Do you know any friend of Turkey who deserves an award? If so, TURKOFAMERICA Magazine & TOA Consulting Group LLC would like to hear from you. There are 24 award categories for which you are invited to nominate. Nominations for yourself, and/or your own or another person are welcome. The winners will be announced at our Annual Awards Dinner at the Harvard Club on Wednesday May 30th, 2018. Deadline for Nominations: 5pm on Wednesday April 10th, 2018.

The Distinguished Friends of Turkey Awards
May 30th, 2018
Harvard Club
New York

The Distinguished Friends of Turkey Awards honors individuals whose has helped to foster Turkish-American relations in business, politics, art, media, literature‎, education, entertainment, government, public service and science fields.

Nomination and Selection Process

The deadline for nominations is April 10th, 2018.

Any individual may suggest him/herself and/or someone he/she knows as a candidate for the category he/she sees fit.

1- The candidate can be nominated for one category.
2- Spouses, children, parents, and siblings of those who are involved in the organization may not be considered as candidates.
3- The nominated candidate needs to submit his/her name, last name, address, e-mail address, and phone number, indicate the categor(ies) he/she is applying for, and provide one picture via e-mail to in order to be announced on
4- It is recommended that the candidates send in the following documents in order to increase their chances of being selected.
a. Resume
b. References
c. Awards, plaques, and certificates received
d. Publications
e. Organizations he/she is a member in
f. News and articles about him/her
5- Documents to be taken under consideration can be sent to the following address:
104W 40th Street, Suite 523
New York, NY 10018
You may contact us at +1 (646) 475 8452 for further information.
6- The candidates are obligated to provide any additional documents and/or information if they are contacted by the Awards Selection Committee officials.
7- It is prohibited for the candidates to contact the jury members and attempt to influence them. This will be considered a reason for disqualification.

Nominations are reviewed by the awards subcommittee.

Receiving of the Applications: Individual and institutional candidates submit their documents and information to the awards committee.
Pre-elimination: The individuals and institutions that apply to the The Distinguished Friends of Turkey Awards are pre-eliminated. During the pre-elimination process, those who do not submit all required documents and information and do not follow the awards guidelines are eliminated. The criterion here is that it is required for the candidates to submit sufficient information and documents in order to go in front of the jury.
2nd stage evaluation: This stage involves those candidates who pass the first elimination. After the pre-elimination, the candidates are scored, from 1 to 100. Those who receive a score of 65 and above are considered to have passed this 2nd stage.
Final evaluation: All candidates that pass the 2nd stage are announced via the website.
Awards ceremony: The winners are determined by the jury committee chairs.

The candidate individual’s or institution’s recognition, respectability, prestige, and influence, within their sector, in the USA are essential for those applying to the The Distinguished Friends of Turkey Awards. Recognition is not considered just as popularity but rather as individual or institutional eminence.

The candidate’s contribution to Turkish-American relations are taken into consideration.

One of the factors that rise as a main criterion for the selection of the candidate is whether he/she has created, or helped to create, innovative solutions that give place to change in the society and are for the good of two countries.

The experience of the candidate within his/her own field and sector is considered as one of the success criteria.

The sensitivity that the individual and institutional candidates has shown, under the principles of social responsibility, to the societies they are a part of are considered as one of the criteria for the selection.

The volume of produced work of the individuals and the institutions are one of the essences of success. Productivity always creates a difference and productive individuals or institutions are always one step ahead.

This includes the written or visual broadcasting about the individual or the institution. Books, articles, news, and/or interviews are taken into consideration.

The specific role of the candidate in his/her society is one of the significant factors in his/her selection. The specific role is a characteristic that makes the candidate unique and different that the others.

The cultural and socio-economic influence that the candidate has on society is one of the factors to be taken into account. The number of employees a company has or an exhibition, symposium, or a concert that an organization coordinates are evaluated as an indication of success.

The utility and benefit that the candidate provides to the Turkish-American community, one of the ethnic groups in the USA, are considered as part of the criteria of success.

After the juror meeting, TURKOFAMERICA notifies the nominator who submitted the winning candidate. A letter is sent to the recipient. Letters are also sent to the nominators of unsuccessful candidates.

The Distinguished Friend of Turkey Award are presented at in March 16th, 2018 at Harvard Club in New York City.


Ali Çınar, President of Turkish Heritage Organization
Ali Osman Akat, Turkish-American Business Associations (TABA)-AmCham
Ahmet Köse, CEO, BAU Global
Barbaros Tapan, Dogan Media Group Los Angeles Representative, Golden Globe Juror
Burak Küntay, President of Center for American Studies at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul
Celal Seçilmiş, Executive Board Member, Former Chairman of the America Region Committee, World Turkish Business Council
Faruk Şen, Prof Dr. President of Turkish-European Foundation for Education and Science
Fahir Atakoğlu, Pianist and composer
Halil Mutlu, Co-Chairman of Turkish American National Steering Committee
Haluk Ünal, Prof., President and Chairman of the Board, Turkish American Scientist & Scholars Association
Kenan Çağlar, President of American Turkish Associations Assemble
Lincoln McCurdy, President of Turkish Coalition of America
Lydia Borland, President, LB International Solutions LLC
Mehmet Kırdar, Chairman of Turkish Philanthropy Funds
Mustafa Tuncer, President of MÜSİAD USA
Oya Bain, Secretary General of TASC, Activist,
Razi Canikligil, Hurriyet Turkish Newspaper New York & U.N. Correspondent
Uğur Terzioğlu, Founder President of American Turkish Business Development Council


Ali Günertem, Member of TURKOFAMERICA Magazine Advising Committee
Cemil Özyurt,
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TURKOFAMERICA Magazine
Demet Cabbar, Financial Officer, Development Finance, World Bank. Former President, ATA-DC
Jimmy Cüneyt Gürkan, COO of TOA Consulting Group LLC
Mustafa Oğuz Aykaç, TURKOFAMERICA Magazine Boston Representative
Şenay Ataselim, COO and CFO of Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF).
Yenal Küçüker, Executive Director of Turkish Heritage Organization


¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Archeology
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Business
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Culture
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Politics, Elected Official
¥ The Distinguished Young Friend of Turkey in Entertainment
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Finance
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Ethnic Community
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in History
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Honorary Consulate General
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey as an Institute
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in International Affairs
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Journalism
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Law
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Literature
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Medical
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Music
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Philanthropy
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Policy Institute
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Professional Life
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Public Service
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Real Estate
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Society
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Technology
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in Tourism
¥ The Distinguished Friend of Turkey in US Congress

Applications: January 15th, 2018 – April 10th, 2018
Juror Elections: April 10th – April 27th, 2018
Announcement: May 30th, 2018