Interview with Nukhet Hayriye Akinci Gokaltay


Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

Nukhet Hayriye Akinci Gokaltay



İpek Sahra Özgüler (Ozguler)
: Good morning Nukhet Hayriye Akinci Gokaltay. Could you present yourself for the PMWJ readers?

Nukhet Hayriye Akinci Gokaltay (Gokaltay): My name is Nukhet Hayriye Akinci Gokaltay. I am currently an enterpreneur, I am founder of GCM 360 global consulting company. At the same time I am the training coordinator of a digital marketing training company (Booacademy). I just finished my project on a food innovation(Chococarob). We incorporated within one year.

I started as an assistant principal accountant at Enka group of companies. A year later I was promoted to Enka Holding financial group (ENKA is the 52nd on the List of “Top 250 International Contractors” in 2014. The annual issue by ENR ranks the 225 largest construction contracting firms from around the world.) For the past nine years, I worked as a CEO for Likya company which is a group company of Enka; at the same time I was chief editor of publications at Enka. I retired because my father was very ill. That year I was chairman of the board  at  KA.DER, Soroptimist, Red Pepper.

Then I wrote two books (accepted my father died period), then started working as a radio programmer (career, education, poetry, tango lyrics were subjects of the radio programs). I wrote articles on education for annex AKSAM newspaper called pozitive for six months.

: Could you tell us main factors of successful project management as a CEO?

Gokaltay: According to me, project management’s soul includes the main factors given below:

The first main factor is that certainly project managers and all members team to ‘be on the same page’ in order to aim for the same outcome. We have identified all team members and ensured, through good communication, that project’s stakeholders have clarify of the project’s objectives and outputs. That is why first step is: stakeholder agreement on the projects outputs. I assigned as an assistant to do detailed planning then commences by breaking down the components into subcomponents to produce a product (deliverables) breakdown stucture as far as breakdown is feasible.

What is your most efficent tactic to achieve of project’s outcomes

Gokaltay: Management achieves a level of granularity needed to manage the project on a day-to-day basis. This is typically represented as a schedule.

: Could you tell us about your civil society projects?

Gokaltay: I am founder of www.Needleworkbazaar.comwww.ipekigneoyasi.com Anatolian Women’s handmade scarves and shawls with exclusive Anatolian ornaments and fabrics are one of the most unique gifts. The needlework bazaar is a social responsibility project.

I am board member of “Red Pepper Civil organization”, also KA.DER NGO; which aims to increase the number of women in politics and in decision making positions so as to achieve equal representation of women and men.  Both have similar aims. KA.DER believes the different experience and capabilities of women should also be reflected in social and political issues.

I am a Women Party Founder. My life-long project is to restore Turkish women’s equal rights. That’s why I ‘m working voluntarily in women’s rights-based civil society organizations…


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About the Interviewer

İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey



İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014. She works as international correspondent at PMWJ. Before joining PMWJ, she worked for global multinational companies and leading local companies such as Coca Cola, Deloitte, Turkcell Superonline,Havelsan and TAV IT. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in managing various medium and large scale projects, programs and portfolios.

Her article named “When I Decided to Develop Multi Processing Project Manager’s System” was published in the book “A Day in the Life of a Project Manager”. She has published several articles in the PM World Journal and one in PMI’s PM Network magazine. Ipek is actively involved in sailing, writing and discovering new cultures. She can be contacted at [email protected].