Mentors
Derya Açar Ergüç, Salt Communications and Administration Director

Derya Açar Ergüç, Salt Communications and Administration Director

Having graduated from Marmara University Department of Communication Sciences, Ergüç completed her master's degree in business administration at London City College and worked on projects related to brand management, corporate communication, public relations, sustainability, sponsorship, reputation management and corporate social responsibility. Ergüç is working as a Communication and Administration Director at SALT since 2012.



Ece Ağabeyoğlu, Freelance HR Management Consultant

Ece Ağabeyoğlu, Freelance HR Management Consultant

Having graduated from Hacettepe University's Department of Statistics, Ağabeyoğlu holds a master's degree in Organizational / Industrial Psychology from Istanbul Bilgi University and an Alliant International University counselling certificate in California. Ağabeyoğlu provides human resource management consultancy services.



Pelin Akın, Akfen Holding Board Member, Esas Social Advisory Board Member

Pelin Akın, Akfen Holding Board Member, Esas Social Advisory Board Member

After graduating from Surrey University, England, Spanish Business Administration Department in 2010, Pelin Akın Özalp started her career in the Strategy department within the Finance department of Deutsche Bank’s Madrid office. Following her return to Turkey, she was accepted to the MT program of TAV Airports Holdings, to be trained as a future executive.  Currently Özalp serves as a Member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Member of the Board at Akfen Holding and TAV Airports Holding Corporate Governance Committee. In addition, Pelin Akın Özalp also serves as a Board Member of Akfen REIT and IBS Insurance and Reinsurance Brokerage.



Dinçer Aydemir, Esas Holding Tax & Legal Director

Dinçer Aydemir, Esas Holding Tax & Legal Director

Having graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University in 1996, Aydemir completed his master's degree at Boston University. From 1997 to 2007, he worked as an Account Specialist in the Ministry of Finance. He left the Ministry of Finance in 2009 and joined one of the leading audit / consultancy firms in Turkey. He provided supervision and consultancy support to domestic and foreign investors as a chartered accountant until 2016. Aydemir is currently the Director of Tax and Legal Affairs at Esas Holding.



Ejder Aydoğdu, Retail Sector Consultant, Management Coach

Ejder Aydoğdu, Retail Sector Consultant, Management Coach

Having graduated from the Department of Economics of Istanbul University and completing his MBA education at Glamorgan University, Aydoğdu has 20 years of managerial experience in the retail field and since 2012 he continues to work as a Retail Consultant and executive coach.



Mehru Aygül, Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation General Manager

Mehru Aygül, Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation General Manager

Aygül completed undergraduate degree at Marmara University and postgraduate degree at Bahçeşehir University on Marketing Communication and Public Relations. Aygül worked at Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organization (TACSO) as a Communication and Project specialist between 2009 and 2013. Within TACSO she contributed to organize the first international Social Entrepreneurship Conference of Turkey. After obtaining training on Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, she took part in the Social Change Lab-Social Entrepreneurship Incubation program in collaboration with Özyeğin University-JP Morgan and Community Volunteers Foundation. Aygül continues working for the development of social entrepreneurship in Turkey by advising Social Entrepreneurship Programs. Following her 13 years of Civil Society experience, she is now the General Manager of the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation.



Melek Bar Elmas, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey Software Sector Chair

Melek Bar Elmas, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey Software Sector Chair

Having graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Computer Engineering Bar Elmas is one of the first female computer engineers of Turkey. Bar Elmas relized the first bank branch automation project in Turkey and has received many awards. She is also a member of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs (KAGİDER) and Turkish Informatics Association (TBD) and the founding president of Üretkeniz. Biz.



Hülya Denizalp, East West Camp Founding Director

Hülya Denizalp, East West Camp Founding Director

Having graduated from Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar University, Department of Industrial Design, Denizalp began working in civil society in 1976 with the Volunteer Services Association and continued until 2000 with GENCTUR, as one of the founders of Diyarbakır and Şanlıurfa. Denizalp, served as vice president for 4 years in the European Voluntary Organizations Union, and established the Voluntary Coordination Center at TEGV. Denizalp has been producing the "Volunteering and Social Responsibility" program at Açık Radyo for 8 years, and continues to working as Founding Director of East-West Camp.



