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Short Bio

Gulay, an engineering mind with an artistic soul, is the founder of GEDS, an Istanbul based consultancy company focused on design-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. Her entrepreneurship concept The GO Program was awarded by Behance Network in New York in 2012. She is an advisor of several international organizations including Design Management Institute in US and listed in EU’s Global Board Women Ready project. Her articles appear on The Atlantic Media’s Quartz in US and several other outlets in English, Japanese, Arabic, and Turkish. She was recently invited to Singularity University GSP13 program at NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley to work on solutions to impact a billion people globally within a decade. She can be found on her website, www.gulayozkan.com or on Twitter at @GulayOzkan.

 

Long Bio

Gulay, an engineering mind with an artistic soul, has more than 12 years experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. During this time, she has met more than a thousand entrepreneurs and evaluated many startups in incubation centers, techno-parks and universities. Gulay was one of the key figures behind Turkey’s first technology incubation center, launched by Ericsson in 2000, where she worked with leading telecoms operators from China to South America. She and her team were instrumental in building the Turkish mobile VAS market. In 2007 Gulay founded GEDS, a consultancy company focused on design-driven innovation and entrepreneurship.

She is a mentor of US Peace Corps in Africa, Founder Institute in Turkey, and an advisory board member of  Design Management Institute (DMI) and  American Academic & Scholarly Research Center.

Gulay has developed a  design-driven entrepreneurship and innovation concept called The GO Program  that she has been teaching at Sabanci, Bogazici, Ozyegin and Bilgi Universities in Turkey.   The innovative concept has received attention from the media and brought Gulay an international success.  Gulay was awarded the99Percent fellowship by Behance Network in New York in 2012.

Gulay is the founding president of the leading Turkish project-management NGO PMI TR. She holds a BSc and an MSc in electrical engineering from ITU in Turkey and UNL-Lincoln in the US. Later, she studied drama at Studio Players, Istanbul, Turkey.  She has received several awards from NATOUNLEcole Nationale desPonts et Chaussées, and IE Business School in UK, USA, France  and Spain respectively, amongst many others.

She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Her articles appear on The Atlantic Media’s Quartz in US, Wamda in MENA, Ekonomist magazine and Al Jazeera Turk in Turkey and several other outlets in different countries in English, Japanese, Arabic, and Turkish.

She was recently invited to Singularity University GSP13 program at NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley to work on solutions to impact a billion people globally within a decade.

She is a member of KAGIDER.

She can be found on her website, www.gulayozkan.com or on Twitter at @GulayOzkan.

1 Comments

  1. Barry says:

    Turkish tech is hot! and it seems like you are up on it

 

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Gülay ÖZKAN
GEDS
Veko Giz Plaza Meydan Sok. No:3 K.13-43
34396 Maslak-İstanbul Turkey
Tel: +90 212 705 3624
E-mail: info at geds.com.tr
Twitter: @gulayozkan