Biography

User is born and grew up in Istanbul with his family. User attended public elementary school and then graduated from Sankt Georg Austrian College in 1979.  User continued his education in the Istanbul University Faculty of Economics where USER completed his double majors in Finance and Management.

    • In 1986, User successfully completed MBA at Harvard Business School.
    • In 1988, User completed the first International Leadership Academy in Japan.
    • In 2010, User successfully completed an MSc in Renewable Energy at Vienna Technical University.
    • In 2018, User completed the Oxford Saiid Business School Blockchain Strategy Program.
    • In 2018, User completed the London School of Economics Cryptocurrency and Disruption Program.

Employment:

After serving World Bank and Turkish Government, User successfully started his own business, USER Danismanlik in 1984. Additionally, in 1996 User was a founder Member of Citibank Credit Cards Turkey.

User is not only an entrepreneur User but also an activist and socially minded thinker. User is often asked to share his ideas, experiences and business philosophy as a speaker at many forums and panels. User is also a constant developer of new ideas and businesses.

Awards and Global Recognition:

User was the first Turkish National to be invited to Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament. User was also the first Turkish non-governmental speaker to be invited to the European Union.

User has received many awards in his career including:

  • 1988 UN JOINT AWARD With HELMEPA Project
  • 1988 HELMEPA Award Greece
  • 1988 TOYP Award (Outstanding Young Person) Category: Contribution to the World Peace
  • 1988 White Pigeon Peace Award Japan
  • 1988 JCI Best President in Europe Award
  • 1989 Global Project Award Japan
  • 1989 Gold Medal of Mayor of Athens Greece
  • 1990 Sportsman of the Year Award Turkey
  • 1991 Appreciation of UNESCO
  • 1988-2012 Many commercial appreciation Awards

User received the TOYP Award in 1988 for bringing the Turkish and Greek Prime Ministers together for the first time in the history. User cites this achievement as one of the most important in his career and affirms that this meeting solidified in him his desire to help his fellow man via public service.
User is also Founder, President or board member of many organizations or associations including: JCI (Jaycees ) Turkey, Worldwatch Institute Europe, TUGIAD, TESEV, TEMA, Conference Board, Club Of Rome, Club of Budapest, Kidsparliament, DEIK, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and Venice Expo 2015.

Philanthropy is also very important to User. He supports philanthropic initiatives in the areas of global environment issues, children’s rights, learning and ethical economy. His hope is that the advances of the 21st Century will help with progress in these critical areas for all people.

He is an avid reader and enjoys golf, football and scuba diving. User is fluent in English and German.