Leyla Alaton

Leyla Alaton

TURKEY

Board Member of the Alarko Group of Companies and Alvimedica Medical Technologies.

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Leyla Alaton is currently a board member of Alarko Holding, one of Turkey's largest conglomerates in construction, contracting, energy, tourism and food businesses. Since 2012 Leyla has also become a board member of Alvimedica Medical Technologies, a company devoted to developing minimally-invasive medical technologies for medical professionals looking for the next level of innovation in the operating room.

Among her past activities, she founded a public relations consultancy company Megatrend which gave consultancy to major multinationals like Aerospatiale, Alcatel and many more. She has also been honored with the "Légion d'Honneur" by the French Government, for contribution to the Turco - French cultural and social relations.

She has constantly been committed to fostering social entrepreneurship. She is currently a member of the Global Relations Forum and the World Presidents' Organization. Additionally, she is a founding member of Kagider, the Turkish Association of Women entrepreneurs, of  the Young Businessmen Association and of Make a Wish - Turkey, she also used to play an active part in the Young Presidents Association. She is a popular speaker on women rights issues and on the role of women in modern Turkey.

Being an avid contemporary art collector Leyla is a Leadership Council Member of the New Museum , N.Y. She also serves as an Advisory Board member at the " Istanbul Art International Fair" and "Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair".

The single mother of two boys holds a MA in Social Studies from New York University and currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey.