Cem Altan studied Textile Engineering at Nottingham Trent University between 1977 and 1983. After getting a Graduate degree from university, he started working for retail groups of Benetton in UK and Beymen in Istanbul. After all those years gaining experiences, Cem Altan has started his own business as foreign trading company selling Turkish garments to the UK’s market and marketing Turkish garment internationally.

At the IAF Board of Directors Dinner held on 7 November 2021 in Antwerp, Han Bekke handed over the IAF Presidency to Cem Altan. Cem Altan is founder of Aycem Textiles and he is member of the Board of Directors of both the Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB) and of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers Association (TCMA). In the boards of both associations he is tasked with international affairs and therefore he has a strong experience in industry representation on an international level. Mr. Altan has been a member of the IAF Board of Directors since 2014. Additionally, he is head of Istanbul Fashion Week and Koza Young Designers.