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Mert Saka

Mert Saka

Senior Manager

ICANN | Istanbul, Turkey


My Portfolio Highlights

My New Workbook

Building AI Applications with LangChain and GPT

My New Course

Introduction to the Tidyverse

Data adventurer, fearlessly exploring the depths of complex datasets.

My Work

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Intermediate SQL Queries


Building AI Applications with LangChain and GPT


Introduction to the Tidyverse

My Certifications

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Other Certificates

MITx Certificate for Probability - The Science of Uncertainty and Data

MITx 6.00.1x: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

LinkedIn Data Curation Foundations

LinkedIn Data Visualization for Data Analysis and Analytics

HarvardX PH125.6x: Data Science: Wrangling

Microsoft Programming with R for Data Science

DataCamp Course Completion

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My Work Experience

Where I've interned and worked during my career.

ICANN | Jul 2020 - Present

GDD Accounts Senior Manager

Managing ICANN’s relations with the registry operators, registrars, and technical service providers through various meetings, training, and other communications as well as direct, one-to-one engagement. Analysing and forecasting DNS industry data, together with additional DNS industry intelligence.
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ICANN | May 2014 - Jun 2020

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) Accounts Manager

Managed ICANN’s relations with the registry operators in EMEA region through various meetings, training, and other communications as well as direct engagement. Working with project managers and both internal and external developer teams, owned and managed the software lifecycle of Centralized Zone Data System (CZDS) for six years.

Beykoz Lojistik Meslek Yüksekokulu | Feb 2014 - May 2014

Substitute Lecturer

Served as a part-time substitute lecturer during the spring semester within the Public Relations and Marketing Communication program. Introduced the converging technologies in PR to the class for thirteen weeks in a single semester.

Bilkom | Apr 2012 - Apr 2014

Corporate Market Manager

Developed technical and operational solutions for large organizations including government and educational institutions. Positioning as a technical consultant on projects at large scales, helped institutions shape their demand and delivered targeted solutions through hardware and software products through collaboration with third party software development companies. Led projects from pre-sales to delivery. Converted existing sales channel to offer/deliver turn-key solutions. Created a partner ecosystem that develops and implements solutions.

Bilkom | Apr 2010 - Mar 2012

Software Product Manager

Started working as the first employee of the "software team," after Bilkom became an authorized distributor for Adobe. Added four resources to the team and co-managed with sales team manager while establishing operational and marketing workflow through the shared resources. Working closely with the sales team, established operational, sales and marketing workflows through shared resources. Evangelized projects and worked as a solution hub for the reseller sales channel.

Adobe Systems | Oct 2008 - Apr 2010

License Compliance Consultant

Working as an IT risk analysis consultant, generated leads by executing software over/under licensing review to potential/existing clients within the Mediterranean region. In parallel with the legal regulations on intellectual property rights in each country, completed software license compliance audits for large enterprises in Turkey, Greece, and Israel. Trained software sales channel (two distributors and their resellers) about Adobe Volume Licensing.

Roche Pharmaceuticals | Nov 2007 - Oct 2008

e-Marketing Project Manager (CEMAI)

Delivered e-marketing projects, including localized websites for Roche affiliates in the CEMAI region (Central & Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Africa and Indian Subcontinent). Responsibilities covered not only managing the services offered by external partners and web development companies but also manually managing content for Roche affiliates in 150+ countries within the CEMAI.

TAMS Software Consultancy Ltd. | Mar 2005 - Nov 2007

Technical Project Manager

Built technical infrastructure (the web, mail and database servers which host solutions for customers and services) in an external data center. Provided technical support and maintenance services to these servers and their connection to the internet. Also worked as a project manager for various website and intranet projects.

Turkish Armed Forces | Jan 2006 - Jan 2007


Worked as NATO Peacekeeping Practice as the communications officer and Tank Team Leader for 4 tanks and 16 personnel during obligatory service period for Turkish citizens.

Karbyte Software | Feb 2004 - Nov 2004

Project Manager

Managed ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software implementation and customization projects to optimize manufacturing routes for 20+ small and mid- sized businesses. Trained over 50 students and educators on the ERP software and manufacturing management subjects for KOSGEB (Department for Developing and Supporting Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers).

Discovery Channel | Jan 1997 - Jan 1998

Part-time Assistant to TV Channel Manager

Worked as the assistant to Channel Manager with duties such as handling the translators' traffic and program timing for Discovery Channel operations in Turkey.

My Education

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MicroMasters, Statistics and Data ScienceMassachusetts Institute of Technology | 2022
Bachelor of Science, Electronics EngineeringIstanbul Üniversitesi | 2002
High SchoolISTEK Vakfi Beyhan Aral Lisesi | 1993

About Me

Mert Saka

Technical business professional with over fifteen years of experience in information and communication technologies. Nine years of domain knowledge about the DNS industry, including experience in working with registry operators and registrars.

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