A Business Strategist specialized in smart and sustainable city solutions. I help entrepreneurs, urban tech companies define market opportunities, develop strategic communication plans, and access funding.
Smarter Lovable Cities for ALL
"When technological innovation meets sustainability, the possibilities are endless. Moving forward, world leaders must harness the power of these two elements to solve the world’s most pressing issues."
Arzu Tekir is a business strategist working with the leaders of the cities and organizations to create a positive change. She has eighteen years of work experience in strategic planning, business development, strategic partnership development, and record of raising millions of funding dollars for large-scale public and private sector projects.
She is the Founder & CEO of URBANITE VENTURE helping urban tech companies transform cities. To companies solving urban problems, Urbanite Venture is the independent advisor and business partner that brings new market opportunities, better relations with the city administrations, effective communication plan and capital.
She founded the country office of the World Resources Institute's EMBARQ Sustainable Transport Program. As the Executive Director for World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities in Turkey, Arzu and her team partnered with national government and sixteen cities in Turkey and two cities in Africa to improve the quality of lives and to create a positive impact on urban mobility and urban sprawl and urban efficiency.
Previously to WRI, Arzu advised technology companies in Istanbul. She worked as European Union Projects Coordinator and External Relations Director for IT companies producing technology solutions for the cities, directed the financing of the projects and established strategic partnerships. As the new manager, she rebuilt a management consultancy company which had been inoperative for the previous three years when she started in 2003 and ran it for about two years.
Arzu designed and implemented an online program of six weeks on Smart Cities & Global Development for graduate students at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She was an MBA lecturer at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. A native of Izmir , Turkey, she holds an MA in econometrics from Dokuz Eylul University and a bachelor's degree in statistics from Ege University. She's an avid learner. She completed the programs on Smart Cities-Management of Smart Urban Infrastructures at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Leadership Programme - Global Challenges of Transport at Oxford University, and Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organisations at Harvard Kennedy School.
She was named as one of the Women of Courage Turkey by Dunya Finance & Business Daily and as one of Top 19 Women in the Environment , Yesilist, Turkey's first green-living, and sustainability platform. She is recognized as one of 10 people to follow on Twitter on urban transportation . Recently, she was selected as a mentee to the Global Ambassadors Program , organized by Vital Voices and Bank of America. She participated in the program in Chicago, in September 2017.
Arzu has been featured in various media outlets including, The Guardian , National Geographic Energy Challenge Blog , Jazeera Magazine , Bloomberg HT TV and NTV-MSNBC . As a sought-after speaker, she gives talks and moderates discussions on innovation in transportation and cities. For speaking inquiries, please go to Arzu's page on the London Speaker Bureau.
She has been writing her first book on advancing women in the workforce and planning to publish it in 2019.
Panel: Sustainable Cities and Shared Economies
Walking tour with Mayor of Istanbul Dr. Kadir Topbas and our Chair Canan Ediboglu.
'295 redesigned streets in historic Istanbul help reduce traffic crashes and save lives'
Roundtable Discussion Istanbul, 2014
"Roundtable participants noted that nearly half of the transit in Istanbul occurs on foot; yet the city, seen above, has its share of auto traffic. In order for cities around the world to grow sustainably, there needs to be a focus on green public transport."
The Bicycles as a Strong Link in the Social Chain of Sustanable Development
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For speaking inquiries please go to Arzu's page on London Speaker Bureau.
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