Guler Sabancı

Chairman Sabancı Holdings

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Güler Sabancı, recently ranked by the Financial times as one of the World’s top 50 women in business said: “The world is changing.  The communications revolution and the innovations it inspires have wide-ranging effects on the way we conduct business. Youth of today is key for effectively understanding and seeking the opportunities in this new world. By supporting ambitions and dreams, by standing up with them to realise their aspirations, “One Young World” provides a great service not just for young people, but the world as a whole.” Sabancı Holding is the parent company of the Sabancı Group, Turkey’s leading industrial and financial conglomerate.  A graduate of Bogazici University, Faculty of Business Administration, Guler Sabancı started her career at LASSA, Sabancı group’s tire production company, in 1978.  In 1985, she was appointed General Manager of KORDSA, the group’s tire cord production company.  In 1997, she assumed the office of President of Sabancı Holding’s Tire and Tire Reinforcement Materials Group.  Guler Sabancı was elected to her current post in May 2004.  Güler Sabancı is the Founding President of Sabanci University and has been presiding over the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University since its establishment in 1996.  She also acts as Chairman of Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Güler Sabancı is the President of the Board of Trustees of Hacı Omer Sabancı Foundation, charitable contributions of which have amounted to over USD 1.5 billion 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 European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). She sits on the board of the International Crisis Group and the Atlantic Council and is also a member of the International Business Council of WEF. In 2010, Güler Sabancı was named 3rd on the Financial Times’ list of the Top 50 Women in World Business. Güler Sabancı is recipient of numerous awards, including, among others, the Spanish Order of Civil Merit and France’s Legion d’Honneur.

Guler Sabanci was a Counsellor at One Young World Summits: 2011 in Zurich.