Gazi Ercel – Keynote Speaker

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey

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Specialist Subjects

  • Banking
  • Financial Services
  • Turkish Economy
  • Regulation


Gazi Ercel was Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey from 1996-2001.   In 2003 he established the financial advisory firm, Ercel Global Advisory.

Earlier in his career he was Deputy Director General of the Turkish Treasury, in charge of Foreign Exchange, Banking Supervision, the World Bank and the Research Departments.  He was then appointed Director General of the Turkish Treasury in charge of International Economic Development in 1987.

Mr Erçel then undertook several executive positions including that of chief executive of a commercial bank in Istanbul for seven years during until 1995. He also served as a board member at several public banks. In 1996 Mr Erçel was appointed as the Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey where he served for five years.

His advisory firm Ercel Global provides consultancy services to governments, financial institutions, non-government organizations and selective clients on international financial architecture and other issues, supplies, development and prospects for the Turkish economy and political system.

Ercel was the winner of Euromoney Magazine’s Central Banker of the Year Award in 2000 and Top Central Banker, Global Finance Magazine in 1999 and 2000.

He is also a regular columnist for the daily newspaper HaberTurk, and the presenter of a business and economics programme on bloomberg.

Ercel has taught at various universities on international financial markets, banking, macro economy and public governance.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Science and received a Masters Degree in International Economics from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

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