Cuneyd Zapsu | MEMBER

Born in Istanbul on November 19, 1956, he completed his primary education in Munich and at the German High School Istanbul. Studied at the Istanbul University and Ludwig Maximillian University Munich (B.A in Business Administration).

His business life started in1977 at family owned Azizler Holding's various companies in managerial and board positions, and ended with the foundation of the Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) in 2001.

Until 2008 he served in the Party's Board and as the Special Assistant and Information Coordinator to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He is back to business after his resignation from all active AK Party duties (he is only Member of the Founding Board) in 2008 with his CuneydZapsu Consultancy Inc. through which he gives International Investment and Management Consulting. (As of January 1, 2013, CuneydZapsu Consultancy Inc. is serving 11 Global Companies as Senior Advisor and 22 Global and Turkish Companies on project basis).

He was President of the Istanbul Exporters Association 1987 – 2001, Founding Chairman of the Hazelnut Promotion Group Ankara in 1997 and Founding Co-Chairman of the Hazelnut Council New Jersey. He is Member of the Executive Committee of the International Treenut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), Spain 1996 – until today (President 2002-2007).

Mr. Zapsu is also a Board Member of the Turkish-American Business Council and High Advisory Board Member of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). He is Founder and Member of the Supervisory Committee of the Young Lives Foundation (GHV) and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Antalya International University. He is serving as the Senior Advisor of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Memberships: World Economic Forum (WEF), Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD), Foreign Economic Board of Turkey (DEİK), German-Turkish Chamber of Industry and Trade (AHK), Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO), Food Importers Association (TUGIDER), International Investors Association (YASED), German High School Association (ALD) and Istanbul University School of Business Administration Alumni Association.

Between the years 1986-1997 he received annually Gold Medals and Plaques for being 'Best Exporter of Turkey' from the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Istanbul Chamber of Industry and Undersecretary of Foreign Trade. In 2007 he received the Federal Order of Merit from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany for his services in the development of the relations between Turkey and Germany.