Cigdem Sokmen, Senior Consultant

Cigdem worked as Senior Executive for 15 years in global corporate companies. Her particular area of interest was corporate social responsibility and campaign development (e.g. on issues relating to public health, education and small business welfare).  She is specialised in locally adaptable strategy development and implementation; marketing, insight and innovation. Her business experience has spanned to a number of countries - Turkey, Caucuses (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan).

Cigdem has been an activist for many years in issues relating to democracy and gender. Her own personal journey of deepening mindfulness and presence based practices has inspired her to inspire others. Her special area of interest is the role of mindfulness and compassion in conflict resolution and how to teach this subject to women and children. Her current project is a dialogue platform for women from Colombia, Philippines, Cyprus, Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland. More information can be found here.

Cigdem has a B.A. in Business Administration from Bogazici University Istanbul and Certificate of Mindfulnes Training from Oxford Mindfulness School.