Meral Guzel

Partnership Manager, Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator at UN Women, New York, USA


MS. MERAL GUZEL is the Partnership Manager of United Nations’ Women’s Entrepreneurship’s Accelerator, Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator, a multi- partner initiative designed to advance women entrepreneurship around the world in collaboration with six United Nations agencies. She has previously worked as the Women’s Empowerment Principle (WEPs) Specialist to establish WEPs Secretariat within UN Women. She founded and launched the Women’s Banking department of BNP Paribas TEB and also designed and managed several multi-country programmes at the World Bank. Meral has a wealth of experience within the international organistions and specifically advancing GEWE in collaboration with the private sector, financial institutions, governments, CSOs and institutional partners. Meral’s expertise also includes women’s entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment at the workplace, banking on women, financial inclusion (MSME development, remittances, access to finance).

Meral is an economist and holds Master’s degrees in High European Studies, International Finance and International Franchise and SME Development. She speaks Turkish, English, French and Spanish. She is the proud mother of three sons.