Hanzade V. DOĞAN BOYNER - President of the Foundation
Founder of Turkey’s biggest e-commerce company hepsiburada.com, Hanzade Doğan Boyner is one of the most important personalities in the field of e-commerce in Turkey.
Ms. Boyner is currently the Honorary President of Doğan Gazetecilik, Chairwoman of Doğan Online and Aydın Doğan Foundation, and Vice Chairwoman of Doğan Burda and Doğan Holding.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in economics from London School of Economics, she worked as a financial analyst for the Communication, Media and Technology Group of Goldman Sachs International in London. After receiving her Master’s degree from Columbia University, she returned to Turkey same year and established Doğan Online, the biggest internet holding of Turkey. In 2003, she became the CEO of Doğan Gazetecilik, which includes also the “Posta” - newspaper with the highest circulation in Turkey - in its portfolio. In 2006, she played an active role in the partnership agreement signed between Doğan Holding and OMV (pioneering petroleum and gas company of Central Europe) in order to establish a strategic partnership on Petrol Ofisi in the field of refinery, oil exploration and production, and afterwards served as the Chairwoman of Petrol Ofisi.
She plays active role in the civil society as the founding member and Vice Chairwoman of Global Relations Forum and Vice President of World Association of Newspapers as well as member of the Brookings Institute Board of Trustees, Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, European Council on Foreign Relations, Turkish Industry and Business Association, Young Presidents’ Organization and Association of Woman Entrepreneurs. Ms. Boyner, has been chosen several time as the “Business Woman of the Year” by the leading universities of Turkey such as Bosphorus University, Istanbul Technical University and Yıldız Technical University.
A philanthropist, Ms. Doğan Boyner established and still enthusiastically leads the “Dad, Send Me to School” movement that aims to remove economic and cultural barriers in young female education in Turkey. The campaign has already granted 10,500 scholarships and built 33 girls’ dormitories across Turkey.