Cenk Erdem, Darüşşafaka Purchasing Manager

Cenk Erdem, Darüşşafaka Purchasing Manager

Having graduated from the Finance Department of Istanbul University, Erdem started his career as an Internal Audit Specialist at Özeren Müşavirlik after he received his MBA degree from the same university. After working as the Finance and Accounting Director at UND Deniz Taşımacılık, he later assumed the position of Financial Affairs Specialist at Yurtici Kargo. Erdem started to work at the Darüşşafaka Society in 2011. He has been the Purchasing Manager of the institution since 2014.



Serpil Gümüş, Turkish Education Foundation (TEV) Fundraising & Project Manager

Serpil Gümüş, Turkish Education Foundation (TEV) Fundraising & Project Manager

After completing her undergraduate education at the Communication Faculty of Gazi University, Serpil Gümüş, who holds a master's degree from Beykent University, continues her PhD studies on Corporate Reputation Management. Between 2003 and 2013, she worked in Brand and Campaign Management and Business Development fields in the private sector. Since 2015, she has been working as a Fundraising and Project Manager of Turkish Education Foundation.



Beyza İlhan, TEMA Foundation Deputy Head of Human Resources

Beyza İlhan, TEMA Foundation Deputy Head of Human Resources

Beyza İlhan graduated from the Sociology Department of Sakarya University and completed her master's degree in Human Resource Management program at the same university. İlhan started her career in the Human Resources Department of the Feniş Group of Companies in 2002 and worked for 3.5 years as a Human Resources Chief at Teksan Generator A.Ş. After 12 years of private sector experience, İlhan found the opportunity to work in civil society with TEMA Foundation in 2014. She has been working as the Deputy Head of Human Resources Department of TEMA Foundation for 2.5 years.



Sedef Nasuhioğlu, Boyner Büyük Mağazacılık Deputy General Manager, Supply Chain Operations, Internal Audit and Loss & Prevention

Sedef Nasuhioğlu, Boyner Büyük Mağazacılık Deputy General Manager, Supply Chain Operations, Internal Audit and Loss & Prevention

Sedef Nasuhioglu completed her master's degree in numerical analysis and programming at Manchester University after the Marmara University Mathematics Department. Nasuhioglu started her career at Migros in R & D and Strategic Planning department in 1999. Nasuhioğlu also worked in different positions in logistics planning and supply chain solutions departments. In the last 5 years Shaya Group, she joined as the Warehousing and Distribution Manager in 2006, then worked as Supply Chain and Logistics Director responsible for all brands of the group such as Starbucks, Victoria's Secret, Debenhams. She joined Boyner Group in 2014 as the Deputy General Manager responsible for Operations and Information Technologies of Boyner Büyük Mağazacılık brand. Since 2016, Nasuhioğlu worked as an Assistant General Manager responsible for Supply Chain, Logistics, Internal Audit and Loss Prevention Operations. Since September 2017, Nasuhioğlu serves as a Deputy General Manager at Boyner Group.



Dilara Oğur, Pegasus Airlines HR Director

Dilara Oğur, Pegasus Airlines HR Director

Having graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering, Oğur worked as a Change Manager, Human Resources Planning Manager, Group Organizational Development Department, Group Companies Human Resources Director and Global Bilgi Human Resources Assistant General Manager at Turkcell. Oğur is serving as a Human Resources Director at Pegasus Airlines since 2015.



Ersel Serdarlı, Brandit Group Creative Director

Ersel Serdarlı, Brandit Group Creative Director

Ersel Serdarlı began his career as an advertising writer in Cenajans Gray in 1997 and took part in Erkin Koray's group in 2000 by taking a break from advertising. He worked as a writer for Bates at Fine Arts, Creative Director at Cenajans, Serdar Meta Communication, Creative Clinic and Creative Director at Drive Dentsu. Serdar is currently working as a Creative Director at Brandit Group, having earned national and international awards, and producing more than 1000 commercials and campaigns for more than 200 brands.



Sibel Sesigür, Proje Evi Founding Partner

Sibel Sesigür, Proje Evi Founding Partner

Sibel Sesigür graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics and Institute of Business Economics and started her career at Elginkan Holding as Budget and Planning Supervisor. She worked as an Individual and Corporate Marketing specialist in Ottoman Bank and as a Corporate Marketing Specialist in WWF-Turkey, contributing to the formation of collaborations in the field of resource development with many companies in the private sector. Sesigür provides project consultancy and training services to many institutions and organizations, especially NGOs.



