“Who is Dr. Hamit Vanli?”
Dr. Vanlı was born in 1945 in Rize. Only at the age of 2, his mother took him to the opening ceremony of the first tea factory. He completed his primary and secondary education at Rize and then graduated from Ataturk University Agriculture Department in 1967.
Afterwards, he held various positions in CAYKUR (the general directorate of tea enterprises), including vice president for 6 years and a member of board of directors.
During this period, he also served as a member of board of directors at Caysan Box Factory and was the president of board of directors at Caybank. He is the first elected president of Rize Trade Market. He has completed his masters and Phd studies on the topic of “international tea trade” at Karadeniz Technical University.
Local and international, he was a attendee in tea meetings in more than 30 countries and presented several articles there. He is also the tea representative of FAO in Turkey. In 1996, he left Caykur and took part in the formation of Intersun Holding Tea Group, based in Dubai. He served as the deputy president for the board of directors. He was involved in tea trading for 10 years in this company. He founded 2 separate tea companies.
He then served as a tea advisor for Coca-Cola Turkey group and was actively involved in the Dogadan Tea project. He is a faculty member for Maltepe University since 4 years, teaching International Trade. He speaks English. He is married with 2 children. He has various published articles on national and international literatures.