Burcu Mirza joined TPF family in 2013 and is an active member of the international community in New York and a strong advocate for diaspora philanthropy. She has long been a supporter of girl’s education in Turkey and in rural Pakistan.
In 2015, Ms. Birza received the Great Dome Award, the highest honor MIT Alumni Association bestows upon groups in recognition of distinguished service for her role on the Leadership Council of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Public Service Center. Public Service Center develops innovative public service initiatives to stimulate and support the extraordinary humanitarian work of MIT students, faculty, staff and alumni. She served as the Alumnae Admissions Representative in Singapore for Mount Holyoke College in 2011 and 2012.
Ms. Mirza also has been very involved with her high school Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey where she had spearheaded a campaign to endow Banu Buyukunal Memorial Scholarship in 2008 and helped developed a joint public service oriented research program between MIT and Robert College student. This project addressed remediation of carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty furnaces.
Previously, as a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Chase’s Fixed Income Derivatives, Ms. Mirza worked with the firm’s institutional clients such as international asset managers and hedge funds. She left her position in 2003 to start a family and to pursue her passion in international development and education.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Ms. Mirza lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her hobbies include yoga, jogging and mahjong.