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Demet Ikiler

Vice President, Global Compact Network Turkey
Co-chair, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, Global Compact Network Turkey
Country Manager, WPP Turkey

Demet Ikiler joined WPP group in 2000 to build Mindshare in Turkey. The agency experienced organic business growth over a 6 year period to be Turkey’s largest and most awarded media agency. Becoming the CEO of GroupM Turkey, in 2010, Demet pioneered a 360-degree perspective on clients and also introduced new media-technology platforms.
In addition, Demet serves as the country head of WPP, a position she has held since 2013. Under her leadership, the group experienced major transformations and stands today as one of the fastest growing country with 25 agencies including GroupM Turkey with approximately 1.500 people.

Over a 27 year-plus career Demet has developed a well-earned reputation as an achiever and a pacesetter, she currently serves as GroupM EMEA CEO, since February 2020, leading the strategy and operations in one of the world’s largest regions across GroupM’s agencies in 30 markets.
Demet, also sits on GroupM’s Global Executive Committee.

Her leadership and impact have resulted in numerous accolades, including “10 Most Powerful Women CEOs” lists in Turkey by Ekonomist, topping the list in 2021; "Women to Watch- Global Leader" list in Turkey by Advertising Age and Mediacat; and she was named one of “The HERoes Global Top 100 Women Role Models” the two years in a row.
Demet is a passionate and outspoken advocate for sustainability, particularly on diversity & inclusion. She is a member of WPP’s Inclusion Council and she is one of the mentees in GroupM EMEA reverse mentorship programme “The Bridge”. Demet gives support to several non-profit causes, including UN Global Compact Turkey roundtable of CEOs where she is the Vice Chairperson, leading diversity & inclusiveness.
Demet earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from University of Istanbul. She is fluent in English and French.

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Monday, November 29

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