Dursun Keles
Dursun Kelesצילום: Dennis Charkov

Dursun Keles was born on 09.09.1971 in the city of Erzincan, Turkey. His family had long been involved with construction contracting.

Dursu was familiar with construction and contracting from a very young age, for one of the most common topics of conversation around the dinner table was construction, building materials, and different construction methods.

However Dursun, at least when he was younger, had somewhat different plans regarding his future – as a boy Dursun played soccer in the local municipal team (Kurtuluş spor) and was even considered one of the most talented and promising stars in this field.

However, when he completed his studies, in 1987, he moved to Istanbul, where he began to work in construction and fit in it, while utilizing the great experience his father and brothers had accumulated.

Dursun Keles

In 1995, Dursun made Aliyah to Israel, and after a period of employment in the construction industry he decided to found his own construction company and begin working as a construction contractor.

Although, due to the famous building upswing in Israel in the 1980s and the 1990s quite a few construction companies were established, only a few of them survived the later slowdown.

However, Duson's construction company, which flourished, was not one of them. In 1997 it even won another "sister" - the "Honor Ltd" Company which was active until 2011.

The 1990s were good for Dursun on the personal level as well, for that is when he met his future wife and mother of his two children, Olga. The years went by and in 2011 Dursun closed "Honor Ltd" and established the "Ogen Yazamut Ltd" Company in its place, which is active and vigorous to this day.

The company is undersigned for many leading project in Turkey and in Israel, including the Highway 6 Project, The Gillon Tunnels, Highway 16 and the Yishai Interchange. Each of these projects, in and of itself, might well form the jewel in the crown of any construction company, Israeli or international.

The activities of "Ogen Yazamut Ltd" and Dursun Keles

Yishai Interchange – an interchange in the Northern Jezreel Valley, located near the Ramat Yishai Settlement, in which Route 75 and 77 intersect. Until January 2019, the date of the opening of the interchange, the place was the site of a traffic light managed intersection, which was all too often congested.

Gillon Tunnels (the Kerem Tunnels) – a pair of tunnels, each 4.8 Km long. The pair of tunnels was dug beneath Har Gillon in the Western Galilee and serve as a passageway for the railway line between Acre and Karmiel.

Route 6 – The Route 6 Highway Project is, as is well known, one of the most complex and challenging projects an Israeli contractor might take part in. Ogen Yazamut Ltd handled the section of the highway, and like the other projects in which it was involved it did so professionally, precisely and with the meticulousness which characterizes each of its many activities.

Currently, in parallel to the active Ogen Yazamut Ltd, which is managing construction project in Israel and around the world, Dursun Keles is also involved in the activities of a large Turkish construction company named Keles Insaat Yapi Gru, which is much like the Ogen Yazamut Company, involved in large-scale local and international projects.