Neşen Yücel


Patrick Bosteels

At 16 years old, Patrick decided that he would never work for a boss. He attended art school in Gent, Belgium, graduating with the skills of photographer, screen printer and filmmaker. From there, he bootstrapped too many companies to count, learning the hard way but always imbuing his efforts with a mix of creativity and technology. After 30 years of entrepreneurship in Europe, Patrick came to Turkey where he redirected his efforts toward impact creation, going for more and better startups in Turkey and the MEA region. Coworking space, startups, technology, innovation, organizing, training, mentoring and consulting are the action words he values most today. Above all, Patrick feels fortunate to do this work with his wife and partner, Neşen Yücel, in the beautiful country of Turkey. Stage-Co.com, CoderDojoTurkiye.com, Stagecoworking.com are the results.

Pelin Yıldız

Pelin comes to HiGI having most recently held the position of Branch Manager at Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. where she worked for 21 years. Between 1994-2015, Pelin learned every aspect of the banking industry, working as a Foreign Trade Specialist, In-House Instructor, and Retail Sales Coordinator. Needing to embrace her more creative side, she left the limitations of the corporate world to become a Freelance Consultant for Balance-Sheet Recruiting, Analyst before Merge and Real Estate Investment. She met with the old school friend Neşen Yücel for Stage Coworking property and clung to the team since then.

Heather Nicolaus

Heather Sonya Nicolaus is an International Development professional dedicated to achieving a higher quality of life for all people. As such, she has shaped her career and education around her two greatest passions, culture and development. Heather has designed and executed comprehensive development programs for large, international projects and has worked with smaller, community-led initiatives for local development. She is particularly proud of her work on highly sensitive projects and her collaborations with vulnerable, minority populations. Further, she enjoys conducting research and project analyses in order to inform future policy and glean best practices.Heather also has extensive experience in the field of international education where she worked not only as an educator but as a university administrator forging international partnerships, coordinating academic conferences and enriching educational programs with cross-cultural exchange.
Heather holds a Master’s degree in International Development from the George Washington University. Before attending graduate school, Heather graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and a Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature. Heather is passionate about traveling and seeing the human experience of life. Additionally, she is a language lover and an adventure seeker. She is happiest when playing the piano, spending time with her family, and helping others.

Yasin Çelik

Yasin Celik is a technology consultant, entrepreneur and business strategist supporting companies and NGO's both in Turkey and abroad.
Yasin is the founder of Gelisim Ofisi Danismanlik® and is currently working on several new ventures and digital transformation projects in Turkey. His previous professional experience includes work on branding, internet marketing and crafting strategic business plans for companies such as IBM, Pirelli, MIT, and Harmonix, an MTV®, Viacom company (the "Rock Band® 2" project).
Yasin holds a Master's degree from Northeastern University where he graduated with honors. Additionally, he completed a Master's degree with Cambridge College's Master of Management program. Yasin's undergraduate work was done at Bogazici university where he obtained a degree in Economics.
Yasin actively supports non-profit communities in various capacities including United Planet. as a member of the Advisory Council, International Coastal Cleanup, as Web Consultant; Elephant Architecture Society, as Advisory Technology Consultant.

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