AmCham Team

Executive Director
Aslı Özelli
Executive Director

Aslı Özelli joined AmCham Turkey/ABFT in July 2018 as the new 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.

asli.ozelli(at)amchamturkey.com

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

 

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 

Zeynep Oğraş
Zeynep Oğraş
Member Relations Coordinator

Zeynep Oğraş joined AmCham Turkey/ABFT in September 2018 as Member Relations Coordinator. Previously she worked as a junior business adviser for the British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey (BCCT) for 2 years and took part in several delegations and projects within the association. Zeynep worked in the communication, project management, event management, operations and member relations areas. After studying a semester in Germany during 2017, Zeynep graduated from Beykent University International Trade Department.

zeynep.ogras(at)amchamturkey.com