Turkish businesswoman appointed to UN’s highest-level advisory body

April 20, 2012, Friday/ 16:06:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Turkish businesswoman Guler Sabanci has been appointed to the UN's highest-level advisory body by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ban appointed 14 new members to the Global Compact Board, the UN's highest-level advisory body involving business, civil society, labor and employers organizations, a statement by UN Global Compact said.

Sabanci Holding executive board chairperson Sabanci is among these new members.

"The new appointments bring the total number of Board members to 31, representing all regions of the world and a wide range of industry sectors. The increase in the number members reflects the Board's expanded mandate to advise the Secretary-General on the rapidly evolving UN-business partnership agenda. As the UN's central interface to the private sector, the Global Compact is currently leading a system-wide effort to build a portfolio of professional partnership services that will include matching, monitoring and evaluation, as well as acceleration of effective partnerships to reach further scale," states the news release.

“Recommendations for new appointments are made by the Board's Nominations Committee, taking into account suggestions from the Global Compact's local networks and other stakeholders. Board members serve in their personal capacity."

Sabanci, who was born in 1955, is a third-generation member of the renowned Sabanci family and currently the chairperson of the family-controlled Sabanci Holding, the second-biggest industrial and financial conglomerate in Turkey.

In 2010 she was listed third in the Financial Times' 2010 Women at the Top ranking of 50 prominent businesswomen around the world. In 2011, Sabanci received a Clinton Global Citizen Award.

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