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.
Deputy Chairman of TİM
Chairman of İstanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products Exporters Association
Born in 1962 in Istanbul, Adil Pelister successfully graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Chemical Engineering in 1983. Pelister, who took his first step in industrialism by establishing Beta Kimya Inc. in 1987, speaks German and English at a good level, is married and has two children.
Beta Chemistry Industry. and Trade Inc. and Chempa Industrial Materials Inc. He is the Chairman of the Board of 5 companies.
After the general assembly meeting held in April 2018, he was elected as the Chairman of the Board of İKMİB; he has contributed greatly to the chemical industry's position as the second largest exporting sector in Türkiye, with the Members of the Board, Audit Committee Members, Türkiye Exporters Assembly (TİM) Delegates, exporters of the chemical industry and all its stakeholders, with whom he worked during his 4-year term.
He is the Chairman of the Chemistry Industry Platform (KSP), which includes the leading non-governmental organizations, universities and associations of the chemical industry.
He is also carrying out;
- TİM Deputy Chairman
- TİM Chemistry Sector Board Presidency
- İstanbul Development Agency, Advisory Board Membership (ISTKA)
- Istanbul Chamber of Industryi Chemistry Professional Committee Membership (ICI)
- Memberhip of Istanbul Chamber of Industry Organized Industrial Zone Development Specialization Board (ICI)
- Plastic Industrialists Association Membership (PAGDER)
- Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) United Arab Emirates Business Council Vice Presidency and Iran Business Council Executive Board Memberhip
- Aerosol Industrialists Association Membership (ASAD)
- Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Chemical Engineering Advisory Board Memberhip
He also initiated the Chemical Technology Center project, which will be of critical importance in terms of the development of the Turkish chemical industry, the increase in the exports of the chemical industry and the production of high added value, continues to work to establish the Turkish Chemistry Agency in the medium term, together with the Members of the Extended Board of Directors.
Ahmet Fikret KİLECİ
Coordinator Chairman of Southeast Anatolian Exporters' Associations
Chairman of Textile and Raw Materials Sector Board
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Southeast Anatolian Textile and Raw Materials Exporters' Association
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kileci Tekstil Gıda Ambalaj San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti.
Born in 1965 in Gaziantep, Ahmet Fikret Kileci completed his high school education at Gaziantep Anatolian High School and his undergraduate education at Uludağ University, Department of Economics.
He is currently founder and manager of Kileci Tekstil Gıda Ambalaj San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti, Simfleks Tekstil ve Ambalaj San. Tic. A.Ş., Ornes Gıda Paz. ve Tic. A.Ş., Eko FNS Geri Dönüşüm Enerji ve Teknolojileri San. Tic. A.Ş., Ecosu Tech Çevre ve Su Teknolojileri San. Tic. Ltd. Şti., Ata Rail A.Ş. ve Gaziport A.Ş. companies. Kileci, who played amateur football, amateur volleyball, and tennis as a licensed, has many awards as a motor drag racer and continues to ski, play tennis, and ride motorcycles.
Kileci is married and has two children.
Ahmet Güleç 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 MÜSİAD 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 Güleç, was selected as the TürkiyeFurniture 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.
Ahmet Tiryakioğlu was born in 1970 in Nizip district of Gaziantep. After completing his primary, secondary and high school education in Gaziantep, Tiryakioğlu started his professional business life in the lentil factory founded by his father Ali Tiryakioğlu in 1988 after his military service. Continuously improving himself in trade, Ahmet Tiryakioğlu created a serious portfolio with the connections and collaborations he established in important centers such as Istanbul, then Ankara, Adana, Adana, Izmir and Adapazarı. In 1995, Ahmet Tiryakioğlu shifted his focus to organic agriculture, and Tiryaki Agro became a company that reaches Europe and America by producing organic agriculture under contract in 6 countries around the world.
