Burak Berk Doluay was born on 6th December 1993 in Nicosia, Cyprus. From the age of 14 to 21, Burak worked in his family business, Doluay Art, Design & Advertisement Agency, and was additionally organizing events part-time around the island of Cyprus.
When Burak began University, he realized that there were not enough opportunities for young people in his hometown Kyrenia. He decided to search to see what he could do to change this. Since then, he has led and participated in many local and international projects in various fields such as environment, peace-building, refugee support, youth unemployment, and entrepreneurship at several not-for-profit organisations.
In April 2016, Burak was nominated by the U.S. Embassy Cyprus to participate at the U.S. Department of State programme “Study of the U.S. Institutes on Social Entrepreneurship” for student leaders from Europe at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and became the first Cypriot to attend in June 2016. In September 2016, he co-founded CyprusInno.com, a digital platform that uses entrepreneurship as a peace-building mechanism by creating inter-communal entrepreneurship ecosystems in conflict regions through digital and in-person initiatives. Today, their community has grown to over 1,800 people.
In September 2017, Burak participated in the UN’s regional consultation session on UN resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security and participated at the first EU Conference on Youth, Peace and Security at Brussels in May 2018. Around the same time, Burak was selected as a 2018 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellow (YTILI). Burak holds a bachelor degree in International Business Management and a Masters degree in Digital Entrepreneurship.