Deniz Karatas is the Executive Director of Global Policy Institute, in Washington DC since January 2016. For seven years Karatas worked as an expert, senior expert and finally as the head of Social Policy Department of the leading lobby group Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) in Istanbul, Turkey. She provided consultancy to Turkish Ministry of Education as well as Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Karatas took part in joint projects of TUSIAD, collaborating with the World Bank, UN, ILO, and OECD on education policy, gender equality, and employment. She was a member of B20 (2015) Employment Working Group. She is experienced in advocacy, research, event organization, and fund raising. Her areas of expertise are Social Policy and Philanthropy.