Gözde Cetinkaya Simbil was born in Ankara. She studied Business Administration at Middle East Technical University and graduated in 1998. Upon graduation she worked at Fortis Bank at several departments including corporate marketing and financial institutions. During her MBA study at Sabanci University, she worked as a research assistant in the field of accounting and finance. After she earned her MBA degree, she worked as a junior consultant at Arama Participatory Management Consulting in Istanbul and as a freelancer with Inmedial Research in Berlin. She gave financial and international accounting lectures at SRH University Berlin, at Bahcesehir University's Berlin Campus and at BAU International University of Applied Sciences. Since 2019 she has lectured accounting courses at Berlin International University of Applied Sciences. She works as a freelancer instructor at several institutes in Berlin.