Transcending Sport

Ebru Köksal: A Global Vision for Women’s Soccer

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Ebru Koksal

Ebru Kösal shares her vision as Interim Chair of Women in Football UK for what soccer needs to grow from grassroots to the international game

Transcending Sport is hosted by Chris Stafford

Podcast length 30′ 08″

Ebru Köksal is currently the interim Chair of the UK based organization Women in Football  – a network of professional women working in and around the football industry who support and champion their peers. Ebru began her professional career in New York, as a financial analyst in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley, and served as a senior manager at Citibank and AIG between 1992-2000. After joining in 2001, Ebru has held several senior positions at Galatasaray. Following the merger of football, stadium and marketing companies in 2010, she was appointed as the General Manager of the merged entity, Galatasaray Sportif A.S. Ebru was the first woman to be elected to the Executive Board of the European Club Association in 2010 and she served as the Vice Chairwoman of the Institutional Relations Working Group. She was the recipient of the “Executive of the Year Award 2011” by Stadium Business Awards. In October 2011, she was appointed as the General Secretary of Turkish Football Federation. After leaving TFF in 2012, she joined FIFA’s Development Program as a consultant and became a mentor at the FIFA Female Leadership Development Program and UEFA Women in Football Leadership Programs and also served as a consultant at UEFA between 2016-18.  

Ebru is currently a Senior Advisor at J Stern & Co, Non-Executive Director at Doublepass BV and MNT Healthcare, a member of the Scottish FA Equality and Diversity Advisory Board and is also a founding member of the 30% Club Turkey. Ebru is a graduate of Brown University, with dual degree in Economics and International Relations and Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.  Chris Stafford spoke to Ebru from her home in Turkey to hear about the work of Women in Football UK and her plans as Interim Chair.

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