Bengi is a creative leader, design strategist, service designer and an experienced facilitator.
Born in the UK, raised in Ankara, she is grounded in a triangulation of design, technology and humanities. Bengi holds her B.A. degree in Economics from Bilkent University and an MSc degree in Software Engineering at Boğaziçi University. She is currently finishing up her PhD thesis on “Innovation by Service Design” at ITU.
Prior to joining ATÖLYE as Studio Director in September 2019 she was Studio Director and Head of Creative Innovation and Design at Deloitte Digital.
Pioneering Experience Design and Interaction Design in Turkey, she started her career launching and running the Project Office in the leading software house Veripark in 2004 until she founded her own Creative Technology & Design company, Bilende in 2007. During her 10 years as a Managing Partner in Bilende she introduced Ethnography and Service Design Thinking to hundreds of projects, mentoring tens of design led entrepreneurs. In late 2017 she joined Deloitte Turkey to initiate the Creative Studio within Consulting, leading the Design Research, Innovation, Service Design, CX, UX & UI Design capabilities and helped launch Deloitte Digital. Bengi designed and facilitated 100+ design & innovation workshops for her clients, government bodies, students and NGOs.
As a visiting professor, Bengi runs the Interaction Design and Service Design studios at Istanbul Bilgi University for undergraduate Design programs since 2013. She is amongst the founders of SDN Turkey, a member of IxDA and voluntary organizer and facilitator of Istanbul Jams. Bengi has held judge & jury roles in global entrepreneurship competitions like IXDA SDC, Intel Entrepreneurship Challenge, Start-up Chile, Verizon Horizons.
Having joined ATÖLYE as Studio Director in 2019, her responsibilities include leading the business development processes in the Turkish market, managing the teaming process, coaching studio practice leads and refining the project management and learning processes of the studio.