Melike Balaban

Co-founder

After graduating from METU, Economics, she worked at Deloitte Istanbul office for 4 years as a management consultant at financial transformation and process improvement projects. Then she did strategic planning, pricing, budgeting and product management for Corporate Banking at Garanti Bank for 3 years. For the following 4 years she worked either as a founding team member or consultant for venture capital backed or TUBITAK funded technology start-ups on product management and user experience.

For the last 4 years of her career, she worked as a project director for a team of 15 designers at the international experience design agency, I-AM. After getting experienced at developing design strategy, giving design feedback, project management and business development, she started Petri with Burak in 2020.

Refik Burak Atatür

Co-founder

After graduating from METU Industrial Design, he worked as a product designer for 4 years. Then he had a masters degree in “Human centered strategic design and design research” at Art Center College of Design, California, Los Angeles.

Before returning to Turkey, he worked as a design and strategy consultant for American Red Cross on increasing revenue and developing public interaction systems during and after disaster periods. During those years he also worked as a designer at Quirky Social Product Design Platform.

After gaining experience at the international experience design agency, I-AM, on countless architecture, UX and service design projects as a researcher, strategy developer, designer and director, he founded Petri with Melike in 2020.

We gained valuable experience in many sectors, working with local and international brands over the years.