81 Notable alumni of
Ankara University

Ankara University is 279th in the world, 55th in Asia, and 2nd in Turkey by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 81 notable alumni from Ankara University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Adnan Menderes

    Adnan Menderes
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1899-1961 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Adnan Menderes was a Turkish politician. He was the Turkish prime minister between 1950 and 1960. He was one of the founders of the Democrat Party (DP) in 1946, the fourth legal opposition party of Turkey. He was tried and hanged under the military junta after the 1960 coup d'état, along with two other cabinet members, Fatin Rüştü Zorlu and Hasan Polatkan. One of the accusations brought against him was of him ordering the Istanbul pogrom against citizens of Greek ethnicity. He was the last Turkish political leader to be executed after a military coup and is also one of the four political leaders of the Turkish Republic (along with Kemal Atatürk, Süleyman Demirel and Turgut Özal) to have had a mausoleum built in his honour.

  2. Selahattin Demirtaş

    Selahattin Demirtaş
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    lawyerauthorpolitician
    Biography

    Selahattin Demirtaş is a Turkish politician, author and former member of the parliament of Turkey of Kurdish origin. He was co-leader of the left-wing pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), serving alongside Figen Yüksekdağ from 2014 to 2018.

  3. Ahmet Necdet Sezer

    Ahmet Necdet Sezer
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    politicianjudge
    Biography

    Ahmet Necdet Sezer is a Turkish statesman and judge who served as the tenth president of Turkey from 2000 to 2007. Previously he was the president of the Constitutional Court of Turkey in 1998. The Grand National Assembly of Turkey elected Sezer as president in 2000 after Süleyman Demirel's seven-year term expired. He was succeeded by Abdullah Gül in 2007.

  4. İlber Ortaylı

    İlber Ortaylı
    Born in
    Austria Flag Austria
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    university teacherart historianmilitary historianhistorian
    Biography

    İlber Ortaylı is a Turkish historian and professor of history of Crimean Tatar origin at the MEF University, Galatasaray University in Istanbul and at Bilkent University in Ankara. In 2005, he was appointed as the director of the Topkapı Museum in Istanbul, until he retired in 2012. Dr Ortaylı is an explicit denier of the Armenian Genocide.

  5. Hamdi Ulukaya

    Hamdi Ulukaya
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    chief executive officerentrepreneurbusinesspersonphilanthropist
    Biography

    Hamdi Ulukaya is a Turkish billionaire businessman, activist, and philanthropist of Kurdish ethnicity based in the United States. Ulukaya is the owner, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Chobani, the #1-selling strained yogurt brand in the US. He established production facilities first in upstate New York, and since then has expanded. According to Forbes, his net worth as of June 2019 is $2 billion. On 26 April 2016, Ulukaya announced to his employees that he would be giving them 10% of the shares in Chobani.

  6. Doğu Perinçek

    Doğu Perinçek
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Doğu Perinçek is a Turkish politician, doctor of law and former communist revolutionary who has been chairman of the left-wing nationalist Patriotic Party (Turkish: Vatan Partisi, VP) since 2015. He was also a member of the Talat Pasha Committee, an organization that denies the Armenian genocide.

  7. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

    Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is a Turkish diplomat and politician who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey since 24 November 2015.

  8. Uğur Mumcu

    Uğur Mumcu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1942-1993 (aged 51)
    Occupations
    writerlawyerjournalist
    Biography

    Uğur Mumcu was a Turkish investigative journalist for the daily Cumhuriyet. He was assassinated by a bomb placed in his car outside his home.

  9. Deniz Baykal

    Deniz Baykal
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    lawyerdiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Deniz Baykal is a Turkish politician at the Republican People's Party (Turkish: Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi, abbreviated CHP) who served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 1996. Having served in numerous government positions, Baykal led the CHP from 1992 to February 1995, from September 1995 to 1999 and again from 2000 to 2010. Between 2002 and 2010, he also served as the Leader of the Opposition by virtue of leading the second largest party in Parliament.

  10. Melih Gökçek

    Melih Gökçek
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    İbrahim Melih Gökçek is a Turkish politician who served as the Mayor of Ankara from 1994 to 2017. From 1991 to 1994, he was an MP. Gökçek has won municipal elections in 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and was controversially also declared the winner in 2014. He is a member of the governing Justice and Development Party.

