Ebru Özdemir is the Chairwoman of Limak Holdings, including the investment arm Limak Investments. Since taking up this position in 2007, under her leadership, Limak Investments has expanded operations in the infrastructure and energy sectors, and it provides services in energy generation, distribution, sales and trading.
Ebru Özdemir has over 15 years of experience in project financing and development, as well as public-private partnerships projects. Her expertise led to her election as a member of the business advisory board of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Public-Private Partnerships in 2014.
In 2016 Ebru Özdemir founded the Limak Education Culture and Health Foundation. The Limak Foundation brings all the philanthropic and social projects of Limak Holding under one roof, ensuring their effective continuity. Ebru Özdemir is especially passionate about the entrepreneurship and girls’ education work of the Limak Foundation. One of the projects spearheaded by Ms Özdemir aims to increase women’s participation and access in the field of engineering and has so far been active in Turkey, Kuwait and Senegal, and has been supported by the United Nations Development Programme. Ms. Özdemir’s commitment to gender inclusivity drove her to co-found the 30 Percent Club, a platform aimed to develop a diverse and gender- balanced pool of talent for multi-industry businesses in Turkey.
As part of the Limak Foundation, Ms. Özdemir developed the Limak Philharmonic Orchestra which interprets and introduces Turkish music to a global audience. Ebru’s passion for art is also reflected through her involvement with Tate Modern in London where she is part of the Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee.
Ebru Özdemir holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey and an MBA in International Business and Finance from Fordham University in the US. She holds memberships at numerous organizations, including but not limited to the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK), the Turkish-American Business Council (TAİK), Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board, UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development and many others.