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Özlem Denizmen

Founder & CEO

Moneye

İstanbul, TR

Özlem Denizmen
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Özlem’s Biography

Özlem Denizmen is an entrepreneur, financial expert, fintech founder, and passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment.

Özlem is the Founder & CEO of Moneye, an app that uses behavioural science to steer users away from “unnecessary” spending towards saving for their financial goals. Moneye has partnered with İşbank, Turkey’s largest private bank, and received financial backing from Mastercard, its wallet infrastructure. It aims to become the most trusted alternative financial services solution in Turkey.

Believing that a lack of financial freedom, particularly for women, is a root cause of many social problems, Özlem has dedicated herself to driving the financial literacy and inclusion movement in Turkey.

With this goal in mind, she founded Para Durumu, a financial literacy initiative that produces interactive, user-oriented content to help people better manage their money. Through the Para Durumu TV programme, Özlem reaches seven million viewers monthly, and has become a trusted source of financial advice.

Özlem was also Founder & Chair of FODER, a non-profit organisation...
Özlem Denizmen is an entrepreneur, financial expert, fintech founder, and passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment.

Özlem is the Founder & CEO of Moneye, an app that uses behavioural science to steer users away from “unnecessary” spending towards saving for their financial goals. Moneye has partnered with İşbank, Turkey’s largest private bank, and received financial backing from Mastercard, its wallet infrastructure. It aims to become the most trusted alternative financial services solution in Turkey.

Believing that a lack of financial freedom, particularly for women, is a root cause of many social problems, Özlem has dedicated herself to driving the financial literacy and inclusion movement in Turkey.

With this goal in mind, she founded Para Durumu, a financial literacy initiative that produces interactive, user-oriented content to help people better manage their money. Through the Para Durumu TV programme, Özlem reaches seven million viewers monthly, and has become a trusted source of financial advice.

Özlem was also Founder & Chair of FODER, a non-profit organisation she set up to formalise her mission to improve financial education in Turkey. FODER works with businesses, governmental agencies and other NGOs to help more Turkish people become financially literate.

As a leading voice for women's empowerment, Özlem holds several board and advisory positions at organisations dedicated to this cause. She is also a sought-after speaker, the author of three books aimed at understanding the importance of financial freedom, and contributes to several respected publications.

Özlem holds an MBA in Financial Management from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Cornell University. She has attended leadership programmes at Stanford Graduate School of Business, GE Crotonville, Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. Özlem is married to a Turkish entrepreneur and has two sons.
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Özlem’s Background

Moneye
Founder & CEO
Sep 2018 - Present
İstanbul, TR
The Moneye app aims to help ~100,000 users to achieve their financial life goals, providing tips and tricks on how to save, and advising on the best ways to spend money responsibly. It is partnered with İşbank and Mastercard its wallet infrastructure.
Para Durumu
Founder
2010 - Present
İstanbul, TR
Multi-platform financial literacy initiative Para Durumu provides useful content and advice on making smart financial decisions. It is accredited by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Özlem’s Gallery

Board Positions

Doğuş Otomotiv
Board Member
2006 - Present
İstanbul, TR
Doğuş Otomotiv is the automotive arm of Doguş Grubu. The firm is involved in a number of industries, including energy, automotive, retail, construction, broadcasting and real estate. Doğuş Otomotiv is the company with the widest brand and service network in Turkey in its sector.

Previous Board Positions

Independent Women Directors (IWD)
Board Member & Advisor Member
2012 - 2017
İstanbul, TR
The Independent Women Directors Project is an initiative by Sabanci University to encourage the appointment of women in senior management positions.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Board Member
May 2014 - Dec 2020
Amsterdam, NL
The Global Reporting Initiative is a standard-setting organisational body. It assists organisations in their efforts to honestly report on their environmental impact and sustainability.

Current Advisory Roles

Cornell University
Member
2014 - Present
Ithaca, NY, USA
Cornell University's President's Council of Cornell Women is made up of highly skilled and talented alumni dedicated to increasing the participation of women within the institution.