  11. Berk Oktay

    Berk Oktay
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    television actoractormodel
    Biography

    Berk Oktay is a Turkish model and actor, known for his leading roles as Can Tekin in the Show TV series İlişki Durumu: Karışık and Hakan Demirer in the Star TV and later Fox TV series Benim Hala Umudum Var alongside actress Gizem Karaca and actor Şükrü Özyıldız.

  12. Bülent Arınç

    Bülent Arınç
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Bülent Arınç is a conservative Turkish politician. He served as the 22nd Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey from 2002 to 2007 and as a Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey between 2009 and 2015.

  13. Mehmet Şimşek

    Mehmet Şimşek
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mehmet Şimşek is a Turkish politician and economist who served as a Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey from 24 November 2015 until the office's abolition on 9 July 2018. He previously served as the Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2015, serving in the cabinets of Prime Ministers of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ahmet Davutoğlu. As a member of the Justice and Development Party, he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Gaziantep in the 2007 general election and for Batman in the 2011 general election.

  14. İsmet Yılmaz

    İsmet Yılmaz
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    engineerministerpolitician
    Biography

    İsmet Yılmaz is a Turkish politician. Previously he was Minister of National Defense and Minister of National Education. Also briefly served as the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly. Prior to entering politics, he worked as a law consultant and mechanical engineer.

  15. Gazi Yaşargil

    Gazi Yaşargil
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1925-.. (age 97)
    Occupations
    neurosurgeonscientistphysiciansurgeon
    Biography

    Mahmut Gazi Yaşargil is a Turkish medical scientist and neurosurgeon. He collaborated with Raymond M. P. Donaghy M.D at the University of Vermont in developing microneurosurgery. Yaşargil treated epilepsy and brain tumours with instruments of his own design. From 1953 until his retirement in 1993 he was first resident, chief resident and then professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Zurich and the Zurich University Hospital. In 1999 he was honored as "Neurosurgery’s Man of the Century 1950–1999" at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting. He is a founding member of Eurasian Academy. He is regarded as one of the greatest neurosurgeons in the modern age.

  16. Dilhan Eryurt

    Dilhan Eryurt
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1926-2012 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    professorastrophysicist
    Biography

    Dilhan Eryurt was a Turkish astrophysicist who made major contributions to scientific research on the formation and evolution of the Sun and other main sequence stars.

  17. Muazzez İlmiye Çığ

    Muazzez İlmiye Çığ
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1914-.. (age 108)
    Occupations
    assyriologistarchaeologist
    Biography

    Muazzez İlmiye Çığ is a Turkish archaeologist and Assyriologist who specializes in the study of Sumerian civilization. She stirred controversy in the Muslim world and received world-wide media coverage in 2006 with her assertion - outlined in her book from the previous year - that the headscarf worn by Arab women did not originate in the Muslim world, but was actually worn five thousand years earlier by Sumerian priestesses as a means of initiating young men into sex.

  18. Metin Feyzioğlu

    Metin Feyzioğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Metin Feyzioğlu is a Turkish lawyer and a professor of criminal law who served as the 8th President of the Turkish Bars Association between May 2013 and December 2021. He is the grandson of Turhan Feyzioğlu, a former CHP politician and Deputy Prime Minister.

  19. Volkan Bozkır

    Volkan Bozkır
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Volkan Bozkır is a Turkish diplomat and politician who has served as the President of the United Nations General Assembly since 2020. He served as Minister for European Union Affairs from November 2015 to May 2016 and previously held the same office from August 2014 to August 2015. He concurrently served as the Chief Negotiator for Turkish Accession to the European Union during the same time.

  20. Hanefi Avcı

    Hanefi Avcı
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    police officerwriter
    Biography

    Hanefi Avcı is a former chief of police in Turkey, and author of the best-selling book Haliç’te Yaşayan Simonlar, in which Avcı claimed that the Gülen movement had infiltrated the police and manipulated key trials such as the Ergenekon trials through judges and prosecutors close to the movement. Avcı, a conservative Islamist, was himself once close to the movement, and his children were educated in a Gülen school. Avcı, who in the 1990s testified to parliament in relation to the Susurluk scandal and in 2009 to prosecutors about the mafia links of the Ergenekon organization, was the first Turkish state official to confirm the existence of the Turkish Gendarmerie's JITEM intelligence unit.

