Chair, BAU Global Education Network
Founder and chair of Europe’s largest private educational network, Mr. Enver Yucel is a globally renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist who has dedicated his life to providing lifelong education to youth across the globe. He provides scholarships to thousands of students and believes that only through accessible and inclusive education can we bring peace and prosperity to the world.
Mr. Yucel’s institutions function under the umbrella of the BAU Global Education Network, which operates in 10 countries including Turkey (Bahçeşehir University), US (Bay Atlantic University), UK (MLA College), Germany (Berlin International University of Applied Sciences), Cyprus (Bahçeşehir University Cyprus) and Batumi (BAU International University Batumi). With 300 schools and six universities, the network provides education to more than 200,000 students from 126 countries.
Mr. Yucel has earned international recognition by major stakeholders; in 2008, he received the Superior Service Award at Turkish Grand National Assembly. He received the Contribution to Global Education award from the former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards in 2014. In 2015, Foedus Foundation in Italy awarded him the Foedus Special Award. In 2017, he received the Leadership in Global Education award from Global Education and Research Center in USA. In 2019, he was granted the Distinguished Contribution to Global Citizenship and Culture of Peace Education award by Global Hope Coalition in USA. He was awarded the Turkey’s 500 Biggest Exporters award in the field of education by Turkish Exporters’ Assembly in 2016-2019 consecutively.