Gokhan Gundogdu is a Turkish entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the founder and Chairman of both Gundogdu Holding Company and the Gundogdu Foundation.

Mr. Gundogdu received the Global Education Award from the International Academic Center of San Rome, Italy in 2012 in recognition of his visionary approach to early years education by creating the International Children’s University Project.

Mr. Gundogdu received his B.A. in Economics and Management from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, where he became a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society in Economics), Sigma Beta Delta (International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration), and All American Scholar (United States Achievement Academy). He graduated from Cukurova University’s Graduate School of Management with an M.B.A. and completed his PhD at the same department.

Mr. Gundogdu is a proud alum of the Atlantic Council’s Young Turkey/Young America program, a State Department-sponsored exchange for exceptional rising leaders. He currently contributes to the Council’s cause as a Millennium Leadership Program “MLP” Advisory Council Member. In addition, he serves at many social and professional clubs such as TESOL International Association, TESEV of Turkey, Black Tulip IKSV, Paul Harris Fellowship Program of Rotary International, Friends of High Line, Ordre Mondial des Gourmet Degustatuers, Istanbul Modern, and La Chaine des Rotisseurs.