Selim Bora

Summa International Construction Group, Chairman

Selim Bora holds a BSc degree in Metallurgical Engineering, from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara and MSc degree in Industrial Engineering from the Alfred University, New York.

In 1989 Summa Inc. was established by the visionary and prominent construction magnate, the late Mr. Mete Bora to carry out overseas contracting operations. Selim joined the family business in 1993 as Business Development Manager in Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. In 1995 Selim was promoted as Regional Manager of Summa for the Russian Federation, based in Moscow and in 1999 became the Chairman of Summa.

Summa’s corporate modus operandi is based on out-of-the-box thinking, ingenuity, quality and client satisfaction. Its track record for design, build, operate, and turn-key contract delivery capabilities speaks for itself.

Summa operates in 14 countries across 4 continents with particular know-how and focus in Sub-Sahara Africa predominantly in; Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Rwanda, Congo Republic, Niger, Benin, Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Under Selim’s leadership, Summa has been ranked as ENR Top 225 International Contractors for the past 18 years. Apart from construction, today Summa is active in real estate development, hospitality, healthcare, energy and mining sectors. Furthermore, Selim’s belief in the future of Africa has led Summa to become one of the most prolific principal investors in the continent, with investments in airports, hotels, shopping malls and residential real estate.

Selim is passionate about philanthropy and acts as the Chairman of non-profit Akyurt Foundation which focuses on eldercare. Currently acting as the President of the Turkish-Rwanda Business Council under Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK); he is also serving as an advisory board member of the Richard Attias & Associates and previously held the positions of Deputy President at Turkish Contractors Association and Board Member at European International Contractors Association.

In 2018, he won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is the recipient of Republican Presidential National Order of the Rank of Commander from the Republic of Senegal, the Republic of Niger and the Republic of Congo. Fluent in Turkish, English, French and Russian.