|31st Mayor of Istanbul|
28 March 2004
|Preceded by||Ali Müfit Gürtuna|
|Mayor of Beyoğlu|
18 April 1999 – 28 March 2004
|Preceded by||Nusret Bayraktar|
|Succeeded by||Ahmet Misbah Demircan|
8 January 1945 |
Yusufeli, Artvin, Turkey
|Political party||Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP)|
|Alma mater||Istanbul University (B.S.)
Istanbul University (Architecture)
Istanbul University (Ph.D.)
He was born on 8 January 1945 in Altıparmak village of Yusufeli district in Artvin Province, Turkey. Kadir Topbaş moved in 1946 with his family to Istanbul. He earned a PhD in architectural history from Istanbul University following his education of theology in 1972 and architecture in 1974. After working as preacher in Edirne, teacher and freelance architect in İstanbul, he served between 1994 and 1998 as advisor to mayor Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the restoration and decoration of palaces and other historical buildings in Istanbul.
He is also owner of Turkish cuisine restaurant chain Saray Muhallebicisi.
He entered politics as member of the religious oriented Milli Selamet Partisi (MSP) and became mayor of Beyoğlu district in İstanbul, where he lives. Later on, Topbaş ran twice for the deputy of Artvin province in the parliament, first in 1977 from the MSP and then in 1987 from Refah Partisi (RP) without success. In 1999, he was elected mayor of Beyoğlu district from the Fazilet Partisi (FP). In the 2004 regional elections, Kadir Topbaş ran for the post of mayor of İstanbul from the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) and won. He is mayor of Istanbul since March 28, 2004. In November 2007 he became co-president of United Cities and Local Governments and was longlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award. Kadir Topbaş was re-elected as the mayor of İstanbul metropolitan area in 2009 Turkish general local elections, passing the runner-up Kemal Kilicdaroglu, current leader of Republican People's Party.
In 2009 he was appointed President of the Union of Municipalities of Turkey.
He is married and has two sons and a daughter.
Ali Müfit Gürtuna
|Mayor of İstanbul