Oğuz Alper Öktem graduated from the Koç School, where he was on a full scholarship. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago and master's degree from the Department of Political Economy at the London School of Economics. He started his career at Deutsche Bank London, where he worked in nuclear energy projects. He returned to Istanbul in 2014, to pursue a career in start-ups, working as the Chief Operating Officer at BluTV. In 2018, he founded Martı. Alper is a fervent environmentalist and father of 3 dogs.