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Duriye Ozlem Akdurak (TUR)

Name: Duriye Özlem Akdurak
Year of Birth: 1966
Nationality: Turkish
Residence: Turkey
First language: Turkish
Other languages: English (fluent), Italian (Beginner)

Candidates Goals

During the time being I have dedicated myself to sailing as an athlete, as a parent of an high level athlete, as a club president and finally as a president of Turkish Sailing Federation I have experienced the challenges of managing a nation's hopes and ideals with a scarce source compared with the goals to be achieved.

I believe the leading body of our sport should accomplish the goals in all aspects, both in high level performance successes and a global horizontal growth concurrently taking all members' concerns into consideration.

My goal is to support all the MNA's who are eager to take further steps in their countries and encourage women participation in all fields of sailing sport.

I am ready to work very hard to reveal the beauty of our sport to the world, to take firm steps for a change adopted and interiorised by the great majority of the MNA's, to lead the change encouraging innovation while keeping the core values of sailing alive forever.

Sailing Career

Being a member of a family full of passionate sailors - my father in law who was an Olympic athlete in 1964 Tokyo Olympics, my husband who was a windsurf national team member and my elder son who was a member of Turkish National Team in many classes like optimist, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Laser and Finn - I was drawn into this beautiful sport in all aspects as a parent, as an athlete in yachting , as a club president and as a President of Turkish Sailing Federation. I am racing in IRC classes since 2004 at Izmir and Bodrum. I am racing with a ladies crew called "Safinaz" with a 40 footer yacht owned by me and my team members.

Sailing Administration

I was one of the founder of a sailing club which was established in 2007 and held vice presidency for more than 9 years. Additionally I became the president of another sailing club which is 40 years old and one of the best club in Turkey in 2012. Both club's sailors achieved a lot of sucess in Turkey and international leve. Both clubs contributed sailing sport in Turkey with many national team member sailors.

Since November 2016, I am holding presidency of Turkish Sailing Federation.

Other Sports Administration

During my presidency the Cesme Sailing Club has stepped into other sports actively like canoeing, athletics, table tennis, swimming, chess and badminton in national leagues.

Roles within World Sailing

I became a member of World Sailing Events Committee since November 2016 and also took active roles within World Sailing Group D activities.


I have worked as a regional manager in a global finance company (HSBC) and spend more than twenty years in banking sector. Passing through different steps of my professional career I was mostly responsible of mass sales management.

Nominating MNAs

Antigua & Barbuda Sailing Association, Azerbaijan Sailing Federation, Bahamas Sailing Association, Barbados Sailing Association, Bermuda Sailing Association, Chinese Yachting Association, Danish Sailing Association, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Federacion de Vela de Puerto Rico, Federation Francaise de Vela, Federacion Mexicana de Vela, Federazione Sammarinese Vela, Israel Sailing Association, Jamaica Yachting Association, Polish Yachting Association, Malta Sailing Federation, Romanian Sailing Federation, Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club, Russian Yachting Federation, Serbian Sailing Association, Trinidad and Tobago Yachting Association, Turkish Sailing Federation, Virgin Islands Sailing Association

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