Ali Rıza Babaoğlan is a Turkish Politician from Mersin, Computer Engineer, Business Person and Member of TUSIAD.
He took part in the Founding Board of the Democracy and Atılım Party (DEVA Party), established under the leadership of Ali Babacan on March 9, 2020, and was elected as the Chairman of the Public Relations Unit as the Headquarters Board of Directors and Deputy Chairman in the first election, as a result of the 1st Ordinary Grand Congress and continued his duties and announced on 19 July 2021 that he resigned voluntarily from all his positions in the party.
In this process, he has been a guest on many TV Programs, explaining the digital party discourses and making evaluations on current developments.
He was born in Diyarbakır due to the eastern position of his family who is a civil servant. He completed his primary school education in Mersin 3 January Primary School, and secondary and high school education in Mersin Yusuf Kalkavan Anatolian High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at Ankara Başkent University with full scholarship and completed it between 2004-2008.
During his university studies, Babaoğlan was selected among the “75 Most Promising Students” of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) by the IBM Europe center, and received innovation training at IBM’s Zürich Central Research Laboratory in Switzerland. Babaoğlan worked as a student employee in the development of Microsoft Office 2007 product family before graduation. Zurich training after returning Babaoğlu of Turkey, founded in 2008 by the Ministry of Education have been invited to the first Turkish national technology team and Turkey, the European Informatics held in the Netherlands and was represented in the information technology and communications as official for the first time in the Skills Olympics . After the contest period to transfer the work of Dutch Queen and made a presentation of projects in Turkey. He is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Bilkent University with full scholarship.
Babaoğlan is a seasoned business leader and management executive with 10+ years of diverse experience in Digital and Commercial areas of the IT industry where he experienced on global players. He is both experienced on Public and Private sectors in Turkey and UK&I where managed on-demand (cloud) and on-premise offerings.
Now, as an active businessman doing investments on technology sector mainly, he is a shareholder and a board member of several companies focusing on new-economy. Babaoğlan has two exits since 2015.
Prior to angel investment side with his company Grow in EMEA, Babaoğlan worked in Linkedin EMEA HQ where he holds Director of Turkish Speaking Territory in Dublin Ireland. Before, he has been with SAP and IBM.
On the social side, Babaoğlan is an active member of Outbound Investments Business Council in Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) and Execution Board Member of Kuwait Business Council in DEİK.
As a Professional Speaker, he gave speeches in local and global events. He speaks on several closed corporate events of Roche, VESTEL, Turkish Economy Ministry, Turkish Exporters Assembly, Bakioğlu Holding, and AGT.
He also gave keynotes on ARABNET in Lebanon, IT Arena in Ukraine, RiseUp Summit in Egypt and NEXT in Germany also speak on several events like Webrazzi, TEDx and Fuckup Night in Turkey and different events in Azerbaijan, Italy, Ireland, USA, and England.
Babaoğlan received the BSRE Award of IBM, MSP Award of Microsoft and TOYP Award of JCI in his early career. Babaoğlan’s name is still on the list of ‘World’s Most Successful Young People’ as a result of his studies takes.