Ahmet Tiryakioğlu, who accelerated the growth momentum of Tiryaki Agro with the union of forces formed in the 2000s when his three brothers completed their education and started to work within the company, has realized new investments and important works. Ahmet Tiryakioğlu, who acquired two more factories after moving to the Organized Industrial Zone, pioneered the establishment of Turkey's largest capacity and most modern pistachio plant in 2008. With the increase in production volume, Tiryaki Agro became Turkey's largest institution in terms of transaction volume after TMO.
With more than 35 years of experience, in addition to his responsibilities in Tiryaki Agro companies, he plays an active role in important non-governmental organizations to contribute to the sector. Ahmet Tiryakioğlu is the Chairman of the Board of TMO-TOBB Tarım Ürünleri Lisanslı Depoculuk San. Tic. A.Ş. (LİDAŞ), member of the TOBB High Advisory Board, President of Gaziantep Commodity Exchange Assembly, Vice President of City Council of Gaziantep, member of the Board of Southeast Anatolian Exporters' Associations, member of the Board of Organic Product Manufacturers and Industrialists Association (ORGÜDER).
Since May 2022, he has been serving as the Chairman of TIM Grains, Pulses, Oilseeds and Products Sector Board.
Ali Can YAMANYILMAZ
Being born on April 20, 1962 in Adana, Ali Can YAMANYILMAZ is married and has two children. Completing his high school education, he speaks Arabic, Russian, and English. He started his career in textile sector like his father. He developed his textile business in Bursa and exported to many countries. In subsequent years, he served with many branches in Turkey by importing of motorcycles. Then, he changed the sector, he started citrus processing, packing and exported considerably to Eastern Block countries which attained an important place in this sector. In 2002, he switched to aquaculture sector, he turned his company SASU A.Ş. into a wellknown name both in Turkey and abroad by taking a step in frog, escargot and fish processing, packaging and sale. Today, he takes firm steps forward by increasing its spectrum of product diversity and developing constantly. In 2010, he started trout farming and brought triplet of production, processing and sale together. He has been the chairman of management board in Mediterranean Food & Beverages A.Ş. (MFB A.Ş.) since the company was established in 2020. Since 2022, he has been the deputy chairman of Mediterranean Fishery and Animal Products Exporters' Association Management Board.
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.
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 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.
Born on June 4, 1960 in İzmir, Birol Celep graduated from Çınarlı industrial technical high school in 1977.
In 1984, he managed the production and purchasing departments of Celepler Pamuk and Celpam Pamuk, family companies operating in the cotton sector in the Gediz and Bakırçay basins.
K.F.C Gıda Tekstil San. Experience. Investment Inc.
President of K.F.C Gıda A.Ş., which has been exporting dried fruit to more than 56 countries under the brand name of Sunny Fruit and Safe Food Corporation in the USA for 15 years, Celep is also a member of the board of directors of Celepler Pamuk ind.trade.co.ltd.
Celep has been a member of the board of directors and supervisory board of the Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters' Association since 2003. He was elected Vice President in 2010 to start his four-year term.
Celep was elected as the President of the Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters' Association for two consecutive terms, in 2014 and on April 16, 2018. He has been working as a Member of the Board of Directors since 2022. He was also elected as a Member of the Board of Directors of TİM in June 2022. Celep, who was elected as the Vice President of Aegean Exporters' Associations, is also one of the founding members of the Foreign Economic Relations Board. Celep is married and has two children.
Jewellery Exporters' Association Chairman
Burak Yakın was born in Istanbul in 1973. While continuing his education, in 1985, he embarked on his business life by working for Nadir Tütüncü, who is one of the doyen names of the Turkish jewelry industry. While continuing his education, he learned both jewellery production and trade in the Grand Bazaar in line with the master-apprentice tradition.
After years of mastering the intricacies of the jewelry business, he took part in the management team of Nadir Metal Refinery. Burak Yakın, who played an important role in the rapid growth of the company, continued his successful career by assuming more duties and responsibilities in the industry.
