Expert of economy, politician and statesman, deputy, minister, vice prime minister. He was born in Unye, Ordu on March 23, 1959. He graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Management (1982). He completed his masters’ degree at the same university with the thesis "Integrating the Stock Management with Data Base Approach" (1984). He conducted graduate studies at Temple University School of Business & Management (USA, 1988-1989). He received his doctoral degree in economics (1992) and he became an associate professor of Labor Economy in 1994 with his study named “Post-Endüstriyel Dönüşüm ve Japon Sisteminde İşçi-Yönetim İlişkileri”. He was a visiting lecturer at Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (USA, 1990-1993). He taught the courses of Social Politics, Labour Economy and Human Resources Management at Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics for long years.
He was involved in active politics in 1998 and became Virtue Party Istanbul Province Chairman and General Administration Board member. Then, he continued his duty as Felicity Party Istanbul Province Chairman and Vice President.
Kurtulmus was elected as the Chairman of Felicity Party at Third Regular Congress on October 26, 2008. He was re-elected on July 11, 2010 and then he quit the Felicity Party on October 1, 2010; began with his new political career. He continued his career in politics at People's Voice Party that was established on November 1, 2010. Then, he joined the JDP staff on September 22, 2012 with the integration meeting in Istanbul.
He became the JDP Vice President responsible from economy on October 4, 2012 with the change in JDP Central Executive Board. Numan Kurtulmus was appointed as Vice Prime Minister in 62nd Government. He was elected as Ordu deputy in June 7 and November 1, 2015 elections. He was the Vice Prime Minister in 63rd Government. He was assigned as Vice Prime Minister by Ahmet Davutoglu. He was assigned as Vice Prime Minister by Ahmet Davutoglu in the 64th Government established on Novmber 24, 2015 and he is still doing this.
He has several published books, and his articles were published on subjects such as social policy, employee management relations, management and organization, trade unions and new trends in unions and human resources management. He has also issued papers in symposiums and seminars of various international and national institutions. He was married to Sevgi Kurtulmus in 1988 and he has three children named Ayse, Ismail and Emir.
Sanayi Ötesi Dönüşüm, İnsan Kaynakları Yönetiminde Japonya Modeli.
REFERENCES: İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2007, 2009), Başbakan Davutoğlu yeni kabineyi açıkladı (haber7.com, 24.11.2015), AK Parti’nin 65. Hükümeti ve yeni kabinesi (haber7.com, 14.05.2016), Numan Kurtulmuş (akparti.org.tr, 25.05.2016).