Didem Gordon

Phaida Ventures Founder

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Didem Gordon is an international finance expert and professional manager with 30 years of experience in banking, investment banking and asset management, especially in emerging markets.

Gordon conducts studies and researches in order to increase the use of Alternative Resolution Methods in private law disputes experienced by active institutions, investors, and start-ups in capital markets and to realize their contribution to the time-money economy. She is a member of the Advisory Board of AdrIstanbul, which provides international services in this field.

Until 2016, She has held various C-level positions in leading banks and financial institutions that are based in Turkey, Italy, the US, UK, and Japan. Gordon also took on additional responsibilities locally to support the growth of Turkish capital markets such as Vice Presidency of Turkish Asset Managers’ Association and Turkish Capital Markets Licencing Inc., Audit Committee Member of Borsa Istanbul, and BoD Member of the Turkish Capital Markets Association. She established Phaida Ventures in 2017 in order to support impact-driven projects and entrepreneurs in emerging markets as well as venture investors in the ecosystem. She currently consults to a variety of impact-driven projects. She is a co-founder at ThreeFold Foundation, a Business Consultant at ThreeFold Tech, and a Partner at Incubaid, established in Belgium. She is at the Supervisory Board of Alrai Capital, NY, and is a Senior Advisor to Motive Partners and is a Venture Partner of Ida Capital Impact Fund. Gordon also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the British Chamber of Commerce, Turkey.

Alternative Dispute Resolution



Finance Expertise


Capital Markets Professional

Non-Executive Director

Ecosystem Developer

Impact Investor


Capital Markets

Ecosystem Development

Impact Investments



Phaida Ventures – Tallinn, Estonia-Founder, 2016-cont.

DefineX – Istanbul, Turkey-Fellow Principal

ThreeFold – Incubaid, Lochristi, Belgium-Consultant

Idacapital-Venture Partner- Istanbul, Turkey

Alrai Capital – NY, USA-Supervisory Board Member

Ashmore – Istanbul, Turkey-Chairwoman, CEO and CIO, 2012-2016

Libera Capital – Istanbul, Turkey-Co-Founder and Chairwoman, 2010-2012

ING Asset Management – Istanbul, Turkey Independent Board Member, 2009

Koç Financial Services – Istanbul, Turkey, 2002-2009

Finansinvest Istanbul, Turkey-CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, 2000-2002

Garanti Bank Istanbul, Turkey-Director, Investor Relations and Strategic Planning, 1999-2000

Inter Portfoy and Strategy Securities-Chief Investment and Risk Officer, 1992-1999

Mitsui Manufacturers – San Diego & Los Angeles, CA, USA-Corporate Banking Officer, 1989-1992


MIT Sloan Management, Online Course 15.390 New Enterprises, ongoing

Harvard Business School, Summer Program on Investment Management, Summer 2003

San Diego State University, (San Diego, CA) – MBA, Finance, 1989

Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey) – BA, Finance and Marketing, 1986