After graduated from Gazi University, Faculty of Economics in 1990, she worked under the umbrella of Koç Financial Services within the Koç Group and undertook various responsibilities in different business areas and in different markets. In addition to providing financial resources, she has specialized in project finance, risk management, financial analysis, sales management, budget and performance management. She took an active role in the procurement processes and took part in risk structuring within the scope of Basel criteria and also transformation projects at Koçbank, Koçbank & Unicredit merger and Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş. After working as the Commercial Banking Sales Management Regional Manager at Yapı Kredi Bankası A.Ş., she worked with the board of directors of a foreign partnered financial institution on corporate governance, growth and efficiency strategies, and in parallel, she worked as a consultant within the scope of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Small and Medium Enterprises Consultancy Program; and in the same year, she founded the company ‘Hera Strateji ve Yönetim Hizmetleri A.Ş.’ Nalan Uysal, who entered the technology-based entrepreneurship ecosystem as a TÜBİTAK Business Mentor in 2016, received her BKS License in 2017. She has investments in seed stage, early stage and growth stage companies; and had been the member of "Investment Environment Development Board" running execution functions in TRAngels Financial Services A.Ş. between the years 2018-2021 and also she has voluntarily contributed to the ecosystem as Co-Chair of Angel Investors Group. Nalan Uysal, as being officer on the Board of Directors in various companies, has been contributing to the work of the Family Companies Corporate Governance Working Group as a member of the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD) since 2015, and also has been on the Supervisory Board of TKYD as of 2021.

Founding Partner

Nihan Haydaroğlu, who graduated from the Faculty of Economics (Eng) at Istanbul University, started her career in 1999 as an MT at Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş. She took part in various duties and responsibilities, from expert to director, and covering all loan processes, in the Corporate and Commercial Loans Management of Yapı Kredi Bank and its subsidiary Yapı Kredi Leasing. For the organizational units managed by her, she took the lead position in all projects as from organization structure to process flows, or from human resources to strategic development. During her 20 years of professional business life, she had received self-improvement as an indispensable part of her life, so she has constantly renewed herself with various trainings and studies and has decided to continue her career, in the fields of Management Consulting & Executive Coaching for Business Leaders, in these new horizons where she can use her knowledge and experience together. By taking the trainings of ‘Integral Development Coaching (ACC, ICF), Logotherapy, Spiral Dynamics, Mastership in Leader Coaching’; she focused mainly on the following topics ‘people, organization and value systems; agility and adaptability in today's VUCA world; corporate transformation and strategizing’ in addition to her knowledge on financial management. In this context, she provides guidance and consultancy services to organizations in their transformation journeys under the umbrella of HERA as Managing Partner. Çağrı Yoltar is a cultural anthropologist and gives advise to board of Hera on the issues of demographic and cultural characteristics and transformations that companies go through. She received her Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 2017 and she is currently working at Koç University as a post-doctoral researcher. She holds two MA degrees in Sociology and Science, Technology and Society Studies from Boğaziçi University and Istanbul Technical University, respectively, and a Bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

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