Founder & Curator
Startupbootcamp Istanbul Mentor
Melek is a motivated and personable business leader with domestic and international experience in both start-ups and large organizations. She thrives in dynamic environments and challenging positions and is an evangelist extraordinaire.
Melek Pulatkonak worked in the Emerging Business Team at Microsoft in Istanbul. Before that she was the President & COO of Hakia, a semantic search technology company. Most recently, she was the Associate Partner of Star Venture Group (SVG), a venture capital firm with investments in the U.S. and Turkey. Prior to her work at SVG, she was the Advisor to the Chairman of the Istanbul Stock Exchange and a Research Associate at the New York Stock Exchange. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.Sc. degree from London School of Economics and Political Science. In her play time, Melek organizes TEDx events, was an active leader of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club, advised Girls in Tech NY and Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable and planned pitching events for the Turkish Founders’ Club in New York.
Melek is the Curator of the Turkish Women’ International Network.