Mr. Özgen Keskin, the Mayor of the Bursa/Yıldırım District Municipality in Turkey and an Executive Committee member of the Union of Municipalities of Marmara served his mandate as NALAS President between 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Özgen Keskin graduated at the Turkish Literature Department of Education Faculty and holds a masters degree in Turkish Language and Literature at Atatürk University. Starting his career as a teacher of Turkish Language and Literature in different cities of Turkey and a school director, he has also served as a director of National Education. He is the author of eighteen books. He served as Deputy Mayor. He took part in some NGO’s such as head of Union of Writers and Intellectuals Organization. He was appointed to Regional Directorate of Foundations in 1997. He was elected as Mayor of Yıldırım Municipality at the local elections in March 2004, where he is still a mayor.