Women in Clean Energy Symposium
Clean Energy Challenges of the Future and the Role of Women
Ms. Güler Sabancı is Chairman and Managing Director of Sabancı Holding, the parent company of the Sabancı Group, Turkey’s leading industrial and financial conglomerate.
A graduate of Bogazici University, Faculty of Business Administration, Güler Sabancı started her career at LASSA, Sabancı Group’s tire manufacturing company, in 1978. Then she was the General Manager of KORDSA Kordbezi Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. for 14 years. During that period, the 50/50 international partnership agreements signed by Sabanci Holding were implemented under the leadership of Guler Sabanci. Guler Sabanci has also participated in the foundation and operation activities of many foreign-partner industrial companies at home and abroad. Guler Sabanci, who lastly assumed the office of the Head of the Tyres and Reinforcing Materials Group of Sabanci Holding, was elected as the Chairman and Managing Director of Sabanci Holding in May 2004.
Güler Sabancı holds many offices. She has been the Founding President of Sabancı University and has been presiding over the Board of Trustees since its establishment in 1996. She also acts as Chairman of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum. She is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, which is the leading and most reputable private foundation supporting the social development of Turkey through various programs since it was founded in 1974.
Güler Sabancı is the first female member of TUSIAD, Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association, as well as the first and only female member of European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). Güler Sabanci also sits on the Siemens AG Supervisory Board, United Nations Global Compact Board, International Business Council of WEF and the External Advisory Board of MIT Energy Initiative.
Güler Sabancı is the recipient of top level state decorations from numerous European countries, and has been recognized by a variety of organizations for her philanthropic deeds.
In 2011, she was named 2nd on the Financial Times’ list of the Top 50 Women in World Business and received the “Clinton Global Citizen Award” by the Clinton Global Initiative founded by former US President Bill Clinton, in recognition of her contribution to women and girls human rights and to the social, cultural and economic development of Turkey.