Faruk Özlü

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Faruk Özlü
MP
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Minister of Science, Industry and Technology
Assumed office
24 May 2016
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım
Preceded by Fikri Işık
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
7 June 2015
Constituency Düzce (June 2015, Nov 2015)
Personal details
Born (1962-11-19) 19 November 1962 (age 55)
Düzce, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Justice and Development Party (AKP)
Children 2
Alma mater Yıldız Technical University
İstanbul Technical University
Profession Politician
Cabinet 65th
Website Personal website

Faruk Özlü (born 19 November 1962) is a Turkish politician from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) who currently serves as the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology of Turkey since 24 May 2016. He is currently a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Düzce, having been first elected in the June 2015 general election and re-elected in the November 2015 general election.

Early life and career[edit]

Education[edit]

Faruk Özlü was born on 19 November 1962 in Düzce and studied at Düzce High School before graduating from the Yıldız Technical University (YTÜ) as a mechanical engineer. He obtained a masters degree and a doctorate from İstanbul Technical University (İTÜ). He obtained further education regarding projects and engineering in Spain, before taking a senior management course at Harvard University in the United States.[1]

Early career and civil service[edit]

In 1987, Özlü returned to YTÜ as a researcher. In 1990, he joined the Defence Industry Undersecretariat as an engineer. He later became an expert, project manager, department manager and assistant undersecretary. He also briefly served as the acting undersecretary.[2] While working at the Undersecretariat, Özlü oversaw projects such as Turkey's first domestically produced tank ALTAY, the country's first unmanned spacecraft ANKA, its first domestically produced warship MİLGEM.[3] He also worked on the development of the Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft, the F-35 and F-16 fighter jets, helicopter electronic warfare systems, the M60 tank modernisation, long range air and missile defense systems, coding and simulation.[4]

He has served on the executive boards of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI-TUŞAŞ), Airport Operations and Aviation Industries (HEAŞ), Teknopark İstanbul and Defence Technologies Engineering and Commerce (STM).[5]

Minister of science, industry and technology[edit]

Özlü joined the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and was elected as a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Düzce in the June 2015 general election.[6] He was re-elected in the November 2015 general election. Following the resignation of Ahmet Davutoğlu as Prime Minister in May 2016, the AKP held an Extraordinary Congress on 22 May to determine his successor. Binali Yıldırım was elected as party leader unopposed and formed his cabinet on 24 May, appointing Özlü as the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Faruk Özlü
Minister of Science, Industry and Technology
24 May 2016 – present
Incumbent