Ekrem Imamoglu was born in Trabzon in 1970.He graduated from Istanbul University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Following his undergraduate studies, he also attended and completed a Master of Science program on HR Management at the same university. He played footbol while he was student. He became a board member of Trabzonspor Club, Football, Basketbal and Beylikduzuspor.
In 1992, he started working for the family business while he was still a graduate student. He then became the CEO of the group companies. Under his management, the company mostly operated on urban planning and the housing projects. While he was building and planning for housing complexes to raise the living standards of the people, he encountered some problems pertaining to the political processes which resulted in a decision to become a public servant and solve problems of political nature.
He joined Republican People’s Party’s (CHP), the main opposition party in years, and became a party member. He worked hard for his party’s field campaigns, and in a short time he was elected the district head of CHP for the Beylikduzu in 2009. In the local elections of March 30, 2014, he became the elected Mayor of Beylikduzu. In the following years of successful management, Mr. Imamoglu captured the attention of society, media and the academia. Thanks to the positive changes he made in social life, infrastructure services and the living standards of Beylikduzu, he received a big support from the citizens of Beylikduzu district.
CHP appointed Mr. Imamoglu as the candidate for the Mayor of Istanbul in the local elections of March 31, 2019. After an inspiring campaigning process of three months, he became the elected Mayor of Istanbul. But this did not last long; in the 18th day of his mayorship, YSK cancelled the elections and announced a re-election date, June 23, 2019.
Mr. Imamoglu started his re-election campaign with an historic speech. His speech organically became the hope for his disappointed supporters and symbolized a moment of encouragement to fight for freedom and democracy in Turkey. His victory on June 23 with %54,2 support of votes became a milestone for the future of Turkey.
Mr. Imamoğlu is married, have 3 kids and lives in Beylikduzu since 1991.