Melek Yigit is a blockchain business developer living in Turkey, working in the realm of cybersecurity and computer coding.
She also recently started a new position as project manager for KRPT, a marketing and business development studio.
Since childhood, Melek has also been passionate about outer space, even completing a science program for children working with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
She calls herself a space entrepreneur, working on projects to build satellite softwares and robots.
Entering university, Melek was awarded a scholarship to study computer science both at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and cybersecurity at Bahcesehir University. Along with being a part of the International Cyber Security Federation, Melek started the Space and Aviation Club and the cybersecurity department at her Turkish university.
She completed several internships during her time at university, and in her third year, she accepted an offer to work for a cryptocurrency company in Turkey. This is where she began working in this area professionally.
Melek is a proud member of Istanbul Blockchain Women, a platform established to increase women’s presence in the blockchain ecosystem.
Supporting other women is definitely a priority for Melek. She started her own social club called Cigar Social Club, the first cigar social club In Turkey founded by a woman. Melek explains that many social clubs in Turkey are marketed only towards men, and she wanted to change this.
“I’m the only woman who made this in Turkey and around the world. I’m so proud of this,” she says.
“Taking risks is my hobby. I love taking risks, even if I don’t know if the outcome is failure,” Melek says.
Melek pays no mind to those who have discouraged her in the past. “Most of the men who said that I can’t do anything are my fans right now and asking me for advice.”
She hopes to leave the world a better place than she found it.
“Being multi-tasking people is necessary, making things for the future and for next generations. This will be our heritage. If the sky was the limit, then how could we go to outerspace?”