Arif EMECEN was born in Çankırı on 15 Feb, 1964.
He graduated from the Electric Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering in Fırat University in 1986. He worked as operating engineer and control engineer at various organizations affiliated with TEDC (TEDAŞ) and SGETC (TEAŞ) between the years of 1986 and 1995. He worked as Operating Manager and Chief Manager at Ankaray Rail System Management in Ankara between the years of 1995 and 2000. During this duty, he got training on rail systems in Hamburg-Hochbahn-Germany. He served as Vice Director-General at Istanbul Ulaşım A.Ş. (Transportation Inc.) which conducts the management and maintenance works of Subway, Light Rail System and Tramway management of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality between the years of 2000 and 2005.
He served as Director for the Department of Transportation Planning and Rail Systems in Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality between the years of 2005 and 2014; during this duty, he completed the 3-staged, 35-km-long “KAYSERAY” Tramway Project which was granted many awards by national and international transportation authorities. In the same period, he served as Director-General at Kayseri Transportation Inc. for 6 years, which conducts Tramway management, maintenance and project works. Having started to serve as Secretary-General at Malatya Metropolitan Municipality as of June 2014, Arif EMECEN was appointed as the Director-General of IETT by the approval of Ministry of Interior on 20 May, 2016.
Married with 4 children, Arif EMECEN speaks English.