Polen Gökbuget

Polen Gökbuget

Senior Project Manager

Hi, I’m Polen, I’m a Project Manager at ATÖLYE —I love reading, researching and learning.  I am constantly looking for new challenges and new things to learn. I thrive on change and growth. As an advocate of community power, I always share what I learn and support each community member to bring their full potential. Meanwhile, I define myself as an activating agent since I have an endless inner energy which keeps the community’s energy up!


What you won't learn from my bio
I’m a former ballerina.

Polen joined ATÖLYE in 2020 as Project Manager where her work focuses on leading efficient and lean project management lifecycles with tangible business results. ​By having a diverse skill set and knowledge base, her generalist point of view brings the ability to connect the dots between knowledge and ideas. The projects led by Polen are ranging from designing customer experience and launching community initiatives for global and local companies. Alongside her client-facing roles, she supports the Design Studio on building trustworthy relations with its affiliates and creating sustainable micro communities.


Her experiences in diversified communities have a huge impact on her abilities on flexibility and adaptability. She participated in the BFTF initiative sponsored by the US Department of States in 2008. She is currently a Faculty Leader at CIYO Turkey, a leadership program for women, and Advisor at TurkishWIN. In 2019, Polen met with the Earth Wisdom Teaching of Delicate Lodge which is deeply rooted in the ancient native cultures of the Americas. She has been training in the CGT, focusing on ​a number of contemporary approaches to create what is wanted in personal, organizational and community life.​


Before joining ATÖLYE, she worked at EY as a management consultant after graduating from Koç University in 2015 and her focus was transformation and restructuring. As a curious learner, Polen ended her consultancy career and started to explore the startup environment.


In her spare time, she continues to heal her spirit by reading and journaling, to nurture her body by doing sports, to fill her heart with love by connecting with her beloved friends, and by playing with her dog Magic.