Arzu Tekir is a business strategist working with the leaders of the cities and organizations to create a positive change. She has eighteen years of work experience in strategic planning, business development, strategic partnership development, and record of raising millions of funding dollars for large-scale public and private sector projects.
As the Executive Director for World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities in Turkey, Arzu and her team partnered with national government and sixteen cities in Turkey and two cities in Africa to improve the quality of lives and to create a positive impact on urban mobility and urban sprawl and urban efficiency. Previously to WRI, Arzu advised companies to develop innovative IT projects in Istanbul. She worked as European Union Projects Coordinator and External Relations Director for IT companies, directed the financing of the projects and established strategic partnerships. As the new manager, she rebuilt a management consultancy company which had been inoperative for the previous three years when she started in 2003 and ran it for about two years.
Arzu was an MBA lecturer at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. She earned her master’s degree in econometrics and holds a bachelor's degree in statistics.
She was named as one of the Women of Courage Turkey by Dunya Finance & Business Daily and as one of Top 19 Women in the Environment, Yesilist, Turkey's first green-living, and sustainability platform. She is recognized as one of 10 people to follow on Twitter on urban transportation. Recently, she was selected as a mentee to the Global Ambassadors Program, organized by Vital Voices and Bank of America. She participated in the program in Chicago, in September 2017.
Arzu is an avid learner and enjoys exchanging her ideas through either serving as keynote speaker, panelist or leading the conversations as moderator. She has been writing her first book on advancing women in workforce and planning to publish it by 2019