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Ali Cinar

A 1999 Graduate of the Faculty of Economics of Istanbul University, Ali has completed his MBA degree at the University of New Haven. He also worked as a Research Assistant at the Communication Department and Center of Professional Ethics during his MBA program. He served as the President of the International Students Association for two years at the University, and was awarded with the “Outstanding International Student” Award.

Mr. Cinar successfully completed various executive business certificate programs in 2004, 2005 and 2006 at Harvard Business School, MIT and New York University.

Ali Cinar is a journalist based in Washington,DC.He is currently working for Ciner Media Group(Haberturk TV,Bloomberg HT and Show TV) as the U.S Representative.He also works for U.S. based media outlets Turk of America magazine and Turkish Journal since 2005.He is lecturer at the Institute of Graduate Studies, Istanbul Aydin University since 2019.

He worked for Concord Industries as a Marketing Manager between 2002 and 2008. Afterwards, he started to work for a Fortune 500 company, Western Union, as a Marketing Manager holding responsibility  for the business of  US, Europe and Middle East between the years 2008 and 2012. He received six awards within four years from Western Union. After his successful career at Western Union, Cinar worked for a Wall Street Company, Tranfast (Mastercard), as a Marketing/Product Director between 2012-2014.

In addition to his professional responsibilities and educational accomplishments, Mr. Cinar has been making contributions  to the US-Turkish relations and has also built bridges between many other communities in the United States. He holds proven leadership qualities and believes in the importance of being politically active. He also takes part in charity works such as Save Our Nations (Helping African children who were left orphan by Ebola Virus), Fighting with Cancer, Against Women Violence, Supporting Refugee Children and many more.

In the years 2004 and 2005, he was an Honorary Guest Speaker to discourse about the world economy at the American Coast Guard Military Academy.

Ali Cinar was testified at the U.S. Congress on Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee in 2016 and 2017. Mr. Cinar has a very strong and close relationship at local and federal level officials nationwide. He has been organizing successful events for Members of Congress and Senate for over 10 years.

He holds press credentials from the NYPD, the United Nations and the U.S State Department and the White House. He writes articles in various ethnic newspapers and online media.


A good many Non-Profit Organizations in the States recognized Mr. Cinar for his accomplishments.
Between the years 2007 and 2019, Ali received various awards from the following associations:

Assembly of Turkish American Associations Leader of the Year Award, Washington DC
Mideast &Turkic Society of New York Police Department, NY
Save Our Nations Dream Maker Award, NJ
Southern New England Turkish American Association, CT
American Society of Azerbaijan, NY
Korean War Veterans Association-Central Long Island Chapter, NY
Istanbul University Alumni Association of USA
The Turkish American Association of Northern Texas, TX
Philadelphia Turkish American Association , PA
One of the TOP 10 Most Successful Young People by Junior Chamber International (JCI) TR (JCI, partner with United Nations, is a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people aged 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world)
New York Giresun Association
Turkish American Giresun Association
Mediterranean Turkmen Association
Turksav Foundation (Turkish Society Writers and Artists Foundation)
The Turkish Women’s League of America - Ataturk School
The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI)
Forum Newspaper
Turksoy Foundation (The International Organization of Turkic Culture)
The Azerbaijan American Women League
Turkish United Democrats Foundation
Eyup Sultan Cultural Center
Turkish Consulate of New York
The American Turkish Association of Washington DC
The Best Turkish-American Journalist of the Year in the USA, The Unimpeded Life Foundation


*Ali Cinar was selected to the “One of the Top 50 Most Influential Turkish-Americans” list by Turk of America Magazine.

Ali Cinar was awarded with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019 and was the youngest Turkish American to receive this distinction in over 30 years. He recently received a "Community Service Award' by the NYPD MT&S.


Mr. Cinar actively takes part in the following associations:

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), UK
Turkish Heritage Organization, Washington DC
World Diaspora Association, New York
The Global Policy Institute - Washington, DC
Member of the New York Press Club, New York
Member of the United Nations Correspondents Association, New York
American Press Association
The Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the United States
Member of American Public Notary Association
Istanbul University Alumni Association of USA, New York
Azerbaijan Society of America, New York
Young Professional Member, the United Nations Association of the United – States of America (UNA-USA), New York
Balkan Turks American Association, New Jersey

*Ali Cinar served for the two largest Turkish-American Umbrella Organizations as the President of the Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA) between 2012-2014 and the Northeast Vice President of the Assembly of the Turkish Americans between 2010-2012. He was also the Chairman, Disciplinary Committee at the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry between 2008-2010 and served as a Treasurer at the Turkish PAC Northeast between 2010-2012.