Şahbey Teke, Esas Holding Senior Investments Manager

Şahbey Teke, Esas Holding Senior Investments Manager

Having started his career as an analyst at Esas Holding, Şahbey Teke was involved in several acquisition and merger projects including Air Berlin, Air Lease Corp, Peyman, UK and US real estate portfolio, Shoe World, Fuyao, AFM and Mars Entertainment Group. Teke holds a Mechatronics Engineering from Sabancı University and MBA diplomas from the same university.



Didem Tekeli, Open Society Foundation Program Officer

Didem Tekeli, Open Society Foundation Program Officer

After completing the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University, Didem Tekeli, went on to complete the European Communities / International Relations program at the Institute of Social Sciences of Ankara University and obtain her Ph.D. in the International Relations Department of the Middle East Technical University, during which she conducted research in the UK. After leaving the position of research assistant at Gazi University International Relations Department, she has been involved in a variety of projects aimed at strengthening civil society organizations in the field of social development. Over the past six years, the Tekeli, who has been working professionally in civil society organizations, developing, evaluating and evaluating national and international projects, has focused specifically on the rights of disabled people. Didem Tekeli is now working as Program Officer at Open Society Foundation.



Pelin Urgancılar, Solid Management Consultancy and ELVER Founding Partner

Pelin Urgancılar, Solid Management Consultancy and ELVER Founding Partner

Having graduated from Üsküdar American High School and Marmara University International Relations Department, Pelin Urgancılar  worked as Sales Manager in the establishment of Career.Net and then as Business Development Manager and Marketing Director for the South East Europe Region, respectively, for the Hay Group for six years. In 2008 she joined Dave Ulrich's team and became RBL Group Turkey Partner and in 2010, as Turkey partner at New & Improved. Her expertise lies in employee loyalty, effective leadership, cultural exchange and creative thinking, close monitoring of global trends in these fields, and the ability to play an active role in diverse social projects in her daily life. She establish ELVER as a social entrepreneur, which is an online platform that facilitates supporting companies' trustworthy NGOs and projects that meet employees in social equity, sustainable living, and common equity.



Demet Uyar, Navitas Consultancy and Coaching Founder

Demet Uyar, Navitas Consultancy and Coaching Founder

Demet Uyar graduated from the İzmir American High School. She completed the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University and has a Master's degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of London, UK. She has worked in sales, marketing and finance fields in banking, tourism, technology, foreign trade, industry, media and pharmaceutical sectors. She founded Navitas Consulting Coaching Education Inc. in 1997. In 2004, she launched Turkey's first international coaching school. As one of the pioneers of coaching in Turkey, she has been coaching managers since 2002 and also trains in Coaching and Mentoring, Emotional and Social Intelligence, Positive Psychology and Leadership. She is a consultant to raise Employee Commitment. She is co-author of "Coaching Approach in Management" and the creator of "Developmental Discovery Coaching", the first coaching program of Turkey, which was approved by the ICF in 2009.



Didem Ünsür, Special Olympics Turkey National Director

Didem Ünsür, Special Olympics Turkey National Director

Didem Ünsür, who started her career at DenizBank Investment Banking Operations Department, has been working professionally in civil society since 2002. Ünsür has been in various positions at non-governmental organizations such as Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation, Community Volunteers Foundation, Deniz Temiz Dernei / Turmepa, Tohum Autism Foundation etc. Since 2014, Ünsür is the National Director at Special Olympics Turkey. Ünsür also continues to voluntarily support the work of various non-governmental organizations, notably ANG Foundation Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanical Garden and Gündem Children's Association.



Burcu Bıçakçı Ersoy, Egon Zehnder International Management Consultant

Burcu Bıçakçı Ersoy, Egon Zehnder International Management Consultant

Having graduated from the Boğaziçi University Industrial Engineering Department, Ersoy completed her MBA education in France. Bicakci Ersoy is a reliable talent strategy consultant in technology, communication and media fields in Turkey and the surrounding regions, especially in Turkey and the Middle East and Africa.



