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