President of UMT
Fatma ŞAHİN was born in 1966 in Gaziantep. She completed her primary, secondary and high school education in Gaziantep and her higher education in İstanbul Technical University Chemistry and Metallurgy Department.
She worked as an Operating Engineer and Operations Manager for 18 years at SANKO Holding, where she started her business life.
In 2001, she became the Gaziantep Provincial Founding Member of the Justice and Development Party. She was elected as the first woman MP from Gaziantep in 2002 general parliamentary elections. She served as a Deputy of Gaziantep in the Parliament for the 22nd, 23rd and 24th terms.
During her tenure in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, she served as a member of the Industry, Trade and Energy Commission, the Turkish-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee and as the President of the Commission of Violence Against Women and Children
She served as the Vice Chair of the Organization for one term and the Vice Chair for Political Affairs at the AK Party Headquarters Women's Branch Chairmanship. She served as the Chairwoman of the AK Party Headquarters Women's Branch between 2007-2011.
She was appointed as the Founding Minister of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies in the 61st government established after the 2011 general parliamentary election. Thus, she became the first female minister from the Southeastern Anatolia Region.
The Disability Foundation of Turkey chose Minister Fatma Şahin as the Woman of the Year due to her works on the disabled.
In the elections held on 30 March 2014 she became the Mayor of Gaziantep Metropolitan as one of the first female metropolitan mayors of Turkey. She was elected as the President of the Union of Municipalities of Turkey on 8 May 2018.
She served as Chairwoman of the Asian Mayors Forum, the Vice President of United Cities and Local Governments and Head of the United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section for 2016-2019.
She currently holds the offices of the President of the Union of Municipalities of Turkey and the Mayor of Gaziantep Metropolitan.
Fatma Şahin is married and has two children.