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Mr. Kemal KIRIKKANAT is the Founder and Chairman of Overseas Project Cargo Association. He was born in Switzerland, grew up in Turkey, lived in Hong Kong for a few years and returned to Turkey in 2016. He is the first person who has established privately-owned agent network organisations for freight forwarders and logistics companies on a global scale in Turkey. Starting at a young age, he quickly found his place in the business environment. His first steps into the logistics industry started in high school and continued with productive internships during his university years. He has a bachelor degree in International Logistics & Transportation and a master’s degree in Management and Organisation.
Mr. KIRIKKANAT has rich experience in the international freight forwarding industry and strengthened his knowledge with various certificate programs, such as: E-Foreign Trade Specialist, Logistics Management, Cargo Sales and Marketing, DGR, Office Programs, Photoshop, Flash, Web Design (DW, HTML/CSS) and Web Program (PHP). He was also the shareholder of two international freight forwarding and logistics companies in Turkey. He has contributed to the Turkish logistics sector with his new concept, introducing the ‘Online Logistics Seminar Certificate Program’, which is a distance learning method with the slogan of ‘Isi Patrondan Ogren’ (Learn business from the boss). He was teaching logistics online with totally different concepts, focusing on practices and sharing his valuable experiences about the sector. He was also issuing a certificate—approved by the Turkey Ministry of National Education—to his students, in collaboration with Toros University, located in Mersin, Turkey.
Mrs. Selda KIRIKKANAT is the General Coordinator of Overseas Project Cargo Association. She has a bachelor degree in English Language and Literature. After graduating from university, she taught English in one of the famous English Language Course Centres in Turkey on the weekends, and during the weekdays she started to work in logistics department in one of the main suppliers of Ford & Land Rover. Later, she became the Logistics Chief of the company. Then she started to work at one of the biggest Turkish auto and building glass suppliers, as the Import and Export Executive. She strengthened her knowledge with various programs, such as: E-Foreign Specialist, Web Design and Web Program. She worked in every step of agent networking, marketing and AGM arrangements. She still expertly coordinates all daily activities of OPCA and especially manages the contract process with business partners. Mrs. KIRIKKANAT and Mr. KIRIKKANAT have been working together as husband and wife since 2010.
Mrs. Aslı GOK joined the Overseas Project Cargo Association at Membership Services Department in December 2014. She studied German Translation and Interpreting at University. During her education, she studied abroad to improve her language and worked with different hotels in Turkey as a Guest Relations Officer. After graduating from the university, she started to work as a translator in the business environment. She is experienced in hospitality management, guest relations services and translation departments. Upon completion of two years in membership services, she strengthened her knowledge on meetings, conferences, exhibitions and then assigned as Events Supervisor at the beginning of 2017. She manages the preparation and registration process for AGMs. This position gained her much experience in marketing, networking and MICE industry. She provides excellent support in bringing members together for mutual benefits.
Ms. Selcan CANITEZ
joined the Overseas Project Cargo Association at Membership Services Department in July 2017. She has a bachelor degree and a master’s degree in Tourism Management. During her education, she interned at various travel agencies and worked in a tourism and organisation company. In addition, she studied abroad with a student exchange program during her university education. After graduating from the university, she started to work as a Medical Sales Representative for one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Turkey. Then, she continued to work as a Sales Representative for a well-known travel agency. Most importantly, Ms. Selcan handles the day-to-day running of the network and the referral program. She is also responsible for the membership process and activities that provide outstanding customer service.