Prof. Dr. Itır Erhart - Girişim Savaşçısı

Prof. Dr. Itır Erhart

Sustainability Specialist VEW Mentor
Itır Erhart started her education life at Boğaziçi University, received a bachelor's degree in Western Languages and Literatures and Philosophy. Afterwards,she continued her Master's degree in Philosophy program at the same university and later studied for her master's degree in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Continuing her academic career, Itır Erhart completed her Ph.D. degree in Philosophy at Boğaziçi University in 2006. She teaches courses on topics such as gender, media, human rights and civil society at Istanbul Bilgi University. She also conducts research and serves as an advisor to the rector. Itır Erhart is one of the founders of two social enterprises named Adım Adım and Açık Açık. She is a professor of communication who specializes in various fields such as gender, inclusion, social entrepreneurship, media, social movements, sociology, sports and arts. As a social entrepreneur, she aims to benefit from resources for individuals, companies and Turkish and international NGOs by creating more transparent, accountable and sustainable non-governmental organizations and ecosystems. She believes in the unifying power of sports and art, she strives to build strong and sustainable communities. She is also a marathon and ultramarathon runner. Itır Erhart took part as a co-researcher in the AHRC-funded projects "Exploring the 5G Potential for the Gaming and Performing Arts Sector" and "Aesthetics of Protest" and the British Council Project "Social Entrepreneurship in Turkey". Itır Erhart, who also has the title of Ashoka Fellow, serves as a partner in Ashoka Turkey, Need Map, and Board Member of İnogar and Bego Jeans. She holds important positions such as Member of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Board of TEGV Theater Cooperative, Sabancı Foundation and Yanındayiz Association. Itır Erhart writes on multiple platforms such as GQ Turkey and Onedio, and is also the author of two published books, "Ben Neyim" and "Koşaradım- Bir Yaşamdan Notlar".