Mayor of Besiktas, Istanbul
Ismail Unal is the Mayor of Besiktas since the last local elections in April 2004. He was born in Akseki, Antalya, which is one of the major cities of Turkey in the Mediterranean cost. Throughout his education he attended schools in Istanbul and graduated as an architect in 1977 from the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts. Already in 1973 Ismail Unal started his political career in the Peoples Republican Party as a member of a youth organization. Starting to work as a free-lance architect in 1980 he designed and developed large scale housing projects, industrial buildings and organized industrial sites and worked in close relationship with municipalities and local authorities. In many visits to foreign countries, he had the chance to observe the city life in modern societies and study municipal services and projects. Between 1992-94 Ismail Unal was elected as a member of Administration Board to Besiktas Sports Club and subsequently was appointed as the Secretary General for the years 2002-2004.