Defne Samyeli

Defne Samyeli



  • You Have The Floor: Secrets of Communication
  • Media: Decision Time for the Editors & Bosses & Owners
  • Clearing Roadblocks in Your Career and Life
  • Get Wellness Soon, Through Soul, Body and Mind
  • Women in Business, Turning Risks into Opportunities

What she offers

Defne Samyeli’s elegant style and personality have helped her earn thousands of fans all over Turkey. She has been touted as one of the nicest women in media world and the hardest-working. She remains passionate about hosting or performing in front of live audiences or being chairperson for the panels. Defne Samyeli will enhance any corporate or public event.

How she presents

She is lively, engaging and open. Her speech style has been described as refreshing, charming, endearing and very friendly.

Defne Samyeli is one of Turkey’s best known and top-rated media personalities and journalists. Having spent more than fifteen years hosting flagship news programs on Kanal D and Show TV, interviewing prime ministers and politicians of all stripes, she became a trusted source of news in Turkey. She is a gifted communicator, reknowned in Turkish television circles for not having to rely on scripts or teleprompters, speaking with precision, clarity and from the heart.

Those are some of the reasons Ms. Samyeli was entrusted by the Turkish Football Federation to present, in Geneva, the country’s recent bid for the Euro 2016 Championships. Defne Samyeli can provide expertise on a range of topics: communications; politics; journalism; leadership; physical and emotional wellness and, given her degree in Business Administration, the critical nexus that exists between commerce and communications.

Ms. Samyeli is Advisory Board member of Bahçeşehir University American Studies Center, member of KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey), member of Homeless Animals and Environmental Protection Society and Participant/Activist for organizations to promote equal rights for women. She is a participant in SHOW TV project: ‘Yaşasın Okulumuz’ to establish schools for underprivileged children. She has also lectured on ‘Media Practices’ at Bahçeşehir University’s journalism school (2009-2010).

Ms. Samyeli is currently founder & partner of television production company, Samyeli Production which provides all production services for news shows and segments for various media outlets in Turkey & abroad since 2008. She was Executive Editor of Milliyet Web TV. She was a columnist for Radikal, Güneş and Milliyet newspapers.

She has a special interest in singing musical theatre, reading, and spending time with children and animals.


  • Kısa Lafın Uzunu (2014)


  • New York Festivals 2000 & 2001: TV Programming & Promotion – Silver World Medal, ‘Best News Anchor’
  • Numerous awards, presented by universities, high schools, and various civic & professional organizations


“She articulated our feelings on the press meeting and premiere night for our 25th anniversary. We were very impressed by her newsman personality, professionalism, successful presentation and grace. We were very glad to work together. We would like to express our sincere thanks.”

Presentation Languages: Turkish, English, French

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