H. Erkan SELAH


I was born in Aşiyan, İstanbul in the year of 1957. As a family, we have been living in the same neighborhood in the Bosporus. My late father Sezai Selah was born in Van. After he graduated Haydarpaşa High School he started his trade business while attending law and government school. He married my Şişli born mother Müzeyyen Selah in 1954. My grandfathers are of highly esteemed Özel, Uras, Yüksel Soydan house of Van, my grandfather is Seyit Hüseyin Selah. 

I started my secondary education in St. Benoit. After I graduated Boğaziçi Behçet Kemal Çağlar Science High School, I have attended prep school in France for one year, then I attended Marketing and Business School in London between 1977-80.

Then was assigned in the abroad worksites of the companies SOYAK and ENKA.

I have found the opportunity to get to know the life and the craftsmen throughout Anatolia while I was marketing the original spare parts of Forol Tractors manufactured in the agriculture equipment manufacturing facilities in Adapazarı of AKSEL Spare Parts and Marketing A.Ş..

Our business being located in Taksim and My father’s sympathy towards the Adalet Party and our 9th President Süleyman Demirel and also many of our seniors within the Party and Family friends Mr. Ekrem Ceyhun and Mr. Orhan Keçeli have introduced me into the politics and I was enrolled in the Youth Branch of the Adalet Party.

I have assumed the founding chairman role in the Tuzla Branch of the Doğru Yol Party in 1992, remained the head of district for three years, achieving the highest vote rate of 1994 by-election among all districts was vouchsafed to me.

I established a shipyard in Tuzla and started building ship and yachts in 1982. I have taken on many active responsibilities in social foundations and NGOs. Some of these are;

• Membership in Turkish Armed Forces Mehmetçik Foundation

• Presidency in Tuzla FC

• Membership in Rotary Club, Beşiktaş

• Membership in Eminönü Charity

• Management in BKC Alumni Association

After my duty as the chairman, I have been continuing my duties as the chairman of the Istanbul Chaber of Commerce Committee of Sea Vessels while I have also acting as the vice president of the advisory committee and high advisory board member.

I have connections due to my Chamber of Shipping councillorship, Mersin Chamber of Commerce, Mersin Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Silifke Chamber of Commerce memberships and my commercial relationships. In addition to that, I also have memberships and participation in many national and international professional associations and public institutions such as OECD Meetings, Professional Issues, Programs conducted with Istanbul Chamber of Commerce through the EU Membership process, individual and institutional attendance to business council efforts co-executed with various countries (Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Ukraine, Spain, Canada, Egypt and Algeria etc.) of Foreign Economic Relations Board Business Council. I have prepared the sectorial report for the five year development plan of the State Planning Organization Effort Planning Organization and last term’s presentation have been prepared and presented by myself and the Under Secretariat of Maritime Affairs. The sectorial reports of the 4th and 5th Industry Congress have been prepared and presented by myself.

SELAH MACINERY AND SHIPPING INDUSTRY Tic. A.Ş. of which for the last 21 years I have been the chairman has been conducting business on shipyard operations and is amongst the second 500 largest firms and leads the market.

Chairman of EMEK DENİZ NAKLİYAT A.Ş. a shipping firm who also builds ships

Chairman of AKTER AKDENİZ TAŞUCU GEMİ İNŞA SANAYİ ve Tic. A.Ş. – Joint undertaking for the operation of a modern and large shipyard operation with Mersin Chamber of Shipment, Mersin Chamber of Industry, 17 firms from the business sector and Mersin Customs Zone A.Ş..

Shareholder of STARES Ag., Hamburg, Germany – Spare part manufacture and export for ship building. Additional commercial activities of 2011.

Boutique Hotel, ES PETROL İNŞAAT TURİZM ORGANİZASYON HİZMETLERİ ve SANAYİ TİCARET Bodrum, Muğla; Restaurant, Gümüşlük, Construction of 54 2+1 Seaside Houses 

Construction Partnership ZEKERİYAKÖY

A Pension for 910 Vocational School for Girls has come into the service on Feb 26, 2011.

Beykoz Health Center, came into the service in January 05, 2011