FERHAN COOK, Co-Founder, m-Spark.org
Ferhan Cook’s digital and business career spans over 25 years of international business experience in technology marketing, international business development, creative event design and marketing, content publishing, and international content licensing and negotiations.
Ferhan recently co-founded m-Spark.org, as a virtual Accelerator and a web platform for start-ups, especially those that can be empowered and scaled to make social impact by using mobile and internet technologies as well as film and television. M-Spark wants to help build the emerging Impact Investing ecosystem in Turkey, and is committed to help social entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses through the use of latest digital technologies. m-Spark’s international advisors and supporters include, Ashoka Global and Turkey, The GSM Association Development Group, Nokia Asia, Orange France.
Ferhan Cook worked 11 years for Apple as head of multimedia in California and in Paris between 1983 and 1994, launching Apple’s groundbreaking innovative technologies around the world during 80′s and 90′s. She held positions in Education, Electronic Publishing, Multimedia Communications, and led international Apple teams to develop markets for these new products.
She left Apple in 1994 to establish her digital agency Mediaplay International, where she made many successful content licensing deals for digital publishers and game developers.
From 2000 and 2011, in addition to digital strategy consulting, Cook created and helped grow the digital conferences of MIPTV and MIPCOM Television and Interactive Content markets in Cannes, France to world class stature. She launched Mobile Television and Content 360 MultiScreen Content awards for 8 years, helping many producers find funding and international partners for their projects.
Ferhan also served on various industry juries such as the International Interactive Emmys, Korean GMCA awards, a MIPCOM Mobile TV Awards and the Content 360 Cross Media Festival at MIPCOM and MIPTV.
She was the Program Director of a Creative Festival called PICNIC in Amsterdam in 2009, and the host and curator of the TEDxSilkRoad conference which took place in Istanbul, in April 2012, which was about technology powered social entrepreneurship.
In addition to building the m-Spark accelerator, Cook is currently an active member of the Galata Business Angels investment group in Istanbul, she is an Ashoka “Co-Creator”, member of Turkish WIN association, and a mentor with the Social Change Labs at Özyeğin University, and a Jury member within Intel’s latest Social Business Platform in Turkey.
Ferhan divides her time between London and Istanbul.