"The Role of Women in Sustainable Economy" Summit

TÜRKONFED "The Role of Women in Sustainable Economy" Summit that took place in Istanbul on September 14th 2016 brought together leading business people and opinion leaders to discuss women's issues in Turkish and global economy.

TÜRKONFED President Tarkan Kadooğlu, in his opening speech, stressed that TÜRKONFED is not only the largest SME representation body in Turkey, but also the largest organised women's organisation with its 31 member women's associations working on women empowerment.

TÜRKONFED Women in Business Commission Chair Prof. Dr. Yasemin Açık stated that they've declared 2017 to be the "Year of Women", adding that TÜRKONFED will focus more intensely on women's issues and activities. 

Photos of the event


Please find below the distinguished list of speakers:

Opening Remarks

Prof. Dr. Yasemin Açık, Vice-President of TURKONFED

Tarkan Kadooğlu, President of TURKONFED

Fatma Şahin, Mayor of Gaziantep, Former Minister of Family and Social Policies


Panel “Driving Gender Equality Through Private Sector Engagement”

Chaired by           

Nur Ger, UN WEPs, Business Advocate


Prof. Dr. Nilüfer Çağatay, UN Women Economic Policy Advisor

Liel Even Zohar, Executive Director of WePower Israel

Lalla Oumnia Sbai El Hassani, General Director of Proditel and Distritel


Panel “Female Entrepreneurship: Being part of the Ecosystem”

Chaired by           

Demet Özdemir, EY EMEIA Growth Markets Leader and Entrepreneurial Winning Women EMEIA Leader


Gamze Cizreli, Founding Partner & CEO of Big Chefs and Turkey President of Entrepreneurs' Organization

Leyla Alaton, Board Member of Alarko Holding and President of Alvimedica

Sanem Oktar, President of KAGİDER, Founder and Managing Partner of directComm Marketing Group and Limonsocial, Serial Entrepreneur

Sina Afra, Chairman of Entrepreneurship Foundation, Board Member of Endeavor Turkey, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO & Founder of Evtiko, Serial Entrepreneur


Panel “Why Empower Women?”

Chaired by           

Ahu Özyurt, CNN Türk Editor and Anchor


Zeynep Bodur Okyay, Kale Group Chairperson and CEO, President of Steering Committee of the C20

Sedat Şükrü Ünlütürk, TÜSİAD Vice-President

Hülya Gedik, Gedik Holding Chairwoman

Ganire Paşayeva, Member of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan