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 in emerging markets. 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.
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 in technology industries in emerging markets.
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 MBA programs in Turkey and Webster University in Vienna. 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 NATO, UNL, Ecole 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.
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.