CV’s of Vice President UN

Arzu OzyolCurriculum Vitae
Family Name: İrge Özyol
Name : Hayriye Berat Arzu
Date of birth: 12/02/1960
Passport holder: Turkish
Residence: Turkey



6. Education: 

Institution [Date from - Date to]

Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:

Ankara University, Turkey


PhD (Environmental Biopolitics)

Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey



Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey.

1980 –1983

Bsc.- Environmental Engineer


7. Language skills: Indicate competence on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 – Very Good ;3-basic) 






Mother tongue





8. Membership of professional bodies:

  • International Federation of Business and Professional Women, Vice President United Nations
  • Founder President of BPW-Turkey
  • UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in Balkan Countries, Member of the Executive Board
  • International Trade Center, Global Platform for Women Vendors, Steering Committee Member


She is working to provide equal opportunities between women and men all through the World since 2006:

In 2006, she has established the first BPW-Club in Ankara. In between 2006-2011, she has spent for the enlargement of BPW in Turkey.In 2011, BPW has gained a Federation statue in Turkey. In 2014, she was elected as Vice President United Nations of BPW International. She is also the member of the board of the UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in Balkan Countries and coordinator of South Eastern Europe Leadership Center for Women in Business which was established by the cooperation of BPWI and UNESCO Center in 2011.   She is the member of the steering commitee member of the global platform of action on sourcing from women vendors and delegate of Women for Water Partnership. She was as a member of the advisory board of the B-MENA Initiative (Broader Initiative for Civil Society in North Africa and Middle East) that was started by the ex-Minister of the U.S Department of State, Hillary Clinton in 2012. She has advocated of Women Empowerment Principles that is the common initiative of UN Women and UN Global Compact since 2009 at international, regional and national levels. She has realised 4 Conferences at international level on women empowerment and translated the official booklet of UNWEPs. 

9. Key qualifications:

  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently and in a team, strict adherence to completing assigned tasks in a timely manner;
  • Quality-oriented professional, constructive approach to obstacles and delays in planned performance;
  • Creating a productive work environment all depend on healthy lines of communication.
  • Experience with international organizations including the UN and EU;
  • Liaising with experts and companies to ensure the timely submission of supporting documentation for implementation of tasks
  • Experience with administrative and financial processes and support;
  • Assisting with determining unutilized funds;
  • Ability to make quick decision;
  • Adapting easily to new surroundings and situations;
    Ability to understand the needs and desires of others;
    Treating others with respect;
    Recognizing the efforts of others and reinforcing those actions;
  • Willing to change a policy, program, cultural tradition that is out-dated, or no longer beneficial to the group as a whole;
  • Working to be well educated on community policies, procedures, organizational norms;
  • Working to consider all options when making decisions and evaluating the input from all interested parties and work for the betterment of the whole;
    Having competence to prepare meetings, presentations and events;
  • Evaluating and monitoring the progress and taking corrective measures immediately;
  • Concerning talents and interests of people and delegating tasks accordingly;
    Having competences of planning and implementing of new ideas, programs, policies and events.
  • Excellent negotiation and inter-cultural communication skills


10. Professional experience

Date from - Date to


Description of the Company

Description of Duty


2003 – 2013

HYDRA International Project and Consulting CO. Ankara, Turkey

HYDRA International Project & Consultancy Co.has been established to provide knowledge oriented technical, economic and legal support, in accordance with the realities and needs of our country, to all institutions and organizations that aim to provide sustainable development both domestically and abroad.



Consulting Services: In the aim of SME’s harmonization to Acquis Communitaire, we give consultancy to;

  • Setting up, development and maintenance of Management Information Services (MIS),
  • Planning the production chain,
  • Providing structural and technical infrastructure for healthy social and economic relations with EU countries,
  • Funding and Credits,
  • Marketing strategy development,
  • New trade-marks and productions,
  • Determining strategies for competition to increasing the market share in exporting and importing,
  • Developing human resources strategies.

Training Services

  • Providing training programs for improving personal and institutional capacities.
  • Preparing curricula for special needs and realizes these curricula through its projects.

Project-based Services

  • Prepare and manage projects for EU funds (please see part 15B)











2008 -Till

TINSA CO. Ankara, Turkey


Yeditepe University, İstanbul,Turkey


30 years old Construction Company/Infrastructure


Yeditepe University was founded in 1996 by the Istanbul Education and Culture Foundation (ISTEK).  Yeditepe University carries out its academic mission through 12 faculties entailing 60 programs. It is the first foundation university in Turkey which has been accredited by the Institutional Accreditation Program of the Association of European Universities (EUA).Yeditepe University offers its students the opportunity to obtain double degrees and double majors at world-renowned universities such as Texas Tech, Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, Loyola, among others.

