Prof. Ozal was born on May 29, 1929 in Malatya, Turkey. He was married and a father of five.
After graduation from the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1951, Ozal was appointed Chief Engineer of the Malatya Region Water Works Department of Turkey (1951-1955), and was in charge of the study, design, construction, operation and management of water projects for the area.
Following a 2-year specialization in Water Resources System Design and Ground Water Engineering in the USA, Prof. Ozal successively held the following positions:
Regional Director of Water Works for Euphrates and Tigris River Basins in Turkey (1957-1960).
Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey (1960-1967).
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Turkish State Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), Professor (part-time), Middle East Technical University (1967-1971).
Coordinator of a holding company dealing with automotives, construction materials; Professor (part-time) Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey; Consultant to the Shell Group in Turkey (1972-1973).
Member, Turkish Grand National Assembly; Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Interior, Turkey (1973-1980).
Shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Companies dealing in Islamic Banking, Construction, International Oil Trade (1981-1985).
Prof. Ozal served as Director, Islamic Research and Training Institute of the Islamic Development Bank (IRTI/IDB), and has planned and designed several river basin, oil, energy and agricultural development schemes.
Prof. Ozal was a Founding Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (1986).