Co-Founder & CTO, Whole Surplus
ÖSS Scholarship recipientComputer Science Bachelor’s Degree and Intelligent Systems Engineering Master’s Degree obtained at Istanbul Bilgi University. Experienced in Tech and Software Development Projects
Graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, Atilla obtained a MBA from Quinlan School of Business. Skilled in startup development, and experienced in brand and construction management.
Co-Founder, Impact Hub Istanbul
Graduated from NYU Stern School of Business specializing in Social Impact and Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Designed the NYU Impact Investing Fund and was a Kiva Fellow in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Chief Producer, Workinlot
BA in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and an MBA from University at Buffalo. Experience working in management and strategy consulting. Turkey partner of Business Models Inc., designed his own consultancy practice “Betakorp”, now chief producer at Workinlot.
Ayse Damla Iseri
Founder & President of Executive Board, Dem Dernek
Social entrepreneur, Founder and President Executive Board. Experience as a News Reporter and in Social Project Management, graduated with a Master’s degree inSocial Projects and NGO Management from Istanbul Bigli University.
Founder, Innovation for Development
Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Civil Rights and Social Action volunteering experiences. BA in Political Science and Government from the Istanbul Bigli University. M.Phil Public Administration from University of Bergen. Sustainability research and consultancy experiences.
Expertise in Human Centred Design and as an Illustrator. MA in Industrial and Product Design from Middle East Technical University, focusing on design for rural development and Smart Village Project
Co-founder, Reflect Studio
Hult Prize Dubai Regional Finalist. BA in Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship from Robert College. Program Coordinator at Koç University, Fellow at Türkiye Girişimcilik Vakf, experienced in business development focusing on social impact.
Instructor, Ozyegin University, Operating Advisor, Technolera
Instructor with experience at the Istanbul Chamber of Industry and Istanbul Kemerburgaz University. MBA Business Administration and Management focusing on Knowledge Management, Organization Design and Change. Phd in Organization Studies-Entrepreneurship.
Rana Babac Celebi
Aromatherapist & Veterinary Technician
Clinical aromatherapist, Veterinary Technician and History of Medicine researcher at Medipol University’s Medical Faculty. Experience as an advisor for Impact Hub Istanbul, Founder ofCerciYusuf and Partner at Atelier Aromaterpi for the past 10 years.
Co-Founder – Impact Hub Istanbul
MA in Management focusing on business strategy and finance from LSE. Business analyst and consultancy experience in the UK, German and Turkish market. Co-Founder of Impact Hub Istanbul.
CEO & Founder – Keyzy
Graduated from the Istanbul University specialising in Computer programming and software project management.
CEO and Founder of Keyzy focusing on SMEs and software licencing.
Co-Founder – Otsimo
Tech social entrepreneur. Asoka Fellow. Social Impact awards including
Leader of Tomorrow award from the St. Gallen Symposium. Computer
Science Graduate from Middle East Technical University.
Co-Founder – Hasat
Nature-based un-consultant and facilitator. European Business
Awards for the Environment, Winner Istanbul Chamber of Industry,
ÇEVKO Green Dot Awards, ÇEDBİK Sustainability Award. Two MA
European Social Policy from KU Leven, European Integration and
Development from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Basak Demir Saral
Co-Founder – DCUBE Circular Economy Innovation Cooperative
15 years experience in sustainable development. Active member of
Global Entrepreneurship Network, TOBB Youth and Women
Entrepreneurship Boards of Turkey and the national Network on Checks
and Balances. Executive board of the World Academy for Local
Democracies of UCLG-MEWA.
Managing Director – StartersHub US & Startupbootcamp Scale San
Electronic trading system for Istanbul Stock Exchange, ten years in Dogan
Holding. Advisor and board member for start-ups. Marketing, e-commerce,
digital and social media, and entrepreneurship at universities and corporate
Co-Founder – Viveka Technology Incubator
Bilkent University Graduate. Technology start-up business strategy in
emerging countries. Gamification. Data collection of smart grid
Advisory CFO – FineDineMenu, Co-Founder – Benfity
Decade experience in sound consultancy and strategic management
positions. Half a decade experience with scale phase startups.
BA in Economic from Middle East Technical University
Director of Strategy and Finance – Thread In Motion
BA Industrial Engineering and MSc in International Management from Koç
University. Total Cost of Ownership Model Project for PERA EEMEA.
Investment and Legal Affairs experience.
