Suzan Sabancı Dinçer

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Suzan Sabancı Dinçer
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Born Suzan Sabancı
1965 (age 51–52)
Istanbul, Turkey
Residence Istanbul
Nationality Turkish
Education Finance and International marketing
Alma mater Richmond, The American International University in London, London, UK
Boston University, USA
Occupation Chairperson
Organization Akbank
Spouse(s) Haluk Dinçer
Children Haluk Akay Dinçer, Ceyda Dinçer
Parent(s) Erol Sabancı, Belkıs Sabancı
Relatives Çiğdem Sabancı Bilen

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, CBE (Turkish pronunciation: [suˌzan sabaːnˌdʒɯ dinˈtʃeɾ]; born 1965, Istanbul), a member of the Sabancı family in third generation, is a Turkish businesswoman. She is currently chairperson and executive board member of Akbank, as well as board member of Sabancı Holding.


Sabancı Dinçer was elected Akbank's chairman and executive board member on March 28, 2008. Prior to this position, she served on the board of directors of Akbank as managing director for eleven years. She has over 20 years of banking experience. Sabancı Dinçer was appointed as the division head of Akbank's Treasury Department in 1989 and was promoted to executive vice president in charge of Treasury in 1994. She was elected to the board of directors as the managing director responsible for Asset Liability Management and Correspondent Relations in 1997 and as the executive board member responsible for all matters of Akbank in 2000. On 27 March 2015, Sabancı Dinçer was elected a member of the board of directors of Sabancı Holding.[1]


Suzan Sabancı Dinçer holds a B.A. degree in Finance and International Marketing from Richmond, The American International University in London, UK and an MBA degree from Boston University, US.


Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer is a member of the Institute of International Finance Board of Directors and Emerging Markets Advisory Board, Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, Harvard Business School’s Global Leaders Circle, Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government’s Advisory Council and an emeritus member of the Harvard Business School’s Middle East and North Africa Advisory Board. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is also a member of the Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).[2] Sabancı Dinçer also assumes the role of Luxembourg Honorary Consul and has been a WEF Young Global Leader since 2006. From 2010 to 2014, Suzan Sabancı Dinçer served as the chairman of the Turkish-British Business Council for two terms.

Sabancı Dinçer also assumes various responsibilities in a number of non-governmental organisations: she is a member of the board of trustees of Sabancı University, both a founding member and board member at Endeavor Turkey, an advisory board member at Akbank Sanat, a member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists' and Business Association) and also a patron of Contemporary Istanbul.

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer is described by the Financial Times as possibly the most powerful businesswoman in Turkey,[3] and by Newsweek as one of the country's "top tycoons".[4] Suzan Sabancı Dinçer was listed in the “Top 50 Women In World Business-The Alternative 50” list published by the Financial Times.[5]

She currently serves on the board of directors of Endeavor Turkey, an international non-profit development organization that finds and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Under Mrs. Sabancı Dinçer’s stewardship, Akbank became the first deposit bank in Turkey to issue a GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) rated Sustainability Report. It also pioneered the Carbon Disclosure Project in Turkey.


In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Dinçer the title of Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of her contributions to the development of Turkey-UK relations.[6]

In 2014, Dinçer was given the Order of Civil Merit (Orden del Mérito Civil) of the Kingdom of Spain by King Felipe VI of Spain for her contributions to the relations between the two countries and for her support to the cultural convergence.[7]

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer was named ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ by the Bosphorus University’s Engineering Society in December 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Sabancı Dinçer is married to Haluk Dinçer; the couple has two children.