*The event will be followed by a cocktail reception.
**This event will be in Turkish and there will be no simultaneous translation during the event.
Agah Uğur was born in 1957 in Istanbul, Turkey. Studied industrial engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK then qualified as a chartered accountant in England in 1985. He worked for accountancy & consulting firms; Touche Ross & Co in UK and Arthur Andersen in Istanbul and also Emlak Bank in Istanbul, before joining Borusan Group in 1989 as CFO. He then became the COO in 1995 and since 2001 is the CEO of the Group. Borusan Group, one of the most prominent conglomerate of Turkey, founded in 1944 operates in steel, distribution, logistics and energy sectors. It has partnerships with ArcelorMittal, Mannesmann GmbH, EnBW GmbH, Manheim and exclusive representations of Caterpillar, BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar and Eaton in Turkey and various Central Asian countries. Borusan is also known for its activities in arts and culture. It owns and operates internationally acknowledged Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and has the most prominent new media contemporary art collection in Turkey. Agah held numerous board positions in NGO’s including Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD), WWF Turkey, Turkish Information Technology Trust, Turkish Corporate Governance Association, Turkish Quality Association, Turkish Private Sector Volunteers Association and Dean’s Council of Kennedy School at Harvard University. Currently, he holds positions in the following institutions: vice chairman of TUSIAD’s Supervisory Council, board member of Turkish American Business Council, member of the board of Trustees of Kadir Has University and member of the advisory board of Columbia University Istanbul Global Center. Married with two daughters; he is also an art collector.
About Columbia Global Centers I Istanbul Speaker Series
In 2017, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul initiated a new speakers series with distinguished academics, intellectuals, business leaders, and artists on a broad scope of issues with regional and global impact. The speaker series aims to attract a wide audience with thought-provoking lectures focusing on the most compelling issues of our time and create a lively platform for the exchange of ideas and conversation.