Kerem Alper
Co-founder, ATÖLYE
Hi, I’m Kerem. I’m the co-founder of ATÖLYE. My superpower is to motivate my teammates around a vision for complex challenges that span across diverse sectors, disciplines, and stakeholders.

Kerem is an entrepreneur, systems designer, and creative strategist. Kerem obtained a dual degree in Mathematics and Environmental Economics from Wesleyan University and completed his MBA at Stanford University along with a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Design from Stanford School of Earth Sciences and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, where he also worked as a lecturer around applications of design thinking in select topics and contexts. In 2012, Kerem was selected as a Lightspeed Venture Partners Fellow through which he founded an agriculture software startup called Farmulate. Later on, he worked at Nest around digital products and new business models regarding residential energy efficiency frameworks (acquired by Google in 2014). He returned to Istanbul in 2014 as the co-founder of ATÖLYE, a transdisciplinary innovation platform. He is also an adjunct professor at Bilgi University around topics including design thinking, human-centered innovation, and venture design.


In 2014, Kerem was awarded the Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the British Council. In 2016, he was selected a Young Leader by The Council for the United States and Italy. In 2017, ATÖLYE was recognized as the most impactful spinoff of the year by Stanford Kerem has spoken at events such as REMIX Academy, Hello Tomorrow, TEDxReset, Digital Cities Summit, Stanford Global Entrepreneurship Conference, Smart Cities Summit, TEDxKocUniversity, and Inspired Istanbul, among many others. His work has been published in media channels such as Monocle, Dezeen, GQ, Fortune, Webrazzi, Hurriyet, and Campaign on topics related to entrepreneurship, innovation cultures, and design thinking. He currently serves on the boards of ATÖLYE, imece, and the European Creative Hubs Network.