Serdar ÇAM, Ph.D.
Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism
Deputy Minister Serdar Çam, served as President of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency between 2011-2019, was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism on 19 April 2019. He previously worked as Chief of Cabinet to H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, then Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey in his Parliament’s Office for seven years (September 2002-August 2009). Afterwards, he continued his professional career as the Chief of Cabinet to the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (August 2009-June 2011).
Deputy Minister started his professional life in 1992 as a junior expert in the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade/Central Anatolian Exporters’ Association. Following his position as a research assistant in Kırıkkale University between 1994-1995, he served as the Deputy Secretary General of MÜSİAD for three years (1996-1999). He also worked as a high-level manager in several foreign trade companies in Switzerland and İstanbul until 2002.
Deputy Minister received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Middle East Technical University. He carried out his post-graduate studies in Germany and Belgium and earned a master’s degree in management from Boston University. He received his Ph.D. from Marmara University in international marketing. He completed his secondary education in “Türk Maarif Koleji” (TMK) in Nicosia (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) due to his father’s duty at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Deputy Minister was awarded “the Gold Order of Merit and Distinction” by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine in 2016 and “Order of Merit” by Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary in 2017. He received “Jubilee Award for the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Republic of Kazakhstan” bestowed by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2017. He also received “Order of Merit” by North Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov in 2019. In addition, he received Turkish Patent and Trademark Office’s “International Public Trademark” award presented personally by H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, in 2015 and Gazi University’s “Best Institution of the Year” award presented personally by H.E. Emine Erdoğan, First Lady of Turkey, in 2017.
Deputy Minister was born on 30 March 1966, in Ankara. He is fluent in English and French, and he has basic knowledge of German and Arabic. He is married with three children.