Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (Turkish: Türk Sanayicileri ve İşadamları Derneği, TÜSİAD), is the top business association of Turkey. The current Chair of the Board of Directors is Cansen Başaran–Symes.
Founded in 1971, TUSIAD is an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting public welfare through private enterprise. TUSIAD supports independent research and policy discussions on important social and economic issues in Turkey and abroad. Much like the US Business Roundtable, TUSIAD is composed of the CEOs and Executives of the major industrial and service companies in Turkey, including those that are among global Fortune 500 companies. The Turkish press have described the group as "representing Turkey's secular elite."
TÜSIAD has its headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, and has 6 representative offices around the world: Ankara, Brussels, Washington, D.C., Paris, Berlin, and Beijing.
Disputes between TÜSİAD and the Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has "lashed out" at TÜSİAD on multiple occasions during his reign as President of Turkey. In December, 2014 Erdoğan criticized the organization for apparently side-stepping his office by not asking it to serve as interlocutor between the government and the business community.