AmCham Team

Executive Director
Hale Altan
Executive Director

Hale Altan, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (double major in Economics and Political Science) in the U.S., received her MA from Leiden University in European Union Law and Executive MBA from Koc University.

Prior to joining American Business Forum in Turkey, she held various responsibilities at Istanbul Chamber of Industry, Ministry of Transport, TUSIAD and JTI Turkey. Previously, she has worked as the Deputy Secretary General responsible for Micro Reforms at TUSIAD and Corporate Affairs Manager at JTI Turkey.

Her main areas of expertise are; developing strategies on economic and political realms of the manufacturing industry, establishing the formal positions of the organization, and government affairs. She has partaken in many reports/projects and participated in domestic and international conferences regarding her field of expertise.

Senior Communications Executive
Pinar Islak
Senior Communications Executive

Pinar Islak is the Senior Communications Executive of the American Business Forum in Turkey (AmCham Turkey/ABFT). Before joining ABFT, Pinar worked at Citibank Turkey as a Public Affairs Officer between 2006-2014, responsible for Media Relations, Reputation/Crisis Management, Event Management, Internal Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. During 2015, she worked as a Communications Associate at AmCham UK, based in London. Pinar has her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Bogazici University. She holds an MBA degree from Galatasaray University and an MA degree in International Marketing from Cardiff Met University. 

pinar.islak(at)amchamturkey.com

 

Membership Relations Coordinator
Tugce Duzen
Membership Relations Coordinator

Tugce Duzen is the Membership Relations Coordinator at American Business Forum in Turkey (ABFT/AmCham). Tugce earned her Bachelor’s degree on European Union Relations Department from Bahcesehir University. Before joining ABFT, she completed her internships at European Union Relations Information Center, Economic Development Foundation and ABFT/AmCham Turkey.  

tugce.duzen(at)amchamturkey.com

Office Manager
Didem Okutulmus
Office Manager

Didem Okutulmus is the Office Manager of the American Business Forum in Turkey (AmCham Turkey/ABFT). Before joining ABFT, Didem has worked at Demirbank, HSBC, Sekerbank as Commercial Banking Marketing Director for 17 years; responsible for preparing credit proposals for investing, international trading, business enterprise credits, pricing, risk following and portfolio management. Didem earned her Bachelor’s degree on Philosophy from Bogazici University. 

didem.okutulmus(at)amchamturkey.com 

Policy Manager
E. Rusen Inceoglu
Policy Manager

Ruşen İnceoğlu began his career as Management Trainee in Finance Department at Anadolu Group. Between 2005 and 2007, he served as Head of Country Communication Department in Istanbul for Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), between 2007-2009, Economist and Policy Officer at TUSIAD Paris Representation Office in Paris, France. Upon his return in Turkey, Ruşen İnceoğlu served as Chairman's Office Manager and Corporate Communication Executive in Sütaş Group, Sectoral Policies Coordinator and Researcher at International Investors Association (YASED) and Corporate Communications and Investment Policies Manager at Association of Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies (AİFD).

Ruşen İnceoğlu holds a BA degree in international Relations from Galatasaray University (2004). He received his masters degree from Paris-II Pantheon Assas University in international economics in 2008, and from Galatasaray University in international relations in 2009. Between 2008-2010, he continued his academic record at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris, as a researcher and PhD candidate in Development Economics. Ruşen İnceoğlu is fluent in French and English.