Professor Pinar Ozcan

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Saïd Business School


Pinar Ozcan is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is also the academic director of the Oxford Entrepreneurship Centre and the Oxford Future of Finance and Technology (Fintech) Initiative.

She serves in advisory roles working with regulatory authorities such as the UK's Competition and Markets Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority, the European Commission, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on these topics.

Professor Ozcan completed her PhD at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) at the Stanford University Management Science and Engineering Department, and also holds a Master of Science and dual Bachelor’s degrees from Stanford.

Since completing her PhD, Professor Ozcan has received the Excellence in Research Award at IESE, the EFMD Best Teaching Case Award, the IDEA Entrepreneurship Thought Leader Award, and Best Paper Nominations and Awards at Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Society. Professor Ozcan is also the 2015 recipient of the British Academy Newton Grant for the study of open innovation, the 2016 SWIFT award for the study of the UK Banking industry’s transition into open application programming interfaces (API’s), and the 2016 Best Conference Paper Award at Strategic Management Society.

In 2017, Professor Ozcan had the honour to be selected to the Top 40 Business School Professors under 40 by Poets and Quants. In 2018, Professor Ozcan received the Strategic Management Society Research in Organisations Award for her work on the disruption in the banking sector in partnership with Swift Institute. She was recently selected to the global Thinkers 50 list for emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management theory and practice. 

In 2019, she was chosen as a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow for her work on the disruption of banking in Europe and the UK. Finally, in 2021, Professor Ozcan was chosen to the Global Women in Fintech Powerlist by Innovate Finance. 

Professor Ozcan is a founding partner of Blanchard International Turkey. Her work experience also includes management consulting at Siemens Corporation in Munich, Germany, and strategy consulting with technology ventures and venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley.