Ayşegül ILDENİZ is serving as an independent Board Member since October 12, 2022. Ayşegül İLDENİZ is a pioneer in innovation, technology transformation and future vision with working experience in the Silicon Valley and Türkiye. She currently serves as a board member in several Turkish companies. Between 2016 and 2018, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for Silver Spring Networks (SSNI), a publicly traded leading technology company focused on internet of things (IoT) and smart energy. SSNI held half of the U.S. smart energy market with more than 26 million subscribers; and transformed leading cities of the world like Singapore, London, Chicago, Paris, Copenhagen and Dubai into smart cities. Ayşegül ILDENİZ oversaw global operations including manufacturing, product management, sales and marketing. Prior to SSNI, between 1998 and 2016, she served in various roles at Intel Corporation; last job being the Vice President for New Devices Group. She was part of a team whose mission was to imagine and create the next wave of computing devices, from wearable devices all the way to boards for kids to create robots. She worked with world’s leading fashion and sports companies as well as IoT start-ups to make future possible. Prior to that, she managed Intel’s Middle East, Turkey and Africa region, covering 67 countries including Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. She led global efforts for building and expanding Intel’s business across emerging markets to enrich the lives of people through technology. Ayşe İLDENİZ also worked as country manager for Turkey and marketing manager for META region in her earlier career at Intel. Ayşe İLDENİZ is very active in social work and has served for various international NGOs. Currently, she is the chair of TUSIAD Silicon Valley Network and serves on the board of Turkish Philanthropy Funds. Previously, she served as the vice chair of the Technology Committee for BIAC (The Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD), as board member of the American Turkish Society and led the Technology and Innovation group at TUSIAD. She is the founder of Women in IT Platform in Turkey. Ayşegül İLDENİZ is also a 2010 Eisenhower fellow. Ayşegül İLDENİZ received several awards and honors for her social work on digital divide. In 2015, she was listed as one of the top 100 most creative person in business by Fast Company magazine. She was also awarded as the third most influential Turkish-American woman by Turks of America magazine. Other honors include prestigious “Betül Mardin Leaders Shaping the Future Award” in 2016 by TUHİD (Turkish Public Relations Association); and an honorary appreciation award by Middle East Technical University Senate in Ankara. Ayşegül İLDENİZ holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bosphorus University and a master’s degree in Electronic Communications Arts from San Francisco State University, California.