Özgür Bayraktar, MBA
1986, Çayeli/Rize

I decided to do business professionally on the internet when I was a student in New York during the year 2007, where I was preparing for an MBA.

Between 2007 and 2009, I worked as a Community Management and Digital Marketing consultant for multinational brands focusing on Turkey. These brands trusted me with their strategies that enabled their products to reach end users, not specifically named at the time, these products are now called ''Social Media''.

In 2009, I was the Digital Communication Consultant of the Governor Candidates of Turkey's Party in power, in Istanbul. During this process, Turkish Politicians became familiar with social media for the first time.

In October 2010, I joined the establishment team (1st employee) of the biggest social gaming company of the Middle East and North Africa: Peak Games, as the Community and Marketing Director.

Also In March 2011, I was one of the Co-Founders of Krombera: The fastest growing social media agency of Turkey. (Exit)

In October 2011, I accepted the world's biggest social gaming company Zynga's offer to become the Responsible of Turkish Speaking Community.

In January 2013, I started to consulting digital-focused companies about monetization, production, business development, community development and marketing/PR subjects to make them rapidly grow in Turkey and MENA.

In July 2013, I signed 1 year contract with Doğa Venture as Vice President, Web/Mobile Investments to create new values by giving support to entrepreneurs with energy, courage and growth potential companies with my industry experience.

In the end of June 2014, I founded Bayraktar & Partners as an angel investor community to encourage prestigious Turkish professionals from different industries to invest tech companies. Aiming to provide capital support to innovative ideas with its investors, Bayraktar & Partners is consulting oncoming tech companies for capital and business development from the very first day. (Acquired by Webrazzi, Nov. 2015)

In October 2018, I appointed as an Advisor to Turkey's most popular interest-free bank ''Albaraka Türk'' to lead new fintech products.

In September 2020, I appointed as COO to Albaraka Türk's European digital banking service ''insha'' to manage all business operations - Berlin and Istanbul offices.