Arzu Özyol graduated from Middle East Technical University in 1983 and received MBA degree from İstanbul Bilgi University in 2002. In May 2013, she completed her PHD study on Bioethic Environmental Politics.
During the studies of her PhD, she got two courses on Global Energy and Environmental Politics an Environmental Politics from Harvard University in 2009 -2010.
From 1983 to 2002, Arzu Özyol worked in Construction Company as an Environmental Engineer. She has established her own company HYDRA Project and Consulting Company in 2003. The major speciality of her company is developing and managing projects for EU-funds besides providing training programs for public and private institutions and technical, administrative and financial follow-up services for on-going projects.
She is working actively for BPW since 2006. She founded the first BPW Club in Ankara-Turkey with twenty members. In 2010, the national federation was established with 100 members. She has attended all CSW Meetings since 2006 and taken an influential roles during the BPW Leadership Summits and Annual WEPs Meetings held in New York. Since the launch of the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business, BPW-Turkey have completed four EU-funded projects and realised four high-level international events in the framework of WEPs under her coordination. Additionally, she arranged for the official UN WEPs booklet to be translated in Turkish and organised a side event on “Women in Green Businesses” by team work in Rio+20 (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development). She was the UN Representative of BPW International in the past 2 years. She also represent BPW International in the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors, B-MENA initiative (Broader Initiative for Civil Society in North Africa and Middle East) of the USA Department of Government that was started by the ex-Minister of the U.S Department of State, Hillary Clinton. Additionally, Arzu Özyol is the member of the board of the UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in Balkan Countries and coordinator of South Eastern Europe Leadership Center for Women in Business which was established by the cooperation of BPW International and UNESCO Center in 2011. She was elected as Vice President United Nation in the last BPW International Congress that was realized in Jeju Island, South Korea in May 2014.