Executive Board

  • Şükrü Ünlütürk
    Şükrü Ünlütürk
    President
  • Ümit Nazlı Boyner
    Ümit Nazlı Boyner
  • Batu Aksoy
    Batu Aksoy
  • Öner Çelebi
    Öner Çelebi
  • Ozan Diren
    Ozan Diren
  • Emre Eczacıbaşı
    Emre Eczacıbaşı
  • Sahba Sobhani
    Sahba Sobhani
  • Claudio Tomasi
    Claudio Tomasi
  • Agi Veres
    Agi Veres

Coordination Team

  • Arda Batu
    Arda Batu
    TÜRKONFED
  • Melda Çele
    Melda Çele
    TÜSİAD
  • Hansın Doğan
    Hansın Doğan
    UNDP
  • Simay Kardeş
    Simay Kardeş
    Associate Director, Business for Goals
  • Merve Birdal
    Merve Birdal
    Platform Assistant, Business for Goals
Şükrü Ünlütürk
President

He was born in Isparta Eğirdir in 1956. After completing his secondary education at Buca High School in Izmir, he graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of Mining Engineering in 1979.

He started his working life as a labour inspector within the Ministry of labour and continued his work until 1982, and then worked in various private sector organizations in the fields of mining, textile and apparel. In 1987, He founded Sun Tekstil A.Ş. with his wife Günseli Ünlütürk and his brother Sabri Ünlütürk. He currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of Ekoten A.Ş that is one of The Sun Group companies.

Between 1995 and 1998 he served as Chairman of the Board of Aegean Exporters’ Association (EİB) Apparel and Apparel Exporters’ Association and Chairman of the Board of Presidents of the Aegean Exporters’ Union. He has been the founding member of the foundations and associations such as Textile Research and Development Foundation (TARGEV), Family Business Association (TAIDER), Our City Association, which was founded by Historical Kemeraltı Construction Investment Trade A.Ş. (TARKEM), Neighborhood Disaster Volunteers Foundation (MAG), and Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association (TURMEPA).He is also a member of the “Better Judgment “and Greenpeace Association.

Ünlütürk served as a member of the board of directors and vice-chairman of business organizations such as Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSIAD), Turkish Confederation of Enterprise and Business (TÜRKONFED) and The Federation of Industrial Associations (SEDEFED), and the DEIK Foreign Economic Relations Board.  He is currently a member of TÜRKONFED and KALDER advisory board and as chairman of EGIAD Advisory Board. He is married and has two children.

Ümit Nazlı Boyner

Ümit Boyner holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Rochester (USA) and has also completed the Financial Management Program of Columbia University Graduate School of Business (USA). She began her career in credit analysis in banking, before moving to financial management. In 1994, she joined Boyner Holding A.S (“Boyner Holding”) as Vice-President in charge of finance and has served as Executive Board member since 2002.

Ms. Boyner chaired the Board of Directors of the TÜSIAD (Turkish Business and Industry Association) from 2010 to 2013, having led its EU Affairs Committee since 2005. In 2013, she was appointed as International Advisory Board member of UniCredit SpA.

Current offices: – Member of the Board of Directors of Boyner Holding. – Member of the Board of Directors of BYN Gayrimenkul Gelistirme A.S. – Member of the Board of Directors of Beymen Magazacilik A.S. – Member of the Board of Directors of Boyner Buyuk Magazacilik A.S. – Member of the Board of Directors of Altinyildiz Tekstil ve Konfeksiyon A.S. – Member of the Board of Directors of Anka Magazacilik A.S. – Member of the Board of Directors of Beymen Ic ve Dis Ticaret A.S. – Member of the Board of Directors of Boyner Perakende ve Tekstil Yatirimlari A.S. – Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee of L’Institut du Bosphore – Member of the International Advisory Board of CHUBB. Other legal entities: – Member of President Council of TUSIAD (Turkish Business and Industry Association), Turkey – Member of the Advisory Board (Turkey Program) of TUSIAD-Brookings Institute – Member of the Advisory Board of Carnegie Endowment for Peace, Middle East Institute until 2013. – Member of the Executive Board of YKM Giyim ve Ihtiyac Maddeleri Tic. San. A.S, Turkey until 2015. – Member of the Scientific Committee of L’Institut du Bosphore, France until 2015.

Furthermore, she is a founding member of Women Entrepreneurs Association (KAGİDER) and in the board of Turkish Underwater Archeology Foundation, Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation and Tohum Autism Foundation.

She was born in 1963 in Istanbul and married to Cem Boyner and has two children.

