Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

Autobiography

M. RİFAT HİSARCIKLIOĞLU
PRESIDENT OF TOBB

 

M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu earned his B.A. degree in Economics and Management from Gazi University in Ankara. After completing his undergraduate degree, his career started in family business and currently he is the Chairman of Eskihisar Group of Companies, which operates in the fields of construction, construction materials, export and import, investments, land development, food industry and automotive sector.

 

After a one year vice-presidency period at The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) , the largest non-profit business organization in Turkey, covering 365 Chambers and Commodity Exchanges and representing 1.5 million companies, Hisarcıklıoğlu was elected as the President of TOBB and was re-elected respectively in 2002, 2005, 2009 and 2013.

 

Hisarcıklıoğlu holds many titles in various organizations:

 

-Vice President of EUROCHAMBRES (2009-…)

 

-Vice President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (2009-…)

 

-Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (2012-…)

 

-Chairman of B20 Turkey (2015-…)

 

-General Council Member of World Chambers Federation (2011-…)

 

-ICC G-20 Advisory Group Member (2011-…)

 

-Chairman of ICC-Turkey (2001-…)

 

-Board Member of the Association of Balkan Chambers (2002-…)

 

-Board Member of ECO Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2001-…)

 

-Executive Committee Member of the D-8 Federation of Chambers of Commerce (1997-…)

 

-Co-President of the Turkish- African Chamber (2008-…)

 

-Vice President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (2014-…)

 

-Honorary Chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (2015-…)

 

- Co-President of the Turkish-Arab Chamber (2016-…)

 

-Chairman of the World SME Forum (2015-…)

 

-International President of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center (2013-…)

 

-Chairman of the Ankara Forum (2005-…)

 

-Chairman of the Istanbul Forum (2007-…)

 

-Co-Chairman of PNB Turkey - Partners for a New Beginning (2011 - …)

 

-Honorary President of TOBB Women Entrepreneurship Council (2007-…)

 

-Honorary President of TOBB Youth Entrepreneurship Council (2009-…)  

 

-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of TOBB University of Economics and Technology (2003-…)

 

-Chairman of the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (2004-…)

 

-Co-Chairman of the EU - Turkey Joint Consultative Committee (2016 -…)

 

-TUBITAK Science and Technology High Council Member (2003-…)

 

-Board Member of Trustees of Yunus Emre Institute (2008-…)

 

-High Advisory Board Member of UNICEF National Committee of Turkey (2005-…)

 

-Advisory Board Member of Construction Installation Industry Materials Association (1998-…)

 

Hisarcıklıoğlu has received the Legion of Honour by the French Republic, Gold Medal of Merit by the Austrian Republic, the 'Commendatore' from the Italian Republic, the Medal of Inspiration from Mongolia, Medal for Development of Friendship and Cooperation from Kazakhstan and the Mediterranean Leadership Award by the John Hopkins University, USA.

 

Hisarcıklıoğlu was awarded with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Gold Medal, Medal of Honor from the Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Honorary Membership Award from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, Medal of Honor by Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Medal of Honor by Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Gratitude Award from the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

Hisarciklıoğlu holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Karadeniz Technical University, Izmir University of Economics, Niğde University, Bayburt University, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University and Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University in Turkey.

 

Hisarcıklıoğlu has received the Honorary Townsman Awards, by Edirne, Çankırı, Kırşehir, Niğde, Kırıkkale and Kütahya Hisarcık municipalities.

 

 

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