Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey
Ekrem İmamoğlu is the Mayor of Istanbul since 2019. His work focuses on promoting social justice and environmentally-friendly urban development. He joined the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in 2009 as a member of the CHP‘s Beylikdüzü District Organization. He has served as the Mayor of Beylikdüzü between 2014 and 2019, and realized a wide range of projects that transformed the district’s appearance and elevated its living standards. On March 31, 2019, Mr. İmamoğlu was elected Mayor of Istanbul with 48.8% of the votes. This was the highest percentage of votes that any Mayor of Istanbul had received in over 30 years. The vote was annulled following the objections made by the ruling party. In a re-do election on June 23, 2019 however, Mr. İmamoğlu was elected Mayor of Istanbul once again – this time with 54.2% of the votes. Ekrem İmamoğlu has been living in Istanbul since 1988, and his academic background is in economics and human resources.