M. lker Aycı

Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee 

Turkish Airlines

Mehmet lker AYCI was born in Istanbul in 1971 and originally hailed from the province of Giresun in the Black Sea Region of northeastern Turkey.

He graduated from Bilkent University's Department of Political Science and Public Administration in 1994 before proceeding to take political science research work at University of Leeds in the United Kingdom which he completed in 1995.

AYCI later obtained his Master's Degree from Marmara University's International Relations Program in 1997.

Officially starting his professional career in 1994 after earning his bachelor's degree, AYCI held a variety of positions at Kurtsan Kacları A.S., Universal Dis Ticaret A.S. and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality where he served as the Counselor to the then Mayor of Istanbul, H.E. Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN, the current President of Turkey, taking part in a number of development projects in the country's largest city.

AYCI was appointed general manager of Basak Sigorta in 2005. In 2006, he took over the helm of one of the largest insurance companies in Turkey, the Günes Sigorta. After overseeing a successful privatization process at the company, he stayed at his position until 2011.

AYCI's strong belief in sports as a means of employee motivation led Güne Sigorta Women's Volleyball Team to many victories, including the European Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup Championship.

AYCI assumed the responsibility of promoting Turkey's investment environment and assisting foreign investors at the highest level in 2011, having been appointed as the President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT).

Reporting directly to the then Prime Minister H.E. Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN, AYCI and his team at ISPAT contributed to multi-billion-dollar investment projects in Turkey, creating employment, technology transfer and know-how in a number of industries.

He also organized various international events, promoting Turkey's investment appeal and investment opportunities to global business circles.

During his tenure at the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey, AYCI was chosen first as the Vice President, then as the President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), the umbrella organization of over 170 investment promotion agencies from 130 countries.

As President of WAIPA, AYCI worked towards making WAIPA the reference point in foreign direct investments while developing the cooperation and understanding between its member organizations.

During AYCI's watch, WAIPA relocated its headquarters from Geneva, Switzerland to stanbul, reflecting the increasing share of emerging nations in the global economy.

Since 2015, AYCI has been performing the duty of the Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, Turkey's national flag carrier which flies to more countries than any other airlines.

Having held positions in different capacities in a number of organizations such as the Insurance and Re-insurance Association of Turkey, the Turkish-Chinese Business Council in Foreign Economic Relations Board, Vakıf Emeklilik A.S. and Günes Sigorta Sports Club, AYCI currently serves as a member in the Board of Directors and Audit Committees in various organizations such as the Turkish Football Federation and Turkish Airlines Sports Club.

AYCI speaks English and Russian.

 

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