Bulent E.

Bulent E.

Senior Project Manager

Istanbul, Turkey
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About Me

Bulent is a Senior Project Manager with two decades of industry expertise under his belt; working on software-based projects focusing on Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Smart Contracts. He combines an instinct for problem-solving with a client-friendly and client-focused personality; multi-tasking, maintaining proactive and efficient communication, raising critical issues, and providing answers on a singular, large scale or highly complex projects.

Portfolio

Product Manager - Cosmos Network
Product Manager - Cosmos Network

Cosmos is an ever-expanding ecosystem of interconnected apps and services, built for a decentralized future. For a blockchain company, I managed the DeFi product as well as the underlying DAO-based network, acting as a Product Manager. Defined PRDs and DeFi apps that are powered by smart contracts. Managed the backlog and definition of the product specs and ensured successful management of the teams.

Product Owner - Crypto-based Loyalty Program in Dubai
Product Owner - Crypto-based Loyalty Program in Dubai

For a MENA real estate developer and lifestyle provider, I acted as the product owner on a global crypto-based loyalty program. Using Scrum methodology, I gained product responsibility of the loyalty and referral platform, which spanned the client's real estate, hospitality, and entertainment enterprises in the Middle East. The project involved integrating a CRM 360 system with Salesforce and using ERC-20 cryptocurrency as a payment method. I was in charge of a 55-person team spread across ten countries.

Project Manager - Supply Chain Provenance Using Hyperledger Blockchain
Project Manager - Supply Chain Provenance Using Hyperledger Blockchain

Built and deployed a Hyperledger implementation for tracking goods from the farmer to the silos in the supply chain. The client needed a solution that could track quality management metrics in real-time in an immutable environment. I used Hyperledger Sawtooth, which was compatible with their IoT sensors on the front end.

Project Manager - Retail Store Location Optimization Using AI
Project Manager - Retail Store Location Optimization Using AI

For a data analytics group, I led the team and also the creation of a retail shop location optimization using TensorFlow. For its retail locations, a telecommunications company sought an AI-based optimization model. I was in charge of the team's deployment and built the regression model using Keras and TensorFlow.

Work history

UpStack
UpStack
Senior Project Manager
2020 - Present (2 years)
Remote
  • Create the list of backlog items and prioritize them based on the overall strategy and business objectives and making the list accessible and available to all stakeholders.

  • Prioritizing the needs in terms of product features and align them with the stakeholders feedback.

  • Overseeing the product development and permanently communicate with the development team for planning, reviewing and refining the requirements.

Delta Consulting
Delta Consulting
Managing Partner
2015 - Present (7 years)
Istanbul, Turkey
  • Leverage a hands-on approach for the delivery of projects on time, within budget, scope, quality expectations and stakeholder satisfaction.

  • Execute projects according to project plans; applying standardized processes, and tools for the delivery of solutions throughout the project lifecycle.

  • Provide timely updates and elevate critical risks on projects for clients; addressing escalations - quickly assessing, developing root cause analysis, and executing solutions.

Aktif Bank
Aktif Bank
Strategy & Business Development Director
2013 - 2015 (2 years)
Istanbul, Turkey
  • Managed and facilitated project meetings and project de-briefs on tasks and processes for data governance and cybersecurity office management.

  • Managed the board for startups under Aktif within the digital domain; identifying key drivers of growth to increase activation, expansion, retention and drive execution.

  • Oversaw the day-to-day progress of different international teams on projects and release initiatives; establishing practices, policies, tools, and partnerships.

Turk Telecom
Turk Telecom
Digital Business Development Manager
2011 - 2013 (2 years)
Istanbul, Turkey
  • Identified and managed project dependencies, project milestones and deliverables on multiple initiatives of digital media, content, online advertising and e-commerce marketplaces for Turk Telekom.

  • Directed and managed project development tasks from beginning to end for Turk Telekom; implementing Scrum methodology and advancing project management processes.

  • Designed and oversaw all aspects of Turk Telecom's multiple related activities on its incubation program to ensure the overall program is aligned.

Peppers & Rogers Group
Peppers & Rogers Group
Senior Consultant
2008 - 2011 (3 years)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Acted as a client-facing consultant on multi-million dollar engagements; managing accounts, teams and project scope, identifying resources, and developing projects and resource plans.

  • Led project management activities, from initiation and planning to execution and delivery; and handled various loyalty, commercial value proposition, and data analytics projects.

  • Provided oversight for the recruitment of new personnel and handled several training sessions internally for various locations within the group.

Pega System
Pega System
Senior Consultant
2006 - 2008 (2 years)
London, United Kingdom
  • Delivered successful projects in business processes and change management for clients; organizing and facilitating different project management activities.

  • Mentored and coached new personnel; ensuring that project teams practice the core agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability and visibility.

  • Worked on implementing PMI-based projects, business processing and cases for RPA tasks; maintaining team standards, tools, and best practices.

STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics
Customer Engagement Team Member
2003 - 2006 (3 years)
Istanbul, Turkey
  • Handled customer interaction tasks for several consumer electronics clients, assisted with making appropriate commitments and maintained a detailed understanding of business goals.

  • Contributed to STMicroelectronics' product development process for consumer electronics; gaining experience in microelectronics, video and communication protocols.

  • Managed projects and administered multiple internal and external parties for long-term program cases.

SAP
SAP
Software Developer
2001 - 2003 (2 years)
Walldorf, Germany
  • Worked on the mobile infrastructure product team within SAP.

  • Developed CRM and R/3 implementations solutions for SAP and participated in specification, design, and code reviews.

  • Contributed to project planning and project management tasks; managing proposals for several prospects on professional services engagements.

Education

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate (Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies)
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate (Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies)
Stanford University
2015 - Present (7 years)
MBA
MBA
Istanbul Bilgi University
2004 - 2006 (2 years)
BSc. MIS
BSc. MIS
Boğaziçi University
1996 - 2001 (5 years)