About the Consul

Mr. Halit Cingillioglu, the Honorary Consul of Turkey to the city of Bruges

Dr. Halit Cingillioglu is one of the prominent businessmen and a leading figure of the financial services sector of Turkey.

He is the principle shareholder and chairman of HCBG Holding B.V. (and its related companies), an international conglomerate consisting of banking and financial services companies in Turkey, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Romania and Kyrgyz Republic.

During a career of more than 30 years, he has been holding senior executive and chairman positions in banks, brokerage houses, leasing, factoring and insurance companies. He has also served as member of the Executive Council of Istanbul Stock Exchange. Currently, via HCBG, he is the principle shareholder of Demir-Halk Bank (Nederland) NV in The Netherlands, the flagship company of the group.

Along with geographical diversity, the financial services companies of HCBG have established long term partnerships with Turkish Halk Bank (one of the top Turkish banks, publicly traded and state owned) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Dr. Cingillioglu holds PHD and MBA degrees in finance from universities of USA. He has also academic/education degrees from French Swiss and Turkish institutions. Dr Cingillioglu has further been awarded by the Senate of the Erciyes University, Turkey with the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Finance.

He is a fluent speaker of French and English languages along with his mother tongue Turkish.

Dr. Cingillioglu is also one of the best known names world-wide in the field of art. He has been involved in collecting artworks since his childhood and is known as a major art collector. According to ART news magazine he is listed among the top ten collectors worldwide in the impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary art fields. As a worldwide expert in art, he is a member of the Advisory Council of Sotheby's where the company benefits from his experience and knowledge in art.

Due to his distinguished services to the society through charities and donations for schools, Dr. Cingillioglu has been honoured by the Turkish Parliament with the "Merit of State Eminent Services", in June 2009.

On January 5th 2005, pursuant to the proposal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Abdullah Gul (at the time President of the Republic of Turkey) and Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Dr. Halit Cingillioglu has been nominated as Honorary Council of The Republic of Turkey in Bruges, Belgium with the decree signed by the President of Republic, His Excellency Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer.

Born in 1954, Halit Cingillioglu is married and has two children.

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Turkish Consulate Bruges

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