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BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

Halil Mutlu, MD / Chair

Dr. Halil Mutlu was born in GuneysuRize in 1971. He completed elementary and middle school in Kasimpasa and high school at KabatasErkekLisesi. He joined Medical School at Selcuk University Medical School in Konya. After graduation, he served his mandatory duty and joined Emergency Medicine. During his academic visit to the United States, he passed the United States Medical Licensing Examinations and became qualified to practice medicine in the USA. He joined University of Massachusetts Medical School affiliated Berkshire Medical Center, and specialized in Internal Medicine. DrMutlu has been working as physician and teaching attending in Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine past ten years. Since the beginning of 2010, DrMutlu joined Tufts University School of Medicine affiliated teaching hospital, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield Massachusetts. DrMutlu is married with one child.

Haluk Gani / Secretary

Mr. Gani was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1980. After graduated from Kartal Anadolu Imam-Hatip Lisesi and Tercuman College, he continued his language education in London. Mr. Gani completed his under graduate degree at Istanbul University on Political Sciences. During his education Mr. Gani worked, fo 1 year, as a trainee on management and organization and 1 year as an assistant of the CEO at reputable and one of the biggest international holding based in Frankfurt, Germany.

Upon completion of his undergrad degree, he started his business career at Maritime Industry. During his professional career, he concluded his MBA on Management and Organization at Marmara University, Istanbul.

In 2006, he moved to the United States in order to earn his degree on Master of Science – Global Business and Transportation at SUNY Maritime College. In 2008 he graduated with honors and upon his graduation he started his professional career in the States.

Mr. Gani is currently working as a Ship and Dry Cargo Broker at the world’s largest independent shipbroking group based in Stamford, CT.

Memis Yetim / Treasurer

MemisYetim was born in Rize/Turkiye in 1969. He completed his primary and secondary school at his homeland Cayeli/Rize. After he got his high school degree from Sisli Imam HatipLisesi in Istanbul, he moved to Cairo, Egypt, and started to study at Al-Azhar University. Mr. Memis has been doing business since he came to NY in 1995. Currently, he lives in NY with his wife and their two children.

Serhat Kaan

Serhat Kaan, who is the founder and chair of YPHIL Orchestra, and the director of TURKEN Foundation, was born in 1989 in Istanbul. After obtaining Industrial Engineering degree with honors, he moved to New York City in 2010 to continue his studies for both masters and PHD degrees on full scholarship from the Ministry of National Education of Turkey.

Serhat Kaan has been actively engaged in philanthropy since 2006, the year he began to serve as the president of the Industrial Engineering Club at Fatih University. His hard work to elevate the prestige of Industrial Engineering Club was recognized by both his college and civil society leaders. Mr. Kaan enjoys a rare combination of technical expertise and political insight. Mr. Kaan’s prior service to the New York City Industries for the Blind proves his commitment in the field of human rights. His leadership role at the WPO Orchestra proves his contributions and involvement in raising awareness for global youth issues.

Mr. Kaan currently holds M.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering and M.A. Degree in International Relations & Politics both from New York University; and is seeking a J.D. Degree in New York City.

Zulkarneyn Vardar

Zulkarneyn Vardar was born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1962. He received a BA in 1990 from Al-Azhar University, and PhD Degree in 2013 from Graduate Theological Foundation. “Hafiz” Mr. Vardar is cofounder and chair of Albanian Islamic Cultural Centers and Private Miraj Islamic Schools. He speaks 4 languages: English, Albanian, Turkish and Arabic. Currently, Mr. Vardar lives in Staten Island, NY with his wife and their five kids.

Fatih Hidirligil

Mr. Fatih O. HIDIRLIGIL is a Turkish-born businessman, handling imports and exports. Born in Ankara in 1977, Mr. HIDIRLIGIL graduated from Cankaya Anatolian High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Gazi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Turkey. He earned his Master’s degree in Economics at the City University of New York, City College in Manhattan. He has completed International Business, Import& Export courses in New York University (NYU).

Mr. HIDIRLIGIL has been living in New York since 2001. He has worked in a wide variety of professional capacities in the private sector, and he has also devoted time as volunteer in non-profit organizations. He is currently running a New York –based Corporation and Export & Import Company with multiple locations throughout the United States of America and Canada.

Ismail Kaan

Mr. Kaan born on 07.03.1977 in İstanbul, Fatih. Upon his graduation from ÜsküdarFaziletKoleji he continued Southeastern University and graduated with management degree in 1998. Mr. Kaan also concluded his M.S. degree at the same college in Washington D.C.

Besides managing his family company, Mr. Kaan also managed different political organizations and Non-governmental organizations. Currently he is holding the presidency for the committee at Istanbul Chamber of Industry and active in construction & energy fields. Mr. Kaan speaks English and married with 2 children.

Ibrahim Bacaci

Mr.BACACI was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1979 and he still lives there. He graduated and received his Law degree from Galatasaray University and studied at Marmara University for LLM degree of Public Law. During his Law studies he also attended and took courses both at Universite de Franche-Comte in France and Indiana University Bloomington in USA.

As a businessman and an entrepreneur, MR. BACACI has been working for 15 years and he has investments in several sectors like International Trade, Service and Real Estate. As a devoted volunteer for NPOs and NGOs, he has been working as a Board Member of Ensar Foundation and İlimYaymaCemiyeti. Mr. BACACI is also a member of Istanbul Bar Association and MUSIAD which is a businessman association based in Istanbul. He has played a proactive role in founding Turken Foundation. Mr. BACACI is married and has three children.

Selim Cakir

Selim Cakir studied economics at Fatih University and had an MA degree in International Business at Bournemouth University. He is working as a managing partner in Cakiroglu Insaat for 8 years. He is married and has two daughters. He is a founder of Ensar Foundation and he has been a member since 2007 and a vice president since 2013.

Omer Faruk Albayrak

Our Board Member, Mr. Faruk Albayrak was born in 1980 in Istanbul. He studied economics and construction management. Mr. Albayrak is based in Istanbul and travelling quite often to the USA. He is a serial entrepreneur and since founding his business in Istanbul in 2008, he has been considered as an inspiring young entrepreneur. Following the Hadith of Prophet Muhammed (SAW), Mr. Albayrak believes that “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind”. This is his motivation to participate and serve actively the community by working for “Ensar Foundation” as a board member as well.

Behram Turan

Mr. Turan was born in Iyidere, Rize, Turkey in 1959, moved to Istanbul after completing his primary education, graduated from Haydarpaşa High School in Istanbul, and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1980. Having awarded a Turkish Government scholarship in 1982, Mr. Turan completed his graduate studies at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, with Master of Science degree in 1984, and pursued advanced studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering in Rutgers and Princeton Universities in New Jersey.