Elif Tirkes

Elif Tirkes

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Last updated October 9, 2020

One Sentence About Me  

Juggler of all arts, master of some. Avid change enthusiast.

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

Elif is Turkish, but grew up in Dubai, UAE for all of her academic life surrounded by friends and cultures from all around the world. It can be said that home is an abstract concept for her, and a life of growth, challenges, and variety is where she finds comfort. She will soon begin her senior year in a selective, rigorous university called Minerva Schools at KGI that rotates cities every semester: her past semesters took place in Seoul, San Francisco, Hyderabad, Berlin, and Argentina, where she was given the opportunity to work on local challenges in each city and take on relevant professional opportunities. She identifies as a "juggler of all arts, master of none" because her interests hold great breadth and she believes that if she puts her mind into something, there's very little to stop her from achieving it. She has a background in design, marketing, psychology and brand management, but she's most interested in creating positive change wherever she goes, and scaling that over time. If you would like a slightly cheesier introduction to her values and have three minutes please visit the "Equations, Values, and Commitments" link under Digital Me.

Interesting Factoid

I founded an e-commerce for niche-health based foods in Turkey at the age of 17- it was far from success but a brave step forward and had a lot of valuable lessons, and was a representation for what I can, and want to do in the future.


Korean (Moderate)
Turkish (Fluent)
Arabic (Basic)
Spanish (Conversational)

Countries Visited

Map View

(I have lived in most of these countries!)
South Korea
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
United States of America

What I Do  

Professional Experience

United World Colleges (Berlin)

Growth Strategist and Visual Designer

Elements.Cloud (San Francisco)

Marketing & Operations

+1 more experience

Professional Organizations


Professional Interests

How can we create a sustainable future?
How can personal branding and professional development be made accesible to graduating students?
How can we prepare ourselves for the jobs of the future?
How Can We Spread Equity over Equality?

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Animal Rights
Women's Rights

Volunteer Experience

Camps International

Cambodia & Vietnam

2014 - 2014
Assisted in the construction of teacher headquarters within schools in the outskirts of Cambodia in order to better promote teachers to remain on campus as long as possible.



Assisted in building an innovative school primarily constructed from bamboo for Nepali students after the destruction of many buildings, including schools, in the 2015 Nepal earthquake.



Graphic Design
Long-Distance Running
Baking & Cooking (It's science!)
Digital Art
Language Learning

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

The 1975

Sports, Teams, Athletes

I'm Turkish...I'm obligated to mention our national football teams!

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

HTTYD (My childhood..)
A Silent Voice



Minerva Schools at KGI

Bachelor of Business, Brand Management & Psychology

Dubai American Academy

High School, IB

+1 more school

Academic Interests

Brand Management
International Relations
Food science
Cognitive Science
Sustainable Agriculture
Personal Branding

Extracurricular Activities

Microsoft Reweave