AmCham Team

Executive Director
Aslı Özelli
Executive Director

Aslı Özelli joined AmCham Turkey/ABFT in July 2018 as Executive Director. Before joining AmCham, Aslı was the Deputy Secretary General at DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board).

Within DEIK, Aslı was responsible for multi-unit projects including capacity building activities, strategy management (2015-2019) using balanced score card method, industry-university collaboration, joint projects with stakeholders.

During her career at DEIK for 18 years, Aslı was in charge of 27 different countries (United States, Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela) Business Councils and Sectoral Business Councils (Health Tourism Business Council, Higher Education Business Council (studyinTurkey), Energy Business Council, Logistics Business Council and International Consultancy Business Council.)

After graduation, she worked as an advisor for the then NATO Parliamentarian Committee Turkish Chapter Chair and worked for Ericsson Marketing department in Ankara, respectively. During her university years, Aslı had internships as a legal officer at UNCHR Ankara and as a journalist at Deutche Presse Agentur (DPA) in Ankara.

Aslı earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ)International Relations. She graduted from Izmir Ozel Turk High School and was selected among few for the first American Intercultural Student Exchange (AISE) Scholarship program where she had her Junior High Year in Seattle, WA. She is married with 2 kids.


Communications Director
Pınar Işlak
Communications Director

Pınar Işlak is the Communications Director of AmCham Turkey/ABFT (American Business Forum in Turkey) since March 2016. Previously, she served as Public Affairs Executive (AVP) at Citibank between 2006-2014, responsible for Media Relations, Reputation and Crisis Management, Internal Communications, Event Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. During the year 2015, she has worked as a Communications Associate at AmCham UK, based in London. Pinar gained 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. 



Finance & Administration Director
Didem Okutulmus
Finance & Administration Director

Didem Okutulmus is the Finance & Administration Director of AmCham Turkey/ABFT (American Business Forum in Turkey) since February 2017. 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. 


Government Affairs Manager
Ebru Kunt Akın
Government Affairs Manager

Ebru Kunt Akın joined AmCham Turkey as Government Affairs Manager starting from February 1, 2021. Prior to AmCham, she was the Senior Public & Corporate Relations Program Manager at German-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Turkey) between 2018-2021. During this role, she coordinated different sectoral working groups, consolidating member opinions into position papers and communicating them with the related public sector leaders. She also organized Turkey-Germany Economy Meetings four times a year with the participation of high-level public sector representatives from both countries.

Prior to AHK Turkey, she carried out different academic roles. Between 2006-2008, besides her full scholarship for master’s degree, she established and led the Black Sea and Caucasus Research Center at Bahçeşehir University. Between 2008-2009, she was a teaching assistant at Sabancı University with full scholarship for her doctorate study. Between 2009-2014, she was a teaching assistant as well as doctorate student with full scholarship at Istanbul Bilgi University. Before academic roles, she was the Business Council Coordinator for Eurasia region at DEIK between 1998-2006. As a graduate of Marmara University and Istanbul Erkek High School, she was an AFS exchange student at St.Louis Missouri. Married with a daughter, Ebru speaks both English and German.


Üyelik İlişkileri Koordinatörü
Büşra Külahcı
Membership Relations Coordinator

Büşra Külahcı joined AmCham Turkey as Membership Relations Coordinator starting from April 1, 2021. Prior to AmCham, she was working as a QC Specialist on translation, subtitle and dubbing projects for productions broadcasted at Netflix and Amazon Prime for 2 years at VSI Group. She has experience at social media management, working as an intern at isobar, the global digital experience agency. She also worked at the organization of various cultural festivals as a project assistant at Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). Büşra was an Erasmus Student at University of Szeged, Hungary in 2017 and earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Boğaziçi University.