Ilke works as a project manager at Xylem, Inc. – a water/wastewater treatment equipment manufacturer – and responsible for overseeing the design, delivery and start-up phases. Ilke got her BSc at Marmara University, Istanbul (Turkey) and her MSc at Clemson University, South Carolina (USA) in Environmental Engineering. She worked for HDR, Inc. as a water/wastewater consultant between 2006 and 2015. In her 9-year tenure, the projects she was involved in focused on detailed design of water and wastewater treatment plants, water supply and treatability studies, master plans, competitive assessments and optimization studies or the public utilities in the Carolinas. In 2015, she completed her International MBA from University of South Carolina, Columbia (USA). She has been involved with local and national American Water Works Association chapters and serves on Water Resources Planning and Management, Water Reuse and Water Resources and Sustainability Committees. She volunteered with Water For People, a non-profit organization in WASH sector, to address advocacy and capacity building challenges in Bolivia between 2008-2010. Currently, she is volunteering with Africa Development Promise, a non-profit dedicated to improve the living standards of rural women, to address the water challenges the cooperative farms are identifying in Rwanda and Uganda.
Her personal project is to provide short essays about the effects of agricultural and food production practices on the environment as well as the interconnectedness of the ecosystem, to the general public via her blog, Intertwined Earth. With this initiative, she also strives to highlight the farmers and food producers who apply good practices to protect the environment and public health in Turkey, and hopes to expand the content and geographical coverage.