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Gülden Türktan Biography

Dr. Türktan, appointed in 2015 as the Founding Chair of the W20 – Women 20, the outreach group of G20 as a platform to enhance the women’s status and participation in the respective economies of the G20 countries.

She is the former (2011-2015) President of KAGIDER, the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey. She is now a member of the Presidential Council of KAGIDER. In KAGIDER, she undertook the leadership to promote establishment of W20 and she was appointed as the founding President of the W20, the women outreach group of the G20 that supports gender-inclusive business and economic growth for all G20 countries.

She has delivered outspoken speeches about public policy issues related to women and regulation in the country and added both macroeconomic and microeconomic perspectives regarding the existence of women in business. She was behind a very successful program known as FEM – an equal opportunity program at the workplace.

From 1988 to 2008, she worked as a professional executive and board member of ABB, a Swiss-Swedish engineering company. By training she is an economist and business school graduate from Bogazici University and New York University.

She owns and manages hotel and residential property under

She is serving in the Boards of various companies and all together she has accumulated almost 100 years of Board membership experience. She makes speeches and writes articles on the topics of leadership and organizational improvements, management, future of work and corporate governance as was well as gender.

Dr. Turktan has been invited to be a member of the Advisory Council for Gender and Development for the World Bank Group in 2016. 

In September 2018, Dr. Gülden Turktan received the “Public Recognition Award of the Second Eurasian Women Forum of 2018” in St. Petersburg, Russia.

She has been recently elected to be the President of the Board of International Women Forum in Turkey.