Before assuming the co-ceo role at Norrsken Foundation, Funda co-founded Norrsken' Impact Accelerator. In its two years, we received approximately 5000 applications from 120 countries & invested in 40 of the most promising early stage impact tech startups from around the world.
Before building the accelerator, Funda was Norrsken Foundation's COO and was responsible for the operations, partnerships and expansion to Africa and Europe. She also headed Norrsken House and was in charge of setting up and running their first entrepreneurial hub in Stockholm. Funda has been part of the management team since she joined Norrsken in its early days.
Prior to joining Norrsken, Funda worked as a market analyst, a management consultant, and an acceleration program manager helping social entrepreneurs go international. Funda earned a Ph.D. in strategic management from IESE Business School, where she focused on impact ventures and their scaling strategies. She also spent time in Silicon Valley as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Born in Turkey, Funda’s international journey also brought her through Melbourne, Barcelona, Cairo and Madurai before moving to her favorite city Stockholm several years ago.