President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s younger daughter Sümeyye married Selçuk Bayraktar, who is the one of the leading figures of the team that manufactures Turkey’s first domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at a large-scale and high security ceremony in Istanbul on Saturday.
Nearly 6,000 guests attended the ceremony, while top officials Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar and former president Abdullah Gül have attended the as witnesses.
Foreign leaders Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegović, former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri and Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama were also marriage witnesses at the ceremony.
The youngest of President Erdoğan and First Lady Emine Erdoğan’s four children, Sümeyye Erdoğan previously served as the adviser to the vice-president of the Justice and Development (AK) Party during her father Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s term as the prime minister.
She completed her undergraduate degree at Indiana University, United States and completed her master’s degree at the U.K.’s London School of Economics and Political Science.
An active figure in promoting women’s rights, Sümeyye Erdoğan is the deputy head of the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM).e Minister of Turkey.
Bayraktar, 36, is currently working on his PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology and has completed his master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also the son of Özdemir Bayraktar, who owns Baykar Makina. He completed high school at renowned Robert College in Istanbul and finished his undergraduate degree in electronic and communications engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2002. He received an offer from the University of Pennsylvania for an internship at GRASP labs and continued his grad studies there. He is currently working on his PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology.
He has been working as the chief technology officer (CTO) of Baykar Makina since 2007, and has received numerous awards for his contribution to the drone industry in Turkey.
Turkey’s first domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicle Bayraktar TB2, which has been readied for arming for over a year, entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) as the first national UAV. The Bayraktar TB2’s missile was able to hit a 2×2 target in a test carried out in December 2015.