Politician, statesman, deputy, minister, current Culture and Tourism minister. He was born in Kahramanmaras, Elbistan in 1966. He completed his primary and secondary school education in Elbistan and continued with his education in Istanbul. He graduated from Bahcelievler Kocasinan High School (1984) and Marmara University, Faculty of Theology (1991). He has completed his masters’ studies in 1997 at Istanbul University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Social Structure and Social Change. He continues with his doctoral studies at the Sociology Depatment of Faculty of Sciences and Letters, Istanbul University.
He started to work as a teacher in 1992. After working as a teacher; he provided consultancy on Urban studies, local governance and political communication. He worked as Behavioral Sciences Department Head in a private university. He worked as a consultant in ITO (2005), and he was the Executive Board Member of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Sports Club between 2007 and 2009. He taught effective communication courses in Political Academy actualized by JDP Istanbul Provincial Head in 2003 and MBA level Organizational Behavior lectures at a foundation university.
He took part in 2004 and 2009 Local Elections and 2007 General Elections campaigns of JDP and provided consultancy services in various abroad election campaigns. Unal also took part in strategy teams executing the election campaigns in countries such as Iraq, Malaysia, Cyprus, Lebanon and Egypt and he was elected as MKYK member in 2009 JDP Third Ordinary Congress; being assigned as R&D Vice President.
Mahir Unal was elected as Kahramanmaras Deputy of JDP in TGNA for 24th, 25th and 26th legislation periods. He was JDP Group Deputy Chairman in 24th and 25th terms. He is assigned as the Minister of Culture and Tourism in 64th Government. Mahir Unal is married and father of one child; he speaks Arabic and English.
SOURCE: Mahir Ünal (akparti.org.tr, 6.12.2015), Bakanımız (kultur.gov.tr, 6.12.2015).