Gulay Ozkan has an engineering mind and an artistic soul. She is an award winning entrepreneur and the founder of GEDS, a design and innovation studio that helps companies create human-centric solutions that are well-connected with human behaviour, needs, and desires. Gulay’s design-driven entrepreneurship concept was recognised by Behance Network in New York in 2012. The concept later evolved into The Design Lens, a project that empowers tech companies to create desirable experiences.
Gulay was an advisor at the Boston-based Design Management Institute, is a member of Expert Panel of Design for Europe project and listed in the EU’s Global Board Women Ready project.
Her articles have appeared in Atlantic Media’s Quartz, DMI Review, Harvard Business Review Turkey and several other outlets in four languages.
Her work around humanising tech earned her a place on Singularity University’s GSP13 programme at NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley to work on solutions to impact a billion people within a decade. After the programme, she was honoured by Innocentive in the US for her DNAGE project.
She was recently named curator of Harvard Business Review Turkey’s first Design Thinking conference in Istanbul.
Since 2015, Gulay has been the producer and presenter of a weekly TV programme on the creative economy.