Güler Sabancı was born in 1955. She is a third-generation female member of the renowned Sabancı family, and currently the Chairwoman and Managing Director of Sabancı Holding, one of the leading and most reputable business groups in Turkey. She started her career at the tire manufacturing company of the group and held various roles at the other group companies. Sabancı is the Founding Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University and also acts as Chairwoman of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, the leading private foundation in Turkey.
Güler Sabancı is the first female member of TUSİAD, Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association and European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) since 2007. Güler Sabancı also sits on the Executive Committee of International Business Council of WEF, Siemens AG Supervisory Board, United Nations Global Compact Board, and the External Advisory Board of MIT Energy Initiative.
As of 2014, she is listed as the 60th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. She is the first and only female member of European Round Table of Industrialists. In October 2013, she was named 2nd on Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (outside USA). She has received several awards for philanthropy and leadership including David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award., Clinton Global Citizen Award Raymond Georis Innovative Philanthropist Award and European School of Management Responsible Leadership Award. Güler Sabancı holds an honorary doctorate from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a global leader in industry-university partnership. In 2012, Sabancı was appointed a member of the board of United Nations Global Compact, the UN's highest-level advisory body involving business, civil society, labour and employers organizations.