In addition to his position as the CEO of Nadir Metal Refinery, he also served as the CEO of NMR and Saygın companies. During his business life, Yakın served as a Founding Board Member of the Association of Precious Metals, Stones, and Foreign Exchange Market Institutions and Organizations (DEMAD) and a Board Member of Kuyumcukent Real Estate Investments (KUYAŞ), and served as the Vice President of Istanbul Chamber of Jewelers (İKO) in 2018-22.
Burak Yakın has been serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewellery Exporters' Association since April 2022. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM).
Believing in the importance of being a lifelong student, Mr. Yakın pursues his studies at Al Farabi University's Faculty of Law in Kazakhstan.
Mr. Yakın is married and has 4 children.
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 Ç etin Tecdelioglu takes part:
· Chairman of Istanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters Association
· Board Member of Türkiye Exporters Assembly
· Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Industry President in Türkiye 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 Civata
Cetin Tecdelioglu, father of 3 children, speaks English
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 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.
Hasan Osman SABIR
Chairman of the Board of Blacksea Hazelnut and Products Exporters' Association
Coordinator Chairman of the Blacksea Exporters' Associations
He was born in Trabzon in 1969. He graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Management in 1992. After his graduation, SABIR started his career at SABIRLAR Hazelnut as Deputy General Manager and then General Manager in the same company in 1996. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC-Spain) and Ambassador of INC for Türkiye.
Having been a Board Member of Blacksea Hazelnut and Products Exporters' Association since 2014, SABIR won the elections and became the Chairman of the Board in 2022. Hasan Osman SABIR is married with three children and speaks fluent English.
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.
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.
Machinery Exporters Union (MAİB), 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
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).
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
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 - Türkiye Exporters Assembly, Board Member
2018 - Türikey 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
Married, 2 children
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 TürkiyeExporters 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.
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
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.
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
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.
Chairman of Aegean Apparel Exporters Association
Burak Sertbaş, who was elected as the Chairman of the Aegean Apparel Exporters Association for the second time, was born in Amasya in 1964.
Sertbaş graduated from Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration. He has been working as a Managing Partner at Demoteks since 1992.
Sertbaş, who served as the vice chairman of the board of directors for two terms at the Aegean Clothing Manufacturers Association, has been serving as a council member at the Aegean Region Chamber of Industry for three terms.
Between 2010-18, he served as EIB Fashion Design Competition Committee Chairman and Aegean Apparel Exporters Association Vice Chairman of the Board. Sertbaş also served as a Member of the Audit Board of the Türkiye Exporters Assembly between 2014-18. Sertbaş, who has two children, speaks English.
Istanbul Mineral Exporters Association (İMİB)- Chairman of the Board
Türkiye 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 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 ÇAKIR
Salih Zeki Çakır graduated from the Deck Department of the Turkish Merchant Marine Academy in 1979. He worked as an officer and then as captain on commercial vessels for a period of time. In 1986, he moved to Norway and pursued his studies at the Department of Ship Management at the Oslo Maritime Academy. Afterwards, he returned to business life as the Tramp Department Voyage Chartering Branch Manager of DB Deniz Nakliyat A.Ş. In the meantime, he enrolled at Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of International Relations (Dropped out from the 4th grade).
Having been active in many fields of the maritime industry for 30 years, Çakır has pioneered many projects for the development of the Turkish maritime industry. Çakır is one of the founders of the Piri Reis Maritime Foundation and the Istanbul Freight Index (ISTFIX) and he is the Founding Chairman and Board Member of the Koster Shipowners and Operators Association (KOSDER). He is also the President of the Istanbul Maritime Strategies and Research Institute. For a period of time, he served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Shipbuilders' Association (GISBIR) and as a member of the Scientific Board of TÜBİTAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey).
Çakır, who has been a founder, partner and manager in many companies in Turkey and abroad in his professional life, served as the Chairman of the Assembly of IMEAK (Istanbul and Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean, Black Sea Regions) Chamber of Shipping for the 9th term. He is currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of HIB (Service Exporters Association). Çakır is married and is a father of four children. He also has a fluency in English.
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.