About Ceren Cubukcu

 

Summary

An award winning entrepreneur and a top 5 bestselling author of Make Your American Dream A Reality: How to Find a Job as an International Student in the US. Founder of Etkinlik Fabrikam and weekly contributor at PersonalBrandingBlog.com. Previous experiences include business systems analysis with Google Adwords certification and experience in CRM, online marketing, databases, data analysis, working with large data, technology, finance and research complemented by expertise in writing SQL queries, daily banking operations for corporations, research, IT advisory, IT business solutions and IT auditing for financial services firms. Proven ability to work with cross-functional teams at all levels, as well as manage offshore teams and communicate effectively with clients. Ability to multi-task and handle different responsibilities in fast paced environments with intense deadlines. Fluent in Turkish with working knowledge of Spanish and German.

Specialties: entrepreneurship, writing, e-commerce, customer relationship marketing, data analysis, IT, research, sem, affiliate marketing, offshore management, outsourcing

Publications

Make Your American Dream A Reality(Link)

May 27, 2013

Within three days of the kindle version of Make Your American Dream A Reality: How to Find a Job as an International Student in the United States is released, it became the #4 most downloaded book on Amazon.com in the job hunting category. This is the first book written by the perspective of a former international student regarding the job hunting process for international students studying in the United States. After reading this book, international students will have a clear path for their job-search process as well as be able to define a strategy for themselves.

Experience

Author

Personal Branding Blog

Weekly contributor at Personalbrandingblog.com – an AdAge top 100 marketing blog, the #1 job blog by CareerBuilder, and a Forbes top website for career.

Some of my articles are also published at Yahoo Small Business Advisor, Fox Business and AOL.

Etkinlik Fabrikam

Founder

Etkinlik Fabrikam

Istanbul, Turkey • A self-service digital ticketing agency for Turkey focuses on professional events, online webinars and small events.

Won the Global Webit Congress Audience Award and Women Movement in Technology Award.

Merkle

Business Systems Analyst

Merkle

Marlborough, MA • Serving as the team member of one of the biggest global projects in the company for a very high profile IT client, which is headquartered in Texas, in order to combine Americas, AsiaPacific and Europe/Middle East databases into one global database to enable the client for targeted CRM.
•Testing the database feeds coming from the client using SQL queries to identify the bugs and cleanse the data to verify the data loaded into the actual database is correct.
•Preparing the User Acceptance Testing for all of the feeds coming from the client in order to do proper testing.

HSBC

Corporate Banking Center MBA Intern

HSBC

• Supported the sales team for satisfying client requests as well as completed the transactions of the clients who were included in the portfolio of the
sales manager.
•Supported the sales team in storing and archiving certain documents, according to defined processes and rules currently in effect.
•Gathered and evaluated the required data and information from the related resources for performing sectoral/industrial analysis.
•Analyzed the companies in HSBC portfolio in terms of profit rates in order to monitor how much profit HSBC gained from its clients last year and this
year.

KPMG

IT Advisory Associate

KPMG

Greater New York City Area • Audited one of the top European Investment Banks, a very high profile Wall Street client, according to SOX Principles in 2008 and 2009 which
resulted in improved client relationships.
•Managed IT General Controls testing with an emphasis in Asset Management and Fixed Income applications to identify deficiencies and improve
business processes of the client.
•Constituted the SAS 70 report of one of the top Japanese Securities companies with the March 31, 2009 fiscal year end date.
•Served as the event coordinator of the team and organized 6 team events to increase motivation.

Education

Bentley University

MBA, Finance and Global Business

Global Business Experience in Japan: Two-week business trip to visit companies in diverse industries in Japan

Activities and Societies: -Merit-based Graduate Assistantship: Research Position -VP of Diversity,Graduate Student Association

Istanbul Technical University

Eng., Information Systems

•Recipient of Prof. Dr. Bedri Karafakioglu Honor Award from Istanbul Technical University
•Recipient of Istanbul Technical University Charitable Fund Award for ranking first in class in terms of cumulative GPA

State University of New York at Binghamton

BS, Information Systems

•Recipient of Mine Kalkan Academic Award for Excellence from Binghamton University
•Recipient of 50% scholarship from Binghamton University for high academic achievement
•Dean’s Honor List

Activities and Societies: Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science Honor SocietyNational Scholars Honor SocietySigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization

Honors & Awards

The Global Webit Congress Startup Challenge Audience Award

Webit Congress

Etkinlik Fabrikam is among the 10 startups out of 800 selected by the audience to present at the Free Seminars Stage of Webit Congress 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. Webit Congress Startup Challenge is one of the most competitive startup challenges of the EMEA region.

Women Movement in Technology- 2nd Place Winner

Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGİDER), Turkish Informatics Association (TBV) and Vodafone Foundation Turkey

Won the 2nd place with my self-service digital event ticketing idea for Turkey which resulted in founding the company Etkinlik Fabrikam.

Additional Honors & Awards

•Recipient of Mine Kalkan Academic Award for Excellence from Binghamton University
•Recipient of Prof. Dr. Bedri Karafakioglu Honor Award from Istanbul Technical University
•Recipient of Istanbul Technical University Charitable Fund Award for ranking first in class in terms of cumulative GPA
•Recipient of 50% scholarship from Binghamton University for high academic achievement

Certifications

Google Adwords- Reporting and Analysis

Google Inc.

DMA Certified Marketing Professional™ (DCMP)

Direct Marketing Association (DMA)

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