Osman Kavala born in 1957, studied economics at the University of Manchester. In 1982 he took over the management of the Kavala Companies founded by his late father.
He was active in the establishment of a number of business organizations in Turkey, including Turkish-Polish and Turkish-Greek business councils and the Association of Tourism Investors.
Kavala served on the boards of TURSAK (Turkish Audiovisual Cinema Foundation), TEMA (Foundation to Fight Soil Erosion), Helsinki Citizens Association, TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation) and Thessaloniki based Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in the Southeast Europe. He took part in civil society organizations promoting peace and understanding between Turkey and Greece. Osman Kavala has also participated in a number of civil initiatives for the protection of human rights and democratic solution of the Kurdish issues in Turkey.
Osman Kavala is currently acting as a board member of Acik Toplum Vakfi (Open Society Foundation) and chair of Anadolu Kultur which is implementing arts and culture programs in different parts of Turkey in order to promote human rights and a pluralistic understanding of culture.