Ozgur Dogan Gunes
Ozgur is a new member with passion and action. He recently donated a bell to the club to replace the broken old bell. The once abandoned bell from an old ship in Turkey was now polished and reborn at our club meeting. Pagoda portraits the person behind the membership.
When did you join RCS and who was your sponsor?
I lately joined RCS in July ’19 remembering my Rotaract times back in years ago. My sponsor was Rita Malvone whom also notably carried out my induction.
Where are you hailing from?
Where East meets West. I am from Istanbul as the third generation of my family relocated from Thessaloniki.
What are you doing professionally?
I am a Master Mariner, known as Captain that I’ve worked onboard the merchant ships for years. I’ve moved ashore to take key roles at the shipping/maritime companies and currently leading businesses with enhancing efficiency of marine operations in terms of quality and safety. Areas do include Risk Assessments, Marine Contracts, Ship Chartering, Shipbuilding supervision, Ship/Crew management, and Flag-State/third party inspections-audits.
What would you like to share with our readers about your family?
My family has roots with trading/shipping but also musicians. I’ve taken over guitars from my father whom has hundreds of records in jazz & blues bands as bassist. Family members continue to engage with musical activities either at the stage with a band or chorus.
What are your hobbies, apart from RCS?
Hiking at higher altitudes and recreational diving as well as freedives at depths! Yoga and basketball are more in routine for a city life in Shanghai.
How do you recharge your battery?
Books! and a single malt.
Best/Last book you read and why
I have been fascinated by “The Fisherman of Halicarnassus” since childhood.
What is your favorite place in Shanghai?
Lighthouse just beside the river at the Pudong. Silent. Calm.
What is your advice to any new member of RCS?
There is always more and better to do! Get involved!
Ozgur Dogan Gunes
Member since: 2019