Tuna earned her BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. For 5 years, she worked in the production, quality and R&D departments of international companies such as Colgate Palmolive and Kraft Foods in engineering andsupervisory roles. As a means to change her profession towards social sciences, Tuna studied I/O Psychology in Koc University, Turkey, receiving her MA degree in 2007. During her graduate studies she worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant, which yielded in various research presentations in conferences, such as AOM, EAWOP and ISSWOV and a book chapter on “Nepotism in HRM”. Following her graduation; Tuna worked in the HR field with increasing responsibilities; respectively as the Head of Recruitment & Employer Branding in BSH, HR Manager of Turkey, then HR Manager of East Europe in Indesit Company, Senior HR Manager of Middle East & Africa in Whirlpool EMEA (after acquisition of Indesit Company) before joining to Koç University Career Development Center as the Director in 2015. Besides her leadership role in this position; she conducts 1:1 career coaching sessions with students. She instructs “Start Your Career Today” Seminar to all freshmen every year and serves as an internal coach in Koç University forthe administrative staff. She completed her ADLER Central Europe Certificated Coaching Program in 2016. Tuna joined Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA) Program Committee as a member in May 2018, and she has been serving as the Chair, sinceMay 2019. Since September 2019, she’s a member of Board of Governors in the Institute of Career Certification International (ICCI). Besides her enthusiasm for her profession, Tuna considers herself as a contemporary art and music enthusiast. She is a semi-professional jazz singer, and gigged monthly (before the pandemic). She loves traveling -traveled so far to 31 countries-engaging with local culture and food, photographing the nature, architecture and people.
Director | Career Development Center at Koç University