Ali Güreli graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration at METU (Middle East Technical University). He is the Founder and Chairman of Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, under whose leadership the fair has become one of Istanbul’s most prestigious art events. Güreli was a Board Member of The Marmara Hotels group from 1989 to 2002, he is the Founding Partner of ICEC (Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Center) since 1994. Güreli is the Founder of TÜROB and served as The President of the association from 1994 to 2001. Currently, Güreli is the Chairman of the Board of The Sofa Hotels & Resorts/ Autograph Collection and he is on the Board of TTYD. Ali Güreli has a great passion to enhance the position of Istanbul as a cultural and intellectual hub where multiple dynamics embracing the Middle East and Europe converge.