Born in 1980 in Karaman, Mr. Arda Ermut graduated from Bogazici University’s Department of Politics and International Relations in 2004 and started his professional career in 2005 as a Media and Public Relations Advisor at the Turkish Prime Minister’s Office in Istanbul.
He then continued his career at the Turkish Prime Ministry serving in various roles at the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), with essential contributions to the establishment of the organization itself. Mr. Ermut started working at ISPAT as an Assistant Project Director in 2007, and served in multiple senior positions before he was appointed the Head of the Public-Private Partnership Department, and then the President of ISPAT in 2015. During the transition period to Turkey’s Executive Presidential System, Mr. Ermut took part in positioning the Investment Office under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey. During his tenure as President of ISPAT and now the Invesment Office, he has actively taken part in bringing various foreign direct investments into Turkey.
In addition to his current post as the President of the Investment Office, Mr. Ermut also serves as a Board Member on the Turkey Sovereign Wealth Fund, Turkish Airlines, the Vienna Economic Forum, and the Turkish Basketball Federation. Since 2015, Mr. Ermut has also assumed the Presidency of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), the umbrella organization that covers 170 national and regional investment promotion agencies from 130 countries across the globe.
Mr. Ermut is fluent in English, and is married with one child.