IWF Türkiye 10th Anniversary Festivities – Istanbul Program

Dear Sisters,

In the spirit of celebrating a century of progress and a decade of unity, we cordially invite you to our 10th anniversary festivities as part of the inspiring journey that is IWF Türkiye.

As we mark the centennial Turkish Republic, and a decade of the IWF Sisterhood in Türkiye, we stand together, paving the way for an even brighter future. We will celebrate “A Century of New Heights, a Decade of Sisterhood”.

We will enrich ourselves with the speeches and inspiring stories of women leaders who create value for economic and social development at the “A Century of New Heights” Conference. We will witness the power of our differences coming together. At our gala dinner, we will celebrate a decade of sisterhood in Türkiye, with the unifying power of music. Throughout three days, we will have numerous networking opportunities.

Your presence and power will make this celebration truly extraordinary. Join us in vibrant Istanbul from November 29th to December 1st, 2023, as we commemorate a remarkable journey of growth together.

We look forward to connecting and sharing this empowering experience with you.

With excitement and anticipation,

Dr. Ciğdem Ayözger Öngün President, IWF Türkiye

Welcome to Istanbul, sisters! Your arrival in Istanbul on November 29th, 2023, sets our stage for a journey across two continents.

Our event will kick-off in the vibrant European part of Istanbul, where our welcoming hotels also await.

You’re invited to discover comfort and luxury through our partnered hotels, offering special discount rates for IWF members.


All arrivals to Istanbul Airports.
There are two airports in Istanbul, spread across two continents.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) – Asia Istanbul Airport (IST) – Europe

You can find taxis at the airport for hotel transfers.
If you prefer a private vehicle pickup, you can organize it by sending a WhatsApp message to Mr. Erol at +90 532 769 4953 at least 2 days before your arrival.

You can seek accommodation with the following hotels, with special discount rates.


Welcome dinner at the Sunset Grill & Bar https://www.sunsetgrillbar.com/en-US

We will all gather for a warm welcome dinner at the Sunset Grill & Bar, a culinary spectacle facing the beautiful Istanbul sunset.
The attendance fee is xxx €.

Join us on November 30th, 2023, for an empowering day at the IWF Conference Meeting at QNB Tower, Levent. These engaging series
will last from 09:00 to 13:00, kickstarting a journey of powerful stories, connections, growth, and opportunities.

“A Century of New Heights, a Decade of Sisterhood” Conference


Registration and Networking


Master of Ceremony: Ahu Orakçıoğlu, News Anchor


Piano Recital by Benal Tanrısever Şimsek – Founding Director at
BT Music & Performing Art School
Music as a catalyst for creativity, personal growth, social justice, and healing


Opening Speeches
Av. Dr. Çiğdem Ayözger Öngün – President of IWF Türkiye, Founder at SRP Legal, Asst. Prof. of Technology Law
Prof. Dr. Funda Sivrikaya Şerifoğlu – Founding President of IWF Türkiye, TULIP Founding Coordinator, Social Entrepreneur, Academician
Carolyn Carter – President of IWF Global, Business Advisor 10:30-10:45
Award Ceremony


Panel I: “A Century of New Heights”
Recognizing Turkish women on the global stage, paving the way
for the next century
Moderator Speaker: Bekir Ağırdır, author and researcher
Prof. Dr. Aytül Erçil – Partner and co-CEO at Vispera, Academic and Tech Pioneer
Cansen Başaran-Symes – Chair of the board at Allianz Türkiye, former chair of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) Prof. Dr. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan – Academic, Uskudar University;
Senior Fellow at Centre of the Resolution of Intractable Conflict 1


Coffee Break and Networking

Panel II: “From Her Story to History”

Women achieving the extraordinary making history
Moderator: Ahu Orakçıoğlu, News Anchor
Arzu Kaprol – Human Innovation Designer / Lifestyle-Fashion-Technology Gamze Cizreli – Founder & Chairperson at BIGCHEFS
Pınar Ersoy – Chief Representative of the German-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Türkiye, Chief Representative
Officer at DZ Bank AG

Speaker of the Day

Dr. Hafize Gaye Erkan – Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Türkiye

Closing Remarks

Av.Dr. Çiğdem Ayözger Öngün – President, IWF Türkiye

Afterward, we will transfer to the Sabancı Museum at Istanbul’s Emirgan district, for a guided tour brimming with art and history.
This museum is one of Istanbul’s top hotspots for arts and culture scene, and its views are just as wonderful as the works of art decorating its halls.

A delightful lunch at the Sabancı Museum’s MSA Restaurant then awaits.

As the evening draws near, there will be more networking opportunities. Also, transfer to the Mandarin Hotel (or the hotel of your preference) will be arranged for your comfort and relaxation.

“A Century of New Heights, a Decade of Sisterhood” Gala

We will reconvene in the evening at the elegant Mandarin Hotel for
a magical gala dinner, celebrating IWF’s global sisterhood and achievements. The cocktail and dinner will take place between 19:30 and 23:30.



IWF Conference at QNB Tower, Levent


Transfer to Sabancı Museum, Emirgan


Lunch at the MSA Restaurant


Guided tour of the Sabancı Museum


Transfer to the Mandarin Hotel (or to your hotel of choice)


Networking (a private room will be reserved)


Free time


Cocktail and gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Join us in shaping a memorable occasion. An attendance
fee of xxx € is graciously requested to sponsor this empowering day.

Ahu Orakçıoğlu, a well-known news anchor, honed her skills at prestigious institutions like Reuters, BBC, International Press Institute, and IPI.

Following her university education, she qualified at the Turkish State Television (TRT) talent exams in 1998, marking the beginning of a decade-long, impactful journey as a TRT news anchor.

After her term in TRT, Ahu graced numerous channels with her expertise and radiant personality. Presently, works as a news anchor at Ekotürk TV, a local channel dedicated to Economy news.

Her unwavering commitment to journalism and wealth of experience embody her enduring passion for bringing stories to life, resonating with audiences far and wide.

Arzu Kaprol made a name for herself in the fashion world with the prestigious “Beymen Academia Avant-garde Designer” award she

received in 1995 from Beymen – Türkiye’s leading chain of luxury department stores.

In 1998, Kaparol unveiled her eponymous brand, captivating the fashion world. The launch of her first store in 2007 marked a significant milestone, and from 2008 to 2012, her collaboration with Beymen Group in

Türkiye bolstered her presence in the retail sector.

Venturing onto the international stage, Arzu Kaprol commenced showcasing her collections at Paris Fashion Week in 2011, solidifying her foothold in the global fashion scene. Embracing the fusion of fashion and technology, she pioneered ground-breaking events like Türkiye’s first holographic fashion show and digital couture displays.

In 2015, she made waves with the “Smart Jacket,” an innovative prototype of smart clothing, showcasing her penchant for pushing boundaries. Arzu Kaprol’s design philosophy views clothing as bodily architecture, resulting in timeless creations that blend modernity with unique design language and exquisite craftsmanship, offering a glimpse into the fashion culture of the future.

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