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Effective 12 December 2018, Karen Çiftçi has stepped down as IWI Chairwoman. The board would like to thank Karen for her contributions and wish her the best in future endeavors.

Following Karen’s departure, our liaison officer Ebru Demirel will step in as Chairwoman for the interim period. Ebru has been an active leader in the organization going back to the 1990s and sits on the IWI Board of Directors. Yasemin Kunze-Concewitz and Monisha Kar will support Ebru in this transition period and oversee operational aspects of the organization to ensure continuity and delivery of IWI’s programs and objectives.

Yasemin has over 30 years of experience with IWI, having once held the position of Chairwoman, and is on the IWI Board of Controllers.  Monisha has been on the IWI board since 2016, and is a former Editor of the Lale magazine.


"For all women of all nationalities, whether non working or working spouses, in a new city and culture, the IWI is a lifeline to friendship, culture and history, opening all these doors, offering opportunities for voluntary roles, whether in the IWI organization or charitable isnstitutions. A truly wonderful organisation!" T.T.

"I am so happy I joıned IWI! At the activities there is always a welcoming environment to socialize and bond with women from all nationalities. IWI was how I met my first group of friends in Istanbul."  W. C.

"Being new in a country is always a challenge so I was very happy when I found out about IWI.  It looked like a great organization that also had a Mums 'N' Kids group!  Having the possibility to have playdates with other children definitely helped us with our social life in Istanbul and made our experience in the new city very joyful.  It's been great to be part of it!"  S. J.

"It's been really awesome meeting great women who share a similar ex-pat journey as myself - and learning from them how to not only survive but thrive in this amazing city!" T. J.


Every month there are Newcomer Coffee Mornings where you can learn more about IWI and Istanbul. Contact us to find out more.




LALE magazine is a bi-monthly publication for international women living in Istanbul

Our aim is to connect international women living in and around Istanbul, to share information, and to help the city feel like home. We cover a range of topics from the arts, business networking, culture, food, health, travel, social responsibility, style, and more!

Reach out to the international community in Turkey by advertising in the LALE Magazine today!


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