Ozan Acar

TOBB - Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges, Head of Industry Councils and Entrepreneurship
Industry Plenary, 21 May
Industry Panelist

Ozan Acar is the Head of Industry Councils and Entrepreneurship Department at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey. He coordinates the activities of 61 different industry councils which brings together 2500+ most prominent private companies with the purpose of facilitating the contribution of the private sector to the sectoral policy making processes. Acar also leads TOBB’s activities for entrepreneurship ecosystem building through TOBB’s young and women entrepreneurship councils active in nation’s 81 provinces. He also coordinates TOBB’s strategic engagements with technology companies, including digitalization initiatives co-organized with Turkcell, Vodafone, Facebook, and Google.

Before joining TOBB, Acar was working at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) as the founding director of the competitiveness program. At this capacity he led various projects on industrial and technology policies. He was appointed as the rapporteur of the International Development Cooperation Ad-Hoc Commission for the Tenth Development Plan of Turkey’s Ministry of Development while he was at TEPAV.

Ozan Acar has also extensive experience in international organizations including the World Bank, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court, Brookings Institution, and Harvard’s Center for International Development. Acar received his BA and MA degrees in economics from Bilkent University in Ankara. He also holds an MPA in international development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.