Founders

Suna KIRAÇ

Suna KIRAÇ

Suna Kıraç graduated from Arnavutköy Girls Private High School and studied banking and finance at Boğazici University. She took an active part in Koç Holding from 1961, the year she began to work with her father, Mr. Vehbi Koç, to 2010, the year she left the position of Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors.

Besides being actively involved in work life and pioneering the establishment of Koç Private High School and Koç University, she has played an important role in setting up various institutions such as TEGV (Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey), AKMED (Mediterranean Civilizations Research Institute), Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, Pera Museum, Boğaziçi University Neurodegeneration Research Laboratory (NDAL) and Istanbul Research Institute.

Suna Kıraç, who has made many contributions to the areas of education, culture, arts and health, has also received various awards for her efforts, including the Republic of Turkey Outstanding Service Medal, Foundations General Directorate Foundation Associates Honorary Award, Boğaziçi University Title of Honorary PhD, London School of Business Honorary Fellowship, and the Galatasaray Education Foundation Honorary Medal.

Suna Kıraç, one of the founders of TEGV, continues to work for the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation as the Honorary President of the Board of Directors.

İnan KIRAÇ

İnan KIRAÇ

İnan Kıraç started his career in Koç Group and, in 1994, was promoted to the highest position in the Group, “Chief Executive Officer,” after working as an executive in various areas for 35 years. He retired from Koç Group in 1998 and established Kıraça Holding with his close colleagues. He played an important role in the establishment of the Galatasaray Education Foundation, AKMED (Mediterranean Civilizations Research Institute), Antalya Kaleiçi Museum, Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, Pera Museum, Boğaziçi University Neurodegeneration Research Laboratory (NDAL) and Istanbul Research Institute. He received the Title of Honorary PhD from Istanbul University, Galatasaray University and Süleyman Demirel University.

One of the founders of TEGV (Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey), İnan Kıraç built TEGV’s Suna and İnan Kıraç Training Park, located in Antalya, in 2001, as well as the Ali Numan Kıraç Organization Center, located in Eskişehir, in 2006. His philanthropic activities also include building the Semiha Kıraç Primary School and Osmangazi University Faculty of Agriculture’s Museum and Library.

İnan Kıraç continues to work as President of the Galatasaray Education Foundation, Vice Chairman for the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, Member of TEVDAK (Turkish Education Foundation Solidarity Council), President of Galatasaray Alliance Paris, Member of Galatasaray Sports Club Council, Member of TEGV Board of Trustees, Member of Coşkunöz Education Foundation and Board of Trustees Member for Darülaceze Foundation.

İpek KIRAÇ

İpek KIRAÇ

İpek Kıraç graduated from Koç Private High School in 2002 and from Brown University Department of Biology in 2007. She continues her graduate studies in Department of Public Health at the same university. Besides being a founding member of the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, İpek Kıraç continues to work as an Executive Board Member for Koç Private High School, Board of Directors Member for Temel Trade and Investment Inc., Board of Trustees Member for TEGV, Board of Directors Member for Amerikan Hospital Health Services Trade Inc. and Board of Directors Member for Zer Central Services Inc. Since March 2012, İpek Kıraç has been the CEO of Sirena Marine Maritime Industry and Trade Inc., a subsidiary of Kıraça Holding.