Dr. Ali YÜCELEN
Ali Yücelen was born in 1974 in the Anamur district of Mersin. Having completed his secondary education at Ankara Anatolian High School, Yücelen graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Business Administration. After graduating from his undergraduate education, Yücelen worked in various state institutions, most recently as an Assistant Research Specialist at the Turkish Competition Authority. In order to add an international vision to his education and career, he completed his master's degree in finance at George Washington University in the USA. Yücelen, who returned to Turkey right after, served as Assistant Inspector in the Board of Inspectors of İşbank. Later on, Yücelen successfully completed the PhD program at Ankara University Social Sciences Institute and received the title of Doctor. Continuing his academic studies and education with the articles published on international platforms and the training and certificate programs he participated in, Dr.Ali Yücelen, lastly, attended professional training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In his professional career, Ali Yücelen started his business life in 2003 by combining his corporate experience and knowledge with the spirit of entrepreneurship. Still being young and dynamic, with an entrepreneurial mindset, he is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Yücelen Group of Companies, operating in the fuel, distribution, logistics, energy, software, informatics, import and export sectors. In addition to this, he manages Yücelen Education, Culture and Health foundation founded by the Yücelen family based in Anamur. Combining his international education, work experience and entrepreneurial spirit in 2006 under the umbrella of TÜGİAD, Turkey's first national and only international young businessmen's association, which was established in 1986, Yücelen served as a Member of the Board of Directors of TÜGİAD between 2010 and 2012, and Coordinator of TÜGİAD Ankara and TÜGİAD Çukurova Branches. Subsequently, he undertook the duties of the 14th, 15th, 16th term TÜGİAD Board of Directors Chairman and then the Chairman of the High Advisory Board since 2012.
During this period he undertook the duties of G20 YEA-G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Term Presidency, JEUNE Europe-European Young Businessmen Confederation Vice President, YES-European Young Entrepreneurs Confederation Vice President, TOBB Young Entrepreneurs Board Supreme Council member, and many national and international symposiums, panels, congresses and studies. He also carried out the consultancy of entrepreneurship programs of various countries and organizations.
Dr. Ali Yücelen, along with other companies of Yücelen Group, is the current founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ankara TEKMER, Turkey's first privately owned Technology Development Center. Yücelen, who speaks English and German, teaches part-time 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship' and 'Innovation and Technology' courses at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University in undergraduate and graduate programs.