Dr. Ahmet Savaşan
President Of GHTC
Dr. Ahmet Savaşan is one of the leading names in the tourism sector in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. He is currently a member of the National Assembly and the 2023-2024 term president of Global Healthcare Travel Council.
Ahmet Savaşan was born in 1977 in Nicosia. He completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Nicosia. Savaşan obtained his BA degree from Near East University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1999; in the same year completed the Secondary Education Teacher Training Program conducted by the Institute of Educational Sciences. In 2004, he obtained master’s degree from the Department of Radio, Television and Cinema NEU Institute of Science and Social Sciences, and in 2017, he completed his PhD at Near East University Institute of Educational Sciences, Department of Educational Administration, Supervision, Planning and Economics. He is currently carrying out his academic studies as an Assoc. Prof. Dr.Ahmet Savaşan, who started his professional career in 1999 as the Deputy General Manager at the Near East Tourism and Travel Operations, has been involved in and presided many projects for the development of TRNC tourism in scientific bases and for bringing alternative tourism types into TRNC such as congress and health tourism. Having managed the organization of more than 100 national congresses, conferences and meetings to date, Savaşan also has a significant contribution to the promotion of the TRNC throughout the international platforms. Ahmet Savaşan, who has been granted many awards for his activities both nationally and internationally, has conducted many studies for development of Health Tourism as well as raising national consciousness on importance of tourism and health tourism for the country.
Ahmet Savaşan, who also served as the General Secretary of the Turkish Cypriot Tourism and Travel Agencies Association, Member of the Audit Committee of the Cypriot Turkish Airlines, Founder Head of the Near East University Tourism Research and Development Center and General Director of Near East Tourism Operations (2002-2018), also contributed to various law drafts regarding his subjects of interest, and is a member of World Disability Union.
As the first teaching member of Cyprus giving lectures on Health Tourism since 2015 at the Faculty of Health Sciences of NEU in Northern Cyprus, he is currently continuing his academic studies as a lecturer at the Near East University. Ahmet Savaşan also contributes to the training of qualified labor force in the field of health tourism.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Near East University Hospital. Ahmet Savaşan established the Cypriot Health Tourism Council in 2015 and assumed the founding presidency and then assumed a decisive role in making the council the 54th member of the Global Healthcare Travel Council on behalf of the TRNC.
In February 2018, he was elected as the Vice President, Global Healthcare Travel Council, following the membership of the Board of Directors of the Global Healthcare Travel Council, on behalf of the TRNC at the Global Health Tourism Forum held in Amman, the capital of Jordan, and elected as the 7th Term President of the GHTC in 2023. Ahmet Savaşan became the Project President at the Health Tourism Development Project aiming the preparation of the North Cyprus Turkish Republic Health Tourism Master Plan.
Ahmet Savaşan, who served as the Deputy Secretary General as well as a member of the Party Assembly and the Central Executive Board in the National Unity Party, one of the most rooted parties of the TRNC, was elected as a Member of Parliament in the early general election held on January 23, 2022, and still serving as a member of National Parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Ahmet Savaşan is married and has one child.
New global council is formed to support, represent and promote the growing health travel and medical tourism sector. The new initiative was launched with the statement, “Our long-term vision is to become a standard setting organization for the promotion and delivery of healthcare services to all global citizens.”