The U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines
Melike Ann Yetken currently serves as Senior Advisor for Corporate Responsibility and U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines. In this capacity, she leads a team that works with governments, non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations to advise them to work in ways that allow them to build credibility and trust in the communities where they operate, while effectively managing risk and operating responsibly throughout the world.
Previously Ms. Melike was Director for African Affairs on the National Security Council at The White House, where she had responsibility to create the first-ever head of state summit between the United States and Africa including the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum to increase trade and investment with leading corporate executives operating in Africa. Bringing together one fourth of the world’s leaders and leading CEOs to Washington for a three day summit, this event was the largest convening of heads of state by a U.S. president since 1945. In this role, Ms. Yetken was also responsible for advancing the U.S.-Africa trade preference program, the African Growth and Opportunity Act and expanding President Obama’s Power Africa initiative – created to double the number of people that have access to power in sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to this position, and since 2004, Ms. Yetken served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State. Her assignments included leading the Business and Human Rights section in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and serving as lead U.S. negotiator at both the UN General Assembly in New York and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
In 2012, Ms. Yetken was nominated and selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to participate in the Global Agenda Council on Human Rights, the world’s foremost interdisciplinary brain trust of innovative thinking on global human rights issues. This network convenes the most relevant and knowledgeable peer-level thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society in an effort to challenge conventional thinking, develop pertinent insights and create innovative solutions to address key global challenges. She was named a WEF Young Global Leader.
Ms. Yetken graduated with honors from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs where she received her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a focus on public policy and international affairs. She was named a distinguished alumna from Indiana University in 2010. She speaks Turkish and studied at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.