About Chief Ombudsman

Mr. Şeref MALKOÇ

Chief Ombudsman Şeref Malkoç was born in Trabzon in 1960. He completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Trabzon. While he was in high school, he was the regional chairperson of National Turkish Student Association (MTTB) secondary education committee. He graduated from İstanbul University Law Faculty in 1982. He practiced law in Trabzon for 10 years. During this period, he also worked as an executive in many NGOs including Yavuz Selim Foundation and Trabzon House of Culture. He gave lectures on Constitutional Law at Karadeniz Technical University (KTU), Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences.

He worked as the Trabzon Provincial Chairperson of Welfare Party (RP). He represented Trabzon in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) during 20th and 21st parliamentary terms, between 1995 and 2002. As the Member of Parliament, he served as the spokesperson of the Justice Committee, Vice Chairman of the Constitutional Committee and Vice Chairman of Turkish-German Interparliamentary Friendship Group. He prepared the defenses for RP and Virtue Party (FP) closure cases and defended these Parties in front of the Constitutional Court. He was Vice Chairman for RP, FP and Felicity Party (SP). He wrote the complaint petition for the Case of February 28 Coup plotters.

He also worked as an executive for several national and local radio and TV stations. He was the representative of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) for two years in the Supreme Election Council. During his tenure, he contributed to the March 30, 2014 Local Election, and Presidential Election on August 10, 2014 as well as General Elections of June 7, and November 1, 2015. His articles and op-eds on Constitution and Presidential System have been published in various journals and newspapers. His book, “The New Constitution and The Presidential System in 40 Questions”, has been recently published. He was appointed as a Chief Advisor to H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, on December 2015.

Mr. Malkoç was elected by the General Assembly of Grand National Assembly of Turkey as the Chief Ombudsman on November 15, 2016 and took his office on December 5, 2016.

He is married with 3 children.