  21. Mithat Sancar

    Mithat Sancar
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mithat Sancar is a Turkish professor of public and constitutional law, columnist and translator of Arab descent. He has been an MP for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the Turkish parliament since the June 2015 general election and was elected Co-Chair of the party in February 2020.

  22. Hüsamettin Cindoruk

    Hüsamettin Cindoruk
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1933-.. (age 89)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Ahmet Hüsamettin Cindoruk is a Turkish politician and the 17th Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey between 1991 and 1995. He was also the acting president of Turkey in 1993 and the leader of two political parties, notably of the True Path Party.

  23. Abdulhamit Gül

    Abdulhamit Gül
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Abdulhamit Gül is a Turkish politician and former Minister of Justice. He is a member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey from Gaziantep. He was previously the General Secretary of the Justice and Development Party.

  24. Ataol Behramoğlu

    Ataol Behramoğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    writerpoetlinguist
    Biography

    Ataol Behramoğlu is a prominent Turkish poet, author, and Russian-into-Turkish literary translator.

  25. Sema Ramazanoğlu

    Sema Ramazanoğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    politicianphysiciansurgeon
    Biography

    Sema Ramazanoğlu is a Turkish politician from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) who served as the Minister of Family and Social Policy in the third cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu from 24 November 2015 to 24 May 2016. She is the second cabinet minister of Turkey to wear a headscarf, after her predecessor as Family and Social Policy Minister Ayşen Gürcan. She serves as a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Denizli since being elected in the snap general election on 1 November 2015.

  26. Feridun Sinirlioğlu

    Feridun Sinirlioğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu is a Turkish diplomat and politician. He is the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations since 2016. He previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey from August 2015 to November 2015.

  27. Ece Temelkuran

    Ece Temelkuran
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    authorjournalistwritertelevision presenterpoet lawyer
    Biography

    Ece Temelkuran is a Turkish journalist and author. She was a columnist for Milliyet (2000–2009) and Habertürk (2009 – January 2012), and a presenter on Habertürk TV (2010–2011). She was fired from Habertürk after writing articles critical of the government, especially its handling of the December 2011 Uludere massacre. She was twice named Turkey's "most read political columnist". Her columns have also been published in international media such as The Guardian and Le Monde Diplomatique.

  28. Muammer Güler

    Muammer Güler
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Muammer Güler is a Turkish politician. He is a member of parliament from the Justice and Development Party (AKP). He was formerly the Governor of Istanbul Province and the Minister of the Interior under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government.

  29. Hasan Cemal

    Hasan Cemal
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    writerjournalist
    Biography

    Hasan Cemal is a Turkish journalist and writer. He was the editor of Cumhuriyet from 1981 to 1992, and of Sabah from 1992 to 1998. In 2013 he resigned from the Milliyet newspaper after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had criticised his article supporting Milliyet's publication of minutes of a parliamentary visit to Abdullah Öcalan, and Milliyet suspended him and refused to publish his returning column.

  30. Mehmet Haberal

    Mehmet Haberal
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    authorwritersurgeonuniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Mehmet Haberal, is the founder of Başkent University in Ankara, Turkey, best known for becoming the first transplant surgeon in Turkey after leading the team that performed Turkey's first living-related kidney transplant in 1975, after he returned from surgical training under the mentorship of American surgeon Thomas Starzl, with whom he also performed some of the longest surviving early liver transplantations.

  31. Ali Müfit Gürtuna

    Ali Müfit Gürtuna
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Ali Müfit Gürtuna was the mayor of Istanbul from 11 November 1998 to 1 April 2004.

  32. Beşir Atalay

    Beşir Atalay
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Beşir Atalay is a Turkish politician who was Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey in the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from 2011 to 2014. Previously he was minister of interior from 28 August 2007 to 14 July 2011.