Batu Aksoy

Batu Aksoy is the CEO and Vice Chairman of Aksoy Holding as well as Turcas Petrol and its controlled subsidiaries. He is also an Executive Board Member at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel, Aksoy Real Estate Investment Companies, Aksoy International Trading, Vice Chairman of the RWE & Turcas Power JV Company, and a Board Member of the Shell & Turcas Petrol JV Company.

Batu Aksoy is the Honorary Consul of Chile in Istanbul, a Board Member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) and Leader of its Regional Development Roundtable, a Board Member of TURKONFED (Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation), a Board Member of the Turkish-US Business Council (TAIK) and Turkish-Chile Business Council of DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey), a Member of ETD (Energy Traders Association) which he chaired during 2013-14, a Member of PETFORM (Petroleum Platform Association) which he chaired during 2006-08 and a Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School since 2014.

Batu Aksoy was born in 1977 and is married with a son and daughter. He is a fluent speaker of English and has graduated from The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty in 1998.

Öner Çelebi

Öner Celebi was born in Zile. He completed his high school education in Zile and later graduated from ITU and received a business administration diploma degree from Anadolu University.

Now, he is the president of the board and CEO of the Omega Group Companies. In this group, there are three companies:

Omega Engineering, providing electrical turnkey projects;
Omega Pano, manufacturing electrical panels;
Proasist, providing electrical, mechanical, technical maintenance and repair services across Turkey.

He was selected as an Endeavor entrepreneur at Sofia International Selection Panel in 2017.

He is a member of TUSIAD, TURKONFED, ETMD, TEDAR, ENDEAVOR, EMO, and ITU-MD.

He contributes as a mentor in some projects such as BORGIP, ISIMI YONETEBILIYORUM, and ITU-MD.

He is married and has one son.

Ozan Diren

Ozan Diren leads Turkey’s first local-capital fruit juice and a one of Turkey’s leading beverage brands, DİMES.

Diren started working for DİMES in university years, taking responsibilities at every level and in every corporate department. Meanwhile he pursued his academic training, graduating from İTÜ as an Industrial Engineer, prior to receiving a post graduate Marketing diploma from the University of Hartford. Later, he completed Finance advanced specialization program at İstanbul University’s Institute of Corporate Economics.

Parallel to the corporate vision and the development competitive environment, Ozan Diren spearheaded the formation of Nobel Pazarlama Ltd. within the DİMES group, and he has become the company’s first General Manager. In 2011, Diren is appointed as DİMES CEO

Apart from TÜRKONFED, Ozan Diren is a Board Member in MEYED and he is involved at ŞÜD, TGDF, TÜSİAD, ASÜD and SETBİR.

Ozan Diren is married and he has three children.

Emre Eczacıbaşı

Emre Eczacıbaşı completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University in 2006, and received a Business Administration Diploma degree from Colombia Business School. His career started at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a financial advisor. He was then appointed as Group President for Strategic Marketing and Finance at Eczacıbaşı Holding in 2008. During the period of 2011-2013, he realized microfinance and social entrepreneurship projects in the USA and in 2013-2014 he worked in the strategic marketing department of Yapı Products Group. In January 2015, Eczacıbaşı became the General Manager of the Construction Products Group’s culinary business area and launched İntema Yaşam company.

Sahba Sobhani

Sahba brings 19 years of experience in the private sector in Silicon Valley, Singapore and at UNDP as Programme Advisor, Team Leader and Programme Manager including as the technical lead for the recently endorsed UNDP private sector strategy. He has  significant partnership development and advocacy experience with the private sector working with over 100 companies and business organizations  and a track record of  operational leadership, innovation and management of 6 global UNDP-led strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives in the area of business and development  (the African Financial Markets Initiative, the  Commission on the Private Sector and Development, the Growing Inclusive Market Initiative, the Istanbul International Center on the Private Sector in Development and the Business Call to Action Alliance and the Connecting Business Initiative). He has also  been the principal author and content manager of 6  major UNDP-led reports in the area of private sector in development including the 2003 African Stock Exchanges Handbook, 2004 Report of the Commission on the Private Sector and Development: Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business for the Poor, 2008 Global Growing Inclusive Markets Report: Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor, 2010 Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, MDG Report, 2017 Unchartered Waters: Blending Value and Values for Social Impact Through The SDGs.

He is a graduate of Yale University and the Fletcher School of Diplomacy (USA).

Claudio Tomasi

Claudio Tomasi is currently Resident Representative of UNDP in Turkey, where he held the post of Country Director for the period August 2016 to November 2018.

