Nilay Yengil was born in Izmir in 1976. She completed her high school education at Izmir Fatih High School. She then received her B.A. degree in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University in 1999. She completed her Master's Degree in Public Relations and Advertising at Yeditepe University. She started her teaching career at Istanbul Galatasaray High School between 2000-2002. Then she moved to Izmir and worked as an English teacher at Izmir Fatih High School in 2002.She continued teaching at Anadolu Ticaret ve İletişim Meslek Lisesi and she joined the School of Foreign Languages staff at Izmir University of Economics in 2004.