I graduated from Middle East Technical University in 1983 and received MBA degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2002. In May 2013, I completed my PHD study on Environmental Bioethics. During the studies of my PhD, I got two courses on Global Energy and Environmental Politics and Environmental Policies from Harvard University in 2009 -2010.
My professional experience have been developed extremely after I built up my own company Hydra that has been established to provide knowledge oriented technical, economic and legal supports to public and private organizations at national and international levels. The major speciality of my company is developing and managing projects for EU-funds. EU provides funds through certain institutions in order to solidify the society, foster democratic processes, develop the entrepreneurship and dialog capacities of the citizens and to establish a balanced relationship between governments and their citizens. By more than 75 projects, I have gained many competences such as multicultural understanding, advocacy, team working, accountability, transparency, leadership and good governance.
From 2008 to 2014, I have been a part time lecturer at Istanbul Yeditepe University. I delivered the courses of Project Cycle Management, Environmental Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Institutionalization of NGO’s and Fund Raising and Diversity Management.
I have many articles and 2 scientific books. The first one is about “Bioethics Environmental Policies” which was published by Lambert Academic Publishing in Turkish and the second one is “Women and Sustainability in Business- Global Perspective” which is published by Routledge which includes 17 articles from different researchers. My article -“Women Absent in Environmental Politics: Gender Mainstreaming in Environmental Policies” -takes place in Chapter 14.
My last article will be published by Springer just after the 8th International Congress on Governance Fraud Ethics and CSR which will be held on in Mount Allison University, Canada, July 2017, under the topic of “Investing in women’s entrepreneurship: Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth”.
The year of 2006 was the milestone of my life. I founded the first BPW Club in Ankara-Turkey with twenty members in 2006. In 2010, the National Federation (BPW-Turkey) has been established. Just after I have met BPW International, I have attended all CSW Meetings and taken influential roles during the BPW Leadership Summits and Annual WEPs Meetings held in New York.
Since the launch of the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business, BPW-Turkey have completed four EU-funded projects and realised four high-level international events in the framework of WEPs. Additionally, I have translated the official UN WEPs booklet into Turkish. I am also honored to lead the organization of the side event under the title of “Women in Green Businesses” on behalf of BPW International in Rio+20 (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development). I am the UN Representative of BPW International since 2012. I have represented BPW International in the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors from 2012 to 2014.
I have gained many experiences during the works that were realized by the B-MENA initiative (Broader Initiative for Civil Society in North Africa and Middle East) that was started by the ex-Minister of the U.S Department of State, Hillary Clinton. From 2010 to 2012, I travelled to many countries in the Region. So I am thoroughly familiar with the problems of women who are living in MENA Region.
I am the member of the board of the UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in Balkan Countries since 2010. I have many travels to Balkan Region and arranged many B to B Meetings for the women entrepreneurships who are living in the Balkan Region, at the end of each Annual Women Entrepreneurship Conferences that have been realized by BPW Turkey in Istanbul since 2011.
In August 2014, I established UNESCO Center for Global Ethics and Sustainable Development in Istanbul. The first activity of this Organization was the International Conference under the title of “Women’s Leadership in Business from the Global Ethics and Sustainable Development Perspective. The Conference was realized by the esteemed support of Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, in 16th of January 2016 in Istanbul.
I was elected as Vice President United Nation in the last BPW International Congress that was realized in Jeju Island, South Korea in May 2014. 3 years after the Jeju Congress, we have Cairo Congress that will be held on 24-27 October 2017. I am one of the candidates of the Presidency. Due to a confluence of her business, academic and volunteer work, the past ten years has led to the highest achievements in my career. However, I would not seek any personal benefit. I wish to serve my Organization for ensuring “peace and social justice, international understanding and goodwill,” as expected by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips; achieving sustainable success befitting its glorious past and enriching my life with this collective journey and global friendship.