Kerem Alper

Kerem Alper

Co-founder & Chairperson

Hi, I’m Kerem, one of the co-founders of ATÖLYE. As a multidisciplinary systems thinker, I primarily contemplate about the new, the next for our organism. 


I am an avid believer in community-powered systems being the foundations of a sustainable future and I personally learn a lot from nature. 


Over the years, I’ve learned a lot from Eastern philosophy and I have been going through a personal transformation accordingly. My two favorite quotes that drive long-term thinking and community-poweredness for ATÖLYE are:

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

“The Next Buddha May Be a Sangha” Thich Nhat Hanh

What you won't learn from my bio
What few people know about me is that I am a non-practicing yoga instructor waiting to be discovered and that my mediocre superpower is to be able to fall asleep (deliberately) anywhere, anytime, for any duration.

Kerem is the co-founder of ATÖLYE. As a multidisciplinary systems thinker with a background in entrepreneurship, sustainability and design his belief and deep commitment to unleashing the creative confidence in communities and enabling meaningful change in the world is what keeps him going.

At ATÖLYE, Kerem is primarily responsible for imagining the next for ATÖLYE, whether it is paving the way for a transformative Academy or new-generation Venture Building into the ATÖLYE organization or enabling explorations in other parts of the world such as Dubai, London and Barcelona.


Kerem holds a dual masters in MBA and MS in Sustainable Systems Design from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he worked closely with Banny Banerjee – the founder of Change Labs and a leading figure in systems thinking – and David Kelley – the founder of Stanford and IDEO – the firm behind the human-centered design approach. This work has played a foundational role in forming ATÖLYE.


Prior to co-founding ATÖLYE, Kerem was working at Nest Labs (now Google Nest) back when it was a 60 person startup where he was responsible for imagining new business models and digital experiences for Nest to contribute to a home’s energy efficiency. He was behind Nest Energy Solutions – Nest’s energy savings and demand response program. 


Kerem was selected the Lightspeed Venture Partners Fellow in 2012, Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year by British Council in 2014, a Young Global Leader by the Council for the U.S. and Italy in 2016 and a Responsible Leader by BMW Foundation in 2018. 


He has lectured at Stanford, Bilgi University and Ozyegin University around human-centered design and sustainable systems design. 


Kerem is a board director of imece, Toyi, and Urla Digital Agriculture and serves on the advisory boards of kyu Community Platform (a.k.a kyu Graph) and Bozcaada Jazz Festival where he dreams to play one day.