I am Birkan Icacan, 24, Electronics Engineer graduated from Sabanci University and I now work at Google Ireland Ltd. as Advertising Operations Associate for Turkish market since 27 June 2011. I also have an MBA degree from Sabanci School of Management.
Prior to joining Google, I worked at Turkcell Communication Services PLC and The Coca-Cola Company as part-time employee during the second year of my MBA education to gain invaluable experience and to have insights about both industries before starting to my professional career.
During the summer of 2010, I visited University of Florida as an exchange student. Under the context of GatorNest Project, I worked as a business consultant and market analyst to a California based biomedical research company, Navya Biomedical and reported directly to CEO. I also have short-time work experiences in marketing departments of Turkey’s leading companies such as TeknoSA and Efes Pilsner Marketing and Distribution Corporation.
Throughout my senior year at Electronics Engineering program, I worked at IBM Turk as part-time project leader for 1 full year starting from summer internship on July 2008. During my graduation project collaborated with IBM Turk, I led a team of four in the project “Determining Cancerous Tissues Using Morphological Algorithms on CELL BE Microprocessor Cluster”. Internal monthly journal of IBM Turk “Ozgur Yazılım” allocated four full pages for the project.
Apart from my work experiences, I also possess academic experience by working as the research and teaching assistant of Business Statistics and Operation Management graduated courses offered by Sabanci University Professor, Mr. Cagri Haksoz and as the research assistant for the TUBITAK project ”Exploring Value in Strategic Assessment of Logistics Integrated Services and e-Retailing in Turkey” led by Sabanci University MBA Program Director, Mr. Burcin Bozkaya over the course of MBA education.
I was the President of Sabanci University MBA Club for 2009-2010 academic year. With everlasting motivation and efforts of the club members, I led the club to first award in its history by achieving the Bronze Award among 525 university student clubs participated in “Most Active Club of Turkey – 4” Contest held by Uniaktivite.net.
I am, team sports fan and video games master, mainly interested in the increasing effects of technology and social media on people’s daily lives in our globalizing world.