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Science and Business Together Can Be a Force of Good – Ozge Akbulut

Ozge is a real life Dr. Who. In this episode we talked about how she uses her expertise as a scientist, academic and entrepreneur to build business that solve global problems.

Ozge Akbulut is a real life Dr. Who – scientist, academic and entrepreneur. A Harvard and MIT engineering graduate, Ozge uses her research and experience to build businesses that solve global problems. For example, as 1 in 8 women globally will get breast cancer – Ozge has built a company called Surgitate that makes breast models to train surgeons in mastectomy. When she realised how much manufacturing cement pollutes the environment, she sought out ways to improve that and create sustainable solutions.

In this episode we talked about being super-nerds, doing scientific research that improves lives and starting a business with the right partners and backers. So if you have a background in science, academia or entrepreneurship – or an interest in solving big global problems and instilling that curiosity in others – this episode is for you!

We also touched on gender parity at Turkey’s Sabanci University… About 50% of the material science students are women; and even more impressive is the gender split of the university teaching faculty: 50% female! One of the highest in Europe.

If you would like to get in touch with Ozge or learn more about her work, please visit or find her on Twitter @matist_ozge.

A huge thank you to Naseba and the WIL Economic Forum for making this interview possible.