Özden Gür Ali

Associate Professor
College of Administrative Sciences and Economics
Business Administration
Operations Management and Information Systems

Koc University

Rumeli Feneri Yolu, Sarıyer 34450, Istanbul,Turkey


Phone : +90(212) 338-1450

Email : oali@ku.edu.tr


Özden Gür Ali is an associate professor at the Koç University Business School.

Prior to academia, she has ten years of global R&D and management consulting experience with General Electric and ZS Associates , serving Fortune 100 companies and pharma industry with data driven analytics  in marketing, sales, productivity and Six Sigma quality.

She works on business analytics with AI, in retail forecasting in the presence of promotions, behavior prediction, customer analytics and healthcare, with a strong emphasis on interpretability.

Her recent publications combine domain knowledge with the observed data to learn interpretable personalized causal (treatment) effects to support managerial decisions with trustworthy models that can be used for evaluating new scenarios, in customer choice by varying price and choice set; in  sales forecasting with cross-category promo effects; in public health outcomes with incentives for physical activity; and football outcomes with risky substitutions.

Her work has appeared in journals such as Operations Research, EJOR, IEEE Tr. Neural Networks, Intl J Forecasting, Expert Systems w Appl., and in conferences such as KDD and ICDM, resulted in multiple patents and has been implemented in various industries including retail, healthcare and manufacturing.

Teaching Big Data and Data Analytics and Management Science courses in undergraduate, MBA and executive ed programs. Consulting engagements in pharma, retail, banking.

Özden served as the Associate Dean of College of Administrative Sciences and Economics department at Koç University from 2014 to 2017. During which time the college renewed EQUIS, achieved AMBA, and initiated AACSB accreditations resulting in its current triple crown status.

Özden holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems.