Mr. Gorgun Taner is the general director of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, which organizes four international festivals (film, theatre, classical music and jazz) as well as the International Istanbul Biennial and Istanbul Design Biennial. He has been working at the IFCA since 1983, serving as assistant director and program coordinator for foreign relations (1987-1994) and director of the International Istanbul Jazz Festival (1994-2002) before being appointed general director in 2002. Taner is also a faculty member of the Cultural Management Department of Bilgi University. He is a board member of the Istanbul Modern Museum and European Cultural Foundation, and formerly served as president of the European Jazz Festivals Association (1998-2002) and as Commissaire général of the Saison de la Turquie en France from July 2009 to March 2010. In September 2010 he was appointed Arts Advisor by the Amsterdam Municipality. He has held the title of chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’honneur (Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor) since January 27, 2011.