Tahsin Gur was born in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as the first and only child of an artisan family.


During his secondary education, in 2005, he was given the opportunity to attend the Cyprus Boldleaders Program, where he was selected as one of the Peer Leaders for the 2006 session of the program. An active member of his community, and a well-known individual amongst his peers, he became the President of his high school government in 2006 – 2007.


Following that, he was awarded the Cyprus Fulbright Scholarship (CASP Award) and was accepted by American University in Washington, DC to obtain his undergraduate degree, with the distinction of having Paraskevaides Scholarship on top.


Located in the heart of world politics, he maintained strong relationships with the Embassy of Turkey and the representative office of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, while continuing his studies.


Mr. Gur has graduated in the top 1% in May 2012, with a dual degree in Mathematics and Finance, and a minor in Economics. Using his strong academic and social background, he was accepted to Koc University’s MBA Program in Istanbul, Turkey with a merit based scholarship, again graduating in the top 1% of his class.


Upon finishing his studies, Mr. Gur started to work as Finance Business Partner for Foods category in Unilever Turkey – where he has partnered foods business portfolio in Turkey together with the marketing department.


Despite his young age, Mr. Gur has been appointed as Senior Treasury Dealer in Unilever, having responsibilities for the full loan and investment portfolio for Europe and North America, funding and liquidity management of Europe, North America, Latin America and Turkey. At the peak of his career in the role, he was managing about EUR 60bn. worth of portfolio.


On top of those, he has been responsible for the FX and hedging policy of numerous countries under Unilever umbrella. Taking a step further in his career, Mr. Gur has returned back ‘home’ to Cyprus to take a lead in developing the financial services and consulting industries.


After completion of successful projects, he has been employed by Basel Holding as the group's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and is responsible of a team that runs accounting, profitability analysis, financial management and portfolio management of group companies.


Aside from his academic career, Mr. Gur has served as the General Secretary of KIBISAD (Cypriot Businessmen Association, Istanbul), where he was responsible from helping day-to-day operations, advising the board members with current trends in business, and managing the youth segment of the association.


Mr. Gur has also served as the Founder President of Genc Vizyon Genclik Merkezleri (Youth Vision Youth Centers), which has two branches located in Kyrenia – Cyprus and in Ankara – Turkey, with a total of 3,000 members.


After officially establishing the organization in 2008, he continued his official duties on the Founder Members’ Council at Genc Vizyon for three years until 2011. As a visionary young leader, he has been a very influential individual for the Turkish Cypriot youth during his presidency at Genc Vizyon.


After his youth center career, he became the President of the Turkish American Student Association at American University during the 2011 – 2012 academic year.


This organization represents Turkish students studying at American University and voices the issues that Turkey faces, as well as the historical and cultural roots of the country to the students’ American peers and other members of the community.

American University, Washington DC
Koc University
Unilever Turkey
Basel Holding