Abdulkadir KONUKOĞLU

Honorary President

SANKO, which has come to this day with a history of more than a century, continues its journey with the same faith and determination as the first day.

Sani Konukoğlu, from whom I took over the SANKO flag, Zekeriye Konukoğlu, who handed over the flag to him, and those who came before also thought like this. I firmly believe that the ones after us will also work in this direction.

In line with the decisions taken in the early 1990s, SANKO, which has been active in textiles for five generations, has today reached a position that includes environmentally friendly companies on a national and global scale in the sectors of energy, construction, packaging, business and agricultural machinery, IT, health, finance, education, shopping malls, real estate evaluation and food, in addition to textiles

We are a big family whose number is constantly increasing. Our goal is to further increase this number by opening new business areas. Our understanding of our employees and customers as the pillars of our family has brought SANKO to this point. Their happiness and welfare are indispensable elements for us.

SANKO will always be in a decisive position in the sectors in which it operates with its production quality, vision and philosophy. Our goal is to continuously progress, to become bigger and stronger as we pass the flag from hand to hand.


Born in 1948, as the first child of Sani Konukoğlu, Abdulkadir Konukoğlu, who had a great interest in working from an early age, started his career in 1963; starting as an apprentice, he worked at every level of the company.

Following his military service, Mr. Konukoğlu was appointed as Operations Manager in 1970, Assistant General Manager in 1972 and General Manager in 1974.

After the death of his father Sani Konukoğlu, Abdulkadir Konukoğlu was appointed as the President of Sanko Group Companies in 1994, and with his visionary, innovative and sharing management approach, he turned SANKO into a symbol of industrialization in Turkey. SANKO Group was structured under the umbrella of SANKO Holding in 1996.

Making people-oriented decisions in his investments and putting the interests of Turkey, to which he is deeply committed, ahead of any commercial expectations, Abdulkadir Konukoğlu has never neglected his social responsibility mission.

Always displaying an entrepreneurial and participatory approach in his business life, Konukoğlu assumed important roles in many professional organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Abdulkadir Konukoğlu, who served as the President of Gaziantepspor Club, President of Southeastern Anatolia Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association, President of TOBB Textile Advisory Board, President of Gaziantep Textile Industry Employers Association, President of Gaziantep Free Zone Founder and Operator Joint Stock Company, President of TOBB Free Zones Board Founding, President of Gaziantep Chamber of Industry Assembly, a Member of TOBB High Coordination Board, a Member of TOBB Industry Council, a Member of Board of Directors of DEİK, Member of the Scientific Board of TÜBİTAK and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SANKO Holding in different periods, currently serves as Honorary Chairman of Gaziantep Chamber of Industry, Chairman of the Cotton Textile Industrialists’ Association, Honorary Chairman of TOBB Turkey Textile Industry Assembly, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sani Konukoğlu Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sanko University and Honorary Chairman of SANKO Holding.

Due to the schools he founded and the scholarships he provided, he was included in the Honor List of Those Giving Life to Education. Abdulkadir Konukoğlu, who was given the Outstanding Service Award by the Presidency of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Honorary Doctorate Degree and Social Sensitivity Award by Gaziantep University, and the Foundation Human Award by the General Directorate of Foundations for his services for the welfare, education, happiness and social development of the people, is married and has three children.