Gozde Demir Celen is an accomplished professional with diverse experience, currently serving as a Venture Partner at Practical VC in Silicon Valley and a Partner at Wings Capital and Advisory in Dubai. Her primary focus is on supporting tech startups and VC funds in the MENAT region and mentoring startups globally through Techstars. With a background in M&A buy-side advisory, she has held key roles at institutions like the Dubai Future District Fund, Shuaa Capital in Abu Dhabi, and 212 Capital in Istanbul, excelling in strategic management, particularly in logistics and technology. Gozde's career began at Goldman Sachs in New York and extended to eight years in Turkey, where she managed various companies, initiated ventures, and gained expertise in logistics. Her contributions extend to the public sector and NGOs, including positions at TOBB Turkish Women Entrepreneurship Board and Turkish Economic Counsel (DEIK). She holds an MBA from Bogazici University and degrees in International Relations and Supply Chain Management from Syracuse University. Fluent in English, Turkish, and Portuguese, Gozde has been an Honorary Consul of Brazil in Turkey since 2011, earning recognition as a Brazilian Knight for her outstanding contributions to Brazil's 'Order of Rio Branco.'