Didem Acikalin Alpan

President, Linkage Turkey

Didem Acikalin, MBA, is President of Linkage Turkey. Based in Istanbul, she develops and delivers a variety of leadership development programs, coaching programs, and human resources and organization development consulting services. Her work has benefited some of Turkey’s best-known global and multinational organizations, and she has helped more than 300 professionals achieve growth and change through her executive coaching.

Prior to joining Linkage, Didem was founder and CEO of Sahneler Training and Organization Development Consultancy, which provided training programs on a variety of team, personal, and organization development topics.

She holds an MS in psychology from Bosphorus University and an executive MBA from Istanbul Bilgi University in association with Manchester Business School. An Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and licensed therapist, she conducts therapy sessions with families, couples, and groups.

Ece Aktan

Vice President, Linkage Turkey

Ece is responsible for Consulting Services in Turkey and the region. She helps clients to execute their strategy to reach higher performance by aligning people with strategy, working with senior executives to overcome key business challenges such as senior team development, enhancing top team effectiveness, culture transformation and change management, executive leadership development, talent management, executive assessments, and talent succession,

Ece’s experiences are mainly in the following areas: HR re-structuring, leadership and talent development and coaching, talent management, succession planning, leadership profiling and assessment, performance management and change management. Ece has broad experience in HR and consultancy area and strong passion in consulting. She has extensive experience in building new businesses in consulting including defining business strategy, business lines, and new solutions and products. She led many HR re-structuring projects in various industries such as banking, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, FMCG. She also managed a Project where she did system analysis and developed web-based B2B assessment platform. Through her career she helped her colleagues develop and grow in business.

Prior to joining to Linkage, she worked for Hay Group (Korn Ferry Hay Group) as Director Consultant and one of the global Partners of Hay Group. Throughout her career, she also worked for Yapı Kredi Bank, Arthur Andersen as Managing Consultant, Arıkanlı Group as Group HR VP, DBE Davranış Bilimleri Enstitüsü as R&D Director.

Ece has a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Middle East Technical University, Ankara / Turkey. She has also Level II certification of Deep Democracy approach.

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