Tolga Atakan was born on July 24, 1974 in Ankara, and completed his primary education at Şht Ertuğrul Primary School in Lefkoşa before graduating from the Türk Maarif College. He studied economics at Bilkent University in Ankara, followed by postgraduate studies in business administration at Lefkoşa’s Near East University. After completing his military service, he became a director in his family business. Atakan has also held administrative posts at Küçük Kaymaklı Sports Club, the Clean Community Association and the Galatasaray Supporters’ Association. He is married and has one daughter.