Umut Talu graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU) department of Chemical Engineering in 1995. From 1997-1998, he completed an MBA in Marketing and Financial Management at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL.
Talu began his career as a summer intern at the Henkel S.A. Production Department in Belgium and then moved to the Henkel UK Logistics Department. In 1995, he returned to Turkey and joined the Sales and Marketing Department at KORDSA, a tire cord and industrial conveyor textile manufacturer.
From 1997-1998, Talu was the Assistant to the CEO at the Chicago, IL-based industrial conveyor textile manufacturer KIM Textile Inc., moving on to become an Account Manager at the Chicago office of C.H. Robinson Worldwide.
In 2000, he became the Senior Partner of TaluDaniel Inc., an international trading and consulting company based in Atlanta, GA.
Today, Umut Talu is a Senior Partner of the TaluTrade Group, an international trading company with offices in Istanbul and Atlanta that imports and exports industrial textile products such as PVC, nylon and polyester industrial yarns, geotextiles, tire cord fabrics and rubber conveyor belt fabrics. The company is currently active in East Asia, India, Turkey, the Middle East, South Africa and North America.
Umut Talu is also CEO of TT Endustriyel, a TaluTrade Group company headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.
Umut Talu, as the senior partner of the TaluTrade Group, has also been leading the group's social responsibility projects which include renovations of two historic structures located in Tire, Izmir: Gülcüoğlu Mansions and Kutu Han since 2002.
Umut Talu speaks Turkish, English and French and is a part time instructor at the Bosphorus University International Trade Department. His hobbies include sailing and show jumping, for which he has received many prizes. He is also a marathon runner and has taken part in the Eurasia Marathon.
- The Turkish American Business Association
- Istanbul Rotary Club
- Aegean Young Businessmen's Association
- Beşiktaş Sports Club
- METU Graduates Istanbul