Fellow:Mine Hazal Şenol

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Institution: Koç University, Istanbul

What she is doing now?: Trainee lawyer at a law firm named BTS+Partners.

What that means: She is graduated in May 2019 and started doing her year-long obligatory internship to be a certified attorney in Turkey.

Hazal earned her LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degree with International Relations minor and Global Learning and Leadership (GLLP) track from Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. Being interested in innovation and entrepreneurship made her focus on Intellectual Property Law and Start-Up Law. Her main motivation while deciding what major to study was law school could allow her to be the change of the world she wanted to see as a representative of justice. This motivation also led her to be an innovator and coming up with ideas that would solve the inconveniences.

Her journey on I&E started while she were a high schooler in her hometown, Izmir. In 2011, she attended Young Innovative Entrepreneurship Project ,funded by Turkish Education Association and Embassy of United States; developed, prototyped and notarised OXUS, a dishwasher shelf with a forklift working platform. In her first year at Koç, she started a track program named GLLP which enriched her mind and introduced her with desing thinking and UIF. She became the program assistant of GLLP in her senior year.

She is one of the first UIF cohort from her country, this is why she and her friend Ceren Kocaoğullar worked too hard to convince the university administration to fund another cohort. They conducted several campus events to increase the culture of cooperation and an awareness of mental wellbeing, as there is a strong culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at Koç. Their attempts got successful and the second UIFKOÇ fellows are joining the family soon! 

During 2017-2018 academic year, sheserved to Koç University Law Club as Vice-President on Academic Affairs. She had organized an international students symposium, and several workshops, seminars and field trips. Hazal also worked as a Co-President of a service learning program named Koç University Global Aid where people tried to address the most common global problems and find sustainable solutions, using design thinking methods. She run two projects for 2.5 years and a clothing donation campaign for Syrian refugee camp in Gaziantep in Turkey, in 2017. 

She is currently voluntarily assisting one start-up and one social entreprise on basic legal issues. 

Hazal is a 1* diver with CMAS certification, loves oil-painting, tries to learn how to sail and how to swing dance. She is also very interested in IoT, Blockchain, AI technologies and basic coding.

She is a native Turkish speaker, Advanced English speaker. She had 5 year long French classes but can communicate in French only if she has a dictionary. 

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