A graduate of Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Economics and Finance, Ülkü Kabadayı began his working life at the Government Institute of Statistics. In 1971, he was elected to the Board of Experts at the Ministry of Finance and rose to Chief Accountant Expert position. In 1981, having left the Ministry of Finance, he joined Eczacıbaşı Holding as member of the Audit Committee. In 1988 he was appointed as Finance Director of Eczacıbaşı Medicinal Industry and Trade Ltd and until 2009 he worked as Director of the Commercial Accounting, Financial Accounting, Budget, Finance and Investment Relations Divisions. Following his retirement from Eczacibasi he worked as an advisor for the firm. He is also a Chartered Accountant.