İlkiz holds a B.S. degree in Management and an MBA degree from Boğaziçi University and completed a 1-year program on Corporate Innovation and Change Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Throughout her 20+ year long career, she worked for multinationals in Turkish pharmaceutical, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and construction sectors in various financial managerial roles. İlkiz then joined the core team for a Swiss fintech start-up as Head of Finance and Operations and set up the organizational structure and design. Since 2019, she is a partner for Ageo International Turkey team and works in executive search and selection for finance and operations roles and organizational design change projects.