Sr. Projects and Programs Associate
Hi, I’m Cihan, I’m the Senior Associate for Projects and Programs at ATÖLYE. I’m motivated by projects that create a positive impact on society. I also enjoy creating, leading, and implementing social and entrepreneurship projects whilst collaborating with individuals and organizations from diverse backgrounds.
Cihan joined ATÖLYE in 2021 as Senior Project and Programs Associate where his work focuses on designing, implementing, and leading social impact projects. With degrees in Public Relations and Marketing, his expertise is grounded in robust networking and business development abilities.
During his time at Habitat and IDEMA, he took part in social responsibility and technology-focused development projects of organizations such as UNDP, Microsoft, Visa, UPS Global Foundation, Google, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
As a social responsibility manager at Turkish Airlines, he promoted and managed the Turkish Airlines Employee Volunteering Community named “Widen Your Heart.” Moreover, he was involved in multiple social projects implemented by global Turkish Airlines branches all around the world.
After his professional work experience in Turkey, He moved to Silicon Valley to take a role within the Starcamp International Incubation Center, which was launched by a consortium of five universities from Turkey, where Cihan designed and led multiple acceleration programs and demo days for Turkish Entrepreneurs. For Üsküdar University’s Technology and Transfer Office, Cihan ran intrapreneurship programs for teachers and students.
His previous experience involves identifying entrepreneurship center strategies, particularly design pre-incubating, incubation, and acceleration programs on health technologies. Cihan is also the founder of Connect2SF, an initiative that helps young entrepreneurs to expand their startups to Silicon Valley
In his spare time, Cihan enjoys reading newsletters, publications, and books on technology. He loves cooking at home and is passionate about following cutting-edge technologies. Cihan regularly writes on his Medium page.