Our Founder


Galip Demir

He was born 1938 in Kaman District of Kırşehir Province. He attended the elementary, secondary and high schools in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. After being forced to discontinue his education in the Faculty of Science of Ankara University due to financial problems, he graduated from the Department of Industry of the Ankara Economical & Political Sciences Academy. He won the second prize in the examination he entered in the Academy incident to education abroad. He attended the Department of English Language of the University of Georgetown. He attended the anthropological studies conducted in Turkey and assisted Prof. Dr. Joe Pierce in publishing his book styled “Life in a Turkish Village”.

He worked as a manager in the private sector, and then founded the Sade Ofset Matbaacılık (Sade publishing company). After becoming a founding member of the Foundation for Research and Education of the Akhi Culture in 1984, he was appointed as Chair of the cited Foundation in 1987. He had various books and periodicals published about Akhism, Mr. Demir, who also worked as an apprentice in a printing house while he was going to secondary school, proved his loyalty to this craft fourty-five years later by acting as a pioneer during the foundation of the Printing House Apprenticeship Center. In 1994, he strived for the foundation of the Ahi Evran University in the province of Kırsehir along with the members of the Foundation Trustees of the Ahi Evran Technical University. In 1995.

He accepted the invitation of the Turkish American Associations Federation to furnish lectures incident to Akhism in meetings conducted in the USA. Mr. Galip Demir, who chaired Mas-Sit Matbaacılar Sitesi (Mas-Sit Printing House Complex) for long periods and who was one of the founding member of the ESD (Label Manufacturers Association) had numerous articles and compilations published in various organs of the publishing industry. The report submitted through Mr. Demir to the relevant commission as to the relationship of Akhism and Consumers during the preparation of the Consumer Protection Code in the Turkish National Assembly, attracted great attention. He was later assigned as a founding member on the foundations, behalf of the “Consumer Council” formed within the framework of the said Code. Mr. Demir received a service award from the President of the Republic of Turkey due to his efforts for consumer protection in 1999.

He partook in the Ombudsman researches by being the initiator of studies carried out to “Generate Ideas” in line with the Development Model of the Akhism System, ASKMOD, established within the Foundation. He published his book germane to the Turkish Culture and Akhism in 1998. His comprehensive book styled the Foundation of the Ottoman State and Akhism published in 2000 attracted great attention and was considered to be a written source of information through authorities as a book published under this name. The book was highly appreciated by the University of Virginia in the United States and in.

In 2002, his book styled Akhism and Rising Values; in 2003, his books named In Search for Ombudsman and Akhism and Democracy were published. His books styled General Information on Akhism and Basic Information on Akhism were made ready for publication. Moreover, many of his papers such as the Consumers and Akhism presented during the Akhism Culture Week and the Role Played by Akhism in the Foundation of the Ottoman State presented during the 2nd International Akhism Symposium were also published by the Ministry of Culture and other institutions. His paper presented in the seminar named “The Role of the Ombudsman in the State of Law” co-organized by the Turkish National Assembly and the Council of Europe Human Rights, later was cited as a source for the history of the Ombudsmanism in the book penned through Mr. Jernej Rovsek the EU, Slovenia Ombudsman. His book named In Search for Ombudsman is utilized as a source book in doctoral studies and master’s thesis in the Faculties of Law both in Turkey and abroad. He presented papers concerning the various aspects of Akhism during symposiums, panels and conferences organized by Universities in Ankara , Istanbul and other Turkish and foreign cities. “Galip Demir Elementary School” was built through the Governance of the Kırşehir province in Kaman District of the Kırşehir province in the name of our founder in the remembrance of the outstanding services thereof as to science and education Mr.Galip Demir, nominated for the Distinguished Service Award in 2007 by the Turkish National Assembly, was granted the Akhism Honor Award through the Governance of the Kırşehir province in the same year.

Mr.Galip Demir has never stopped his social works although the relentless disease he had. However, the treatments and surgery he had as a result of the disease diagnosed in 2004, were not sufficient and he passed away on September 11, 2007. He was buried in his final resting place in Zincirlikuyu on September 12, 2007.