Founding Board Member
Markus Lehto is a resilient optimist and multidisciplinary thinker committed to raising levels of awareness and beauty in life and business. After completing studies in law and international relations in Canada and UK in 1996, Markus held professional leadership roles in investment banking (ING, New York), consultancy and real estate development industries (Kanyon, Istanbul). In 2008, he co-founded Urbanista with Selçuk Avcı, a real estate development company and consultancy that has given shape to numerous award-winning sustainable and human-centric projects in over a dozen countries in Europe and the Middle East. In 2015, disenchanted with both corporate systems and being the boss of his own company, Markus set out to create a self-managing and upgraded way of working. He co-founded Joint Idea, a co-creative earn-and-learn community where talented, multidisciplinary people connect around work, art, music, food, play, and take great pleasure in creating memories and business opportunities that are enriching in a variety of ways.