Based in Istanbul over the past two decades, Ms. Didem Altop describes herself as a serial community builder and change maker addressing a diverse range of vital social and economic development initiatives. She is best known for her role as the Cofounder and Managing Director of Endeavor Turkey, developing and leading the first, and most competitive, growth acceleration program in the country for selected high impact entrepreneurs since 2006. In addition to her work with Endeavor, Didem is herself an entrepreneur and innovator at heart. Throughout her career in Turkey, Didem has played various leadership roles related to: rethinking youth education; fostering corporate volunteerism; advocating for nonprofit capacity building and civic engagement; championing corporate social responsibility; mobilizing a high impact entrepreneurship ecosystem; initiating a university student and faculty program and network for entrepreneurship learning; promoting social entrepreneurship and impact investing, and; supporting high potential women professionals regain access to the workplace after family-centric career breaks. Didem is also a first generation Turkish-American. Born and raised in the United States, she studied International Relations and Development Economics at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and completed an MSIA/MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Before relocating to Turkey, Didem worked as a management consultant, business development consultant and project manager for leading multinational organizations, such as, The World Bank, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), IBM Credit Corporation, Shared Medical Services, MCI and Lockheed Martin Mission Systems (LMMS).