Ozan Özerk | Founding Partner | Globizi

Ozan Özerk | Founding Partner

About Us / Ozan Özerk

Ozan Ozerk is a serial entrpreneur and one of the founding partners of Globizi.

Ozan Özerk was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1979. At a young age, he moved to Norway with his family. Kamil Özerk, his father, is a professor at the Department of Education in the University of Oslo. Meral R. Özerk, his mother, specializes in children with learning disabilities. She works as a senior advisor at Statped. Both have authored several books in the field of education, autism and bilingualism. 

Ozan Ozerk studied medicine at the University of Oslo from 2000 to 2008. After graduation, he completed his medical internship at Narvik Hospital. Before establishing his career in the fintech space, Dr. Ozan Özerk started off as a medical doctor. 

Ozan Özerk’s entrepreneurial career seeds were sowed in the late 1990s, but the breakthrough came with Biip.no. He co-founded Norsk Ideutvikling in 2005, an online media company famous for its social networking site Biip.no. Biip.no was an early version social media endeavor similar to Facebook which was largely successful in Norway. Biip.no was acquired by Egmont and Nettavisen in 2008. Dr. Ozan Özerk stayed on until 2010.

After the Biip.no exit, Dr. Ozan Özerk worked as a medical doctor until 2015. He held positions as an emergency room doctor in the cities of Narvik, Bærum, and Moss.

Dr. Ozan Özerk made the shift to his current career in the fintech industry in 2015. The early years saw several small ventures that helped him discover and understand the fintech space and form the grounds for today’s successful businesses. 

One of Dr. Ozan Ozerk’s fintech ventures, OpenPayd was founded and is still headquartered in London, now with offices in the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Turkey, Singapore, Malta, Hong Kong, Brazil and the USA. OpenPayd offers Banking as a Service (BaaS) solutions to businesses.

European Merchant Bank (EMBank), based in Lithuania, was founded in late November 2018. EMBank has a banking license from the European Central Bank. 

Ozan SuperApp was also founded by Dr. Özerk in 2018. Headquartered in London with affiliates and offices in Turkey and the EU, Ozan SuperApp is a new generation fintech company that offers financial solutions to both individuals and businesses.

Another venture founded by Ozan Ozerk is Eurotrader. Eurotrader is a fully licensed and regulated retail broker in forex, stocks, crypto, indices and commodities.

As one of the pioneers of the industry, Dr. Ozan Özerk frequently shares his thoughts and projections on the future of fintech through interviews and opinion-pieces. He also has a strong standpoint on issues regarding financial inclusion and equality, often speaking and writing on these topics.