  33. Necati Cumalı

    Necati Cumalı
    Born in
    Greece Flag Greece
    Years
    1921-2001 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    translatorwriterlawyerpoet lawyerpoet
    Biography

    Necati Cumalı was a Turkish writer of novels, short-stories, essays and poetry. He was born in Florina, Greece to a Turkish family and his family had settled in Urla near İzmir in the framework of the 1923 agreement for the population exchange between Greece and Turkey.

  34. Emine Ülker Tarhan

    Emine Ülker Tarhan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Emine Ülker Tarhan is a Turkish jurist and politician formerly from the Republican People's Party (Turkish: Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi, CHP). She was formerly a judge at the High Court of Appeals. She served as the vice spokesperson of her party in the parliament before resigning on 31 October 2014. She founded the Anatolia Party on 14 November 2014 and led it until its disestablishment in December 2015.

  35. Turgut Özakman

    Turgut Özakman
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1930-2013 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    dramaturgelawyerplaywrightscreenwriter
    Biography

    Turgut Özakman was a Turkish lawyer, a civil servant, a dramaturge and a writer.

  36. Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat

    Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1943-2019 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat was a Kurdish politician who was one of the founders of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001. He served as a Member of Parliament for the Grand National Assembly from 1999 to 2011 and again from 2015 to 2018 as a member of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

  37. Tunç Soyer

    Tunç Soyer
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    mayorlawyer
    Biography

    Mustafa Tunç Soyer is a Turkish politician from the Republican People's Party (CHP) who currently serves as the Mayor of İzmir, Turkey's third largest city. He was elected to the position in the 2019 mayoral election. He previously served as the Mayor of Seferihisar, a coastal district of İzmir, from 2009 to 2019.

  38. Semra Sezer

    Semra Sezer
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Semra Sezer is a Turkish school teacher by profession and was the First Lady of Turkey from May 16, 2000 until August 28, 2007 during the presidency of her husband Ahmet Necdet Sezer.

  39. Kemal Burkay

    Kemal Burkay
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    writerlawyerpoliticianpoet lawyerpoet
    Biography

    Kemal Burkay is a writer and politician.

  40. Vamik Volkan

    Vamik Volkan
    Born in
    Cyprus Flag Cyprus
    Years
    1932-.. (age 90)
    Occupations
    university teacherpsychiatrist
    Biography

    Vamık D. Volkan, M.D., DFLAPA, FACPsa, is a Turkish Cypriot psychiatrist, internationally known for his 40 years work bringing together conflictual groups for dialogue and mutual understanding. Among his many other honours, he is the president emeritus of International Dialogue Initiative (IDI).

  41. Mustafa Kamalak

    Mustafa Kamalak
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Mustafa Kamalak is a Turkish politician and was the leader of the Felicity Party from March 2011 to October 2016. He graduated from Ankara University. He is married and the father of 2 children.

  42. Agop Dilaçar

    Agop Dilaçar
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1895-1979 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    university teacherlinguistjournalistturkologist
    Biography

    Agop Dilâçar was a Turkish-Armenian linguist who specialized in Turkic languages and the first Secretary General and head specialist of the Turkish Language Association. He was proficient in 12 languages, and in addition to Armenian and Turkish, Dilâçar knew English, Greek, Spanish, Azerbaijani, Latin, German, Russian and Bulgarian.

  43. Mehmet Mehdi Eker

    Mehmet Mehdi Eker
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politicianveterinarian
    Biography

    Mehmet Mehdi Eker is a Turkish politician who served as the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey from 2005 until 2015. He was elected a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Diyarbakır for Democratic People's Party in 2002. He was re-elected in 2007 and 2011 for the Justice and Development Party. He was again elected as an MP in 2018.

  44. Emine Işınsu

    Emine Işınsu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1938-2021 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    writerpoetjournalist
    Biography

    Emine Işınsu Öksüz was Turkish writer, poet, and journalist.

  45. Mehmet Bekaroğlu

    Mehmet Bekaroğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    psychiatristhuman rights activistpolitician
    Biography

    Mehmet Bekaroğlu is a Turkish human rights activist, a scientist, professor, a psychiatrist, a writer, and a politician of Laz origin. He was well known in the Turkish Parliament by his actions against tortures at jails. He took part in the Human Rights Commission in the parliament.

