Rotary Club of Istanbul-Karaköy
The Rotary International President Representative is Örsçelik Balkan.
Örsçelik Balkan is the executive senior board director of the EAE Elektrik Company, a manufacturer of electrical products in Turkey and Russia. He is a developer in the field of renewable energy implementation in Turkey. He also teaches strategic planning, effective communication, and project planning for an MBA program at Kültür University in Istanbul.
A Rotarian since 1973, Balkan has served as director; chair of the RI Board Executive Committee; committee member, liaison, adviser, vice chair, and chair; task force zone coordinator; RI president’s representative; RI training leader; and district governor. He led disaster relief services in Turkey following an earthquake in 1999, helped to bring Rotary services to Bosnia-Herzegovina, and initiated a heart surgery project for Iraqi children. In 2007, he convened Rotary Presidential Peace Forums in Sofia, Bulgaria; Istanbul; and Nairobi, Kenya.
Balkan has been recognized with the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service. He is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Benefactor.