Ayla Goksel

Synergos Senior Fellow & CEO, Özyeğin Social Investments

Ayla Goksel is CEO of Özyeğin Social Investments, a network of non-profit organisations founded by the Özyeğin Family in Turkey, including ACEV (Mother Child Education Foundation), Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation and Özyeğin University. She has over twenty five years of experience in education and gender equality programs, social policy and infrastructure impacting 1.5 million people across Turkey with award winning programs implemented in 14 other countries. She has pioneered the establishment and success of several other non profit organisations in Turkey in the fields of education and civil society. Goksel is Trustee of Ozyegin University, Board Member of Education Reform Initiative and has been selected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute, Qatar Foundation WISE Laureate and World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council member. She holds a BSc from University of Bath, MSc from London School of Economics (LSE) and has conducted fellowships on non profit organisations at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.  She was most recently a Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics. She is co-editor of “İyiliği Düşünmek” (2020) together with Zülfü Livaneli and is leading a conversation on kindness in modern society in Turkey.