Meral Guzel is Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Policy Specialist of UN Women, working on women’s economic empowerment issues with a specific focus on private sector advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment at the workplace, marketplace and the communities.

Meral has over 13 years of experience in in international development across Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East through work at the World Bank Group and the private sector.

Meral’s expertise includes women empowerment at the workplace, banking on women, financial inclusion (MSME development, remittances, access to finance) and women’s entrepreneurship.

Meral is an economist and holds Master’s degrees in High European Studies, International Franchise and International Finance. She speaks Turkish, English, French and Spanish. She is the mother of three sons.