Yilmaz Cakir

Yilmaz Cakir

Founder at ARA Limited

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Yilmaz Cakir is an experienced businessman who served as a C-level executive for several national and multinational companies. He is the founder of ARA Limited. He serves in Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK).

He started his career at Grasso and went on to become the Secretary General of Chamber of Industry. He was the General Manager of Cicisan and Suntasan A.S. and Santek AS. He was the Chairman of Finnish – Turkish Business Council and Turkish – Swedish Business Council, also Vice Chairman of Turkish – EU Business Council. He was an Honorary Ambassador to Courchavel Ski Resort.

He has excellent knowledge of Turkish bureaucracy, Turkish Holdings, Ministries, Universities, State Planning Organization-SPO, Foreign Economic Relation Board-DEIK, Confederation Of Chambers of Commerce-TOBB, SMSs, Chambers of Commerce, Organized Industrial Districts, NGOs and other business organizations.

Yilmaz has a strong access to the EU /Brussels, private and public companies, enterprises, European Delegation in Ankara, Research Institutions, Technoparks, European Development Bank, Framework Program 7-FPVII, European Investment Bank, Turkish Development Banks,commercial banks and business associations in every part of Turkey.

He was has honored by the Finnish President Tarja Halonen with a first class “White Rose” decoration in 2009.