As a proven bridge-builder, he has developed strong relationships with the following communities and also maintains it:

Muslim Communities
The Jewish Community
The Korean Community
The South Asian Community
The Ukrainian Community
The African American Community
Native American Community
The Balkans Community such as Macedonians, Albanians and Bulgarians
The Azerbaijan Community
The Turkmenistan Community
Uzbek Communities

Cemil Ozyurt

Cemil Ozyurt (born 1976) is a Turkish-American journalist, media manager, and co-founder & editor-in-chief of the U.S.-based Turk of America, the first Turkish-American magazine in English. He is also co-founder & Editor-in-Chief of Turk Avenue, a Turkish global business portal and Co-founder of TOA Awards, the only independent organization created to reward successful Turkish Americans.

Ozyurt was born in Mucur, Kirsehir in 1976. After completing elementary and middle school in Mucur, his family moved to Istanbul. He graduated from Pendik High School in Istanbul in 1993.

Ozyurt graduated from Marmara University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. He started his journalism career while he was student in the University in 1995 at Dunya Newspaper in Istanbul. He worked for the newspaper as a reporter from May 1, 1995 to December 15, 1998. After daily newspaper experiences, he started to work for Platin, the weekly business magazine. After six months working for the magazine, he joined the Army on August 1, 1999 at Tuzla Infantry School in İstanbul. Completed his duty on October 2000 and continued to work for Platin Magazine.

He moved to the United States on June 19, 2001 to pursue his master's degree. He attended a language school in New Jersey and studied on business journalism at Baruch College, City University of New York in 2004.

He started their first business as magazine publisher in August 2002 in New York City. Turk of America Magazine has become the longest running Turkish-American magazine that has published by Turkish Americans.

Along with TOA Consulting, TURKOFAMERICA Magazine, which has been awarding successful people of the United States in different categories since 2014, honors the year’s successful people in different field from diplomacy to business, academy to entrepreneurship. He has organized the 50 Most Influential Turkish-Americans Award Ceremony, the 30 Most Influential Turkish-American Women Award Ceremony, the 40 Under 40 Turkish-Americans Award Ceremony, the 30 Distinguished Friends of Turkey Award Ceremony, and Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony. He married with Fidan Ozyurt in 2008 and has two sons, Kerem Ali and Kaan Ahmet.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Research Article Award - Republic of Turkey Office of the Prime Minister Directorate General of Press and Information Jun 2014

Local Media News Competition on Research Category, - Feature article: "Amerika'daki Türkler Çılgınca Dernekleşiyor"

  • Excellence in Media Award - American Turkish Associations Assemble April 2012

The TurkofAmerica Magazine received “Excellence in Media” award at the 32. Annual National Turkish American Convention, organized by ATAA, FTAA, and TACC, on Saturday, April 14, 2012. 


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Looting hit a Turkish-owned pharmacy store in the U.S

The protests that were sparked by the death of African American George Floyd at the hand of the Police continue to flare across the USA. The damage in businesses looted by the protesters in the demonstrations that spread to many states is remarkable. The pharmacy store owned by Mehmed Bülend Uğur, the President  of the Turkish American Pharmacists Association (TAEB), got its share from the attacks of the protesters in New Jersey hit by the protests.  Even prescription drugs in the pharmacy were stolen by the protesters who had been looting all over the city.


Mehmed Bülent Uğur, President of the Turkish-American Pharmacists Association (TAEB),spoke with Ali Cinar from Turk of America  shared all details about the incident in his pharmacy. Ugur said, "Yesterday evening, unfortunately, they broke into our pharmacy in groups of 5 to 10 people within minutes of each other. As you can see in the videos, they scattered when the Police arrived. But they stole the money in the cash register and even the prescription drugs of our patients. They stole the prescription drugs that were supposed to be delivered to the patients today. These individuals are not from Trenton; they have come here from another town. Four of them have been apprehended by the Police."


Ugur, a graduate of the Istanbul University, Faculty of Pharmacy and a pharmacist in the city of Trenton, NJ for the last 15 years stated; "It is very wrong for the Police to kill someone through brutality, but the response in the form of looting is not the right way. Furthermore, they all know about drugs. While some of them took what they could, others knew exactly which drugs they were going for. And they all scattered when the Police arrived. The weird thing is, our alarm did not go off. We have a deafening alarm system. We got a call from our warehouse, and they warned us, "In case of another attack which is expected in the next 48 hours, take necessary measures!"
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