Board of Directors

  Ayla Yenidogan |

President and Director of Communications, Events and Fundraising 

Merhaba and Kia Ora Koutou,  

Ayla Yenidogan is a community-driven individual who passionately advocates for cultural exchange and community development. As the President of the Türkiye and New Zealand Cultural Society, she takes the lead in organizing a diverse range of fundraising and cultural events that celebrate the richness of both Turkish and Kiwi heritage.

Ayla's dedication to community engagement extends beyond cultural festivities. She is one of the key organizers of the Auckland Fancy Women Bike Ride, a notable event that promotes women's empowerment and sustainability. The inaugural ride in 2022 showcased Ayla's commitment to creating meaningful experiences that bring people together for a shared cause. She is also a volunteer cook at a non-profit organization which provides cooked meal to those in need. 

With a strong academic background in education, Ayla brings a unique perspective to her role as President. Her work experiences have honed her skills in customer service and financial management, making her a versatile and resourceful leader. 

As President of the Türkiye and New Zealand Cultural Society, Ayla endeavors to create an inclusive and vibrant community where people from diverse backgrounds can connect, learn, and appreciate each other's cultures. Her passion for cultural exchange and community development is evident in her tireless efforts to foster a sense of belonging and unity among the society's members.

Ayla's vision and dedication continue to inspire the society's members as they work together to promote cultural understanding and create lasting connections between Türkiye and New Zealand. Under her leadership, the Türkiye and New Zealand Cultural Society thrives as a dynamic and welcoming community that embraces diversity and celebrates the richness of cultural heritage.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey of cultural exploration and engagement, led by the vision and passion of Ayla Yenidogan, our esteemed President.


   Zulha Yildiz | Vice President |

Zulha is the Vice President of the Türkiye and New Zealand Cultural Society. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Indigenous Knowledge and has been a dedicated volunteer community worker since 1994. Her main passion lies in cultural preservation and facilitating cross-cultural communication.

With extensive experience in community engagement, interpretation services, and hospitality management, Zulha brings invaluable expertise to the organization.

Through her exceptional leadership skills and unwavering commitment to cultural preservation, Zulha will undoubtedly contribute significantly to the society's continued success and growth.


   Mufid Ay | Secretary | 

Born in Turkey and with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering, I embarked on a life-changing journey when I migrated to the beautiful land of New Zealand 15 years ago. As a dedicated professional, I had the privilege of being part of one of New Zealand's most significant Telecom projects, where I contributed my expertise in computer engineering.

Beyond my passion for technology, I have diverse interests that keep me engaged outside of work. You can find me on the football field, enjoying the thrill of the game, or immersed in strategic computer games, constantly challenging my mind.

Community involvement is close to my heart, and I take pride in organizing Turkish community activities and events, fostering a sense of unity and celebration of our cultural heritage. Additionally, my compassionate nature drives me to lend a helping hand to those in need, and I have actively participated in arranging support for earthquake victims in my home country, Turkey.

Through my journey, I strive to make a positive impact, both professionally and personally, enriching the lives of those around me and fostering a strong sense of community and collaboration.


  Ali Yildiz |

Treasurer | Director of Business Engagement 

Ali Yildiz is not only the Business Engagement Director for the Turkey and New Zealand Cultural Society but also a dedicated business coach and advisor, providing valuable support to Turkish immigrants and investors in New Zealand. With his vast experience in entrepreneurship and financial management, Ali brings a wealth of knowledge to assist individuals in achieving their business goals.

Through his coaching and advising services, Ali works closely with Turkish immigrants, helping them navigate the challenges of starting and running a business in a new country. He provides valuable insights into local market dynamics, regulatory requirements, and cultural nuances, enabling them to make informed decisions and set a solid foundation for their ventures.

For Turkish investors looking to explore opportunities in New Zealand, Ali serves as a trusted guide, offering strategic advice and market analysis. He identifies potential investment prospects that align with their interests and supports them throughout the decision-making process, ensuring their investments yield positive outcomes.

Ali Yildiz's dedication to empowering Turkish immigrants and investors is deeply rooted in his belief that cultural exchange and economic collaboration go hand in hand. By assisting individuals in realizing their entrepreneurial dreams and investment aspirations, he plays a crucial role in fostering stronger ties between Turkey and New Zealand, ultimately contributing to the growth and prosperity of both communities.



  Engin Yenidogan |

Director of Community Engagement and Membership   

Engin Yenidogan is a dedicated board member with a focus on Community Engagement at the Turkish Cultural Society. With a background in senior educational leadership and a passion for fostering inclusive learning environments, he brings valuable expertise to the society. Serving as a Member of Senior Leadership team at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa/DynaSpeak Aukaha, Engin has a deep understanding of the importance of fostering learning communities where every individual's unique contributions are celebrated., he prioritizes educational policies, team development, organisational change management.  wellbeing, and learning support. Engin's warm and approachable demeanor encourages collaboration and meaningful partnerships with diverse communities. He is committed to enhancing the society's impact and promoting cultural exchange within the community.


  Fehmi Noyan Isi |

Director of Technology and Innovations

Fehmi Noyan Isi is an active member of the Turkish and New Zealand Cultural Society, where he holds the role of Director of Technology and Innovations. With a strong background in engineering, he has excelled as a senior engineer in a private company. Beyond his professional achievements, Fehmi finds joy in spending time outdoors and engaging in community work, actively contributing to the betterment of his community.


Board Members


   Oguzhan Ozturk |

Oguzhan arrived in New Zealand in 2008. Graduated from Mugla University, Faculty of Business Administration. Studied Applied Linguistics at Victoria University. Has been working in the hospitality industry. Also, has worked for other charities as a volunteer. 

Currently lives and works in Wellington. Enjoys hiking, cycling and outdoor activities. He has been a member of the society since 2015.