anatolian University Faculty of Economics.

Mr.Kıvanç is the Board Member of the The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, Board Member of the Council of Industry Chambers and Vice President of the Textile Sector, Vice-President of the Mediterranean Textile and Raw Materials Exporters' Association, Vice President of Association of Cotton Textiles Industry, Vice President of the Adanaspor Football Club,  Board Member of the Çukurova Fair Company and Board Member KOBİ Venture Capital Investment Trust Inc. Co.

He is Member of the Adana Young Businessmen's Association(AGİAD) , Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD), Anatolian Lions Businessmen's Association (ASKON) and Turkish-American Business Association (TABA-AmCham).

Zeki Kıvanç is the President of the Adana Chamber of Industry since 2013. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Deputy Director General of Kıvanç Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. that is the Top 1000 Industrial Companies of Turkey and has over than 1350 employees.

 Zeki Kıvanç is married, with two 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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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.

Mustafa GÜLTEPE
Apparel

Mustafa GÜLTEPE

Chairman of Istanbul Apparel Exporters' Association 

Mr. Gültepe was born in Tonya/Trabzon in Turkey in 1968. He graduated from Industrial Engineering Department of Dokuz Eylül University in 1990 and started his career at Taha Tekstil in 1992. He is the Co-founder and Chairman of Talu Tekstil, which was founded in 1994 as a member company of Taha Group. For the last 25 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 1800 people is employed.

He completed his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Istanbul University in 1997.

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.

 

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.

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.

Fatih Kemal EBİÇLİOĞLU
Electrical and Electronics

Fatih Kemal EBİÇLİOĞLU

 

He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration. ... He has a postgraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, International Finance Department and a doctorate from Ankara University, Faculty of Business Administration. At 1989 he started his career at the Ministry of Finance as an Assistant Financial Analyst and served as a Financial Analyst and Chief Financial Analyst.

He joined the Koç Group in 2002 and worked as the Coordinator of the Finance Group and of the  Audit Group. In April 2005 he was assigned as Assistant General Manager of Finance & Accounting of Arçelik AS. From February 2015, he serves as President of Consumer Durables at Koç Holding AS.

İlyas Edip SEVİNÇ
Hazelnut

  İlyas Edip SEVİNÇ


Was born 1953 in Trabzon.

1970-1975                 Karadeniz Technical University,  Mechanical Engineering

 

Experience :              

1975-1977                Mechanical Engineer in the civil service

1978-1998                Factory Manager at a hazelnut processing company

Since 2000                Partner and Manager of Ozgun Food

Since 2006                Board Member of the Black Sea Exporter Union and Hazelnut Promotion Group

Since 2014                Chairman of the Black Sea Exporter Union

2014-2017                Chairman of the Hazelnut Promotion Group         

Since 2017                Board Member of the Turkey Promotion Group

Since 2018                Board Member of the Turkish Exporters Assembly

Language Proficiency:  

English: Working proficiency

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.

Orhan SABUNCU
Automotive

Orhan SABUNCU

Born in Bursa in 1951, Orhan Sabuncu completed his elementary and middle school education there. In 1970, he started studying Mechanical Engineering at Yıldız Technical University and, upon graduating in 1975, later worked at an engineering company in Istanbul for two years. After completing his military service, he started working as a construction engineer at Teknik Malzeme in Bursa in 1978 and was appointed as General Manager in 1985. In 2002, he was appointed as the chairman of Orhan Holding's automotive seating group and he still serves as a Board Member at Holding companies.

Between the years 2006 and 2010, Mr. Sabuncu was a Board Member of TAYSAD (Association of Automotive Parts and Components Manufacturers) and OIB (Automotive Industry Exporters' Association). Between 2010 – 2018, he served as the Chairman of OIB and between 2016 – 2018, he was a Member of the Board of DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board). Since 2018, Mr. Sabuncu has been serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of OIB and since June 2018 he has been serving as a Board Member of TIM (Turkish Exporters Assembly). He is competent in English.

Selahattin 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.

Ahmet SAGUN
Aqua and Animal Products

Ahmet SAGUN

 

Chairman of the board of Group Sagun A. Tuncay SAGUN, has built up Kemal Balıkçılık which took over from his Father Kemal SAGUN, to GROUP SAGUN, is a Group of Companies with 6 different companies, 10 production facilities across the 7 different regions in Turkey, 3 production facilities in different Countries and runs its business in the fields of aquaculture, production, exportation and importation. The point in Tuncay SAGUN's success Story is his love to Fishery. 

Under the management of Tuncay Sagun, Group Sagun is the one of the important Company in its sector, and has a world record in the sector with performing 386 kinds of products production. The group has 1500 worker human resources and exporting %70 of its production. Group Sagun is one of the biggest industrial companies in Turkey with its rich portfolio and services in all sectors, leading the seafood Sector and Group Sagun is in the most exported 500 companies. Group has direct export to 23 countries, mainly Europe and Japan. 

