Mert Çetinkaya
Senior Lead, ATÖLYE Academy
Hi, I am Mert. I am leading ATÖLYE’s Academy. I like helping people to act on their bold ideas and create an impact that is meaningful for them and their community.

Mert is an experienced facilitator, organizational development consultant, design strategist, and instructor. He is energized by helping individual changemakers, teams, and organizations to unlock their true potential and become more adaptive while navigating complex challenges.


Mert is leading ATÖLYE’s Academy. At ATÖLYE Academy, his work focuses on supporting organizations to build a culture of innovation and internal design capabilities by running immersive learning programs, establishing community of practices, facilitating design sprints and human-centered design bootcamps. He also brings his expertise into the strategic framing of ATÖLYE’s projects and the facilitation of multi-stakeholder social innovation processes. He has extensive experience in delivering 200+ workshops and training programs.


After graduating from Koç University in Istanbul with a degree in mechanical engineering, Mert completed his graduate studies in sustainability science at Lund University, Sweden. After returning to Turkey, he joined Arama Participatory Management Consultancy, where he worked with Turkey’s prominent companies, civil society and state organizations in the areas of strategic planning and organizational change.


Between 2014 and 2017, he returned to Koç University to design and implement educational programs in the fields of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and global leadership for undergraduate students. During his time at Koç University, he taught the highly acclaimed “Changemaking in Action” course and built a core community of campus changemakers. Since January 2016, he has also been an adjunct faculty at Bilgi University, teaching design thinking and complex problem solving as part of different graduate programs.


Throughout his career, Mert was trained in systems thinking, participatory change processes, design facilitation, authentic leadership, and learning experience design. He also likes to think, read, write, and talk about complexity, design theory, and the future of consultancy work.


During weekends, Mert can be found DJing at some of Istanbul’s finest parties. He sees DJing as a craft that is very similar to facilitation and a deliberate opportunity to practice holding the space for people to have a shared emotional experience.