Murat Sarayli

Chair, Sarayli AS

Murat Sarayli served as National Chairman of the Young Businessmen's Association of Turkey during 2004-2008, worked on issues related to entrepreneurship, education, ethics in government, competitiveness, EU accession process of Turkey. Sarayli also chaired YES, the Brussels-based European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, for three consecutive terms until 2008, representing 40,000 members from 16 countries. Assuming responsibilities at YES in November 2004, Sarayli made the Lisbon Agenda, Europe's strategic plan towards greater economic growth and job creation, the hallmark of his tenure. He worked for a better business eco system for the young entrepreneurs in Europe. He is the co-founder of Visa-Free Europe movement and sits on the Board of the International Competitiveness Research Institute of Turkey He has been active in his family-owned group of companies since 1989. The Group is active in tourism, construction, real estate development and international trade. In addition to his devoted time for the development of entrepreneurship in Europe, he has been active in Sub Saharan Africa during last 20 years both for NGO work and business development. Sarayli graduated with a degree in Management from the Middle East Technical University, attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy module at Harvard KSG and the “Foundations For Leadership in the 21st Century” program at Yale University and living in Oslo.

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