Environmental Impact Analysis for tender documents and process management for environmental impacts during the construction period

 Part-time lecturer of the following courses:


  • Project Cycle Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Institutionalisation of NGO’s and Fund Raising
  • Diversity Management


11. Other relevant information




  • Arzu Özyol, “Role of the environmental ethics in creating the bio-policies: genetically modified organisms”, Revista Colombiana de Bioética, vol. 6, núm. 1, enero-junio, 2011, pp. 76-88, Universidad El Bosque, Colombia 
  • Arzu İrge Özyol, “Sürdürülebilir Yeşil Kalkınma ve Kadın”, Fe Dergi: Feminist Eleştiri 5, Sayı 2, 2013, Ankara Üniversitesi KASAUM
  • Özyol, Çobanoğlu, “Biyoetik Çerçevede Çevre Politikaları”, 2. Kamu Etiği Kongresi, Mart 2013, Türkiye ve Ortadoğu Amme İdaresi Enstitüsü Yayınları, Ankara
  • Arzu Özyol, “Biyoetik Çevre Politikaları”, Multidisipliner Etik Kongresi, pp.84, Niğde Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2012
  • Özyol, Çobanoğlu, “Eko-Feminizm ve Kalkınma Politikalarında Kadın”, II. Uygulamalı Etik Kongresi, 2006, Ortadoğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Felsefe Bölümü, Ankara


PEARL Project; Pace to Employment and Assurance for a Respectable Life- Strengthening Civil society in the Pre-Accession NGO Grant Facility Programme’s Promotion and Protection of women’s Rights Grant Scheme/ Ref. No: NGO-A1-73/       

Budget: 120000EURO,  2008-2010 

Objectives of the project

  • To increase the employment possibility of female students living in the orphans through vocational training courses in 9 different areas,
  • To enablee them to be world citizens with self-confidence through Personal Empowerment Program,
  • To increasee awareness about gender equality at institutional level,
  • To make the orphanages gain the formation of continuous education centres

Main activities

In the scope of the preliminary preparation and research Activities, current situation analysis has been made for the 13-18 aged young girls living at orphanages in Turkey and Romania.

  • 4 vocational training workshops were established at the Atatürk Orphanage. At these workshops the young girls living at the orphanage have been provided with trainings at 7 different occupational branches and under 12 headings for a year besides ‘good citizenship’ and ‘self-confidence’trainings. Successful girls at the end of the trainings were provided with occupational training course completion certificates approved from the Ministry of National Education.
  • With the ‘coaching’services given besides the trainings, it has been aimed for to show the young girls the ways to pass to an advantageous position by internalizing the situation they are in and using the services provided to them, making they place targets regarding their lives and provide quidence to ensure that they gain the power to attain those targets.
  • Under the heading of career planning, counselling has been provided to facilitate the youngsters in planning their future during 256 hours in total.
  • With the social marketing activities, several social activities have been anticipated such as internship opportunities, reward applications and weekend vacations.
  • Within the dissemination and Sustainability activities, it was aimed to create public awareness regarding the fact that gender equality. Lobbying activities were carried out to provide regulation changes.

STEP Project: Solution Time for Employment Problem (STEP) - CFCU/TR0604.01/01, The Promotion of Civil Society Dialogue between EU and Turkey Programme within the scope of “Youth Initiatives for Dialogue” component to the Programme.

Budget: 86 000 Euro, 2008-2009.

Objectives of the project

With STEP Project, we aimed to reinforce capacities for Access to information and knowledge management; to strengthen innovative and cultural competences, to decrease participation potential, to empower democratic values and self confidsence of the projects’target group and also the final beneficiaries.

Main activities

  • In the framework of the STEP Project, the methodology was developed. Module 1includes 4 different parts(In Part , EU Values and Priorities, EU Process Mechanisms and Institutions, In Part 2, EU and National Youth Policies, Youth and Education Programmes, In Part 3, Youth Employment Policies and in Part 4, Multiculturalisms ) Module 2 includes the concept of active citizenship and Modul 3 includes Individual Development Program.
  • STEP offers a training program within the scope of the EU-Youth Employment Policies as well as the European Values and Priorities, Multiculturalism, Active Citizenship and Individual Development Program to the targeting youngsters who are active in youth NGO’s either in Turkey and Greece.
  • The field work was realised to measure the awareness of the trainees on EU-Policies on youth employment and multi-cultures before and after the implementations.
  • Another application that is developed within the scope of the STEP Project was the E-dialogue Platform serving actively to youth and youth platforms throughout Europe.