Chief Operating Officer – Viveka
Specialized in international cooperation activities, focus on science,
technology and innovation. PhD International Relations from Middle
East Technical University. Published Working Document: Towards a
vision for research, technology and innovation cooperation between
Russia and the E.U
Co-Founder & CEO – Thread In Motion
Forbes 30 Under 30. Mechatronics Engineering degree from Okan
University. Connect smart textile technologies. Motif Textile board
Coordinator – SUCOOL (Sabanci University Startup Acceleration Center
Founder – KHRMN.co
YouTube talk-show program on technology and entrepreneurship. BSc
Manufacturing Systems and Industrial Engineering with Merit
Scholarship. MA Engineering Management. TÜBİTAK Innovative
Entrepreneur’s Road Map grant program.
Co-Founder – Paym.es
Software development and management, BSc Computer Science and
Engineering. MSc Computer Engineering. Team Lead for Turkcell
TariffMan handover project with Ericsson.
Co-Founder & CEO – REENGEN
BA Electrical and Electronics Engineering minor in Nanotechnology
from Middle East Technical University. Smart Grid Graduate from
Technische Universitat Berlin. Executive Program Exponential
Technologies – Digital Energy
Founder – Mikado Consulting
20 years experience in sustainable development. Ashoka Fellow.
Eisenhower Fellow. BMW Responsible Leader Award. International
NGO programs and Civic Activism. Senior expert for UNDP projects.
Co-founder & CEO – Doktar
Business Transformation and Management consulting. BSc Industrial
Engineering from Purdue University. Fluent in English, Turkish and
Tuba Yilmaz Gozbasi
Assistant Professor – Ozyegin University,
Co-Founder – Optiyol
Mathematical Modelling and Operations Research. AI for
Transportation. BSc Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University.
PhD Industrial and Systems Engineering specializing in Supply Chain
Co-Founder – Fonzip, Co-Founder – Yuvarla
Award in Çözüm Kumbarası and from Sabancı University Social
Investment Program. Innovation Management. BSc Information
Systems. MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management KTH
Royal Institute of Technology.
Co-Founder – Proente
Software Development and Software Project Management. BSc
Computer Science and Engineering Sabanci University. MSc Computer
Engineering Istanbul Technical University. Experienced IT Specialist and
Arzu Deniz Aksoy
International marketing & communication experience in CPG/B2B with
Fortune 100 companies. Honored in the “Global 500 Turks”, “Best 50
Corporate Communications Director in Turkey”. MBA Communications
and Media Studies.
Founding Partner – DCube
Member of TOBB's Young Entrepreneurs Board and Women
Entrepreneurs Board. BA International Relations and Affairs. MA
European Union Law. Habitat Development and Governance
Founding Partner – FutureBright Group of Companies
17 years experience in advertising, marketing strategies, brand
management and market research. Golden Effie. BA Business and
Administration Bilkent University. MBA Marketing.
Founder – Onemsiyoruz
10 years experience in design communication. BSc Industrial Design
Anadolu University. Volunteer experience in the areas of health and
social services. Bilgi Young Social Entrepreneur Awards
Co-Founder&CEO – Biolive
Food Engineering. BA Chemistry. MA Business Administration Istanbul Technical University.
Biotechnology, Business Development. Forbes The Fortune 40 Under 40 Years Business Award.
Sustainability Consultant – S360
Strategic Management Consultancy focused on sustainability and
Innovation for industry-leading clients. Data analytics. BSc Engineering
Physics, MSc Clean and Renewable Energies.
Resilience Advisor – UNDP Turkey
Disaster risk management and recovery specialist. Climate Resilient
Advisor for UNDP Turkey. Professor at the University of Rome. UN
Disaster Assessment and Coordination. World Bank Post Disaster Need
Assessment. MSc Engineering Management. Master of Design Studies
Risk and Resilience Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Ali Erhat Nalbant
Founder – Arf
Multiple Publications. Best Director in EMEA – Start-Up Ecosystem
Builder Award. BSc Aerospace Engineering. Product and Business
Fashion Designer – Ozlem Erkan Studio
Senior Creative Director and Textile Fashion Design consultant,
personalised designs and applications. Istanbul Fashion Week.
Board Member – Inveon
McKinsey & Company Alumni. Management consultancy projects for multinationals and public sector. Agribusiness and ecological farming.
Co-founder, spokesperson and chairman of Vote and Beyond – independent election monitoring organisation