Graduated from the Department of Economy of Bilkent University, Cihan Özsönmez worked as Senior Auditor at Koç Holding between 2002–2009. During this time, he took critical responsibilites in the financial, operational and strategic audits of more than forty companies functioning in three core industries. Meanwhile, he completed the EMBA programme at Koç University in 2008.
After his role as Audit Manager at Aygaz (2009–2011), Özsönmez worked as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Koç University (2011–2018). In addition to being instrumental in the establishment of Unvest, an affiliate of Koç University in 2014, he has also served on the Board of the company since 2016 with the responsibility for Business Development. He attended the Harvard Business School PLD Program (Programme for Leadership Development) between December 2015–July 2016, and with the last training modules he attended in 2018, obtained alumni status from Harvard Business School. Since 2016, Özsönmez has been a member of the Koç University Entrepreneurship Research Center’s (KWORKS) higher board.
Starting in November 2018, Cihan Özsönmez pursued both the position of Secretary General of the restructured Administrative, Finance and IT departments and the Chief Financial Officer of Koç University. Özsönmez has been the General Manager of the Vehbi Koç Foundation since 1 January 2021.