Vasip Şahin

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Vasip Şahin
Vasip Şahin in his office.jpg
21st Governor of İstanbul
Assumed office
September 25, 2014
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Hüseyin Avni Mutlu
37th Governor of Malatya
In office
August 31, 2012 – September 24, 2014
President Abdullah Gül
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Ulvi Saran
Succeeded by Süleyman Kamçı
6th Governor of Düzce
In office
June 7, 2010 – August 17, 2012
President Abdullah Gül
Preceded by Bülent Kılınç
Succeeded by Adnan Yılmaz
Personal details
Born 1964 (age 52–53)
Bayburt, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Istanbul University
Occupation Civil servant

Vasip Şahin (born 1964) is a Turkish civil servant. Currently, he serves as the Governor of Istanbul Province.


He was born in Bayburt in 1964. He completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Erzincan. In 1985, Şahin graduated from Faculty of Law in Istanbul University.[1]

Vasip Şahin is married, and is father of three.[1]


He began his civil servant career as a district governor candidate in Erzincan in June 1986. He was sent to the United Kingdom for further studies for one year in 1987. Upon returning home, he served as district governor in Küre, Kastamonu, Pütürge, Malatya, Mudurnu, Bolu, Kızılcahamam, Ankara, and then as deputy province governor in Muş and Düzce.[1]

In 2003, Şahin was appointed legal advisor at the Ministry of the Interior and department head at the General Directoriate of Civil Defence. He served as deputy general manager and later as general manager of the Provincial Administration between 2005 and 2010.[1]

Vasip Şahin became province governor in Düzce in 2010 serving until 2012. His next post was governor of Malatya. On September 15, 2014, he was appointed governor of Istanbul Province. He took of on September 25.[1]

Social media

In his competence as the highest-ranked official, Vasip Şahin ordered the closure of all the schools in Istanbul Province for February 18, 2015 due to heavy snow fall notifying this message on his Twitter page.[2] He repeated this order for the next day as the harsh weather conditions continued. He became suddenly a beloved person of the pupils and students in the city, receiving thankful retweets.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "İstanbul Valisi Vasip Şahin'in Özgeçmişi" (in Turkish). İstanbul Valiliği. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Vali Vasip Şahin Açıkladı: İstanbul'da Okullar Tatil!". Habertürk (in Turkish). 2015-02-18. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Vasip Şahin twitter'da fenomen oldu". Sabah (in Turkish). 2015-02-18. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Hüseyin Avni Mutlu
Governor of Istanbul
25 September 2014 – present
Succeeded by
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