Ceren Çerçiler is the founder and CEO of Inside Counsels, a company dedicated to creating synergies and bringing businesses together around the same cause or project. She has also been the commercial representative of CNN International for Turkey and Angola since 2005. She has been involved in the production of several documentaries, commercials and printed press throughout her career. Her latest project is the production of a documentary film created by Liberatum on Climate Change, directed by Pablo Ganguli and Tomas Auksas, where individuals such as Cher, Mark Ruffalo, Marina Abramovic, Sir David Attenborough, Noam Chomsky, Dame Vivienne Westwood are appearing.
Since she began her career in Madrid in 2001, Ceren worked on a variety of fields ranging from building business liaisons and establishing diplomatic relations between countries to forming multilateral economic ties between companies and government institutions. She is highly specialised in markets such as Angola and Turkey, followed by Spain, UAE and the Gulf region. Today, she continues to build creative strategies and targeted networks to form successful, mutually beneficial businesses in new and unfamiliar markets such as Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey and Spain. Her living experience in 8 countries – Turkey, Spain, UK, Angola, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia – is an asset in performing cross country relations.
In 1999, at the age of 19, she graduated with the highest honors degree from the Faculty of Humanities at Bilkent University, majoring in English Literature. She then took a year to work on the script writing of a film on Turkey with the actor Michael Constantine. Following year, she received her Master’s Degree in European Studies from Cardiff University (Wales) at the age of 21 and moved to Madrid to work for an International Media Company. 2 months after entering the company, she received the responsibility to head the image building media campaigns the company carried out for Indonesia, Tanzania and Angola.
In 2005, at the age of 25, she founded her own company and carried out the first television campaign for Angola on CNN International. She then worked on developing bilateral relations between Turkey and Angola, upon realising the lack of diplomatic ties between the two countries. She worked with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey in forming the first diplomatic relations with Angola. She organised joint Ministerial meetings among the two countries, helped open the first Embassies in both countries, organised an expo with the participation of 120 companies that increased the trade volume 528% in a span of 10 months, traded high volumes of products such as flour and cement herself as well as carrying out a series of editorial and commercial media campaigns with CNN International.
In 2009, she moved back to Turkey and designed the program called ‘Culinary Journeys’ on CNN International for her client Turkish Airlines. She carried out other projects on CNN for clients such as Ministry of Tourism or the G20 Summit. Alongside the media projects, from 2012-2015, she was asked to head a 70 million USD development project for the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum. Her responsibilities covered the whole spectrum, from the design stage with architects to the preparation of feasibility studies, relations with investors, funding and sales strategies.
Ceren is also a strong believer in philanthropy and has been supporting various projects with orphanages in Africa. She founded an Art Initiative in Istanbul, integrating the arts world with the world of economy, hoping to increase the influence of arts in global affairs. She is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the International Cooperation Platform. Under this year’s Summit, on December 1st 2017, she is organising a multi-disciplinary panel with prominent international speakers from the fields of Quantum Physics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Arts and Architecture to talk about the topic of “Regenerating the Creative Impulse: Technology, Art, Community and Space”. She is a fluent speaker of English, Turkish, Spanish and Portuguese.
Ceren has kindly agreed to advise the AIM-X Foundation on strategy and to utilise her network to develop specific foundation projects within her areas of expertise.