Ali Eren Balikel was born in Adana on July 27, 1979. Ali Eren, who was born as the fourth child of a civil servant father and a housewife mother, moved to Mersin with his family due to his father’s work when he was 3 years old. Having completed primary, secondary and high school education in Mersin, Ali Eren also started to lay the foundations of his future success in this city.

Although Ali Eren experienced the grief with his father’s death when he was at the age of 14, he started to engage in trade besides his education in those years with the awareness that he must hold on to the life much more than any other time, unlike many who chose to be weary of life in this case. In this sense, while continuing his education life, he started to work as an operation staff in an international customs company. Ali Eren, who started to explore his love and talent for trading during this period, set his mind on the idea of ​​founding a big company flying Turkish flag abroad, at the age to be considered as a child.

You must plan every moment of your life.. Neither be in a hurry, nor be slow.. You must determine your steps to reach the goals.. Proceed step by step, but do not move to the next step unless you complete the one you are on…

In this sense, Ali Eren preferred a university abroad to be closely acquainted with the foreign market, to gain experience, to determine business opportunities and to improve his foreign language skill. Firstly, he studied foreign language at St.Giles International, one of London’s leading language schools, for seven months. Following this, Ali Eren applied to the London School of Commerce (LSC) for business training and first took a one-year introductory course in business administration and then, completed his business education at the University of Wales Institute of Cardiff (UWIC).

In the meantime, he also looked for business opportunities in the UK and surrounding countries. He has been to several business meetings and interviewed number of businessmen and listened to their experiences. He also gained the opportunity to follow technological and industrial innovations through participating in many international conferences. Even though he had a university degree that many could not even imagine, the education he took was not enough for Ali Eren as he is truly an education-lover. Therefore, he joined the MBA program at the University of Gloucestershire and completed this program with a good grade, as well.

The MBA was a turning point in Ali Eren’s life. During his MBA life, he made intense contacts and done researches for business opportunities. Accordingly, Ali Eren has decided to fly the Turkish flag in the food and beverage sector, which is one of the biggest markets in the world, to make his childhood dream real with this infrastructure. In the direction of this decision, he firstly completed his master’s thesis on branding and entrepreneurship and started to work on Kilikya’s, his first restaurant.

Ali Eren Balikel’s master thesis named “How to establish a strong and innovative Mediterranean cuisine restaurant in London?” was granted the honorary award of the University of Gloucestershire and was placed among the most valuable thesis section in the university’s library.

Ali Eren Balikel’s master thesis named “How to establish a strong and innovative Mediterranean cuisine restaurant in London?” was granted the honorary award of the University of Gloucestershire and was placed among the most valuable thesis section in the university’s library.

Ali Eren’s Kilikya’s soon became one of London’s most popular Turkish restaurants and begun to host many national and international institutions, organizations and communities. Therefore, it has become inevitable to found the second branch of Kilikya’s, but this time in different concept. The second Kilikya’s run under the same brand name but in the concept of “Premiere”. It is at Canary Wharf, one of London’s favourite business centres, and is expected to be a new success story with its magnificent interior design and marginal concept.

His restaurant works never stopped Ali Eren from the love of education. With the awareness of the importance of developing a good international policy when doing a business abroad, he started his master in politics at the Queen Mary University of London, one of the most popular universities in England, and has successfully completed this master as well.

Knowing that the base of individual and social success is education, Ali Eren has currently continues his doctorate in business in England and doctorate in politics in Switzerland, simultaneously.