Melek is a TEDster, entrepreneur, and change maker. Obsessed with diversity and inclusion, she founded the Turkish Women's International Network (TurkishWIN) in 2010. At TurkishWIN, we gather open-minded and open-hearted women with cultural, professional, and family ties to Turkey to build a legacy in supporting the next generation of Turkish women and to meet women with a passion to change the ratio to know she is no longer alone in this journey.
TurkishWIN is one of the partners of the Million Women Mentors Turkey movement.
Before becoming a full-time social entrepreneur, Melek worked at Microsoft’s Global Startup Business Team. Before that, she was the Deputy GM at Microsoft Turkey responsible for the Developer and Platform Evangelism. Prior to moving back to Turkey for Microsoft, Melek was the President & COO of Hakia, a semantic technology company in New York where the company received $25 million in funding. Before her tech entrepreneurship journey, she held various roles in the finance sector in New York, ranging from advising the Chairman of the Istanbul Stock Exchange to ADR researcher as the Research Associate at the New York Stock Exchange.
Melek has an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a B.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.