Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, a prominent Turkish business leader, has been named Chair of the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF). His mandate is effective immediately and will run until 30 June 2025.
A member of the ICC Executive Board and Chair of ICC Türkiye, Mr Hisarcıklıoğlu is the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye (TOBB), the largest business organisation in Turkiye. He is also Chair of Eskihisar Group Companies, Vice-President of EUROCHAMBRES, Vice-President of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce, President of the Union of Turkic Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Vice-President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. Mr Hisarcıklıoğlu was also Chair of B20 Türkiye, the premier dialogue platform for engaging global business leaders with G20 governments and leaders during Türkiye’s G20 presidency.
Mr Hisarcıklıoğlu’s contributions to economic development and the business community have been recognised globally, with honorary doctorates and awards from governments and organisations worldwide. He has held prominent positions in various international and chamber organisations and has also received prestigious awards from several countries for his significant achievements in the business field.
Mr Hisarcıklıoğlu was selected following a formal process, pursuant to the WCF bylaws and the ICC Constitution, and in full consultation with the WCF General Counsel who selected Mr Hisarcıklıoğlu from three finalists.
Mr Hisarcıklıoğlu’s election is subject to formal ratification by the ICC World Council upon recommendation by the ICC Executive Board.
Candidacies for the position of WCF Chair were submitted by six chambers in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Türkiye. Selection criteria included the candidate’s knowledge of WCF and ICC principles and strategic directions as well as geographical and gender diversity.