  46. İdris Baluken

    İdris Baluken
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    politicianphysiciansurgeon
    Biography

    İdris Baluken is a Turkish politician of Kurdish origin who currently serves as a parliamentary group leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) since April 2014. He previously served as a parliamentary group leader for the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) from 2012 until the party's MPs joined the HDP in April 2014.

  47. Emrullah İşler

    Emrullah İşler
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Emrullah İşler is a Turkish theologian, university lecturer, and politician. On 25 December 2013, he was appointed as a deputy prime minister in the third cabinet of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

  48. Tufan Erhürman

    Tufan Erhürman
    Born in
    Cyprus Flag Cyprus
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Tufan Erhürman is a Turkish Cypriot academic, lawyer, diplomat and a former Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus. A scholar in public law by profession, he served in the negotiations to solve the Cyprus dispute between 2008 and 2010. He previously worked for the Ministry of Justice of Turkey between 1999 and 2004 and worked for the establishment of the position of ombudsman in Turkey. He is the current leader of Republican Turkish Party. He held the office of Prime Minister beginning January 2018 as the leader of a four-party coalition. The coalition government resigned on 9 May 2019, with Erhürman continuing as Prime Minister until the office was taken over by Ersin Tatar on 22 May 2019.

  49. Yaşar Yakış

    Yaşar Yakış
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Yaşar Yakış is a Turkish politician. He is a former Foreign Minister, and a former ambassador to the UN Office in Vienna, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. From 2002 to 2011 he represented Düzce as an MP in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. He is a member of the Justice and Development Party, the leading political party in Turkey at the moment and he is the chair of the European Union Harmonization Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. He received the French Légion d'Honneur (Officier Medal on December 2, 2009)

  50. Bülent Tüfenkci

    Bülent Tüfenkci
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Bülent Tüfenkci is a Turkish politician from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was the Minister of Customs and Trade from 2015 in the third government of Ahmet Davutoğlu. He was also a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Malatya since 7 June 2015. His surname is sometimes spelt 'Tüfekçi', without an 'n'.

  51. Lütfullah Kayalar

    Lütfullah Kayalar
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Lütfullah Kayalar is a Turkish lawyer from profession and politician, who served twice as government minister. He graduated from the Law School of Ankara University with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He entered politics as a member of the Motherland Party, and was elected into the parliament as Deputy of Yozgat. Lütfullah Kayalar served in the cabinet of Turgut Özal and later of Yıldırım Akbulut as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Affairs between 1989 and 1991, and in the cabinet of Mesut Yılmaz as Minister of Finance in 1996.

  52. Gökhan Hotamışlıgil

    Gökhan Hotamışlıgil
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    geneticistresearcherphysician
    Biography

    Gökhan S. Hotamisligil is a Turkish-American physician scientist; James Stevens Simmons Chair of Genetics and Metabolism at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH); Director of the Sabri Ülker Center for Metabolic Research and associate member of Harvard-MIT Broad Institute, Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the Joslin Diabetes Center.

  53. Levent Gök

    Levent Gök
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Levent Gök is a Turkish politician from the Republican People's Party (CHP) who currently serves as one of the three parliamentary group leaders for his party since 22 August 2014. He succeeded Muharrem İnce, who resigned to contest the 18th CHP Extraordinary Convention as a leadership candidate. He has been a Member of Parliament for Ankara's first electoral district since the 2011 general election.

  54. Burhan Doğançay

    Burhan Doğançay
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1929-2013 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    association football playerphotographersculptorprintmakerlithographer
    Biography

    Burhan C. Doğançay was a Turkish-American artist. Doğançay is best known for tracking walls in various cities across the world for half a century, integrating them in his artistic work.

  55. Bülent Tezcan

    Bülent Tezcan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Bülent Tezcan is a Turkish lawyer and politician from the Republican People's Party (CHP) who has served as the Member of Parliament for Aydın since June 2011.

  56. Haluk Koç

    Haluk Koç
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ahmet Haluk Koç is a Turkish politician who serves as the spokesperson and deputy leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) since 2012. He was a Member of Parliament for Samsun between 2002 and 2015 and serves as an MP for Ankara's second electoral district as of 7 June 2015. He briefly served as deputy leader of the CHP between 22 May and 3 November 2010.

