Melis Ozturk

Melis Ozturk

  • ATI Student Associate/ TEXVMS (venture mentoring) Program Coordinator
    • Coordinating the platform of 30 ventures and 90 mentors on board
    • Contributing to technology commercialization efforts of ventures
    • Organizing ecosystem engagement events and workshops
  • Business Development Lead at Global Commercialization Agency, a start-up that aims to foster cross-border tech transfer
  • Chief Strategy Officer at Entrepreneurship and Innovation Agency of the Graduate Student Assembly
  • President of the Youth Empowerment for International Diplomacy, a part of the G20 Young Leaders Platform
  • Latest Achievements:
    • The first place winner team at the “New Venture Creation Business Plan Competition” by McCombs School of Business
    • Top-20 out of 500+ projects at “the Smart Future Innovation Competition” by Istanbul Chamber of Commerce
    • Top-5 out of 150+ hackers at the “A-Hack-of-the-Drones” hackathon by US Army Futures Command
  • Previously; 8+ years in world-class financial institutions
    • 2+ years at BBVA Turkey Corporate and Investment Banking (Garanti Securities) as a senior research analyst in fixed-income and macroeconomy
    • 2+ years at Investor Relations department of BBVA Turkey (Garanti Bank – Largest MCAP Bank in Turkey)
    • 3+ years at Unlu & Co, one of the largest M&A houses in Turkey
  • Received J. William Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies in the US (2007)
  • MS in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) at McCombs School of Business, UT Austin (May 2019)
  • MA in Economics at NYU with full-tuition scholarship (2007-2009)
  • BA in Economics and Business, at Koc University in Turkey (2002-2007)
  • Award-winning painter from multiple art competitions in Turkey

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