Ali Çalışkan received his BSc degree from Middle East Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1983. He started his professional career as project engineer in 1984. He joined Kordsa in 1986 as technical office engineer. Following the establishment of Dusa (Sabancı-Dupont joint venture) in 1987, he was transferred to Dusa as project engineer. Starting from 1989, he assumed managerial roles in polymer production, yarn production, engineering maintenance and support, project and production departments of Dusa and Kordsa Turkey. He served as Operations Director of Kordsa Turkey (2005-2009) and Operations Director of Kordsa Turkey & Nilekordsa (2009-2010). He held the position of Operations Director of Indo Kordsa and Indo Kordsa Polyester between 2010-2013. He served as the Vice President, Operations (2013-2015), Chief Operating Officer - Europe, Middle East, Africa (2015-2017), CEO (2017-2022). Mr. Çalışkan is the Secretary General at Sabancı University since April 2022.