  57. Filiz Kerestecioğlu

    Filiz Kerestecioğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    juristpolitical activistpolitician
    Biography

    Filiz Kerestecioğlu Demir is a Turkish politician from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) who currently serves as a Member of Parliament since the June 2015 general election.

  58. Zekeriya Yapıcıoğlu

    Zekeriya Yapıcıoğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Zekeriya Yapıcıoğlu is a Kurdish politician and lawyer in Turkey who led the Kurdish Islamist Free Cause Party from June 2013 to May 2018 and again from June 2021 on.

  59. Sabire Aydemir

    Sabire Aydemir
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1910-1991 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    veterinariancivil servant
    Biography

    Sabire Aydemir was one of the first female Turkish veterinary surgeons.

  60. Mehmed Celal Bey

    Mehmed Celal Bey
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1863-1926 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mehmet Celal Bey was an Ottoman-born Turkish statesman and a key witness to the Armenian genocide. During his career as a politician, Celal Bey served as governor of the Ottoman provinces associated with the cities Erzurum, Aleppo, Aydın, Edirne, Konya, and Adana. He also served as minister of the interior and minister of agriculture as well as mayor of Istanbul. Celal Bey is known for having saved many lives during the Armenian genocide by defying deportation orders, which were preludes to starvation and massacres. As a result, he was removed from his post as governor in Aleppo and transferred to Konya, where he was again dismissed upon continuing to obstruct deportations. Today, he is often called the Turkish Oskar Schindler.

  61. Sabahattin Çakmakoğlu

    Sabahattin Çakmakoğlu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1930-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Sabahattin Çakmakoğlu is a Turkish bureaucrat and politician who served as the Minister of National Defense from 1999 to 2002. He was the Nationalist Movement Party presidential candidate for the 2007 presidential election, which he lost to the Justice and Development Party candidate Abdullah Gül. He served as a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Kayseri from 1999 to 2002 and again from 2007 to 2011.

  62. Kudret Özersay

    Kudret Özersay
    Born in
    Cyprus Flag Cyprus
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kudret Özersay is a Turkish Cypriot academic, diplomat and politician. A scholar in international politics by profession, he served in the negotiations to solve the Cyprus dispute between 2002 and 2012 and in 2014. He was the Special Representative of the President of Northern Cyprus between 2010 and 2012 and again in 2014. He established and led the Toparlanıyoruz Movement and is one of the founders and the current leader of People's Party.

  63. Faik Öztrak

    Faik Öztrak
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    economistpolitician
    Biography

    Faik Öztrak is a Turkish politician who served as the deputy leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) from 2010 to 2015. He has been a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Tekirdağ since 2007, having first been elected at the 2007 general election. He was re-elected in 2011, June 2015 and November 2015. Between 2010 and 2014, he served as the CHP's head accountant.

  64. Edvin Kanka Ćudić

    Edvin Kanka Ćudić
    Born in
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Years
    1988-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    political scientistjournalistmartial artisthuman rights activist
    Biography

    Edvin Kanka Ćudić, is a Bosnian human rights activist, martial artist, journalist and political analyst who is best known as the leader of the UDIK, an organisation campaigning for human rights and reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia.

  65. Namık Tan

    Namık Tan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Namık Tan was the ambassador of Turkey to the United States. He held that office from February 2010 until May 2014. He was a former ambassador of Turkey to Israel between 2007 and 2009. He also served in the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and in senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  66. Murat Bozlak

    Murat Bozlak
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1952-2015 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Murat Bozlak, was a Kurdish politician active in several political parties. He was the president of the People's Democracy Party (HADEP) and a member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Bozlak was a Kurdish politician and a founding member of the Social Democracy Party (SODEP), the Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP), the People’s Labor Party (HEP), the Democracy Party (DEP) and the HADEP. The first two parties were dissolved, while the latter three were banned by the Turkish constitutional court.

  67. İlter Türkmen

    İlter Türkmen
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1927-.. (age 95)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    İlter Türkmen is a Turkish diplomat and politician.

  68. Mehmet Aydın

    Mehmet Aydın
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    philosopheruniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Mehmet Aydın is one of Turkey's Ministers of State. As a representative of the Justice and Development Party from Izmir, he was elected to Parliament in the 2002 general elections.

