Onder Sahan first came to London 25 years ago, originally only for a temporary stay and he spoke very little English. He did all kinds of work, factory ironing, in a coffee shop and then as a cook in a restaurant.
He then opened his first Turkish restaurant in central London and grew that to a chain of 19, all very successful and now employs over 400 people rich in diversity.
He created the Docklands Academy that gives migrant men and women so many useful skills including English language, increasing their confidence and helping with integration, training them to be the entrepreneurs and restaurant owners of the future.
Catch up on the latest and greatest in the world of International Turks
Citizens of Turkuaz Republic are globetrotters, praised for their ability to adjust to new circumstance, which they owe to their nomadic Turkic past.
With the internet age, many post their experience on Youtube, and we take great joy in enlisting them to help them connect, share and inspire!
Please visit our Community Pages and send us your video on your experience in the International Turkish Community. We look forward to publishing your experience!