Basak Saral Demir is a Co-founder of DCUBE and the Chief of Party of Building Markets Turkey. DCUBE is an R&D cooperative that facilitates circular economy solutions. Building Markets is a US-based international NGO that creates jobs and encourages economic growth in crisis-affected countries by connecting local small businesses to capital and supply chains.
Basak has worked towards sustainable development for the last fifteen years. Her work aimed to empower individuals as well as communities to actively participate in social, economic and political life as change makers. Thus, she has always prioritized capacity development for resilience, as well as sustainability and development.
With this perspective, she has designed, developed, led and monitored project-based partnerships with private sector, government and non-government organizations on sustainable development topics at institutions including Building Markets, Habitat and UNDP. These projects have addressed issues on digitalization and technology innovation; financial inclusion and education; enhancement of entrepreneurship ecosystems; green, inclusive and socially responsible business creation and development; circular economy solutions; livelihoods support for refugees as well as local governance, community empowerment, active citizenship, youth empowerment and gender equality.
Basak is an active member of the TOBB Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Boards of Turkey and the national Network on Checks and Balances. She serves on the board of directors of various companies and social enterprises as a founding partner. Previously, Basak sit at the executive board of the World Academy for Local Democracies of UCLG-MEWA and served as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board on Youth of Council of Europe.
Basak holds a BA degree from Koc University, and two LLM degrees from Marmara University and Nottingham University. She is also the PFP fellow of the US State Department; she has completed her fellowship at the Global Accelerator MassChallenge in Boston.