| Mert studied International Relations and MBA at İstanbul Bilgi University and then worked in various industries in the corporate environment for several years. Intrigued by the seas for long years, he left big city life and moved to Fethiye, a seaside town by the Aegean sea 10 years ago. He has been working and living as a sailing instructor and skipper since then. He is organizing sail training programmes and sailing vacations, in addition to working for international and local sailing schools. He is also doing boat deliveries and working as a freelance skipper.