Orhan Turan Is the New President of TURKONFED

During its 13th Ordinary General Meeting, Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TURKONFED) elected the new administration. Orhan Turan was elected as the new President of TURKONFED. President Turan stated that they will embrace the “5K” vision and work for a TURKONFED that is corporate (kurumsal), inclusive(kapsayıcı), global (küresel), focusing more on SMEs(KOBİ) and women(kadın). The number of TURKONFED female Board Members have doubled in the current administration.


Orhan Turan remarked: “As an NGO that advocates for women’s effective participation in decision-making processes, I would like to state that we have taken a small, but an important step by increasing women’s representation in our board 100%. However, we also know that this is not enough. At this point, we will accelerate this first step and while we spread women’s representation, we will also increase women’s effective participation in all spheres of life, from economy to politics”.

12 May 2018/ 13th Ordinary General Meeting of Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TURKONFED), an umbrella organization representing regional and industry-specific associations with 29 member federations and 235 member associations, was held in Istanbul. At the General Meeting, Orhan Turan was elected as the President of TURKONFED, new Board Members were appointed and, compared to the previous term, the number of female board members doubled, increasing women’s representation at board to 23%. 


The 13th Ordinary General Meeting was hosted by the Acting President of TURKONFED Şükrü Ünlütürk and was attended by TUSIAD President Erol Bilecik, 15th TUSIAD Board of Directors President Muharrem Yılmaz and members of the Confedereation.


Şükrü Ünlütürk: “We have reached to 29 federations, 235 associations and over 40.000 member corporations”

Delivering the opening speech at the General Meeting, the Acting President of TURKONFED Şükrü Ünlütürk remarked that for 25 years TURKONFED has focused on economic, political and social issues. He continued his words by saying; “When we took the office, there were 22 federations, 150 associations and 30.000 corporations under TURKONFED. Today, there are 29 federations, 235 associations, and over 40.000 corporations. In the last 3 years, we have organized over 200 well-attended events, conducted 9 research reports proposing solutions to economic problems of SMEs and our country, bringing constructive perspectives. By extending the member structure of TURKONFED International, we worked to be the voice of business world with our 13 member associations in 20 countries.”