oya eczacibasi

Oya Eczacıbaşı is Chair of the Board of the İstanbul Museum of Modern Art.

Born in 1959 in Istanbul, she completed her high school studies at the Lycee Marie Curie in Strasbourg and her university degree in Management at Boğaziši University’s Faculty of Administrative Sciences. Additionally, she has a master’s degree in museum management from the University of Leicester.

Oya Eczacıbaşı became a member of the Biennial Advisory Board of the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) from 1985 to 2007. In 1987, she was in charge of organizing the Military Museum exhibits of the 1st Istanbul Biennial.

Oya has been involved with numerous NGOs over the years. She served on the Board of Trustees of Robert College between 1994 and 2011, the Board of Directors of the Hisar Educational Foundation between 1996 and 2006, the Board of Directors of the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV) between 2003 and 2006, and the Executive Committee of the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts between 2002 and 2008.

Currently, Oya Eczacıbaşı serves on the Boards of IKSV and İstanbul Modern. She is also a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

In 2011 Oya Eczacıbaşı received the Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la LÚgion d'Honneur from the French Republic.

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