Cigdem Cörek Öztaş is the Urban Development & Accessibility Manager at WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities and joined in October 2013. Previously, she worked as a project assistant in a TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) project which was called, "Industrial Clusters in Metropolitan Areas: Jewellery Clusters, Competitiveness and Social Networks in İstanbul." For about 4 years, she worked as an expert at the West Black Sea Development Agency, in the Strategy Development and Programming Unit. The design team she was a part of was recognized in the 2008 "Kahramanmaras Cultural Park Architectural Design Competition" and in the "Terminal Complex Urban Design and Architectural Design Competition for Uşak Province " in 2011.
She completed her undergraduate education at Gazi University with a degree in Architecture of City and Regional Planning, and she completed her Master's degree in Social Policy at the Middle East Technical University Institute of Social Sciences. She is now a doctorate student in Gazi University within the Department of City and Regional Planning.
She has also been oil painting since 1998. Her work has been shown in numerous places, including 7 solo exhibitions and 3 oversea exhibitions.