Selen Ucak is a social impact professional focused on global development and entrepreneurship, in particular in Turkey, Middle East and Africa. Selen served as Executive Director of The American Turkish Society, preeminent nonprofit dedicated to enhancing economic and cultural relations between Turkey and the United States, between 2006-2014. Previously, she was a founding consultant for Turkish Philanthropy Funds, the first diaspora community foundation for Turkey.
She was also the co-author of a pioneering study on social entrepreneurship; program officer at Tiger Foundation, fighting poverty in New York City; and assistant director/research fellow at Jerome Levy Forecasting Center. During her graduate studies, Selen was a teaching assistant in social entrepreneurship; an organizer of Global Social Venture Competition, where she continued to serve as a judge; and a development intern at Endeavor Global. Selen holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School as the first Tashman Turkish Fellow and a B.A. in Economics/International Affairs, summa cum laude, from Colorado College.