Cansen Basaran-Symes is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Allianz Insurance and Allianz Life and Pension in Turkey.
Previously Basaran-Symes was Territory Senior Partner of PwC Turkey (1998-2013). Having joined PwC in 1981 she became partner in 1990. She has assumed various leadership roles and has served in offices in Copenhagen, London and Istanbul. She was Member of the Board of PwC Central and Eastern Europe and PwC Eurofirm.
Prior to being elected President of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) Basaran-Symes served on the Board of Directors as Vice President, Treasurer and Chair of the Company Affairs Committee. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Endeavour Turkey.
In 2000, she was recognized among “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum and was awarded the distinction of “Most Successful Businesswoman of the Year” by Dünya Newspaper. In 2006 on March 8, International Women’s Day, the International Lions Club recognized her as one of the most successful businesswomen in modern Turkey. In 2014, she received the honor award at the EDUPlus Management Summit.
Cansen Basaran-Symes is a graduate of the Faculty of Business Administration, Istanbul University.