TÜSİAD Elects 2015-2016 Board of Directors

The 45th General Assembly of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) convened in Istanbul on January 22, 2015 and elected a new Board of Directors.

Cansen Başaran-Symes was elected President of the Board of Directors of TÜSİAD. Sedat Şükrü Ünlütürk and Ali Y. Koç were elected Vice Presidents and Murat Özyeğin was elected Treasurer.

Tuncay Özilhan has been elected President of the High Advisory Council of TÜSİAD.

The members of the High Advisory Council, Board of Directors, Auditing Board, and Discipline Committee are as follows:


Cansen Başaran–Symes (President)
Sedat Şükrü Ünlütürk (Vice President)
Ali Y. Koç (Vice President)
Murat Özyeğin (Member – Treasurer)
İsmail Hasan Akçakayalıoğlu (Member)
Metin Akman (Member)
Bahadır Balkır (Member)
Memduh Boydak (Member)
Esin Güral Argat (Member)
Simone Kaslowski (Member)
Mehmet Nurettin Pekarun (Member)
Agah Mehmet Tara (Member)
Zafer A. Yavan (Member – Secretary General)


Tuncay Özilhan (President)
Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ (Vice President)
Ümit Nazlı Boyner (Vice President)
Ömer Aras (Vice President)
Ahmet Agah Uğur (Vice President)
Yavuz Canevi (Secretary)
Zekeriya Yıldırım (Secretary)


Şefika Pekin
Mustafa Sayınataç
Mehmet Gün


Mehmet Şuhubi
Cem Duna
Feyhan Yaşar

Biography of Cansen Basaran-Symes
President of the Board of Directors of TUSIAD

Cansen Basaran-Symes is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Allianz Insurance and Allianz Life and Pension in Turkey.

Previously Basaran-Symes was Territory Senior Partner of PwC Turkey (1998-2013). Having joined PwC in 1981 she became partner in 1990. She has assumed various leadership roles and has served in offices in Copenhagen, London and Istanbul. She was Member of the Board of PwC Central and Eastern Europe and PwC Eurofirm.

Prior to being elected President of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) Basaran-Symes served on the Board of Directors as Vice President, Treasurer and Chair of the Company Affairs Committee. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Endeavour Turkey.

In 2000, she was recognized among “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum and was awarded the distinction of “Most Successful Businesswoman of the Year” by Dünya Newspaper. In 2006 on March 8, International Women’s Day, the International Lions Club recognized her as one of the most successful businesswomen in modern Turkey. In 2014, she received the honor award at the EDUPlus Management Summit.

Cansen Basaran-Symes is a graduate of the Faculty of Business Administration, Istanbul University.