Born in Istanbul in 1954, Faruk Eczacıbaşı is a graduate of the Istanbul German Lycee and Berlin Technical University’s School of Management, where he earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees.
Faruk Eczacıbaşı began his professional career in the Eczacıbaşı Group in 1980. After working in the United States for several years, he served in various positions in the Eczacıbaşı Group.
Currently Vice Chairman of Eczacıbaşı Holding, Faruk Eczacıbaşı was instrumental in the Group’s e-Transformation as head of Eczacıbaşı’s IT company, Eczacıbaşı Information and Communication Technologies.
Faruk Eczacıbaşı is Chairman of the Turkish Informatics Foundation (TBV), which was founded in 1995 to assist Turkey make the transformation to an information society. In this role, he has helped to prepare various research reports and contributed to the shaping of public policy. He served on the e-Transformation Executive Board established by the e-Transformation Turkey Action Plan and was influential in establishing jointly with the Turkish Business and Industry Association (TÜSİAD) Turkey’s first and only private sector awards for the public sector, the e-Turkey Awards. He participated in national efforts to align Turkey’s legislation with the EU Acquis Communautaire and helped to establish Turkey’s first company providing legal and technical infrastructure for secure e-commerce and e-government. He has also led efforts to generate public consensus in favor of EU internet standards in place of internet surveillance.
Faruk Eczacıbaşı is also President of the Eczacıbaşı Sports Club, a position he has held since 1999.