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Who is Dr. Levent SÜMER ?

Dr. Levent SÜMER was born in 1981 in Mardin. He is Deputy General Manager at AE Arma-Elektropanç, an electromechanical contracting company listed in the ENR-250 top international contractors’ list active in 8 countries including Turkey, UAE, Russia and UK. Dr. Sumer is responsible for strategy, business development and contracts.

Prior to joining AE, Dr. Sumer worked for Torunlar REIT, developed and managed 3 million sq.m real estate projects including Mall of Istanbul, Torun Tower, Torun Center and 5th Levent. Calik Holding, Bahadir Insaat and Masonry Company in the US were the other companies that Dr. Sumer gained local and international experience by holding mid and top level managerial positions within 15 years.

Dr. Sumer is the co-founder and the Chairman of International Project Management Institute (UPYE) which was founded in 2010 to extend the project management knowledge in Turkey. He is also a PMP (Project Management Professional) certificate holder from PMI-Project Management Institute and a professional member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). Dr. Sumer has been part-time lecturing at different universities including Bogazici University Lifelong Learning Center, Yildiz Technical University and Abdullah Gul University since 2014. As a guest lecturer and a keynote speaker, he has also given many lectures and speeches at Oxford University, Bogazici Universitiy, ITU, Ankara, Kultur, Beykent, Suleyman Demirel and Balikesir Universities.

Deputy General Manager: AE Arma-Elektropanç

Chairman: International Project Management Institute (UPYE)

Part Time Lecturer: Bogazici BUYEM, AGU, YTU

Professional Experience: 15 Years

Academic Experience: 10 Years


Bogazici University, Turkey, Ph.D. in Real Estate Finance, 2017

Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, Master in Construction Management, 2004

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, BSc. in Civil Engineering, Honor Degree, 2003

Mardin Anatolia High School, Turkey, 1st Rank in Classification, 1998


  • Corporate Strategy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Relations
  • Middle East Politics
  • Information Systems in Organizations
  • Re-Organization and Re-Structuring
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Management
  • Business Development
  • Project Management
  • Project Controls
  • International Contracts Management
  • Risk Management
  • Planning and Cost Control Management
  • ERP Systems
  • Productivity


AE Arma-Elektropanç - 2015-Present

Deputy General Manager

Torunlar REIT - 2011-2015

Planning&Cost Control Manager, Executive Committee Member

Bahadir Construction - 2007-2011

Business Development Manager, Planning and Contracts Manager, EC Rapporteur

Calik Holding - 2006-2007

Business Development and Contracts Specialist

Masonry Company - 2005-2006

Project Manager

Kasktaş, Enka Subsidiary - 2002

Project Engineer

Altinok Consulting Engineering - 2001

Project Engineer

Yuksel Construction - 2000

Site Engineer


  • Strategic Management Plans for AE Arma-Elektropanç and Torunlar REIT
  • Business Development Strategies for AE Arma-Elektropanç and Bahadir Construction
  • Committee Establishments at AE Arma-Elektropanç including Corporate Management, Business Development, Risk and Crisis Management and CSR
  • Re-Organization and Re-Structuring Studies and Presentations for Bahadir Construction, Torunlar REIT and AE Arma-Elektropanç
  • Feasibility Studies of Torunlar REIT Development Projects
  • Project Management Plans for Torunlar REIT Development Projects
  • LEED Certification Processes of Many Projects at Bahadir Construction and Torunlar REIT
  • Microsoft Navision ERP Implementation of Bahadir Construction
  • Contracts Management Standards of Bahadir Construction


