In the photo there is a woman smiling, looking at the camera and showing her teeth. Her hair is brown, curly and shoulder-length. She wears a black blouse, a red jacket and a necklace of white stones.

Melek Pulatkonak, Founder of TurkishWIN and Ceyda Karadaş Coordinator of Purple Certificate Program in Sabancı University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence were the guests of the tenth programme, which was broadcasted on Açık Radio (94.9)  on Monday, 14 September at 14.00. Pulatkonak and Karadaş talked about the new education models that focus on peer to peer learning and their effect on gender equality.

In the photo, there is a woman with dark brown hair and tied at the back. The woman's eyes are brown, looking at the camera.She wore earrings. She is holding a yellow, green-eyed cat on her lap.

Melek Pulatkonak - Founder of TurkishWIN

Melek Pulatkonak is the Founder of the Turkish Women’s International Network, a global sisterhood network for change, and BinYaprak, a bigger sisterhood circle for women of Turkey to inspire and empower each other. Melek is an entrepreneur, TEDster, and a curator. Most recently, she worked at Microsoft’s Global Startup Business Team. Before that, she was Deputy General Manager at Microsoft Turkey, responsible for the Developer and Platform Evangelism. Prior to moving back to Turkey for her Microsoft leadership position, Melek was the President and COO of Hakia, a semantic technology company in New York.

Before her tech entrepreneurship journey, Melek held various roles in the finance sector in New York, ranging from advising the chairman of the Istanbul Stock Exchange to ADR researcher as the Research Associate at the New York Stock Exchange. She holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a B.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ceyda Karadaş - Coordinator of Purple Certificate Program

Ceyda Karadas, born in 1986, Ankara, received her Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Ege University İzmir, and Master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies Program from Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She wrote her thesis on beauty perception of women before and after the experience of aesthetic surgery. Her area of interest in gender studies are beauty perception, and women’s visibility in religion. After her ten-year career in other institutions, she started working as the Coordinator of Purple Certificate Program in Sabancı University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence. In addition to trainings on Basic Concepts on Gender and Beauty Perception, Ceyda is the co-supervisor of 2019-2020 PROJ 201: Gender Sensitive Visual Design project group.