Benan Çetin, Esas Holding Finance Director

Benan Çetin, Esas Holding Finance Director

Having graduated from İzmir Dokuz Eylül University Economics Department, Çetin completed his AMCT license after continuing his career at Sabancı Bank, Emirates Bank International London, Sabancı Foreign Trade Group. He serves as the Finance Director at Esas Holding.



Emine Çubukçu, Ogilvy PR General Manager

Emine Çubukçu, Ogilvy PR General Manager

Having graduated from Sinan University Mimar Sinan University Faculty of Fine Arts, Çubukçu completed her MBA education at Istanbul University and then worked as Aman & Associates Customer Group Manager in Washington DC and as customer director at Status Advertising and Ajanstek Advertising. Çubukçu continues her career as General Manager at Ogilvy PR.



Prof. Dr. Erhan Erkut, MEF University Dean, Esas Social Advisory Board Member

Prof. Dr. Erhan Erkut, MEF University Dean, Esas Social Advisory Board Member

Erkut graduated from the Boğaziçi University Department of Industrial Engineering and completed his doctorate in Florida University and later gave lectures at the University of Alberta, as well as guest lecturers at Geneva, Ohio State, NIDA (Bangkok), Boğaziçi and Sabancı Universities. Erkut, who has won many success awards, also serves as a member of the Esas Social Advisory Board.



Sermin Kağan, Tohum Foundation for Autism HR and Administration Director

Sermin Kağan, Tohum Foundation for Autism HR and Administration Director

Kağan graduated from the Istanbul Technical University Department of Industrial Engineering and worked as an industrial engineer in Mesa Electro Diesel Lucas and Teletaş. In 1997, she completed the pedagogical formation program of the Istanbul University. During 1999-2016, she worked as the manager of Çarşamba Education Park, Coordination and Solution Center Manager, Human Resources and Volunteer Coordination Center Manager and lastly Human Resources Manager in different departments of the Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation. Since March 2016, Kağan continues her career in civil society as Director of Human Resources and Administration at the Tohum Autism Foundation.



Cenk Kansak, Financial and Administration Director

Cenk Kansak, Financial and Administration Director

Having graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics Department of Business Administration in 1998, Kasak completed his MBA education at the Yeditepe University Banking Department. He was responsible for Citibank Treasury and Foreign Market Custody Operations between 1997 and 2014, Assistant Finance and Reporting Manager at Anadolu Group Consumer Finance Company, served as Finance Director BNP Paribass Turkey, Finance and Reporting Manager at Consumer Finance and Target Fleet Rental Companies and Finance Director at Autorola Online Auction Company. Since 2014 Kasak has been Director of Finance and Administration at the Mother Child Education Foundation.



Cumhur Kuşçuoğlu, Esas Holding Investments and Business Development Director

Cumhur Kuşçuoğlu, Esas Holding Investments and Business Development Director

Having graduated from Bosphorus University Department of Economics, Kuşçuoğlu continued his career as a managing director at Arthur Andersen Auditing Department, Ernst & Young M & A Department as Director for Turkey and Southeast Europe regions and Carlyle Group as MENA Buyout Fund Director. He currently serves as the Investments and Business Development Director at Esas Holding.



Ayşe Güçlü Onur, Egon Zehnder International Partner, Esas Social Advisory Board Member

Ayşe Güçlü Onur, Egon Zehnder International Partner, Esas Social Advisory Board Member

Having graduated from Boğaziçi University Business Administration Department, Güçlü Onur completed her MBA at Duke University and has been a strategic adviser and financial advisor to many international institutions and is still providing talent management consultancy. Güçlü Onur is a partner of Egon Zehnder International, also takes place on the Esas Social Advisory Board.



Halil İbrahim Özay, Tick Tock Boom Digital PR and Marketing Agency New Media Supervisor

Halil İbrahim Özay, Tick Tock Boom Digital PR and Marketing Agency New Media Supervisor

Having graduated from Uludağ University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Özay began his career at Türkiye İş Bankası. After working for 10 years in Türkiye İş Bankası, Dışbank and Bankpozitif banks in Foreign Trade, Treasury and Foreign Credits departments, he left the banking sector in 2011 and switched to the digital communication sector. Since 2011, he has been a director in digital communication agencies. He worked as a social media director in Tazefikir, Limonsocial, Alafortanfoni and Krombera agencies and provided consulting services in the field of brands social media communication, crisis communication, monitoring, media buying and campaign communication. He also managed the project development processes of many brands from different sectors. He currently serves as a New Media Supervisor at Tick Tock Boom.



