Özyol, Arzu

Vice President of International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW), Turkey

Arzu Özyol graduated from Middle East Technical University in 1983 and received her MBA degree from İstanbul Bilgi University in 2002. In May 2013, she completed her PHD study on Bioethic Environmental Politics. From 1983 to 2002, Özyol worked in construction companies as an Environmental Engineer. She has established her own company HYDRA Project and Consulting Company in 2003, which specializes in developing and managing projects for EU-funds, providing training programs and technical, administrative services for public and private institutions.

She is working actively for BPW since 2006. She founded the first BPW Club in Ankara-Turkey with twenty members. Since the launch of the "Women's Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business" program, BPW-Turkey has completed four EU-funded projects and realised four high-level international events under her coordination. She was the UN Representative of BPW International in the past 2 years. She also represented BPW International in the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors, B-MENA initiative (Broader Initiative for Civil Society in North Africa and Middle East) of the USA Department of Government that was started by the ex-Minister of the U.S Department of State, Hillary Clinton. Additionally, Arzu Özyol is a member of the board of UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in Balkan Countries and coordinator of South Eastern Europe Leadership Center for Women in Business. In August 2014, she established the UNESCO Center for Global Ethics and Sustainable Development in İstanbul.