E. Melisa Sabancı Tapan

E. Melisa Sabancı Tapan

Board Member

Elçin Melisa Sabancı Tapan earned her BA in International Relations and Psychology at Richmond University in London before completing her graduate studies at Columbia University in New York in Economic and Political Development.  During these years, she pursued additional training at consultancy companies including BCG and PWC, the International Energy Agency, and Sabancı Holding; she later completed a management trainee program at Marshall Wace.

Melisa has worked in several fields pursuing diverse projects ranging from financial inclusion to sustainable industry. Focusing her knowledge and experience around initiatives targeting social impact, she founded Gate 27 in 2019 to enable value creators, artists and projects centered on sustainability and economic development.  She has since overseen its growth, establishing collaborations with leading institutions in the art world.

Melisa concentrates on social entrepreneurship in both her professional and personal work. She supports the Sabancı Foundation, and in line with its vision and that of Sabancı University and the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, acts as an advisor in social responsibility projects with a number of different civil society organizations. 

Melisa is currently a member of the board of directors at Sabancı Holding. She is a member of the Tate International Committee, LEGADO, and Arya Women Investors Platform.