Before his current assignment, he served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Cuba (2012-2016), in Nicaragua (2008-12), and in the Dominican Republic (2003-2007). With UNDP, he also worked in Panama as Assistant Resident Representative (2002) and in India as Governance Programme Officer (2001).

Previous to his engagement with UNDP, Claudio Tomasi worked for the European Union and as a United Nation Volunteer (UNV) in India where he started his international career. Mr. Tomasi has collaborated with several NGOs, development research institutes, local based organisations and cooperatives.

Claudio Tomasi has 20 years of experience in development work in three continents in a variety of capacities, mainly in management, partnership building, policy advise, programme design, project implementation, advocacy and research.

Claudio Tomasi is a sociologist of Italian nationality. He graduated in Sociology and Social Planning at the University of Sociology in Trento (Italy) and holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London (UK). He was also a visiting graduate student at the Department of Political Sciences at CUNY, City University of New York (USA).

Agi Veres

Ms. Veres is the UNDP Deputy Regional Director for the Europe and CIS region since 2019. Since 2002 when she joined UNDP, she has served in various capacities at headquarters, regional and country levels. Previous to her current post, she served in management positions as Resident Representative and Country Director of UNDP in China (2015-2019), Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Lesotho (2011-2015), Deputy Chief and Senior Programme Coordinator in the Bratislava Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS (2006-2011). Prior to her field experience, she started with UNDP at its Headquarters in New York, where she held positions as UNDP Corporate Reporting and Business Analysis Team Lead (2005-2006), and ICT Communications Officer (2002-2005). She joined UNDP from her private sector career as a management consultant for Accenture, focusing on organizational effectiveness and change management in Hungary and New York (1997 to 2002).

Arda Batu
TÜRKONFED

Arda Batu completed his high school education at The Browning High School, he then studied Political Science and International Relations at Bosphorus University. He completed his internship at the European Parliament and attained his MA degree from Marmara University European Studies Institute.

Arda Batu’s career began in 2004 at Yeditepe University’s Political Science & International Relations Department where he served as a research assistant. He transitioned to the corporate sector when he joined HB Consultancy Group in 2007 whilst continuing his affiliation with the university as a research assistant and lecturer. His keen interests in government relations and strategic communications led him to Istanbul-based regional corporate communications firm, StratejiCo. He joined Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation on June 2014 where he manages, promotes and advances the Confederation’s strategic interests.

Arda Batu serves as an independent board member at Federal Mogul Izmit Piston, on the executive board of Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), advisory board of Co-opinoin, and the editorial board of Turkish Policy Quarterly.

Melda Çele
TÜSİAD

Melda Çele is the Deputy Secretary General of TÜSİAD responsible for sustainable development, investment environment, entrepreneurship and youth. At the same time she is the Secretary General of Global Compact Türkiye, the Local Network of UN Global Compact  –  a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN Goals.

Melda Çele is a graduate of Robert College. She continued her education in sociology at Koç University. He holds a Master’s degree in European Integration from the University of Essex.

Hansın Doğan
UNDP

Hansın Dogan is specialized in advancing the role of the private sector in development. He advocates for inclusive and responsible business policies and developed over 50 public-private partnerships in achievement of social and environmental challenges and SDGs. He’s been a leader and a key contributor in enabling and managing several private sector platforms and policy centers for development, including Global Compact Turkey Network, UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development, Business Call to Action, Connecting Business initiative Turkey, Business for Goals Platform, csrblog.com. Before joining the UNDP, he has been an academic at Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, and provided consultancy services to Turkish Prime Ministry, Under-secretariat of Treasury, Turkey and Middle-East Public Administration Institute, Fulbright Commission, Turkish Coal Mining Institute, GTZ and the US Embassy in Ankara. He holds a BA on Management from Ankara University/Turkey and an MA on European Studies from Exeter University/UK.

Simay Kardeş
Associate Director, Business for Goals

Working actively for several volunteering and civil society activities since 2005, Ms. Kardeş completed her academical education in the fields of business administration, non-governmental organizations management and international relations. Before joining UNDP, she engaged in professional work in the areas of international lobbying, volunteering, development, labour management, international exchange programme in several agencies such as UNV, Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV), General Secretariat of EXPO 2020 Izmir, and World Learning.

Merve Birdal
Platform Assistant, Business for Goals

Merve Birdal works as a platform assistant at the Business for Goals Platform. She completed her bachelors degree in political science at Galatasaray University and Sciences Po Rennes. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and is interested in sustainability, technology and innovation policies. Before joining the Business for Goals Platform, she worked as an intern at TEPAV (The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey), as well as at UNDP.

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