For the first time in its history, World Economic Forum has presented Business Statesman Award which honours the achievements of business leaders and statesmen who have shown commitment to improving the state of the world. Turkish businessman Şarık Tara Founder and Honorary Chairman, Enka Construction and Industry, one of Turkey's largest construction companies, has received the first Business Statesman Award through the award ceremony on November 11th, 2016 holding in Ciragan Kempinski Hotel Istanbul.
As part of the ceremony, Mehmet Simsek, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Chairman of World Economic Forum, Murat Sonmez, Managing Board Member of World Economic Forum and Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag, Chairwoman of Dogan Broadcasting Turkey expressed special remarks.
“Sarik Tara is a recognized entrepreneur, a savvy political visionary and a well-known social philanthropist. His foundation, which provides world-class education to many young people and fosters sports, is a significant factor in stimulating society,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. Moreover, Tara was actively involved in Davos World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, thereby contributing to the normalization of political and economic problems in Turkey.
“In terms of the improvements in international relations of Turkey, Sarik Tara has been a very important leader.” addressed Mehmet Simsek, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, and he also added “The world has become more challenging today. In order to make a difference and affect the public opinion, Turkey needs more business leaders as Sarik Tara and there is still a lot to be done.”
Regarding Tara’s leading movements in Turkish business world and international platforms such as Davos Annual Meeting, Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag, Chairwoman of Dogan Broadcasting Turkey touched on his excellent guidance and responsibility for the Youth. Yalcindag also mentioned on the Global Shapers Community contributing to the impact on the global agenda for Davos, creating the dynamism and youthfulness in Annual Meetings.
Istanbul Shapers attending the award ceremony have been truly impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit, distinguished personality and broad vision of Sarik Tara and felt honored to witness the proud moment of this first award of its kind.