Canay Atalay

Canay Atalay on "New Renaissance in Banking" at Turkish Banking Association (Learning Executives Summit, September 2017)

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Canay Atalay is an innovation strategist, working with business leaders to unlock purposeful innovation by designing new narratives, exponential business models and customer experiences for their organizations, using a unique blend of design thinking, philosophy, business model design and cultural transformation.


She is a keynote speaker about ‘purposeful innovation’, ‘future of learning’ and ‘conscious leadership’. She is the co-founder of human works design, Patica, and a global ambassador of Socratic Design.


She has worked with over 60 brands from 18 industries, in 8 countries, and named as one of the “Nine inspiring women who create change in learning”, “Top thirty women who inspire digital” in Turkey.


Her passion project is ‘Children First World Design’, providing a visionary and practical guideline about ‘how to redesign businesses, cities and systems for the wellbeing of humans of today and tomorrow’.


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Canay is an expert member of IOT Global Council, which is one of the most powerful ecology accelerators in IOT and smart cities domains. She is also working as a part of open Innovation committee member in Turkish Exporters Assembly with the aim of preparing Turkey to 4th Industrial Revolution.

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She is both a process and result oriented multi disciplinary expert with international experience accumulated from over 60 brands of 18 industries, in 8 countries. She has a hands-on approach and unique skills of bringing and leading teams of talents from different backgrounds and cultures. Some of her previous clients include Unilever, P&G, Turkish Airlines, Microsoft, Google, Nike, Turkcell, Etisalat, Vodafone, Turk Telekom, Garanti Bank/ BBVA, Is Bankasi, Yapi Kredi/ UniCredit, Akbank, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Dogus Media, MTV, Hepsiburada, Ulker, Coca Cola, United Nations and Mastercard.


She is the cofounder of human works design, working with business leaders to transform their company narratives and culture based on human values, apply exponential business model design strategies and redesign their customer experience together with new services, products, processes and learning programs for leadership teams.


She is a keynote speaker about “purposeful innovation”, “future of learning” and “innovation design”. She is named as one of the “Nine inspiring women who create change in learning”, “Top thirty women who inspire digital” in Turkey.


During her professional journey from running international design and innovation consultancies (Fjord, Design and Innovation by Accenture Interactive), technology companies, digital advertising houses to establishing, consulting start ups and lecturing in universities, she realized “human values and culture” are the most important foundations for both humans and businesses to thrive in the future, which led her to deep dive in philosophy (Socratic Design) and expanded her services to providing cultural design and leadership learning programs.


She is writing about “The Future of Humanism” in Digital Age magazine. Her passion project is; “Children First World Design”, providing a visionary guideline for business leaders and change makers to design their businesses, cities, products, services and communication strategies with a children first approach, as a practical compass for the sustainable wellbeing of humans, as well as businesses and our planet.

She is an experienced consultant, lecturer, speaker and workshop facilitator, with unique combination of methodological and field experience on her expertise domains, powered by
her ‘human centric’ and ‘children-first world’ design passions. Some of her appearances can be found here;

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