Uygar Özesmi, Change.org Eastern Europe and West Asia Director

Uygar Özesmi, Change.org Eastern Europe and West Asia Director

Özesmi graduated from the Middle East Technical Univeristy Department of Geological Engineering and the University of Ohio Department of Environmental Science with a Masters degree. After completing his Ph.D. program at the Minnesota-Twin Cities University, he worked as an Environmental Expert at UNDP and as a research assistant at Erciyes University. He worked for TEMA General Manager, served in TÜRÇEK and STGM as a Board Member, Greenpace Regional Office Executive Director, CIVICUS Board Member, and as Eastern Europe and West Asia Director at Change.org. Now, he serves as a Founder&Instigator at Good4Trust.org.



İrem Sabuncu, Esas Properties Corporate Communication and Marketing Manager

İrem Sabuncu, Esas Properties Corporate Communication and Marketing Manager

Irem Sabuncu, graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics and started her career at Turkish Airlines during her university years. After working for 18 years in THY, Sabuncu left her job as Public Relations and Protocol Manager and served as Sales Manager in the Lufthansa Group for 2 years. Sabuncu is currently working as Corporate Communication and Marketing Manager at Esas Properties.



Levent Sayan, Project Management and Communications Consultant

Levent Sayan, Project Management and Communications Consultant

Having graduated from Bogazici University Department of International Relations and Political Science, Sayan completed his master's degree Institute of European Community at Marmara University and EU Environmental Management Program at Amsterdam Vrije University. Sayan worked in various positions in projects funded by the EU and the World Bank and consulted on mass media campaigns for the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF. He continues to provide consulting services in many EU-funded projects.



Betül Selcen Özer, Tohum Foundation for Autism General Manager

Betül Selcen Özer, Tohum Foundation for Autism General Manager

Having graduated from Middle East Technical University Department of Sociology, Özer completed her master's degree in Economics and Social Demography Department of Population Studies at Hacettepe University and wrote a thesis on 'Content Analysis of News on Family Planning News in National Daily Gazettes: 2001-2005' . Özer has been in management positions at NGOs such as the Willows Foundation, TURMEPA and the Community Volunteers Foundation since 2000, focusing on reproductive health, family planning, environment and youth. Between 2013 and 2015 she taught Basic Demography at Yeditepe University Department of Sociology. Ozer, who has been in various sectors such as field, education, projects, resource development and communication for 17 years, has been serving as General Manager at Tohum Foundation for Autism since 2014.



Nazlı Soydan, HR Proffesional

Nazlı Soydan, HR Proffesional

Soydan graduated from the Middle East Technical University Department of Economics and started her career as an Industrial Engineer in the Koç Group. She worked in the field of human resources in Akbank, Yapı Kredi Bank, Burgan Bank and TEGV. Currently she serves as a Human Resources Senior Manager at the Ford Otosan.



Bilgehan Yazıcı, BLG Trusted Advisors S.A. Founding Partner

Bilgehan Yazıcı, BLG Trusted Advisors S.A. Founding Partner

Having graduated from Bilkent University Department of Economics, Yazıcı worked as a Fund and Portfolio Manager at BNP Paribas and ABN Amro Asset Management. Prior to serving as the Director of the Eastern Europe and Middle East Desjs in Citibank's offices in Geneva and London, Yazıcı is now CEO and an international financial consultant in Geneva at BLG Trusted Advisors.



Sevi Yüzbaşıoğlu, Zorlu Energy Group, Corporate Communications Manager

Sevi Yüzbaşıoğlu, Zorlu Energy Group, Corporate Communications Manager

Having graduated from Istanbul University Department of Sociology, Yüzbaşıoğlu graduated from the language school at March Bloch University and studied a second university in Turkology Department at the same school. Having completed her pre-license at the Department of Psychology at Louis Pasteur University, she worked in various positions from 2003 to 2014, including Assistant Accounting Manager, Accounting Manager and Senior Media Relations Manager. In addition, served as a President and Director of Media Group at Grup7 Communication Consultancy in 2013-2014 and successfully completing her career, Yüzbaşıoğlu serves as the Corporate Communication Manager at Zorlu Energy Group as 2017.