Dr. Levent Sümer was graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Civil Engineering Department. He got his master’s degree in construction management from Illinois Institute of Technology, and he holds a Ph.D. degree from Bogazici University with the interest-free financing model he developed for large investment projects by combining Islamic capital market instruments with pension funds.
Dr. Levent Sümer is the Founder and the Chairman of SMR Strategy, an international investment and management consultancy company. Besides his professional life, he is a Faculty Member at Istinye University. Prior to joining to Istinye University, Dr. Sumer worked for many different reputable companies. He worked as the Deputy General Manager of AE Arma-Elektropanç, an electromechanical contracting company listed in the ENR-250 top international contractors’ list active in 8 countries including Turkey, UAE, Russia and UK and responsible for strategy, business development and contracts. He also worked for Torunlar REIT, developed and managed 3 million sq.m real estate projects including Mall of Istanbul, Torun Tower, Torun Center and 5th Levent. Calik Holding, Bahadir Construction and Masonry Company in the US were the other companies that Dr. Sumer gained local and international experience by holding mid and top-level managerial positions within 16 years.
Dr. Sumer is the co-founder and the Chairman of the International Project Management Institute (UPYE) which was founded in 2010 to extend the project management knowledge in Turkey. He is also a PMP (Project Management Professional) certificate holder from PMI Project Management Institute and a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). Dr. Sumer has also been part-time lecturing at different universities including Bogazici University. As a guest lecturer and a keynote speaker, he has also given many lectures and speeches including Oxford University and many reputable organizations. Real estate, construction management, global funds, Islamic funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, strategic management, corporate governance and political economy are the interests and work areas of his areas. Dr. Sumer is married, and he is the father of his lovely daughter.