H.E. Mehmet Fatih Kacir
Vice Minister of Industry and Technology
Mehmet Fatih Kacır was born in Istanbul in 1984. He finished the Istanbul High School and ranked 12th nationally at the university entrance exam in 2003. Kacır received his bachelor’s degree with honors in Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University in 2008. He served as a student representatives during his college education and pioneered interdisciplinary research and project management courses. Kacır opted to become an entrepreneur upon graduating from the university and developed various useful models and industrial designs at several companies, which he founded and managed, to take innovative steps. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Kacır played an active role in non-governmental organizations.
Having served as the Chairman of the Board of Executives at the Türkiye Technology Team (T3) Foundation, where he was on the trustee board as a founder, until 2018, he was among the pioneers of the DENEYAP Technology Workshops, the Future Technology Stars Program for kids with special skills, the Science Center and Entreprise Center programs and TEKNOFEST, the world’s largest aviation, space and technology festival.
Kacır was appointed as a member of the TUBITAK Science Board in 2018. Kacır was appointed as Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology on 31 July 2018 by presidential decree. Overseeing the National Technology Initiative and strategic transformation policies at the Ministry, he coordinates the work of the General Directorate for National Technology, the General Directorate for Strategic Research and Efficiency, TUBITAK, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office, the Turkish Academy of Sciences and the Turkish Space Agency. Kacır, who serves on the executive board of Aselsan and the Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Foundation for Research on the History of Islamic Science, is fluent in English and German.
He is married with two children.
06 December 2022 | 15:05 | MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE: SPACE IN NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMMES
- A ministerial discussion on science and technology development and the impact of space programmes
- Capturing national value from science and technology
- Aligning space programme with national science and technology development goals