EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

World Tourism Forum Institute

Bulut Bağcı

President

Bulut Bağcı is a foresighted, success-oriented businessman. As an entrepreneur, he is talented to see the short-comings in industries and fills the gaps with successful strategies. He was born in 1985. He graduated from Tourism Administration department with an honors degree at one of the most prestigious universities of Turkey, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul in 2009. He had a short-term education at Harvard Business School. After graduation, he received management trainees at Kempinski, Hilton, and Marriott Hotel Groups. He has had more than 10 years of work experience in many non-governmental organizations both in the national and international arena and over 10 years of experience in tourism industry. For being an experienced Tourism administrator at his young age, he saw the absence of an international tourism conference that industry leaders gather together to discuss the future of the tourism industry. Accordingly, he started the World Tourism Forum Institute as the founder and president of the institution in 2010. In spite of being very young, World Tourism Forum Institute has received a significant potential and started to be mentioned as the Davos of the international tourism industry. Since 2010, he has been in close relationships with world politics and tourism leaders. As Bulut Bağcı added investment, marketing, and human resources solutions besides the events in host countries, he decided that “the World is not enough” for World Tourism Forum Institute anymore! Accordingly he decided to change institution’s event names into Global Tourism Forum to reflect its more embracing role in the global tourism market. Global Tourism Forum will be organized several times a year, under the auspices of national governments of numerous countries, in global centers around the world, bringing together world politics and tourism leaders and tourism industry representatives. Each meeting of the Global Tourism Forum will make an overwhelming impression and set the trends in the tourism industry just like before. As the president of the World Tourism Forum Institute, Bulut Bağcı was the head of international tourism events such as Global Meeting 2015, Mediterranean Summit 2015, Global Meeting 2016, Mediterranean Meeting 2016, Russia Summit 2017, Global Meeting 2017, Africa Summit 2017, and Angola 2019. Apart from all these events, he is also the founder and head person of such initiatives as Tourism 20, Tourism CEO Club, E-Gen Influencers Event, and World Tourism Awards. Starting from 2020, his institution’s events will be mentioned as Global Tourism Forum and new organizations will be held under the name of Global Tourism Forum. As a member of multiple non-executive boards, he is often invited as a guest speaker to various international events, conferences and gives speeches on future planning and strategies regarding international tourism.

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Sumaira Isaacs

CEO

First an Artist - than a serial entrepreneur... An Industry veteran, with over 25 years experience working within tourism and business tourism industry, supporting and developing some of the most prolific winning tourism destinations. Ms.Isaacs has worked both as a destination practitioner (DMC, PCO) as well as an advisor consultant to Tourist Boards, Associations and Local Governments in Asia, Africa, Middle East, and North America. She specializes in tourism to MICE development, to destination strategy development and action planning. She aims to not only sustainably expand the Global Tourism Forum platform to all continents, but also realise her personal dream to help alleviate poverty and create jobs through tourism, in the countries it serves.

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Barış Kahrıman

Board Member

Barış Kahrıman graduated from TED Ankara College and Uludağ University International Relations Department. After working for a while in the public after his graduation, he worked in the private sector as of 2008 and as a country partner MCI Global company, one of the world's largest organization companies starting from January 2014. Since 2019, Barıs Kahrıman has been a member of the Executive Board of the Global Tourism Forum. He organized several voluminous national and international organizations.

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Cem Bağcı

Member of Board

Cem Bağcı represented Turkey within the scope of EU, whom in 2009, got a TUBITAK degree in the field of history. Bağcı, who also served as a consultant to many politicians over the years, also took part in election campaign coordinatorships. His first book entitled as the "Unarmed War" is on perception management and strategy. He took part in various seminars and trainings on political communication, perception management, strategy and entrepreneurship at universities. He is the founder and president of the Turkey Perception Center.

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