  • Mall Of İstanbul AVM: 725.000 m2
  • Torun Tower, Denizbank Headquarters: 110.000 m2
  • Akasya Residences: 99.000 m2
  • Savoy Ulus Luxury Houses: 103.000 m2
  • Korupark Residences-Bursa: 165.000 m2
  • Kütahya Shopping Mall: 82.000 m2
  • Bulvar Samsun Shopping Mall: 45.000 m2
  • Tüyap 5 Star Hotel: 56.000 m2
  • Tüyap Trade Center: 75.000 m2
  • ASO Trade Center, Ankara: 42.000 m2
  • Nilpark Shopping Mall, Bursa: 38.000 m2
  • Innovia-I Residences, 45.000 m2
  • Caddebostan Luxury Houses
  • Çubuklu Valley Villas
  • Areva ADH2 Transformers Production Factory: 38.000 m2
  • Areva TSG-TR3 Transformers Production Factory
  • Borasco Wind Energy Turbines Construction Works


  • 5th Levent Residences: 963.000 m2
  • Torun Center Offices and Residences: 252.000 m2
  • Paşabahçe Luxury Hotel and Villas: 40.000 m2
  • 92 Story Trump Tower, Chicago, USA
  • 49 Story Parkview West Residences, Chicago, USA
  • 65 Story One Museum Residences, Chicago, USA
  • Burj-Al Baher Mixed Use Office, Hotel and Residences, Tripoli, Libya
  • Natpet Admin Building, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
  • Safra Oil Pipeline Project, Yanbu-Saudi Arabia


Teaching Experience

Bogazici University BUYEM - 2016-Present

Contracts Management (Certificate Program)

Abdullah Gul University - 2017-Present

Construction Project Management (UG Level)

Yildiz Technical University - 2014-2017

Project Development and Investment Management (Graduate Level)

Other Courses and Seminars Given in different reputable universities including Oxford, Bogazici, ITU, YTU, Beykent and Kultur Universities:

Strategic Management, Project Management, Contracts Management, Real Estate Development, Cost Management, Time Management, Risk Management, Tendering

  • Turkey Real Estate Market & Real Estate Investment Tools in Turkey, Oxford University, Said Business School, March 2017
  • Turkish Real Estate Industry, Beykent University Construction Management Master Program, November 2017
  • Strategic Management of Real Estate Projects, Yildiz Technical University SEM-GİSP (Strategy Platform for Real Estate), Real Estate Certificate Program, March 2017
  • Contracts Management in Construction Projects Training (Istanbul Smart Academy October 2016, Construction Innovation Center, February 2016)
  • Risk Management in Construction Projects: SWOT Case, Kültür University, 2011
  • Cost Management-Contracts Relations Boğaziçi University, 2009, 2010
  • Tendering Process Management, Istanbul Technical University, 2010
  • Time Management in Contracts, Yıldız Technical University, 2009

Contracts Management and Main Problems Faced in Contracts Management in Turkish Construction Industry, Boğaziçi University, 2008, 2009


  • An Analysis and the Future of Turkish Real Estate Industry, Cercle d’Orient, Panel on the Transformation in the Real Estate Industry, the New Rules of the Game, February 2018
  • New Investment and Financing Model: A New Approach to Turkey Wealth Fund, Ankara University, International Real Estate Development and Management Conference, February 2018
  • An Overview of Turkey Real Estate Industry, Abdullah Gul University Civil Engineering Club-UPYE Conference, December 2017
  • New Investment and Financing Model: Combined Funding, MUSIAD and TOBB Organization, 1st Global Participation Finance (GPAS) Summit, November 2017
  • Construction Project Management, Boğaziçi University, Real Estate Development Competition, November 2017
  • New Financial Instruments, Boğaziçi University, 2nd Construction Economy Summit, October 2017
  • Contracts Management, Bogazici University Civil Engineering Department, March 2017
  • Advices to New Graduates, Bilgi University Career Conference, March 2017
  • Dispute Resolution in Construction Contracts, UPYE Project Management Summit, December 2016
  • Time Extension Claims in Construction Contracts, INTES-ISTAC Construction Conference, October 2016
  • Project Management from Global Perspective (Balikesir University May 2016, Suleyman Demirel University March 2016, İTÜ MHK CivilCon, Feb 2015)
  • Graduation Ceremony Speech for Construction Management Master Program, YTU, 2004
  • Real Estate Industry: From Past to Now (İTÜ MHK CivilCon, March, 2014)
  • The Past, Today and the Future of Real Estate Industry (UPYE Real Estate Summit, Özyeğin University January, 2014)
  • Sustainable Future: İstanbul in 21st Century, PMI Turkey Project Management Summit, Bogazici University, September 2013)
  • Do’s and Don’ts in Cost Management, UPYE Project Management Summit, Bogazici University, May 2012

