Mr. Zekeriya Yıldırım is a graduate of Darüşşafaka High School (1962) and holds a BA degree in Economics from the Istanbul University (1966) and an MA degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA (1976).
He started his career at the Ministry of Finance as an inspector. In 1977, he moved to the Central Bank, where he specialised in international finance. He headed the International Department and later was made Vice Governor in 1984. He took an active role in the restructuring of the external debt of the country and also in the liberalisation drive of the economy. He was the Acting Governor when he left the Central Bank in 1987.
Between 1987 and 1999 he served as a board member and advisor in a number of local and foreign companies. Among them were Doğuş Holding, where he assumed the position of Vice Chairman and Head of the Executive Committee, and Group companies.
Mr. Yıldırım is the President and Managing Partner of Yıldırım Consulting Services, Inc. providing services in the fields of corporate finance, management and strategy, which is partners with FU Real Estate Investment Advisory Services, Inc. Also, he is the Manager Yıldırım Fidancılık Ltd. and the Chairman of Ada Plant Fidanlık, Inc. In May 2008, he assumed the position of Board Member at Doğan Holding.
Until 2005, he had served for 13 years as the Co-Chairman of the Turkish-Dutch Business Council under Foreign Economic Relations Board and is currently a member of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association, member of the Board of Trustees of Ayhan Şahenk Foundation and of Education Volunteers Foundation, and Chairman of Darüşşafaka Association.