Previous Advisory Roles

Fora | Network For Change
Member
2016 - 2018
Previously known as G(irls)20, Fora is a centre of excellence aimed at turning young women into future leaders. Özlem sits on its Advisory Council.
Child & Youth Finance International
Media Advisory Board Member
2010 - 2019
Amsterdam, NL
The Child & Youth Finance International's mission was to create a platform for the financial inclusion and financial education of young people. After achieving its aim, the organisation closed its doors in December 2019.
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Philanthropy

FODER | The Financial Literacy and Inclusion Association of Turkey
Founder & Chair
2012 - 2019
İstanbul, TR
FODER is a non-profit organisation committed to improving financial literacy in Turkey. Özlem founded FODER as part of her desire to expand the financial literacy movement that she started.

Media

Özlem Denizmen ile Para Durumu | Money Status with Özlem Denizmen
Presenter
İstanbul, TR
Özlem has been hosting Para Durumu (Money Status) on Turkish news channel NTV since 2019. This is the most recent iteration of the financial literacy programme that first started airing in 2010. It aims to educate individuals on how to gain control of their finances.
Özlem Denizmen'le Kadınca | Women with Özlem Denizmen
Presenter
İstanbul, TR
Özlem hosted a weekly television programme aimed at women, featuring informative inserts and motivational interviews. The show aired on Star TV from 2016 to 2019.
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Interviews

Özlem Denizmen | Turkey's Financial TV Guru
Interviewee
İstanbul, TR
Özlem discusses her passion for financial education, particularly that of women and the path she has taken in her career.

Publications

Bolluk ve Bereket Icin Yer Ac
Author
Oct 2015
İstanbul, TR
In Bolluk ve Bereket Icin Yer Ac, Özlem explains that, in order to understand your relationship with money, it is important to first understand yourself.
Cebinde Mucize Yarat
Author
Apr 2012
İstanbul, TR
Cebinde Mucize Yarat! is a guidebook to financial understanding in which Özlem helps readers to better understand their connection with finances.
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Memberships

TÜYİD
Member
Levent, TR
TÜYİD (Turkish Investor Relations) promotes and encourages collaboration among investor relation professionals and the groups they are invested in, namely management, private investors, shareholders and employees. Their aim is to assist Turkish capital markets achieve international standards.
TÜSİAD
Member
2005 - 2015
İstanbul, TR
TÜSİAD (Turkish Industry & Business Association) is a non-governmental organisation promoting financial welfare through enterprise. Established in 1971, the voluntary body encourages healthy business competition and business cohesion across sectors.
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Awards & Endorsements

2011 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
Award Recipient
2011
Cologny, CH
Young Global Leaders are highly accomplished individuals who have made a mark in their field of expertise.
American Turkish Society
Award Recipient
2011
New York, NY, USA
The American Turkish Society aims to unite the two nations through investment, business, civil service and community engagement.
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Training & Management Courses

Harvard Kennedy School
Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century
2013
Cambridge, MA, USA
The Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership conducts research in order to provide effective leadership skills to government, non-profit and commercial executives. Özlem completed The Future of Capitalism programme, part of Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century.
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Harvard Business School
Advanced Management Program
2008
Boston, MA, USA
Harvard Business School is Harvard University's world-renowned graduate business school. It offers a full-time MBA, doctorate degrees, HBS Online, and a variety of executive education programmes.
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Speaking Engagements

Elevating Women Financially In The Middle East
Speaker
New York, NY, USA
Özlem delivers a practical talk about wealth and women, particularly in the EMEA region. She also discusses the importance of women having financial independence and the confidence that comes with this.
Para Karakterini Biliyor Musun? | Özlem Denizmen | TEDxIzmir
Speaker
Feb 2020
İzmir, TR
In this talk titled "Do you know your money?", Özlem unpacks the impact of money on our lives and advocates for a better relationship with it.
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Özlem’s Education

MIT Sloan School of Management
MBA – Financial Management
1997 - 1999
Cornell University
Bachelor of Science – Industrial Management
1992 - 1994
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