Cem ­Taha,
 Ipek - Turkey

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This bio was updated in 2010

Ipek Cem Taha is a Turkish businesswoman, journalist and an active member of several community-based organizations.

Media Experience

Ipek is currently producing and hosting 'Global Leaders,' a television program, in association with NTV networks, Turkey's leading news channel. The show consists of one-on-one interviews with political, business and other opinion leaders who shape our world today.

Before launching 'Global Leaders' in 2005, Ipek had been a columnist commenting on international trends, politics and economics for major Turkish daily newspapers including Milliyet, Sabah and Yeni Yuzyil for eight consecutive years.

Business Experience

Since 2007, Ipek is co-founder and director with Melak Investments, where she specializes in providing strategic advice to funds and companies looking to invest in Turkey.

Previously, she was a co-founder and managing partner of Netwise / IKC Communications between 1996-2007, a consultancy and software company focusing on communications and Internet services.

Prior to establishing Netwise in 1996, Ipek was an Associate for Bankers Trust Company in New York, in the International Capital Markets Group where she specialized in providing debt financing for leading Latin American private and public sector entities from 1993-95.

Community-Based Organizations

Ipek is a founding member and active participant in several non-profit organizations in Turkey. Her activities, which began in 1999, are related to business, women in the workplace, competitiveness, education and community outreach.

Education

Ipek holds two graduate degrees from Columbia University in New York City: An M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where she specialized in International Business and Finance; and an M.I.A. (Master of International Affairs) from the Columbia University Graduate School of International and Public Affairs. She completed her undergraduate B.A. degree with Honors in Political Science from Amherst College in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the highly competitive Robert College in Istanbul, where she completed her high school education.

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'Global Leaders,' a television program, in association with NTV networks