Özüm is working as a student assistant at the Chair of Sustainability and Management and she is currently studying International Business & Sustainability (M.A.) at the University of Hamburg and holds a Management (B.Sc.) degree from Bilkent University, Turkey. During her studies she has worked as a Finance Intern in TAV and did an internship in the start-up Getir and specifically focused on projects in operations aimed to minimize organic and processed food waste occuring in the food delivery sector. She did a summer course in Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in International Management and Communications. After graduation, she worked at the same start-up Getir as a Marketing Analyst for a year before continuing with her studies in Hamburg.