Fatima SahinMayor of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality and Vice-President UCLG
Fatma Şahin was born in Gaziantep and received a BS degree in chemical engineering from Istanbul Technical University. From 1988 to 2001, she worked as a plant engineer and plant manager at one of the leading companies in Turkey. At the general elections held in November 2002, she was elected to the Parliament. During her tenure as a parliamentarian, Şahin became a member of the Turkish-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission and served as chairman to Morals and Decency Murders Commission and Research Commission of Violence against Children.mŞahin is the first woman Deputy of the Parliament for Gaziantep and Southeastern Anatolia region.
She assumed different duties at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) including as vice-chairman of the Party and the member of the Central Executive Committee and acted as Women Branches Chairwoman of AK Party between 2007 and 2011. After the 2011 general election, Şahin was appointed as Minister of Family and Social Policies as the only woman Minister at the Cabinet. Between the years of 2016-2019, she served as President of UCLG-MEWA (United Cities Local Governments – the Middle East and Western Asia) and is the current President of AMF (Asian Mayors Forum) and Union of Municipalities of Turkey.
Şahin was elected as the Mayor for the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality for the term of March 2014- March 2019 and re-elected to serve another term until 2024.