  69. Ahmet Abakay

    Ahmet Abakay
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    writerjournalist
    Biography

    Ahmet Abakay is a Turkish journalist, author, and the head of the Progressive Journalists' Association (Turkish: Çağdaş Gazeteciler Cemiyeti Başkanı). He is the author of many books, including The Last Words of Hoşana (Hoşana'nın Son Sözü) and The Minister Counselors' Notepad (Bakan Danışmanı'nın Not Defteri). His most recent book published in 2013, The Last Words of Hoşana, is about his mother, who revealed her Armenian identity just weeks before she died. Due to his recent revelations in the book, Abakay has received harsh criticism from his family members.

  70. Sunay Erdem

    Sunay Erdem
    Born in
    Bulgaria Flag Bulgaria
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    architect
    Biography

    Sunay Erdem is a Turkish Landscape architect (graduated) and self-taught Architect. He is one of Turkey's most prolific and best Landscape architects of his generation. Sunay Erdem founded Erdem Architects with his brother, Günay Erdem, in 1998.

  71. Selim Sarper

    Selim Sarper
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1899-1968 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Selim Rauf Sarper was a Turkish diplomat and politician. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1960–1962.

  72. Enver Duran

    Enver Duran
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    physicianuniversity teachersurgeon
    Biography

    Enver Duran is a Turkish medic specialising in thoracic-cardiovascular surgery, a university professor and Chancellor (Rector) of the Trakya University, Edirne 2004-2012 (July) and since 2013 Dean of the Fakulty medicine of the Istanbul Arel University.

  73. Muzaffer Kılıç

    Muzaffer Kılıç
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1897-1959 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ahmet Muzaffer Kılıç was a Turkish soldier during the Turkish Liberation War, a member of the Turkish National Movement, and a politician of the Republic of Turkey.

  74. Sevim Tekeli

    Sevim Tekeli
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1924-2019 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    historian
    Biography

    Sevim Tekeli was a prominent Turkish history of science professor.

  75. Mehmet Hakkı Suçin

    Mehmet Hakkı Suçin
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    author
    Biography

    Mehmet Hakkı Suçin is an author, literary translator and Arabist from Turkey.

  76. Halil Sezai Erkut

    Halil Sezai Erkut
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1908-1988 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Halil Sezai Erkut was a Turkish government minister and politician. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly of Turkey in 1961, immediately following the 1960 Turkish coup d'état. In 1963 he was elected mayor of Ankara; he served for one term until 1968.

  77. Pembe Candaner

    Pembe Candaner
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Pembe Candaner is a Turkish businesswoman, human resources expert and consultant, author, speaker, columnist and host of her TV show. Candaner served as the CEO of major corporations such as Adecco SA Turkey and Kariyer.net. She is a member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association), the top business association of Turkey and Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally to her career in private sector, she authored 4 books, held a column in daily Sabah and currently has a column in CEO Life Magazine. She is a member of Board of Advisors of Forbes Magazine in Turkey and hosted her TV show at ‘Artı Bir TV’ about Woman Leaders and Entrepreneurs. Candaner was awarded as the Business Woman of the year 2003, by the Dunya Newspaper.

  78. Yaşar Karadağ

    Yaşar Karadağ
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Yaşar Karadağ is a Turkish educator and politician of Azeri origin, who won a seat in the Turkish parliament in 2018 with the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party. Karadağ was voted into the top three best politicians from Eastern Anatolia.

  79. Mehmet Köksal

    Mehmet Köksal
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    lawyeracademic
    Biography

    Mehmet Köksal is a Turkish lawyer, lecturer, and founding partner of the Istanbul and Munich based law firm Köksal Attorney Partnership.

  80. Mehmet Culum

    Mehmet Culum
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Mehmet Culum is a contemporary Turkish novelist who was born in Çeşme, a town in western Turkey. He studied political sciences at the University of Ankara. Before starting an antique shop in his hometown, Culum worked as an IT consultant for some time in İzmir. After retiring in 1998, he began to explore the history of Western Turkey and especially the Çeşme Peninsula.

  81. F. Tulga Ocak

    F. Tulga Ocak
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1946-2019 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    academic
    Biography

    F. Tulga Ocak was a Turkish academic and professor of classical Turkish literature and Persian language. She worked at Hacettepe University.