Emine Erdem, born in Istanbul in 1959, studied law and specialized on the organizational structures of multinationals. Also a Chamber Counselor of Turkish Airlines since 1990, she is a member of the Board of Directors and consultant lawyer of Erdem Holding. She is a Board Member of both Soroptimist International of Europe, where she also works as the Assistant Programme Director, and Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey. A founding member of Etiler Soroptimist Club, she served as the President of Soroptimist International of Turkey between 2008 and 2010 and the Union Governor between 2010 and 2012.
She has been invited as a spokesperson to various international events on gender equality including World Water Forum, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Equality Commission Istanbul Meeting, International Federation of University Women Conference and UN Global Compact Network Turkey local meetings. She is married with two children and speaks French and English.