Tugsel Akyol has a Master of Business Administration degree in human resources management from Yeditepe University (Turkey), a Bachelor of Science degree in food service and hospitality management from Southeast Missouri State University and an associate degree in tourism and hotel services from Bilkent University (Turkey). Tugsel began his career as a training manager with both InterContinental Hotels and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. He then became a training consultant with Ernst & Young, where he gained exposure to different industries and business models. Tugsel's next move took him to Citigroup Inc. He spent eight years there as vice president of talent and leadership development focusing on talent and learning strategy, learning and development metrics, and performance management and talent management strategy. He then decided to become an entrepreneur: he started his own training consulting company to provide support to globally recognized companies.