Dr Akkan Suver,


President of the Marmara Group Strategic and Social Research Foundation
Year receipt of recognition 2015

President of the Marmara Group Strategic and Social Research Foundation


Dr.Akkan Suver graduated from the Journalism Faculty of University of Istanbul, and subsequently started a career as a journalist. He also has an honorary PhD in International Relations from Tefekkur University, Baku.
He started his journalistic career with the daily Son Saat; was later appointed as assistant sditor of the daily Dünya. He served as the chief editor of La Gazette, an Istanbul daily published in French. He has been columnist with Istanbul dailies: Güneş, Hergün, Orta Doğu, Tercüman, Türkiye and Dünya. He has been the spokesman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) between 1987 and 1995. Then he was approved as the deputy secretary general of the MHP. In 1997, he withdrew from his position and his political career on his own decision. He was the vice-president of the Turkish Boxing Federation and Member of the Scientific Committee of the World Boxing Association between 1990 and 2000. In 1997, he has become the President of the Marmara Foundation As an activity of intercultural dialogue, for ten years he has organized “Love and Peace Dinners” every year during Ramadan, with the participation of Greek, Armenian, Syriac Patriarchs, President of Religious Affairs Directorate of Turkish Republic, Turkish Grand Rabbi, Representatives of Vatican, consul generals and ambassadors from many countries and other guests from Turkey and around the world. For his works of intercultural dialogue, he was received by Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican. Also, for his major contributions during the Pope’s visit, he received the “Memoriam Medal of Benedict XVI” in March 2007. For these efforts, UNESCO made “Marmara Group Foundation” a member of “Intercultural Dialogue Commission”. He is serving as the member of Academic Council of the “Atatürk Center” in Azerbaijan. His books “Yellow Leaves Season” and “Living Atatürk” were published by this center in 2005 and 2006.