Vahit Simsek was born in Batman in 1965, and graduated from İzmir Aliaga Highschool in 1983. Between 1986 and 1991 he has been a resident of England/London to study Management Science, Business and Marketing. Simsek came back to Turkey in 1992 and started his family maritime business in Nemrut/Aliaga. Inspired by the areas of service he’d seen on international platforms which weren’t active in and around Turkey , he added new branches to his companies starting from 1996. He established, ran and bought many companies in this way and turned over those that had accomplished their missions. (Anele A.Ş., Vatan Konserve, Sirene Denizcilik...) Simsek, who is the founder, owner and the chairman of AVS Global Ship Supply, also co-owns Q Shipping which is based in the Netherlands with offices in Istanbul. AVS has a strategic local partnership with Marlow Navigation, which is a personnel supply company that employs over 20.000 people in offices all over the world. Besides all that, Simsek is also the owner of Edmar, which provides software support to maritime businesses. (Edmar is a company that develops and handles the integration of ship management software and has a history of 10 years in this business.) From 1999 to 2005 Vahit Simsek has served as the vice president of the Chamber of Shipping, Suppliers Trade Committee. Between the years of 2000 and 2001 Mr. Simsek has taught the class “Supply Chain Management in Maritime” in Izmir Dokuz Eylul University. Vahit Simsek is currently the vice president and a board member of the Turkey Ship Suppliers Association (TURSSA) in the founding of which in 2003 he played an active role. He is a member of the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD). He is a board member of the GISBIR Foreign Relations Commission, and of the Turkish Red Crescent. Abdulvahit Simsek is married and has two children. He is fluent in English and Kurdish.