IPSEF Speakers

Taner Topcu

Director, RAKEZ Academic Zone

Taner Topcu is the Director of the Academic Zone, a division of Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) that caters to high-quality educational institutions. He is an industry expert with more than 20 years of successful experience in education, hospitality, business development and customer relations.

With a proven ability to foster relationships with international and local organisations, investors, and institutions, Taner leads the strategic development of the Academic Zone. He ensures that all plans and policies are aligned with the Academic Zone’s mission to improve the quality of education and support new schools that establish in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

Prior to joining RAK FTZ in 2015, Taner gained a vast education industry knowledge by working at TECOM Investment's Education Cluster in Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City where he took various positions in operations, business development and account management. He also worked at Aabar Investments in Abu Dhabi as a Business Development Manager and at Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority as a Director of Engagement Operations.

Fluent in English and Turkish, Taner holds a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Anadolu University in Turkey.