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Sakıp Sabancı

about me

Melisa Tapan is a young shareholder and fourth generation of Sabanci Holding. Turkeys second largest industrial and financial conglomerate which operates in eighteen countries over the world. She believes that she can achieve her happiness through self development and through creating change for a better world. As a result she spent her free time of studies at various corporations. After her graduation from the Richmond, the American International University in London International Business and Psychology her studies took a year to meet and understand her family business. Her initial goal is to develop family businesses visions and to create a positive impact on our environment. She has apprenticeship experiences in various companies such as Vodaphone, Abraaj, PwC and all Sabanci Holding companies. She has completed programs such as the Private Wealth Management Program at the Wharton University, Next Generation at Citibank and Fundamentals of Finance at Sabanci University’s Center of Finance. She is a OYW alumnae, a Junior Associate of MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) and a Young Patron of Tate Museum. Besides being an art collector, she enjoys painting, sculpting and acting. A licenced diver, Melisa has participated in the Equestrian National Team of Turkey. Her hobbies include wakeboarding and skiing.


May 2020
Columbia University - New York NY
School of International and Public Affairs Master of International Affairs, Economics and Political Development
2011 - May 2016
Richmond University - London UK
Bachelor of Arts, International Business - Psychology minor
2009 - 2010
The American School in Switzerland (TASIS)


Apr. 2018 - Present
The Boston Consulting Group
Sept. 2016 – Oct. 2017
Sabancı Holding, Istanbul – Turkey
Orientation in all departments and companies of Sabancı Holding.The time frame was scheduled to understand all sector dynamics.(Aksigorta, Teknosa, Temsa, Kordsa, Brisa, Yünsa etc).
Oct. 2017 – Feb.2018
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Istanbul - Turkey
• Valuation Apprentice, learned company valuation and dynamics as a result involved in a project
Excel skils
• Pricing of modeling
Feb. – April 2016
The Abraaj Group, Istanbul – Turkey & Dubai – U.A.E Headquarters
• Assist with strategic and financial analysis and preparation of pitch documentation and company valuations
• Preparation of multiple investment memorandums
• The screening of investment opportunities / key factors
• Day-to-day internship work on team's requests
• Help with technical analysis and valuations, presentations, process management, idea generation, development, screening, evaluation of investment & acquisition ideas
• Research potential targets, markets and sector trends
• Guide, perform synthesize details in due diligence of potential investments, including management, market, product, competition, technology, legal and financial analysis
• Coordinate with offices across the regional focus of the fund (Turkey, Africa, Latin America).
May – July 2015
Proversity, London – U.K. (Digital University Designed By Employers)
• Creating new projects and connecting them with the Turkish market
• Developing customer databases
January 2015
Ak Portfolio Management Intership Programme, Istanbul - Turkey
• Working on Stock Certificate Investment (Turkey, Global)
• Presenting a project about Macroeconomic Evaluation on the Economy of Turkey and Global Economies
• Studied the Monetary Policies of Central Bank of Turkey and other Central Banks in the World
• Gained Experience on Risk Management and reflections to decision making process
• Studied on Global Trends in Investment and Portfolio Management
May – June 2014
Sabanci Foundation International Relations Department, Istanbul - Turkey
• Updating statistical data about young people, women and disable people in Turkey
• Reviewing and updating Sabancı Foundation’s website
• Preparing a synopsis of the book ‘Engellilerle 360° İletişim’ (360° Communication with the Disabled) by Mehmet Kiziltas.
May 2013
Vodofone, Brand Marketing Department, London - UK
• Gained experience in brand assessment and brand positioning
• Had hands on training in developing marketing campaigns and strategies
• Developed skills important for today’s fast paced business life including analytical skills, team-based interaction, goal setting and strategic planning.
July - August 2012
Teknosa, Istanbul - Turkey
CRM and Research Department
• Conducted research on a target market; wrote and presented a report on market and sales analysis
• Gained valuable experience in terms of adapting to everyday life at a company and working in a disciplined and organized manner.

Strategic Marketing Department
• Learned about identifying business alternatives and preparing marketing plans in line with market needs
• Had exposure to dynamic and interactive nature of marketing strategies.

Public Relations Department
• Had an active role in the projects and events led by the Department.
March - May 2011
Vista Turizm, Corporate Event Department, Istanbul - Turkey
• Learned the inner dynamics of a work place and business correspondence.
• Experienced the various stages of a large-scale event organization (i.e. preparing event proposals, meeting customer’s expectations, budgeting, ticketing and negotiating with hotels.
March - May 2011
Grey Istanbul, Advertising Agency, Istanbul - Turkey
• Assisted various departments (graphic design and customer relations)
• Experienced various stages & processes of advertising (i.e. preparing contracts for customers, researching market products to be advertised).

academic activities

26 -28 April 2018  -  BCG Aspire –Women’s Workshop, Barcelona

26 -28 April 2018  -  BCG Aspire –Women’s Workshop, Barcelona

17-18 February 2017  -  Fundamentals of Capital Budgeting – Corporate Finance Prof.Dr. Evrim Akdoğu

18-19 November 2017  -  Fundamentals of Capital Budgeting – Mergers and Acquisitions Şerif Aziz Şimşir

14-15/21-22 Oct. 2017  -  Fundamentals of Finance – Investments course Prof.Dr.Özgür Demirtaş, Istanbul

6-7 December 2016  -  Exponential Addictive - Marketing Summit, Istanbul

23-24 November 2016  -  Retail Days – Conference, Istanbul

19-22 June 2016  -  Next Generation, London - UK

18-21 November 2015  -  One Young World Summit, Bangkok - Thailand

2-6 August 2015  -  Wharton University of Pennsylvania Executive Education and Private Wealth Management Prog., San Francisco - USA

15-18 October 2014  -  One Young World Summit, Dublin – Ireland

12-23 June 2011  -  Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) Washington DC, NY - USA

Fall 2010  -  Sabancı University, Writing Center Programme, Istanbul - Turkey

28 June - 16 July 2010  -  Columbia University, Summer School – An Urban Case Study Prog. NY - USA

workshop and training

September 2017  -  University College London (UCL) – Neuro science cert. course, London - UK

August – Sept. 2017  -  New York Film Academy Los Angeles – Acting for film workshop

Sept. – January 2013  -  Anish Kapoor Exhibition, Event Management – Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Turkey

Summer 2011 - 2013  -  Jazz at Breakfast, Event Management – Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Turkey

Summer 2008 - 2009  -  SIEC – International Equestrian Shows, Istanbul - Turkey Responsible for the equestrian activities and travel plans of approx. 150 riders

art & philantrophy

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)  -   The Junior Associates membership

Tate Modern  -   Young Patrons membership

SOSYAL BEN  -   Active in activities that bring privileged children and art together

TOÇEV Member  -   Educational Charity Organization for Children in need

ÇABA Genç Member   -  Young Charity Organization for Children

Soho House  -   - All House Member

Dog shelters supporter & sponsorship in Istanbul, Turkey

Art collector

Scuba diver, Wakeboard, Skiing

Equestrian Rider  -   (FEI Certificate) with various International rankings

Languages:  -  Turkish (native), English (advanced)



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