Deniz is a corporate strategist, ex-auditor, MBA grad, scuba diver, lover of wildlife and social entrepreneurship. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (B.S. Economics/Math) she started her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young where participated and later lead teams in the audit of various sectors mainly banking, insurance, production, news and media sectors. After receiving her MBA degree at Koc University, Istanbul, she co-founded her first company, Balyolu: The Honey Road. Balyolu is a social business, the first of its kind honey tasting, eco-tracking journey led and inspired by local women beekeepers & rural entrepreneurs, where travelers can explore the unique tastes and diversity of Turkish honey, the ancient nomadic travel routes of northeastern Turkey, and the artisan culture of rural communities in the region.
Balyolu won several prestigious awards and was at the time the most funded food-related Kickstarter campaign.
Deniz mentors women entrepreneurs and acts as the Secretary General of Arya Women Investment Platform. She is also the Istanbul Chapter President of Ellevate, the largest global women’s network in the world, and a member of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association, Turkey.