Ebru Köksal


I am an investment banker turned top-level international football executive. A woman of many firsts, my passion is to inspire and motivate people by sharing my knowledge, life stories, successes as well as failures to touch the mind and the heart, to create impact, break barriers and pave the way for more authentic leaders. I play football in an adult recreational league "Kızlar Sahada" and have won 1st place with our team CKFA in 2017! My favourite quote is by Mark Twain: "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why!"

Ebru Köksal is currently a senior adviser at J Stern & Co., consultant in FIFA and UEFA’s Development Programs, mentor at FIFA Female Leadership Development Program and UEFA Women in Football Leadership Program. She is a Board Member at MNT Health Services A.S. and Women in Football, UK and a member of Scottish FA’s Equality and Diversity Advisory Board.

Being Bold for Change

Storytelling is one the most powerful tools a leader can possess. Young people don't need advice but rather real role models to identify with. I will tell my story and 15 valuable lessons derived from my life and career journey. Life is not a straight line or ladder, it is rather a jungle gym. Unless you try, you never know if you will succeed or not. The greatest failures can sometimes be the start of biggest successes.

TEDxYouth@EyüboğluHS 2018