From the beginning of its trade it has been continuously growing up and spreading activities on all seafood area focusing on Agriculture, Production and Exportation. As leading Seafood Group in our country we have direct contribution and impact during the transformation of Fishery into Industry through Tuncay SAGUN. Group Sagun expertise area has determined just Seafood by Tuncay SAGUN. In this case, Group Sagun has into the frozen Seafood Sector in domestic and foreign market under the Marines brand. The Marines is the leading company with %38 shared in frozen Seafood Sector. All Europe know Marines nowadays.
As bring to Kemal Balıkçılık to leading Seafood Company in 20 Years, A.Tuncay Sagun's biggest dream is make a SAGUN brand to known by the worldwide.

A. Tuncay SAGUN is the president of Seafood and livestock Exporters Association, President and Chairman of the Board of İstanbul chamber of commerce, OYİD Vice-Chairman of the Board, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Membership and Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM) Member of the Board. Tuncay Sagun was born in 1963, married and has 2 children. 

The short briefs of Tuncay Sagun's success…

  • Established the first tuna farms in Turkey.
  • Created Marines only seafood specialization brand in Turkey.
  • Established Turkey's first live frog breeding facility.
  • Is the partner of Japan Mitsubishi in Turkey
  • In 2004, the farm in Antalya took the ISO 9001 Quality Certificate and became the only tuna farms in the Mediterranean region with ISO quality certificate.
Mahsum ALTUNKAYA
Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seed and Products

Mahsum ALTUNKAYA

Chairman of Southeast Anatolia Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Exporters' Association

 

Born in 1971, Mahsum Altunkaya is the General Manager and Member of Board for Altunkaya Group of Companies, which is considered as one of Turkey's largest industrial enterprises.

He played a major role in the company's development process, which began with the logistics sector and have become a great enterprise acting in several sectors with its more than 1,700 employees and over 1.2 billion TL turnover.

In the markets that Altunkaya Group of Companies acts, Mahsum Altunkaya strived to manage his more than 10 brands having high market shares and fame with universal branding strategies. Altunkaya has made Confy, the group's diaper brand, eligible for Turquality. Altunkaya is married with 4 children.

Tahsin ÖZTİRYAKİ
Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

Tahsin ÖZTİRYAKİ

 

Tahsin Oztiryaki was born on 10th April 1956 in Gerede/ Bolu Turkey. After he graduated from Vezneciler elementary school in Gerede and he continued Vefa Secondery School in Istanbul. He took his High School Degree from Institute of Sultan Ahmet. He is continuing his education to receive his Bachelor Science in Mechanical Engineering at Yıldız Technical University.

Since his days at High school he has been working in the family job of kitchen equipment manufacturing together with his family. By taking responsibility and learning at each step of the work from production to sales during his entire work life Tahsin Oztiryaki is charged at the position of Vice Chairman of Board of Directors and Executive Director of Öztiryakiler Company which exports it's over 4500 kinds of  products that manufactured by over 1000 employees in 130.000 m2 closed production facilities to over 100 countries on 5 continents .

He had taken office as the founder and the manager throughout his business life and now he's the Vice Chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly, The Vice Chairman of Board of Directors of Istanbul Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters' Association, The Parliament Member of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, The member of Board of Directors of Commercial Kitchen, Laundry and Catering Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors Association, The Vice Chairman of Board of Directors of Turkish Houseware Association, The Member of Board of Directors of  Istanbul 3rd Zone Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, The Chairman of the Association of Turkish Cuisine, The Vice Chairman of the Folk Dance Federation of Turkey

Tahsin Oztiryaki has an interested in Turkish Culture. He has collections of traditional clothes, cooper kitchen appliances, water bottles and rosary. He is also closely interested in  Turkish Kitchen. By using any opportunity he is taking charge in related researches and studies. He has been the speaker in many seminars and panel discussions related to the sector.

He speaks English and German. He is married with three children.

  
Ahmet AKBALIK
Service

Ahmet AKBALIK

 

Born in Istanbul in 1971, Ahmet Akbalık started his professional work life as sale manager at Özak Tekstil Konf. San. ve Tic. A.Ş. (Özak Textile Ready-Wear Read-Wear Ind. And Trade Inc.), which was founded in 1988 as a family business. He became the Company's General Manager in 1991 and Chairman in 1995. Presently, he also acts as the founding partner and chairman of Özak GYO (Özak REIT), İnt-Er Yapı İnşaat A.Ş (İnt-Er Building Construction Inc.), Aktay Turizm A.Ş. (Aktay Tourism Inc.), Özak Enerji A.Ş. (Özak Energy Inc.), and Akyön Tesis Yönetim Şirketi (Akyön Facility Management Co.)

