Our Team


After 20 years of civil society experience, Mehru Aygül is currently working as the General Manager of Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation ( At the same time, she is the founder of Turkey's biggest non-governmental organization for youth calls Community Volunteers Foundation ( 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, Öyku Gürsu 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, Öykü is the Deputy General 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 project manager 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.


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.


Hazal Bayat graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Turkish Language and Literature in 2020. After internship at various agencies, magazines and publishing houses during her university years, she decided to pursue her career in non-governmental organizations and met the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation. Today, she is the Communication and Events Officer of the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation. While continuing her career at the foundation, she also produces content for various publications.


Serkan Çalışır completed his undergraduate education at Boğaziçi University, Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance in 2015. Between 2017-2019, he worked at Social Innovation Laboratory - SOIL, as Co-Founder, to encourage young individuals to be the pioneers of social change. He graduated from the Human Rights Law master's program at Istanbul Bilgi University and worked in the fields of children's rights, gender and the right to education. After his work at Tohum Autism Foundation and Turkish Education Foundation, he joined the Entrepreneurship Foundation as Project Coordinator. He is still continuing his master's degree in Social Projects and NGO Management at Istanbul Bilgi University.


A seasoned veteran in financial advisory services, Burcin Altan Magripli started her professional life at Deloitte as a financial auditor, crowning her career with further consultancy and audit positions within Deloitte, KPMG and BDO. She took on various corporate duties, most notably as the Chairperson of the Audit Board of Yeditepe University. After having graduated from Yeditepe University, she took Business Administration Extension program at the University of California Irvine on a full scholarship, topped with an eMBA at Yeditepe University. Having experienced both consulting and industry roles, she got involved extensively with the startup ecosystem throughout her years. With an affection for watching ventures grow from infancy into respectable establishments, Burcin took on the Financial Coordinator role within the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation. She has a passion for travel and yoga, preferably a combination of both.


Beril has BA in Economics and MA in Law & Economics Program at Bilkent University with a scholarship. As a researcher at TEPAV for two years, she took part in many projects and published several research on the development of the Turkish entrepreneurship ecosystem and policies. After her experience at TEPAV, Beril has carried out and supported the research and communication activities of various private sector development programs at the World Bank Group for 6 years. She has also played a primary role in conducting of a female entrepreneurship research in Turkey at Policy Analytics Lab. Upon finishing this research, Beril joined the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation team as the Project Coordinator. Having diverse interests, she began Media and Communication Management Master's program at Yeditepe University in 2020. She is also a keen follower of international pop stars and entertainment world.


Selin Altuntecim graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Political Science and International Relations in 2021. After participating in voluntary projects in NGOs and working as a research assistant in several think-tanks, Selin joined the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation team as a Youth Program Assistant. In addition to her sensitivity and willingness to work on issues such as human, women's and children's rights and sustainability, she is a true ceramic and cinema enthusiast.

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