After earning her BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University and MSc in Economics & Finance from Southern Illinois University, Pinar worked at New York Grant Company as a Senior Consultant, specializing in economic incentives and grants for real estate development, job creation and technology innovation. In 2013, she co-founded New York Functional Furniture – an e-commerce platform for functional furniture designed in NYC. She set up the corporate and logistical infrastructure in NYC and managed the business operations. After its showroom opening in NYC January 2015, the company was acquired by Lazzoni USA, aninternational furniture manufacturer andretailer.
In 2014, she co-founded Sponge Inc., a clean-tech innovation firm, developing unique materials to provide effective environmental clean up for the oil & gas industry, along with applications in construction and manufacturing. Since its launch, it has won three international awards, and has been accepted to EU’s Climate KIC Accelerator in Netherlands and Google’s Plug and Play Incubator in California, USA.
Since early 2015, Pinar manages business operations and commercialization efforts at SOUR, an international architecture and design studio based in NYC and Istanbul. Understanding the value of strategic collaborations, she built and teaches a strategic collaboration workshop series for Made in NYC initiative and Pratt Center for Community Development. Pinar also serves on the board of directors of Open Style Lab, a nonprofit organization originated at MIT, based in Parsons New School, with the purpose of making style accessible to people of all abilities.