Mrs. Yildirim has 30 years of business experience. Since 2012, Mrs. Yildirim has been serving as the Independent Board Member of leading companies; in between 2012-2018 at TAV Airports Holding Co. (of Aeroports de Paris Group), Is Real Estate Investment Co. and Denizli Cam (of Sisecam) in Turkey, in between 2014-20117 at AGT and recently at Zhaojia Technology International. She has been either the Chairperson or the member at Corporate Governance Committees, Audit Committees, Nomination Committees, Risk Assessment and Management Committee. Recently, after accomplishing max legal period of 6 years in these companies, she has been running consultancy business at ZESS International mainly in the fields of M&A, private equity and corporate governance. Mrs. Yildirim has been the Board Member at the Association of Listed Companies in Turkey (KOTEDER), the Founding Member of the Association of Board of Directors (YÜD), and the member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD). She has been the member of Association of Capital Markets Board Experts, for which she took the responsibility of Chairwomanship for a while. Since from the beginning in 2002, she has been the Board Member of Forum Istanbul Conferences. She has been also among the supporters of NGOs, such as the Foundation for Children in Need of Protection, and the Association of Art for Benevolence. Besides, she has been the mentor at the Women in Management Association as well as for the StartupBoothCamp. Among awards, she was awarded as the assigned fund management company by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey TUBITAK, and also became the finalist at the European Investment Fund Venture Capital Tender.
Formerly, Mrs. Yildirim worked at the Capital Markets Board of Turkey (CMB), in departments of Audit, Market Surveillance &Supervision, R&D as well as IOSCO and OECD projects in the period of 1988-1999. Afterwards, she served as the Assistant General Manager at Yapi Kredi Investment Inc (1999-2006), at Turkish Investment Inc (2007) and at BGC Partners (2008). Joined into Yildiz Holding in 2009 as the Finance Coordinator, and then she formed and developed Gözde Private Equity Investment Company and worked in Gözde as the Assistant General Manager and Member of the Investment Committee till early 2012. Mrs. Yildirim served as the Executive Vice President in the Business Councils of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia as well as the Board Member at Qatar and Bahrain Business Councils at the Foreign Economic Affairs Council of Turkey (DEIK) between 2007 and 2011. Previously, she was the President of the Association of Capital Markets Board Experts, and also the Founding Chairperson of London Business School Turkey Alumni Group. Married with two children, Mrs. Yildirim has two books published by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey, i.e.; “Establishment and Design of a Financial Futures-Options Market in Turkey”, and “Risk Management Through Futures Markets in Agricultural Sector and Evaluations for Turkey”. Graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of Business Administration (BA) in 1988, Mrs. Yildirim got a MSc degree in Economics from METU (1989-1995) and a Master’s degree in Finance from London Business School (1995-1996).