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.