Prof. Itır Erhart studied philosophy and Western Languages & Literature at Bogaziçi University. She completed her M.Phil. at the University of Cambridge and Ph.D. at Bogaziçi University. Since 2001, she’s been teaching and conducting research on gender, media, social movements, fundraising and civil society.
She is the co-founder of Adim Adim (Step by Step) a volunteer-based organization with 109.000 members that promotes charitable giving through sponsorship of athletes in local sports events. She also co-founded Açik Açik a platform which unites donors with NGOs that respect the rights of donors. In 2016 Açik Açik received Transparency International’s award for civil society.
She is an Ashoka Fellow and Ashoka Turkey, Inogar Cooperative, Bego Jeans, Impact Circles Foundation Board Member, a TEGV (Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey) and Zehra Yıldız Opera Foundation Trustee and Advisory Board Member at the Theater Cooperative.