Dr. ├ľzdemir received his BSc degree in Civil Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in 2000. He acquired his MBA degree at Bilkent University in 2002 and PhD degree in Finance at Hacettepe University in 2012. He worked as Assistant Inspector at Finansbank A.S. between 2002 - 2003 and as Project Manager at Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV) between 2004 - 2014. He has experience in R&D and innovation policies, project management (funded by national and international organizations (The World Bank, EU, UNDP, UNIDO), technology transfer and commercialization, company valuation, entrepreneurship, venture capital, seed capital, start-ups and SMEs. Between 2014-2016, Dr. ├ľzdemir worked as the Director of the R&D and Innovation Office of Abdullah Gul University (AGU) (responsible from technopark and technology transfer office) and Assistant Professor at AGU School of Leadership and Management. He is also an internationally certified project management professional (PMP, by PMI). Dr.├ľzdemir is currently working as the TTO Director of Bilkent ├ťniversity.