Gülçin Salıngan

Dr., Deputy Director, Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development, UNDP

Gülçin Salıngan is the Deputy Director of UNDP IICPSD, one of the six global thematic policy centers of UNDP with a specific mandate to leverage the role of Private Sector in Development. Since 2013, Ms. Salingan, in this capacity, played a leading role in designing Center’s strategy and its operationalization, developing its programs and partnerships. The Center currently leads the private sector portfolio of UNDP serving more than 170 UNDP country offices under the different thematic areas including impact Investing.

Ms. Salingan has more than two decades of experience both with private sector and governmental institutions holding different positions in Europe and Middle East. Prior to joining UNDP IICPSD, she ran her consultancy company for 10 years in competitiveness, industrial clusters, entrepreneurship, SME development, regional development and strategic business planning. She started her career in PricewaterhouseCoopers working in Lisbon and Istanbul offices and served as Finance Manager in The Coca Cola Company for the South East Europe Region covering Slovenia, Bosnia, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania before establishing her consultancy company. Gülçin completed her BA degree in Bosphorus University in Business Administration in Istanbul, followed by a post graduate study in Westminster University in London and got her master’s degree in Istanbul with a thesis on clusters development. She holds a Ph.D. degree on industrial clusters and social capital.