As a young person at the start of my career, I craved opportunities to make an impact. I was searching for a purpose: to be something or somewhere where I could make a positive difference. It took me a long time to realise the positive impact banks can have. That realisation went against the stereotype of financial services that I’d read in the media, but I soon discovered that financial services companies are in a unique position to bring greater prosperity to local communities.
I come from a modest background in Turkey. My parents were teachers and instilled in me the importance of hard work, and because of this hard work, opportunities have presented themselves. I have a drive inside of me and an inner confidence to reach for the top. This confidence took me to Harvard, and has allowed me to work for some of the most respected organisations in the world. I have also taken the opportunity to build a network of politicians, states people and global leaders through volunteer work with the organisations Relief International and Teach a Man to Fish.