Numan Kurtulmuş

Numan Kurtulmuş (born 1959) is a Turkish politician. He has been Minister of Culture and Tourism from 2017 to 2018. Previously he served as Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey between August 2014 to July 2017.

Numan Kurtulmuş

Minister of Culture and Tourism
In office
19 July 2017  10 July 2018
Prime MinisterBinali Yıldırım
Preceded byNabi Avcı
Succeeded byMehmet Ersoy
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
29 August 2014  19 July 2017
Prime MinisterAhmet Davutoğlu
Binali Yıldırım
Serving withBülent Arınç (2014-2015)
Ali Babacan (2014-2015)
Cevdet Yılmaz (2015)
Yalçın Akdoğan
Tuğrul Türkeş
Lütfi Elvan
Mehmet Şimşek
Preceded byEmrullah İşler
Succeeded byBekir Bozdağ
Deputy leader of the Justice and Development Party
Assumed office
4 September 2012
LeaderRecep Tayyip Erdoğan (2001–2014)
Ahmet Davutoğlu (2014–16)
Binali Yıldırım (2016–2017)
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (2017–present)
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
8 July 2018
Constituencyİstanbul (III) (2018)
In office
7 June 2015  7 July 2018
ConstituencyOrdu (June 2015, Nov 2015)
Leader of the People's Voice Party
In office
1 November 2010  19 September 2012
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Leader of the Felicity Party
In office
26 October 2008  17 October 2010
Preceded byRecai Kutan
Succeeded byNecmettin Erbakan
Personal details
Born (1959-03-23) March 23, 1959
Ünye, Ordu Province, Turkey
Political partyFP
HAS Parti
Spouse(s)Sevgi Kurtulmuş
Alma materIstanbul University
Cabinet62nd, 63rd, 64th

Personal life

Kurtulmuş was born in Ünye district of Ordu Province. His grandfather was a major in the Turkish army who fought in the Turkish War of Independence. He is of Georgian descent by his grandmother.[1] Kurtulmuş is married, and is a father of three children. His wife Sevgi Kurtulmuş is an academician. He is fluent in English and his favorite football team is Fenerbahçe.

Academic career

Kurtulmus received his bachelor's and master's degree at Istanbul University's School of Business Administration. He had been at Cornell University as a visiting researcher, during his dissertation work at Istanbul University. Kurtulmus obtained his PhD in economics in 1992. He became Associate Professor in 1994 at Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics.

He has authored numerous articles and two books, entitled “Post-Industrial Transformation” and “The Japanese Human Resource Management”. He lectured at the Istanbul University's School of Economics on Social Policy, Labor Economics and Human Resources Management. He was promoted to the rank of professorship in 2004.

Political career

In 1998, Kurtulmuş became Istanbul provincial head of the Virtue Party (FP) and a member of the party’s General Administrative Board. Later he served as Istanbul Provincial head of Virtue Party and deputy chair.

Kurtulmuş was elected to the chair of the Felicity Party (SP) at the Third Ordinary Congress of the Party on 26 October 2008. After a rift developed with the followers of former FP leader and former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, signatures of a majority of the delegates asked for renewal of the congress and the sacking of Kurtulmuş. Refusing this, the matter ended up in court, and the court ruled that party administration should be transferred from his leadership to a board of trustees. After the ruling he had to resign from his position on 1 October 2010.[2]

On November 1, 2010, Kurtulmuş founded a new party, the People's Voice Party (Halkın Sesi Partisi), of which he was elected leader on November 28, 2010.[3] In September 2012, two-year-old conservative-oriented People's Voice Party (HSP) dissolved itself and joined the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) with a majority of its delegates’ votes.[4]


  1. Çalık, Mustafa (2014-05-06). "Ünye ve Ordu çok şey kazanacak". istanbulunyehaber (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  2. "Kurtulmuş resigns as Saadet leader in Turkey". Hürriyet Daily News. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  3. "Kurtulmuş confirmed as first leader of Turkish party HSP". Hürriyet Daily News. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  4. HSP dissolves itself as its leader plans to join the ruling party, Hürriyet Daily News

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