After 20 years of civil society experience, Mehru Aygül is currently working as the General Manager of Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation (www.girisimcilikvakfi.org). At the same time, she is the founder of Turkey's biggest non-governmental organization for youth calls Community Volunteers Foundation (www.tog.org.tr). In the belief that Social Technologies will change the world, she founded Things Project together with her friends and Techsoup Europe. She is still in the advisory community of Things Project. She completed an undergraduate degree at Marmara University and a postgraduate degree at Bahçeşehir University on Marketing Communication and Public Relations. Aygül worked at Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organization (TACSO) as a Communication and Project specialist between 2009 and 2013. Within TACSO she contributed to organize the first international Social Entrepreneurship Conference of Turkey. After she got training on Social Entrepreneurship from INSEAD, she took part in Social Change Lab-Social Entrepreneurship Incubation program in collaboration with Özyeğin University-JP Morgan and Community Volunteers Foundation. She is still working for the development of Entrepreneurship in Turkey by advising Entrepreneurship Programs. Her biggest passions are exploring new things and watching TED videos.
After graduating from Tarsus American College in 2007, Oyku Yilmaz graduated from Koc University with a double major degree in both Business Administration and Economics. After graduation, she completed her masters degree in International Finance at University of St. Andrews located in Scotland. She wrote her thesis on the subject “ Analysis of the Effectiveness of Foreign Aid in High Aid Countries". After returning back to Turkey, she started working at Endeavor Turkey as a Search and Services Analyst. After 1.5 years, she started working at the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation as a Program Assistant. Today, Oyku is the Business Development and Innovation Manager of the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation. Her expertise areas are entrepreneurship, research, business plan development, business operations and strategy. Throughout her career, she has worked with entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs, and she is getting her inspiration from them. Thus, her ultimate goal is to become a high-impact, successful women entrepreneur in the future.
Cemre Şirin graduated from Yildiz Technical University with a Environmental Engineering degree. She is one of the first 40 fellows of the entrepreneurship foundation. After graduation, she has 3 years of experience in the business development department in an enterprise working on real estate technologies. she worked as a project volunteer in non-governmental organizations like TOG(Community volunteers foundation), TEGV(Turkish education volunteers foundation). She is currently working as business development and innovation coordinator at the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation.
An expert project manager with a well-experienced history of working with the sports and youth industry. Skilled in NGO's, corporate social responsibility, communication, event management, public and media relations. He worked as a manager and consultant for the most well-known institutions of the civil society and the private companies. Umut continues to improve himself in Marketing Communication at Istanbul Bilgi University for a Master's degree.
DENİZ HALE DURAKBAŞI
Deniz Hale Durakbaşı graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of History in 2017. She has voluntarily participated in the projects of many non-governmental organizations since her university years. She has worked in the fields of human rights, children's rights, child participation, social emotional learning, and education. In 2019, she has started her graduate education in the Social Policies program of Boğaziçi University. After the two-year internship in Ashoka for Children program, she joined Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation team as a project coordinator.