Ussal Şahbaz is the founder of Ussal Consultancy, a boutique consultancy house on innovation and governments. His work focuses on improving the public policy environment for technology companies, building Tech4Good and impact investment ecosystems, and developing technology diplomacy.
Between 2016-2018, Ussal was General Electric’s innovation director for Turkey. He managed the Business 20 and Think 20 engagement groups whilst Turkey chaired the G20, and started the Innovation Studies Programme of The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV). His government career included positions at the Turkish Competition Authority and President of Turkey’s Office.
Ussal holds a master’s degree in International Development from Harvard University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics from Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University respectively.