SİSAM Project: Civil Initiative Strategic Research Center, (SISAM), TR0801.08-02/27, Budget: 80 00 EURO, 2011-2012

Objectives of the project

Increasing societal awareness about UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and creating a wide and strong communication network among the stakeholders like the non- governmental organizations operating on social gender, relevant public organizations, Parliamentary Commissions, business world, local administrations and the decisive actors of the decision mechanism. (The Women's Empowerment Principles* are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact).

Main activities

In the framework of the SISAM Project, the methodology with 7 chapters. In each chapter, one of the principle is evaluated in details (in Chapter 1,  the role of corporate leadership for gender equality; in Chapter 2, the importance of nondiscrimination business environment on the profitability and effectiveness of the firms; in Chapter 3; promotion of health and safety for both women and men workers; in Chapter 4; training programs for professional development of women workers; in Chapter 5, gender sensitive supply chain management,  in Chapter 6, the role of community initiatives and advocacy on gender equality and in Chapter 7, importance of evaluation and monitoring)

SISAM offers a training program within the scope of UN Women’s Empowerment Principles to representatives of women organisations, HR Staff of firms, bureaucrats and representatives of local governments.


B-Plan Project, IT/FR/BG/ENG/, 150 000EURO,           2009-2012


Objectives of the project


B-Plan is a guidance methodology aiming at strengthening the individual awareness on the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start-up a successful business mainly among underrepresented individuals like as youth, women, people with migrant background or formally low skilled. B-Plan Guidance Model was based on 8 Work-packages, implemented in 27 months, the first four dedicated to the development phases, and the last four related to the fundamental dissemination and exploitation phases, and to the management and the quality planning.

Main activities

  • We contributed to all work streams with its staff and will be responsible of the WS1 "Research" through  analyzing the glass-ceiling in the patriarchal society, the condition of SMEs about diversity management and correlations with innovation and internationalization, collecting the best practices of conciliation between work and private life and the qualitative interviews of apical level women among micro-enterprises. In this responsibility it will be supported by all partners and specifically by FBI with biographical methods.
  • As responsible partner of WS1, we did Research Plan by facilitating the cooperation among partners for the validation of the research outcomes, national data and reports. We gave supports for the preparation of the Guidelines targeted to SMEs by activating local network, engaging key stakeholders. 
  • HYDRA participated to the Training Sessions and to all common public events (WS4) and contributed actively to further disseminate the Programme and the Project.

OED Project, Outreach-Empowerment-Diversity, 517734-LLP-1-2011-1-BE-GRUNDTVIG-GNW, Project Budget: 200 000Euros, 2011-2014, BE/ DE/FI/SE/AT/IF/TR/GR/DK/FR/UK/EE/BG/ESP/RO

Objectives of the Project

The aim of the EU-funded Greundvig Network “OED:Outreach-Empowerment-Diversity”is to bring together expertise in the field of research and development of adult education. Concepts and methods of continuing education are to be identified which enable marginalised and educationally disadvantaged groups particularly migrants and ethnic ,minorities, not just to participate in continuing education but also to be actively involved with their learning requirements as well.

Main Activities

HYDRA will be responsible for the WP 9 (Evaluation) coordination in close cooperation with the project coordination, creation of evaluation and monitoring plan for the needs of the network. Analysis of evaluation reports, supporting partners in implementation of evaluation results into the working processes, creation of final evaluation report

 Hydra will assume the following activities, too:

  • participate in meetings, report the progress of activities, report to evaluation and monitoring, communicate and will observe the rules of financial reporting,
  • Identify experts, participate in the workshop, contribute to the discussions,
  • Consultation and testing process at national level
  • Contribute to the appeal with policy recommendations,
  • Participate in the European conference and contribute to the discussions,
  • Disseminate activities at national level.





Ketty Tzitzikosta 

3, Acadimias St. (7th floor) 10027 Athens

President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO

Antoinette Ruegg

Bolleystr. 32

CH 8006 Zurich, Switzerland

+41 1 252 17 42

Academician at Fribourg University

Meg Jones

Rue de Montbrillant 54,

1202 Geneva, Switzerland

+41 22 730 01 11

Director of Women and Trade Program, International Trade Center