Prof Dr Ugur Erdener

Prof Dr Ugur Erdener is President of World Archery, an International Olympic Committee Vice President and Chair of its Medical and Sports Science Commission, and a widely-respected physician. He was elected to the World Archery Presidency in 2005 and has presided over a period of unparalleled growth for the sport within the Olympic Movement and around the world.

Current positions

  • World Archery President
  • IOC Vice President
  • IOC Medical and Sports Science Commission Chair
  • IOC YOG Tripartite Working Group Chair
  • ASOIF Council Member
  • Turkey NOC President
  • WADA Executive Committee Member

Early life

Ugur Erdener was born on 15 June 1950. As a youth, he dreamed of being a physician and believed that Hacettepe University offered the best medical education in Turkey. He enrolled in the institution’s School of Medicine and, in 1977, graduated with his medical degree, then completed a residency in Opthalmology at the Hacettepe University Hospitals.

Professional life

Prof Dr Erdener spent the entirety of his professional life – both as a physician and a faculty member – at Hacettepe University’s School of Medicine. He became Associate Professor in 1996 and Professor of Ophthalmology in 2001. As of 2015, he serves as Chairman of the Hacettepe University Ophthalmology Department. He has published over 60 articles in the field of ophthalmology in both foreign and domestic journals and his work has been cited in medical literature over 100 times. 

He specialises in both the theory and he implementation of oculoplastic, mobile eye prostheses and orbital implants. He has served as a panellist at ophthalmology seminars and congresses, has presented his research at clinical conferences and has also lectured on ocular surgery.

In 2000, Prof Dr Erdener became General Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hacettepe University Hospitals. He revolutionised Hacettepe University’s image by modernising the aging and out-of-date buildings and departments that characterised the hospitals, introducing new medical technologies and quality control measures, and initiating institutional expansion and accreditation programmes. His reforms were so successful that the Rector of Hacettepe University granted Prof Dr Erdener full control of the management of the University Hospitals.

The management model implemented by Dr Erdener and his colleagues not only served as a model to other Turkish institutions but also yielded important expertise about the organisation of university hospitals.

Using the Joint Commission International 1040 healthcare accreditation standard as a guidelines, he helped transform Hacettepe University Hospitals into one of the only facilities outside of the United States to comply with the accreditation’s strict evaluative measures. Prof Dr Erdener was and is respected for his emphasis on teamwork, scholarly collaboration, professionalism and the delivery of quality projects.

In addition to his work as General Director, Prof Dr Erdener served as Director of Hacettepe University’s Liquid Assets Fund. Despite two major economic crises in Turkey, he expanded the university’s fund from 18 million USD in 2000 to 250 million USD in 2007. On 25 December 2007, Prof Dr Erdener became Rector of Hacettepe University.

World Archery and the Olympic Movement

Prof Dr Erdener became a major driving force behind archery in Turkey and served as the President of the Turkish Archery Federation for four terms over a span of 23 years. During this period, he received numerous awards from national organisations for his contributions to athleticism, functioned as a judge at archery competitions and advised the Turkish Sporting Ministry.

He served as President of World Archery Europe (then EMAU) for five years. 

In 2005, Prof Dr Erdener became the first Turkish sportsperson to be elected President of an International Federation of an Olympic sport when he assumed the Presidency of the International Archery Federation (FITA). Under his leadership, the organisation changed its name to World Archery and became one of the first international federations to modernise its image. He encouraged a period of growth for the sport, which included the introduction of the Archery World Cup.

He was a member of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey until 12 April 2011 when he became its President.

In 2014, Prof Dr Erdener was appointed to the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee. He has served on a number of the organisation’s committees. He has also held and continues to hold many positions within the Olympic Movement, including on both the Executive Council of ASOIF and Executive Committee of WADA.

Prof Dr Erdener was made an IOC Vice President on 4 August 2016.

Personal life

Athletics has played a significant part in Prof Dr Erdener’s life. He was a renowned Turkish athlete in the triple jump and basketball, in which sport he also became a successful coach.

He has been a graphic arts enthusiast for years and, with the support of Hacettepe University Hospitals and the Bureau of Printing and Publishing, encouraged professional interest in modern printing and publishing techniques, both domestically and internationally in Switzerland, the United States and other countries.

He is married to Zafer Erdener. They have three children and one grandchild.