Yenibirlider, in Turkish literally means ‘A New Leader.’ We are a non-profit, non-governmental organization geared towards crafting the next-generation of Leaders in Turkey. Our approach is structured towards identifying the most talented of individuals at an early stage, linking them with leading companies, organizations, and experts operating in a variety of business, Non-Profit or governmental spheres in order to support future leaders’ personal and career developments; expand their professional networks and allow them to build their skills and experiences in an accelerated form. Ultimately Yenibirlider exists to lend way to the emergence of the talented individuals as pioneers in their respective fields of interest.

Founded on July 9, 2012 with the objective of laying the foundations of a sustainable leadership ecosystem in Turkey and supporting the potential future community of leaders, Yenibirlider Association is built upon the efforts of its devoted and dynamic professional team, its members consisting of the next-generation of Turkish leaders and experienced advisory board members who has long been rendering outstanding services to community at large.

We aim to continuously piece together talented and motivated young Turkish individuals with tailored growth opportunities in order to foster their emergence as pioneering individuals in their specific fields of interest. In short we aim to support the crafting of the next generation of leaders in Turkey.

Issues surrounding the definition leadership been debated extensively in academic discussion. We believe that there is no singular universal definition of leadership as to define, in itself means to confine and limit. And a leader should not, by definition, pose any rigid limits or not be confined into any rigid categories. Our vision is one to see today’s talented youth become distinctive and leading individuals by reaching out their full potentials in their desired fields of interests, without preconceived limits or externally imposed direction or confinement. We aspire to lead the emergence of next-generation of business, NGO, and governmental leaders in Turkey.


Cem Garih


Kerem Kamışlı


Tanya Hazal Kaysoydu

Chairman of Board

Aslıhan Dazkır

Project Manager

Ozan Anılan

Project Manager


Agah Uğur Borusan Holding General Manager
Ahmet Nazif Zorlu Zorlu Holding Chairman of the Board
Ali Sabancı Esas Holding Board Member
Bülent Eczacıbaşı Eczacıbaşı Holding Chairman of the Board
Deniz Ataç The TEMA Foundation Chairman of the Board
Emre Çamlıbel Soyak Holding General Manager
Emre Kurttepeli Mynet Group Chairman of the Board
Ergun Özen Garanti Bank General Manager
Erhan Erkut MEF University Vice-Rector
Ferit Şahenk Doğuş Holding Chairman of the Board
Ferruh Tunç KPMG Turkey President
Gülay Barbarosoğlu Boğaziçi University Rector
Güler Sabancı Sabancı Holding Chairman of the Board
Güliz Öztürk Pegasus Airlines SVP Sales and Marketing
Hüsnü Özyeğin Fiba Holding Chairman of the Board
Korhan Kurdoğlu Ata Holding Chairman of the Board
Mehmet Ali Aydınlar Acıbadem Health Group Chairman of the Board
Mehmet Göçmen Sabancı Holding Energy Group President
Mehmet Nane Pegasus Airlines General Manager
Mert Başar Türk Telekom Group Chief Marketing Officer
Murat Özyeğin Fiba Holding Board Member
Mustafa Koç Koç Holding Chairman Of the Board
Nezih Barut Abdi İbrahim Chairman Of the Board
Ozan Özkural Tanto Capital Partners ‎Managing Partner
Özgür Bolat Hürriyet Journalist & Writer
Sani Şener TAV Group Board Member
Serpil Timuray Vodafone Chief Executive of AMAP
Şevket Sabancı Esas Holding Chairman of the Board
Sinan Tara Enka Chairman of the Board
Ümit Boyner Boyner Holding Board Member
Yahya Üzdiyen Doğan Holding General Manager