The Future of the Project Management from Investors’ Perspective, UPYE Project Management Summit, Bogazici University, December 2011

Academic Publications

  • Sumer L., Ozorhon B., (2017), “Where to Invest in, Real Estate or Pension Funds?”, Journal of Housing Economics, SSCI Index (Under Review)
  • Sumer L., Ozorhon B., (2017), “Factors Affecting the Returns of Pension Funds and Participating Banks Shares of Profits in Turkey”, Journal of Capital Market Studies (Under Review)
  • Sumer L., Ozorhon B., (2017), “Factors Affecting the Returns of REIT and Stock Exchange Indices: Turkey Case”, Journal of International Real Estate Review (Under Review)
  • Sumer L., Ozorhon B., (2017), “Macroeconomic Factors Affecting Islamic Banking Share of Profits in Turkey”, ICSF – International Conference on Sustainable Futures, 26-27 November, Applied Science University, Bahrain
  • Sumer L., Ozorhon, B. (2016) “A Comparative Return Analysis of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Index and Major Indexes in Istanbul Stock Exchange”, 12th International Congress on Advances in Civil Engineering, 21-23 September, Bogazici University, Istanbul

Newspaper and Other Publications:

  • A New Approach to Turkey Wealth Fund, Dunya Newspaper, January 2018
  • An Overview of Turkish Real Estate Industry in 2017, Dunya Newspaper, February 2018
  • A New Investment and Financing Model: Turkey Real Estate Fund, Gayrimenkul Türkiye Journal, November-December, 2017
  • Institutionalization Effect for Sustainable Companies, Gayrimenkul Türkiye Journal, January-February 2014
  • The Mistakes Made in Real Estate Development Processes, Gayrimenkul Türkiye Journal June-July, 2013
  • Expanding the Real Estate Development in Anatolia, Gayrimenkul Türkiye Journal September-October, 2013
  • Project Delivery Systems and Contract Types: A Comparison Study of the EU, the US and Turkey, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • Productivity Improvement in Construction Industry in Turkey (Journal of Dünya İnşaat, June 2003)

Reports & Projects

  • The Solution to Decrease the Import Volume: Technology and Production Fund
  • The Real Estate Investment Funds Can Decrease the Housing Surplus
  • A New Approach to Turkey Wealth Fund
  • New Economy Theory: Sumer Approach
  • How to Increase the Volume of International Contracting
  • Industry 4.0 and its Implementation to Construction Industry
  • Africa Contracting Fund
  • Sustainable Futures: İstanbul in the 21st Century
  • How to Increase the Pension Fund Size
  • The Future of Project Management Companies
  • Establishing Partnership Funds Instead of Loan Guarantee Fund (KGF)
  • Recommendations for Education System
  • Recommendations for the Vision of 2023


UPYE: International Project Management Institute, Turkey

RICS: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK

PMI: Project Management Institute, USA

ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers, USA

CMAA: Construction Management Association of America, USA

IMO: Chamber of Civil Engineers, Turkey


  • Mentoring Bogazici University Students since 2018
  • Mentoring ITU Students since 2015
  • IIT Turkish Student Association VP
  • IIT CMAA Student Chapter VP
  • TEMA Foundation ITU Ayazaga Campus President
  • ITU MHK Student Organization Member


Attending many meetings and workshops of: DEIK, TIM, TMB, GYODER, UPYE, Turktrade, PMI, MTMD, TEMA


Turkish: Native

English: Fluent

German: Beginner/Intermediate

Arabic: Beginner



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