Arda Ermut started his professional career at the Prime Ministry of Turkey in 2005, working as a Media and Public Relations Consultant at the Prime Ministry Office in Istanbul Dolmabahce. He took over the position of Project Director with the establishment of President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) in 2007 under the auspices of the Prime Ministry, and progressed through various leadership roles at the Agency. He led teams in charge of the Middle East and Southeast Asia regions. Prior to his appointment as President of ISPAT in May 2015, Mr. Ermut held the ‘Advisor to the President’ and ‘Vice President’ titles and served as the Head of Public-Private Partnership Department at ISPAT. In August 2018 Mr.Ermut was appointed as the first president of the Investment Office of Turkish Presidency. Requiring mastership of a wide range of relationships on the sides of both public and private sectors and vertically cutting the investment processes addressing all decision levels from top management to local individuals, his career helped Mr. Ermut to develop a skill set that is capable of creating cost/time saving effective solutions for the optimization of investment projects. Being in charge of promoting the investment environment of Turkey,Mr.Ermut mastered communication skills. Arda Ermut also assumed the Presidency of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), the umbrella organization that covers 170 national and regional investment promotion agencies from 130 countries. Mr. Ermut took important steps to turn WAIPA into an actively operating, financially self sustaining and independent foundation. Mr. Ermut is a Board Member of the airline company SunExpress, a JV between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. He is also in the board of Turkish Basketball Federation, in charge of sponsorships. He holds a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University and is fluent in English.