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Zeynep Dereli

Founder of TINK and Author

Considering the cultural needs of our country and, in order to train their technology literate people and future entrepreneurs, Zenep Dereli has established Teknoloji ve İnsan Kolejleri (TINK) (Technology and Humanity Colleges), Turkey’ first college focusing only on humanity. In order to adapt the education to today's conditions, she examined the education models in different countries and brought Tink to life in the light of the information she obtained. Her book, Digital Natives, which revealed a special education model for Turkey, was published in October 2019. During her early career, she worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Dundas & Famous Securities in Istanbul. After this duty, she took part in Risk analysis, Research and Legislation Compliance teams at Shell Trading and Shipping company in London. After returning to Turkey, she worked as a Financial Analyst and Procurement Analyst at Shell Turkey. She continued the second part of her career by undertaking duties in various organizations that supported the development of our country's economy. The first one was working as the director of the Atlantic Council Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum. She also prepared and presented the weekly “Leaders and Decisions” program on the political agenda in SKY Türk and CNBC-E channels for a while. Later, she worked as the General Coordinator of the Turkish Policy Forum, one of the think tanks. In addition to all these, she has worked as the founder and CEO of GLOW Communications and APCO Turkey. Prior to that, she launched the social responsibility project DRUM (Dialogue, Respect and Understanding through Music). She completed her master's degree in Development Economics at SOAS University in London and graduated from Princeton University with an Engineering and Middle East Studies Certificate. Other social responsibility projects that Zeynep Dereli participated in include the ITU BMT-KAUM, in which she is a member of Advisory Board, Turkish British Chamber of Commerce, TÜBİSAD and WTech, and Endeavor, which she co-founded.