Sahir Erozan is the founding partner (with his mother Ayla) of Macakizi Hotel located in Bodrum, Turkey. He has been in the hospitality business in the United States and Turkey since 1980.
Starting his education in Istanbul, Mr. Erozan majored in mathematical engineering and international business, while continuing his studies in Washington, D.C, he began his first business in the heart of Georgetown, Café Med. Later in the 1980s, Mr. Erozan opened Cities Restaurant in Adams Morgan neighborhood of D.C.
Living in the United States’ capital city for over thirty years, Mr. Erozan was naturally drawn to politics. He supported five presidential campaigns as well as numerous congressional races. During the early 1990s, Mr. Erozan engaged in active support for the Bosnian independence. He hosted and funded the first visit to the United States of Bosnian President Izzet Begovic to Washington making numerous advance arrangements for President Begovic to meet with appropriate officials in the US government and to gain maximum media coverage.
Sahir Erozan was a Board Member of the American-Turkish Council for over 20 years. He was also instrumental in raising more than five hundred thousand dollars in private contributions for the victims of the 1999 earthquake in Turkey.
He served on the Host Committee for NATO’s 50th Anniversary celebration held in Washington, D.C. He was on the civilian advisory committee for the Prague NATO Summit. Mr. Erozan has hosted numerous presidential, congressional and other dignitaries throughout the years during their visits to Turkey in addition to hosting Turkish delegation including Prime Ministers and Parliamentarians, while he was in Washington.
Recently, Mr. Erozan has focused his energy and time in the broad promotion of Turkish tourism. To that end, he has hosted events in Washington, New York, London and Paris as well as three large events during Venice Biennale for Art and Architecture and Art Basel Miami.