Haluk Sur

ULI Turkey

Country Chairman
Speaker in event(s): Istanbul Finance Center
A senior real estate professional with over 25 years of experience in the Turkish market, Haluk Sur is Chairman of Paladin Realty Partners – EurAsia, the sponsor’s investment advisor affiliate in Istanbul. Prior to joining Paladin Realty, Mr. Sur was a member of the executive committee of Ihlas Holdings (1992-1997) and the founder and CEO of Ihlas REIT (1997-2006), one of the first publicly listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) in Turkey. Mr. Sur remains a Senior Advisor to the board of Ihlas Holdings. While at Ihlas Holdings, Mr. Sur acquired and developed real estate now valued at over $1.9 billion, including approximately 10,000 residential units and several commercial properties. From 1983 to 1992, Mr. Sur was the founder and managing director of Yapi Teknik Layout which served as the design and construction coordinator for over a dozen schools and hospitals in Saudi Arabia and provided design and layout services for thousands of low- and middle-income housing units, cooperative units and luxury housing in Turkey.
 
Mr. Sur was appointed chairman of the Turkish council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in 2007. He was the co-founder of GYODER, the main Turkish real estate industry association, where he served as vice chairman in 2004 and chairman from 2005 through 2006. He is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), a regular co-chair of the GRI global real estate conferences, serves on the steering committee of Forum Istanbul, and is a board member of CEKUL, a Turkish cultural heritage organization.
 
Mr. Sur graduated from Bosphorous University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. He also attended the University of Washington on a NATO scholarship for Environmental Engineering. From 1982 to 1983, Mr. Sur worked in the NATO Infrastructure Department during his military service.

ULI Turkey

ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, the Institute now has worldwide members, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service.
 
As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.
 
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