Biography

Take a look at Ali Cinar's Biography
MEET THE ONE OF THE TOP 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL TURKISH-AMERICANS

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 currently working for Turkish Heritage Organization as the President. From security and energy to humanitarian aid, economy, education and technology, Turkish Heritage Organization explores critical issues in the U.S.-Turkey bilateral relationship. He is also a Partner of Team of America consulting firm as a Chief Marketing Officer. In addition, he is lecturer at the Institute of Graduate Studies, Istanbul Aydin University. He is also the Founder President of Global Policy Institute.  

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


*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