Countdown to Istanbul

Wednesday 13th March 2013

GBA Newsletter

GBA Annual Summit Meeting, IstanbulCountdown to IstanbulJune 19-21, 2013Substantive best-practice focused sessions, high-level keynote speakers, intensive immersion study tour (new members only), policy forum as part of the G20 agenda around financial access – and unique networking opportunities, including a gala dinner cruise down the Bosphorus. Start planning your travel: the Annual GBA Members Summit in Istanbul is a must-go.This year’s Summit will launch the publication of the Alliance’s first-ever “how-to” guide, Winning Women’s Wealth (working title). Highly detailed and practical in its approach, Winning Women’s Wealth will help shape much of the session content at the Summit around Building the Business Case for Serving Women, Defining the Customer Value Proposition, Effective Marketing, Performance Management, and Building Internal Alignment.

The Istanbul Summit will also include a policy forum organized as part of the G20’s agenda around financial access. High-level policymakers from the relevant Turkish ministries and from international policy centers will discuss how governments can promote financial access for women-owned Small & Medium Enterprises as well as broader steps to support women’s entrepreneurship.

The Summit will also include a session on goal-setting and network management (what we want to achieve as an Alliance and how we will work together to meet those goals), as well as ample opportunities for networking – including a gala dinner cruise down the Bosphorus.

Finally, host bank Garanti, in collaboration with BLC Lebanon and Westpac, will be leading a one-day immersion study tour so the Alliance’s newest members can learn from what it takes to create and run a successful women’s market division – from fellow Alliance members who are recognized global leaders. (New members only)

We will be updating this space regularly as the agenda and speakers are confirmed. We also encourage attendees to make their travel arrangements as early as possible. Plan to arrive in time for the opening reception on the evening of Tuesday, June 18 and to stay through lunchtime, Friday, June 21.

PLEASE NOTE: The Global Banking Alliance for Women’s Annual Summit is open to members only. If you would like to come, but are not a member, please visit “Join GBA” where you can find information and application materials.


Will go live March 26 in The Vault, the Alliance’s members-only site (password required)


Didem Surucu

+90 212 354 22 96

The contact information above is for host Garanti Bank’s travel agent. She is available to help with airline reservations, ground transportation, and hotel bookings. She can also provide suggestions and make arrangements for any private sightseeing you may wish to do before or after the Summit.


Please check to see whether travelers from your country are required to obtain a visa for travel to Turkey. We will be updating this page with information about how to acquire a visa if necessary, but please note that the travel agent above is not able to help with visa issues.


Garanti Bank recommends the following hotels, all within reasonable distance to the conference site.

Within 10-minute walk to SALT:

Richmond Hotel

Standard single room: 130 euros

Standard double room: 150 euros

Marmara Pera Hotel

Standard single room: 150 euros

Standard double room: 178 euros

Within 20 minutes to SALT by metro:

Grand Hyatt Hotel

Grand king single room: 189 euros

Grand king double room: 216 euros

Prices shown are averages and include breakfast and VAT. Subject to availability and to change.