People: Tekfen Holding AS (TKFEN.IS)
20 May 2019
Mr. Ali Nihat Gokyigit serves as Founding Honorary Chairman and Board Member of Tekfen Holding Co. Inc. He received his BA at Robert College of Istanbul in 1946 and his MA in Civil Engineering at Michigan University of in 1948. In 1956, he founded, with his partners, Feyyaz Berker and Necati Akcaglilar, the company FNN Musavir Muhendislik, the genesis of Tekfen Holding. Since then, he has served either as a member or as chairman of the board of more than 50 of Tekfen’s group companies. He retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tekfen Holding in 2015. Upon the recommendation and decision of the Board of Directors, Gokyigit and his partner Feyyaz Berker were given the titles of Founder and Honorary Chairman. For 35 years, he has served as chairman of the Advisory Board of AIESEC-Turkey, the world’s largest student organization. A member of the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) and of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), he was a member of the boards of DEIK between 1988 and 2005 and of TUSIAD between 1985 and 1987. He worked for 10 years as chairman of the Turkish-CIS Business Council, under the auspices of DEIK, and as Turkey’s representative on the Black Sea Business Council. He is the Honorary Consul of Georgia and Kyrgyzstan and an honorary citizen of Georgia. He is currently an honorary member of DEIK and a member of TUSIAD. He is the Founding Honorary Chairman of the Turkish Green Building Council and TEMA. He helped TEMA launch its first projects, related to the environment, protection of natural resources and rural development. One of these, the Camili Region Sustainable Development Project, won an award at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development. Through the ANG Foundation, which bears his name, he established the Nezahat Gokyigit Botanical Garden on 50 hectares of land in Istanbul in memory of his wife. He is also the founder of the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, an important cultural institution that also serves world peace.
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