Bekir Pakdemirli

Bekir Pakdemirli (born 1973) is a Turkish businessman and former Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

Bekir Pakdemirli
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Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
In office
10 July 2018 – 4 March 2022
PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded byVeysel Eroğlu
Succeeded byVahit Kirişci
Personal details
Born (1973-11-10) November 10, 1973 (age 49)
İzmir, Turkey
RelationsEkrem Pakdemirli (father)
Alma materBilkent University,
Başkent University,
Manisa Celal Bayar University

Early yearsEdit

Bekir Pakdemirli was born at İzmir, Turkey in 1973. His father Ekrem Pakdemirli was a politician, who briefly served as a Deputy Prime Minister in 1991. He studied Business administration at Bilkent University. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he continued his education at Başkent University graduating with a Master of Business Administration title. Later, he earned a doctoral degree from Celal Bayar University.[1][2]


After completion of his education, Pakdemirli worked as an entrepreneur in the fields of food, agriculture, animal husbandry, technology and automotive. He co-founded and managed various companies. He served as general manager of a major company and a publicly-held food corporation. Following his senior management position in an international food company, he also worked as a consultant in the same company. He was a board member at the mobile network operator Turkcell, the discount store chain BİM and the bank Albaraka Türk.[1][2]

Between 2018 and 2022, Pakdemirli served as minister of Agriculture and Forestry in the Fourth cabinet of Erdoğan.[2]

Private lifeEdit

In his private life, Pakdemirli was active in social responsibility projects holding posts in a number of associations and foundations. He owns licenses of sea captain, aprivate aviation pilot and amateur radio operator.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Sayın Bakan'ın Özgeçmişi - Dr. Bekir Pakdemirli" (in Turkish). Tarım ve Orman Bakanlığı. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Yeni sistemin ilk Tarım ve Orman Bakanı Bekir Pakdemirli kimdir?". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 10 July 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
10 July 2018 – 4 March 2022
Succeeded by