He made Özak Tekstil, where he is shareholder, one of the leading companies of its industry, after leading his company's export drive back in 1991 which reserved a prominent and preferred place for Özak Tekstil in terms of both production and export business in Turkey. Özak Tekstil was listed among the Top 500 industrial Enterprises of Turkey between 1995 and 2000. Özak Tekstil is presently the leading denim producer of Turkey with its production of more than 7 million pieces per annum, and is the preferred partner of many global brands due to its pioneering character in in its industry.

İn-ter Yapı İnşaat, which started its activities in 1995, is the construction arm of the Group and has so far built a considerable number of houses, shopping centers, hotels, etc. both as investor and contractor.

The Group decided to enter the tourism industry in 2004 by establishing Aktay Turizm A.Ş. (Aktay Tourism Inc.). With the 5-star Ela Quality Resort Hotel inaugurated at Belek, Antalya in 2007 as an exclusive hotel concept embracing the families and children and having 600 rooms and villas with a total number of 1200 beds, Aktay Turizm introduced a new perspective to our country's tourism industry. The company currently develops projects for new tourism investments on the existing lands of the company in Didim, Demre and Istanbul.

ÖZAK GYO, which was founded by the Group under Ahmet Akbalık's leadership in 2008, is presently the fifth biggest real estate company of Turkey. Özak GYO's projects have a distinctive character which the company develops thanks to its mastery of its business as well as close examination of the architectural and ecological changes in the world. With a portfolio size of TL 2.4 billion, Özak GYO went public in 2012.

Ahmet Akbalık founded Özak Enerji (Özak Energy) in 2009 and is currently working on environmentally-friendly power plant projects using domestic and global Renewable Energy Resources.

After collecting all its companies under the roof of ÖZAK GLOBAL HOLDİNG A.Ş. in late 2009, Ahmet Akbalık increased its efforts to create domestic and international projects that will be distinguished globally owing to the right moves of the Group on the right time by closely monitoring the latest technologies and trends in the global tourism, textile and construction industries.

He founded Akyön Facility Management Co. in 2009 for the operation and lease of its real estate projects including plazas, houses, and shopping centers developed by ÖZAK GYO. The

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.

Rüstem ÇETİNKAYA
Mining Products

Rüstem ÇETİNKAYA

 

Rustem Cetinkaya was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1977 and graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences.

Established TEMMER MARBLE in 1998 Cetinkaya serves as the Chairman of the Board since then.

Cetinkaya was a member of the Board of Directors of the IMIB – Istanbul Mining Export Union between the years 2006 and 2008. Later between 2014 and 2018 and since 2018, he is also currently serving as the Vice President of the Foundation for 2 periods.

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

Cetinkaya is involved in the education business to meet the needs of the workforce in Afyonkarahisar's Organized Industrial Zone, started education in mechatronics and metal fields since 2017-2018 at ARAL ANADOLU TECHNİCAL VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL.

Rustem Cetinkaya is married and the father of two.

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.  

Mustafa KAMAR
Jewellry

Mustafa KAMAR

 

Mustafa Kamar, who was born in Civril-Denizli on 28.03.1965, completed his high school education in Ereglı/ Zonguldak. Mr. Kamar is the 3rd generation family member in the jewellery industry and has taken his first steps into the profession under the name of “Istanbul Jewellery” in Zonguldak- Eregli between the years of 1981-89.

After he moved to Istanbul in 1989 and establishing Kamar Securities Agency, he returned to the gold and jewellery sector in 1997  by becoming a partner at Motif Kuyumculuk San. ve Tic. A.S, established by his brother Aytac Kamar in 1980.

The gold and jewellery passion of Kamar family, that started in 1948 and has been continuing for 3 generations, was transformed to Roberto Bravo brand with the vision of opening up to the world in 1997.

At present Mustafa Kamar is the President of Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Motif Kuyumculuk San. Ve Tic.A.S.

Mustafa Kamar, is still continuing to share his experience by being a member of Board of Directors of United Brands Association (BMD) and Chairman of Jewellery Exporters' Association. Mr. Kamar is married and father of one child.

Mustafa KAVAL
Defence and Aerospace Industry

Mustafa KAVAL

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

 

Mustafa KAVAL was born in 1964 in Çankırı. He graduated from Middle East Technical University Mechanical Engineering Department in 1986. He received his master's degree also from Middle East Technical University Mechanical Engineering Department in 1989.

Mustafa KAVAL, who began his professional career in ASELSAN as an Engineer in 1986, served as Technical Leader in 1997-2000 and as Project Leader in 2000-2004.

He was assigned as the Manager of Gun Systems Program Department in Defense Systems Technologies Division in 2004 and has carried that duty until the year 2012. Afterwards he served as the Director of Air Defense Systems Program Directorate in Defense Systems Technologies Division in 2012-2014.

He was assigned as the Vice President responsible of Defense Systems Technologies in the Board of Directors meeting dated July, 24th 2014, to be effective by September,1st 2014.

Mustafa KAVAL, who is married and has two children, can speak English.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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