Within the second Meet the Leader session of the term 2016/2017, Istanbul Shapers had the honour to meet Mrs. Cansen Başaran Symes, President of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSIAD) and Chairwoman of Allianz Group Turkey. As an inspiring, distinguished, intellectual business leader with extensive international experience and remarkable vision for social impact, in 2000, she was recognized as “Global Leader for Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum and was awarded the distinction of “Most Successful Businesswoman of the Year” by Dünya Newspaper. In 2006 on March 8, International Women’s Day, the International Lions Club recognized her as one of the most successful businesswomen in Turkey.
TÜSİAD as a voluntary business organization of leading entrepreneurs and executives of the business community has a significant representative capacity of the economic activity in Turkey in many spheres such as production, value added, formal employment and foreign trade. During the session, Istanbul Shapers shared their projects mainly on the topics of Women Empowerment, 4th Industry Revolution and Friends of Shapers Committee by expressing their enthusiasm to collaborate with TÜSIAD in several areas. By taking into focus that TÜSIAD has initiated a Youth Platform in order to take cooperation one step further with young people and ensure their active participation in every decision making process concerning the future of Turkey, it caused a great excitement for Istanbul Hub to contribute to their projects.
Istanbul Shapers have been truly impressed by Mrs. Başaran-Symes’ broad vision and open-minded personality and felt honored to invite her to the Friends of Shapers committee enabling to exchange creative ideas and share valuable perspectives. The session has been concluded after determining the next steps in this impactful collaboration.