Erol Mehmet YARAR, Founding President (1990 - 1999)
Erol Mehmet YARAR, Founding President (1990 - 1999)

Mr. Yarar was born in 1960 in Ankara, Turkey.  After he graduated from Bogazici University, Istanbul in 1981 with a computer science major, he earned his master’s degree in computer system analysis and practices in Elmira College, NY. Mr. Yarar, who has engaged in food, chemistry, industrial machines and foreign trade, is chairman of the board of LEZZO, 404 Inc. & ROZI Paper Group of Companies. He is founding president of MUSIAD. He is married with three children and knows English.

Ali BAYRAMOĞLU, President (1999 - 2004)
Ali BAYRAMOĞLU, President (1999 - 2004)

He was born in 1958 in Rize, Turkey. Mr. Bayramoglu was elected as the president of MUSIAD Annual General Assembly’s eight session held on 22nd May 1999 after his served for 9 years as vice-president. He is currently member of Higher Advisory Board of MUSIAD. He graduated from Istanbul University with a major in vocational school economy and marketing in 1978. He owns different companies operating in food, textile, education and mining sectors. He is married with one child and knows English.

Dr. Ömer BOLAT, President (2004 - 2008)
Dr. Ömer BOLAT, President (2004 - 2008)

Dr. Bolat was born in 1963 in Istanbul, Turkey. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economic and administrative sciences at Marmara University, Istanbul and received his two master’s degrees in EU integration from European Institute of Amsterdam University and in international economy and business management from Kiel University in Germany. He received his Ph.D. from Marmara University with his thesis on “European Monetary System” in 1989. After serving as secretary general of MUSIAD for 11 years, he was elected as president by acclamation in 2004. And, He is currently member of Higher Advisory Board of MUSIAD. He is also member of Central Decision-making and Executive Board of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Besides providing voluntarily consultancy services to the number of research centers, universities, and associations, he is CEO of Albayrak Group operating in construction, logistics, energy, tourism, media and other industries like textile, paper and machinery. He is married with two children and knows English and German.

Ömer Cihad VARDAN, President (2008 - 2012)
Ömer Cihad VARDAN, President (2008 - 2012)

Mr. Vardan was born in 1962 in Sakarya, Turkey. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. After he received his master’s degree in production engineering from Ohio State University in 1983, he worked as research engineer at Engineering Research Center for Net Shape Manufacturing. After returning to Turkey, he continued his career as production engineer in charge of CAD/CAM processes in the production of some parts of Stinger missiles at and then, as responsible for sales of McDonald Douglas Unigraphics's CAD/CAM software at UTE Holding. He is currently partner and general manager of family firm, Cukurova Heating Systems operating in industrial area and process heating systems. Mr. Vardan respectively served as member of board, vice-president and 4th term president for a total of 13 years at MUSIAD. He is now member of Higher Advisory Board of MUSIAD and chairman of board of directors of Economic Development Foundation (IKV).  He is also active member of different NGOs: member of board of auditors of DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board), member of council of TIHK (Human Rights Council of Turkey), chairman of DOSIDER (Natural Gas Tools Industrialists & Businessmen’s Association), member of board of ENVER (Energy Productivity Association), member of council of USTBC  (USA-Turkey Business Council), member of assembly of ISO  (Istanbul Chamber of Industry), member of sector council of TOBB (The Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey), member of MMG (Architects & Engineers Group) and member of MMO (Chamber of Machinery Engineers).

Nail OLPAK, President (2012 - 2017)
Nail OLPAK, President (2012 - 2017)
Mr. Olpak was born in 1961 in Burdur, Turkey. He graduated from Aydin High School in 1977. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 1983 and received his master’s degree in Energy from Yildiz Technical University in 1985. 

He started his career as a production engineer at Umar Machine Inc. producing metal packaging machines. Then, he worked as factory deputy manager at Ozgun Inc. producing sewing machines. Mr. Olpak was served as a high level executive at Cankurtaran Holding Inc. after working as general manager at Esem Electricity Meters Inc. that is one of the companies of Cankurtaran Holding. After gaining experience in senior level management, he started his own business with two partners and he still serves as CEO at NORA Electrical Supplies Ind. & Trade Inc.

After serving for two years as chairman of energy sector council and serving for four years as a member of board and vice-president of MUSIAD, Mr. Olpak was elected as the 5th President of MUSIAD at 21st Annual General Assembly on 28 April 2012. 

He also serves as chairman of MUSIAD Higher Advisory Board, deputy-president of IBF (International Business Forum), member of board of DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board), member of board of Istanbul Development Agency, deputy-chairman and member of board of trustees of Kandilli Club, member of board of trustees of Huzur Hospital Foundation, member of board of trustees of IGETEV (Human Development and Social Education Foundation), member of higher advisory council of MMG (Architects & Engineers Group), member of CEKUD (Association for Solidarity of Environmental Organizations) and member of ELSIAD. Mr. Olpak previously was member of assembly of ITO (Istanbul Chamber of Commerce), member of board of IDTM (Istanbul World Trade Center) and member of board of ENVERDER (Energy Efficiency Association).

He is married with two children. He is fluent in English and knows Arabic and Italian in intermediate level.