Ahmet Çalık was born in 1958 in Malatya. He started his business life in 1981 with operations in the textile sector. Çalık made the first large-scale industrial investment in Eastern Anatolia with the denim factory he built in Malatya while also launching his first investments abroad in Central Asia in line with his international operational and investment targets over the same period. From 1992, he started to project abroad the business experiences he built up in Turkey with investments in energy, construction, mining, textile, finance and telecom sectors across the geographies where Çalık Group Operates, which culminated in the establishment of Çalık Holding in 1997 to bring together all Group companies under a single roof. One of the biggest Turkish investors in Albania and Kosovo, Çalık has received the Turkmenistan Order of the State and Turkmenistan Mahdum Gui Award in 1997, Republic of Turkey State Medal of Distinguished Service and Turkmenistan Gayrat Medal in 1999, Turkmenistan Golden Age Order in 2001, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Turkey State Medal of Distinguished Service in June 2002, Grand National Assembly of Turkey State Distinguished Service Prize in 2006, and the “Turkey in Europe – Franco Nobili” Award in 2010. Appointed as Honorary Consul to Bursa by the Republic Kazakhstan in 2012, Ahmet Çalık was given the ‘Ellis Island Medal of Honor’ by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) and conferred upon honorary doctorates by Matsumoto Dental University, Japan and University of Tirana, Albania in 2014. Given by the Kindai University with another honorary doctorate in 2016, Ahmet Çalık currently serves as Board Chairman at Çalık Holding and Group Companies.