Jul 17 2019

New Istanbul mayor appoints city’s first ever woman deputy general secretary

Ekrem İmamoğlu, the newly-elected mayor of Istanbul, announced on Wednesday the appointment of a woman as deputy general secretary, a first in the municipality’s history.

İmamoğlu became  the mayor of Turkey’s financial hub after declaring victory in the June 23 mayoral rerun with more than 800,000 votes compared to his rival candidate from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

İmamoğlu, who ended 25 years of rule in the city by the Islamist AKP and its predecessors, focused on women and young people in his election campaign.

Yeşim Meltem Şişli, who worked as a senior executive in various energy companies in Turkey, will be the first woman to serve as the deputy general secretary of Istanbul’s metropolitan municipality.

Şişli will oversee the municipality’s institutional development and management systems, human resources and training programs, information processing department, as well as the procurement department.