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We develop and implement participative tools to mobilize the local potential with a holistic approach for the sustainable development of İzmir.

Established with a decree of the Council of Ministers in 2006 as one of the two pilot agencies in Turkey, Izmir Development Agency conducts pioneering activities for the sustainable development of Izmir. Aiming to mobilize the local potential based on the principle of participation, Izmir Development Agency prepares Izmir-based regional plans within the framework of national development targets and provides financial and technical support to projects developed to accomplish the main objectives and priorities identified in these plans.

İZKA aims to transform the city into an attraction center by promoting the unique investment environment in İzmir and the business opportunities it offers as a port city to domestic and foreign investors. It aims to position İzmir as a globally recognized destination with its city marketing efforts. İzmir Development Agency, which conducts its activities with an innovative, objective and solution-oriented approach, pursues for a dynamic İzmir that makes the most efficient use of its resources through efforts to achieve social, economic and cultural development.

Organizational Structure

İzmir Development Agency operates within the coordination of the Ministry of Industry and Technology and the Executive Board is the decision-making body of the Agency. The Board is chaired by the Governor of Izmir and it consists of the Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Izmir Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, CEO of the Aegean Region Chamber of Industry and other three members elected by the Development Council.

Yavuz Selim KÖŞGER

The Governor of İzmir - İZKA Chairman of the Board

Mustafa Tunç SOYER

The Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality - Deputy Chairman of IZKA


The Chairman of Izmir Chamber of Commerce


Aegean Region Chamber of Industry Chairman of the Board

Zekeriya MUTLU

The Chairman of Izmir Chamber of Tradesmen and Craftsmen


The Vice Chairman of Izmir Commodity Exchange


The Chairman of the İzmir Branch of Turkish

Dr. Mehmet YAVUZ
Secretary General of Izmir Development Agency

Dr. Mehmet YAVUZ was born in 1984 in İzmir. Upon completing his primary and secondary education in Izmir, he graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, department of Political Science and Public Administration 2002. In 2007, he started working as an Assistant Planning Expert at the Undersecretariat of the State Planning Organization. Following his duty as an assistant he was appointed as a Planning Expert in 2012.

H.İ. Murat Çelik
H.İ. Murat Çelik
Investment Support Office Coordinator
Sinem Toktay
Sinem Toktay
Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policies Unit
Sena Gürsoy
Sena Gürsoy
Head of Green Growth Policies Unit
Cangül Kuş
Cangül Kuş
Head of Blue Growth Policies Unit
Çağdaş Güneş
Çağdaş Güneş
Head of Project Implementation and Monitoring Unit
International Memberships


Our main goal is to become a pioneering actor for the sustainable development of İzmir. Two main notions stand out in this definition. First one is DEVELOPMENT, which is our main goal, and the second one is İZMİR, our region of authority.

The logo is a modern interpretation of the İzmir Clock Tower. It is comprised of 7 vertical lines which represent the 7 core values of our agency and development. The logo highlights our vision to become the symbol for development by incorporating the notion of development with the history of İzmir.

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