Dr. Aylin Sahin is the cofounder of Igniters Tech Consulting which offers startups technical and business consulting services to enter US market and enable them to connect with their network of investors, business and technology partners. She helps startups design and manage their localization in the USA. She also provides consulting services to Venture Capital Firms and angel investors regarding their investments in US based companies.
Upon starting her law career at Sabanci Holding’s law department, Aylin has worked in a prominent international law firm in Istanbul on M&A projects and in the field of Corporate Law for 7 years. During this period she advised her clients on 100+ million dollar M&A projects in Turkey, MENA region, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Meanwhile, she pursued Ph.D. studies in International Private Law at Istanbul University Law School. She served as a parliamentary advisor to European Union Harmonization Commission and Justice Commission at Turkish Parliament between 2007-2011. She has briefed and advised members of the Turkish Parliament and European Parliament on more than 30 draft Codes in the field of Business Law, International Law and Intellectual Property Law.
Aylin holds master of laws degrees from Galatasaray Law School and UC Berkeley Law in International Economic Law and Technology Law. She also holds JSD (Ph.D.) in Technology Law from UC Berkeley where she worked as a research assistant at law school and department of political science. During this period, she was invited to Max Planck Institute on Innovation and Competition in Munich as a visiting scholar to conduct research on European legal system on Software and Internet Law. Later, she worked on global Internet policies at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of the most prominent Internet and digital rights associations in the USA. She has academic publications on technology law, investment and commercial law alongside international intellectual property law and political science. Her research interests range from implications of AI in contracts law and legal personalities of robots etc. to pursuit of the best food in the world.