Zeynep Öktem was graduated from Department of Business Administration, METU in 1990. Her MSc has focused on International Relations, European Union (METU). She began her career as system & business analyst and experienced in financial management. Between 1993-2007 she worked for Turkish joint venture of Thales (former Thomson CSF) and Havelsan Teknoloji Radar A.Ş. as Finance & Administration Manager. In 2006 she established her own company NANOBIZ in METU Teknopark. Now she acts as General Manager of NANOBİZ with its sister company UTRLAB and specifically gives consultancy to companies for R&D funding and project planning.