• Thought Leadership

    Highlights of my research and writing on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to impact investing

    Refugee-Led SMEs

    A Market Assessment of Syrian SMEs in Turkey

    Survey of 230 small and medium-sized enterprises led by Syrian refugee and migrant entrepreneurs in Turkey

    Diversity & Inclusion

    The Untapped Potential of Supplier Diversity in Turkey

    Research brief on the global applications of supplier diversity, including refugee inclusion, specifically in Turkey

    Refugee Lens Investing 

    Unlocking Refugee Self-Reliance 
    in the UK

    Researched and authored a market assessment with Refugee Lens Investing opportunities from employment to entrepreneurship

    Refugee Lens Enterprises

    Investor Showcase Publication

    Led a refugee-lens business growth program, culminating in a publication to facilitate connections with impact investors and other support

    Social Enterprise & Impact Investing  

    Balancing Markets and Values

    Researched and co-authored with Catherine H. Clark in collaboration with Investors' Circle and Social Venture Network

  • Professional Highlights

    I am experienced in nonprofit leadership, program management, partnerships, external relations, and more

    Entrepreneurship Lead,
    Refugee Investment Network

    I led development of a new regional refugee lens investing program; advised impact investors on strategy; established new partnerships; built and led a global community of refugee-owned and refugee-supporting businesses; advised a corporate impact initiative serving marginalized small business owners.

    Program Director,
    Building Markets

    My leadership contributed to securing multi-year, multi-million-dollar grants for our projects in Turkey and Jordan and providing support and visibility to over 2,000 refugee-led businesses to create local jobs.

    Executive Director,
    The American Turkish Society

    I mobilized supporters around a new vision of US-Turkey relations and established a high-profile annual event celebrating corporate leaders and partnerships. Wide-ranging programs I designed and executed included policy discussions, conferences, educational grants, and cultural events.

    Advisor & Consultant

    Participated as an external expert for organizations including Village Capital, World Economic Forum, and SPARK.

  • Education

    Trained in business, economics, and social enterprise

    Columbia Business School

    MBA (2001-2003)

    Social Enterprise, Management, Entrepreneurship

    Beta Gamma Sigma


    Tashman Turkish Fellowship, awarded to students with promise of continued high achievement, a sincere desire to improve the lives of others, and leadership skills


    Tamer Center for Social Enterprise  

    Teaching/Research Assistant in Social Entrepreneurship; Leadership in Net Impact and Global Social Venture Competition; Summer Fellow at Endeavor Global


    Colorado College

    BA (1994-1998)


    Summa Cum Laude


    International Merit Scholarship

    Senior Thesis Award in Economics: Migration and Labor Markets



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