Murat Sarayli served as National Chairman of the Young Businessmen’s Association of Turkey during 2004-2008. Sarayli also chaired YES, the Brussels-based European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, for three consecutive terms until 2008, representing 40,000 members from 16 countries.
Assuming responsibilities at YES in November 2004, Sarayli made the Lisbon Agenda, Europe’s strategic plan towards greater economic growth and job creation, the hallmark of his tenure. He is the founder of Visa-Free Europe movement and sits on the Board of the International Competitiveness Research Institute (URAK) of Turkey and Energy Efficiency Association of Turkey. He has been active in his family-owned group of companies since 1989, currently serves as Vice-President of Sarayli Group, founded by his father 35 years ago. The Group is active in energy, trade of electricity, tourism, construction, real estate and international trade.
Sarayli graduated with a degree in Management from the Middle East Technical University, attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy module at Harvard KSG.
Murat Sarayli is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, and the co-founders HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland and John Hope Bryant, founder of Operation HOPE, along with the board of directors of Global Dignity, were honored to name him the country co-chair of Global Dignity, Turkey.