Nuray Gokalp has a passion for women innovation Technology (WIT)

Nuray is a woman born in the Netherlands and raised almost all her life in Amsterdam by parents who are originally from Turkey. She studied Business Information Science and Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam and Japanese Language & Culture at Keio University in Tokyo. As a result, Nuray speaks 7 languages, she is multi-lingual, multi-cultural and international by nature and sees herself like a global citizen feeling at home on planet earth. She has been empowered by her own mother and society to study hard and pursue a career and independent lifestyle. Nuray experiences the differences of men and women powerful and is leveraging the super powers of Women as a force for good to heal our planet. 

Nuray is always working in Innovation both in the private and public sector. In the private sector she has worked at IBM, Air France KLM and ABN AMRO. In the public sector she has worked at the City of Amsterdam. Nuray has worked in various roles as advisor, consultant, information manager, project manager, program manager, portfolio manager, all involving change and innovation. The scope of her work varied from internal departments to cooperations between multiple cities and organisations. Nuray has developed a methodology integrating various elements such as agile, scrum, lean, a big smile and a warm heart to create a movement for innovation. 

Nuray is always working in Technology both in the private and public sector. She has focused on emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Big & Open Data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Nuray is the founder of AmsterdamTech.City and GlobalTech.City ( as a platform solving global challenges with future technologies in cities. She has organised and moderated monthly tech events in Amsterdam and other cities around the world. This is a platform for both the private and public sector, where you find government, academia, corporates, SME’s, startups, scale ups, students, citizens… 

Nuray is active as international speaker, panelist, moderator, facilitator, coach, organiser, consultant on the topics of Women, Innovation, and Technology (WIT).


HEr Mission

Nuray Gokalp's mission is to inspire girls and women around the world to freely express themselves! 

Read the full story in her blog posts "GovTech is my Mission" and "FemTech in my DNA".

I have been working on and off with Nuray for the last four years in different roles. In all (collaborative) projects I considered Nuray’s role, way of working and her personality a great added value to the team. She combines creativity, agility, curiosity and the ability to structure things very rapidly. And she has a serious set of social skills otherwise she couldn’t have worked with me ;-) [2014]
— Ger Baron, Chief Technology Officer at City of Amsterdam
Nuray is a very ambitious professional who helps leadership, management and colleagues to envision and implement innovation. She has a unique skillset, experience, expertise and network around IT, innovation and organizational development. She has an intuition for how innovation processes actually work and has the capabilities to evoke change. I experienced Nuray in her excellent work for the Open Innovation Festival in Amsterdam, her job at the IT department and the initiative EU4Commons. She worked as a loyal, independent, high performing young professional. [2012]
— Henk de Jong, Deputy Commissioner Strategy Director at Police Netherlands
I worked with Nuray for the formulation of a Technology innovation group in KLM-IS. Nuray is one of the most dynamic professionals I have ever met. The drive and professionalism she irradiates is contagious and made it very stimulating to work with her. [2009]
— Jorge Andres Osorio Socha, Digital Development Manager at Air France-KLM

What SHE Achieved

  • Grew internal project into 80+ city wide movement.
  • Recognised strong stylish and engaging international speaker about Smart Cities, GovTech, FemTech, and Innovation.
  • Extremely quick MVP's and building out ideas.
  • Awarded nr 26 in top 100 international brands and influencers for GovTech.
  • Robust social media influencer.
  • Able to lead dynamic dispersed teams of experts globally.