Want to connect with established business leaders in Turkey?

Want to connect with established business leaders in Turkey?

Embark might be just for you! It’s a reverse mentoring program implemented by GDN and supported by Xynteo, United Work funded by Unilever and Mastercard which connects young Syrians in Istanbul to experienced business leaders from Unilever and Mastercard Turkey. Topics will include technology, marketing, social media, financial inclusion, integration to the financial system, career guidance and soft skills development.  To learn more about Embark please visit our website and watch our video.



For Young Syrians (20-26 years old)

  • Understanding the Turkish work environment and how they can contribute.
  • Building a broader network and professional friendships in Istanbul.
  • Building more confidence for engaging in Turkish Society.

For Business Leaders:

Syrian community now forms a substantial and important new market segment for businesses to cater to. By engaging with young, driven Syrians through the Embark program, executives have a chance to gain fresh perspectives and awareness about this group, new trends and how best to integrate them into Turkey’s economy. Benefits include:

  • A better understanding of the generational, cultural and gender differences in Istanbul.
  • An opportunity to learn more about the talented youth among Istanbul’s Syrian community.


Project Timeline and Commitment

All you need is approximately 2 hours per month and we guarantee that it will be an enriching experience! We will have a kick off/launch event at your offices by the end of September (tbd) where mentors and mentees will meet. At the launch event, we will have orientation session and will prepare you for the Embark journey! You will also receive guidance and support from the Embark team for the 6 mentoring sessions over a 12 – 16-week period until the end of December 2018. Sessions are recommended to be 1-1 and on Skype when schedules do not permit.


Application Procedure

If you are interested, please register your interest here.  The deadline for application is September 17, 2018. Within September 2018, there will be 15 – 20 minutes long interviews with all the mentors to determine specific interest areas and to help us find the best match for you!

Please contact Nuha Çam, [email protected] Embark Program Director for any questions and inquiries. THANK YOU!

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