Deniz Ova is part of a network of young Turkish and European leaders from all sectors who come together once a year to engage in intensive dialogue and to share views and ideas about topical social issues. The Turkey Europe Future Forum takes place alternately in Turkey and Germany, as well as in other European countries.
Deniz Ova works as Director of Istanbul Design Biennial at Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). She started to lead the International Projects department of İKSV in 2007 and since then she has developed and organised festivals and events of the foundation in different European cities. Besides the festivals, Deniz has been coordinating the Pavilion of Turkey at the International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, the artist residency studio “Turquie” at Cité Internationale des Arts, and recently managed the participation of Turkey in the London Design Biennial. Before her posts at İKSV, Deniz worked as assistant director in several theatre productions at the Stuttgart State and City Theatre. She graduated from the University of Stuttgart in Political Science and Linguistics. Deniz is fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar.