Project Team

GONCA ONGAN
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After graduating from Saint-Benoit Private French High School, completed her undergraduate program of Economics (English) in İstanbul University. Afterwards, she received her Master’s Degree in Global MBA in Fordham University, which is located in New York and did her postgraduate study in Economics of European Union in Marmara University European Union Institute. Following her experiences in the field of private sector, public sector and civil society, she started working in Koç University in 2010. Her specialty is “Sustainability” and she has been working in KUSIF as Managing Director since 2012.

AGATA FORTUNA

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Graduated from the Faculty of International and Political Studies and Lodz University (Poland) in 2007 receiving Master’s Degree. She holds also Bachelor’s degree in Oriental Philology-Turcology from Jagiellonian Univresity. Since 2009 Agata has been working in the civil society field in Turkey. She was involved in various national and international projects on youth empowerment, intercultural learning and dialog in conflict setting, social technology and social entrepreneurship. Agata is also the Chairperson of the YouthBank International Board of Directors.

AYŞE SEDA MÜFTÜGİL YALÇIN

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After graduating from Robert College in 2001, completed her undergraduate program of Social and Political Sciences in Sabancı University with a scholarship. Afterwards, as a scholarship student of Turkish Education Foundation (TEV) and British Chevenning mutually she received her Master’s Degree in Human Rights in London School of Economics (LSE). She completed her postgraduate study in 2011 in University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She is currently working in KUSIF as post-doc research fellow.

DUYGU GÜNER

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After graduating from Saint-Joseph Private French High School completed her undergraduate program of International Relations in İstanbul Bilgi University in 2007 with a scholarship. Afterwards, in the years of 2007-2008, she received her Master’s Degree in Sociology in Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She had been working in the field of civil society since 2009 and has been working in KUSIF since October, 2013. Project management, social impact measurement and experiencial learning methodology are one of her areas of expertise. She is currently doing her postgraduate study in Civil Society and Volunteerism in Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts as well as active volunteering in various civil society organizations.

NAZ ÇAKIROĞLU

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A Koç University graduate, Naz is currently working at KUSIF as assistant project specialist.

JAAN APS

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Jaan Aps is a co-founder and current chairman of the management board of Estonian Social Enterprise Network. Since its establishment in 2012, he has lead the organization to acquire 49 social enterprises as its members,  and to gain official status as a strategic partner of Estonian Ministry of Interior. His speaking and training engagements  have included Albania, Armenia, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy and Latvia. Jaan is a member of European Commission’s Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES), and Task Force on public sector and social innovation  (Government Office, Republic of Estonia). In 2013, he was elected as “Mission person of the year” by the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations for his long-term commitment to promoting and developing social impact analysis for social purpose organizations. Jaan has a MA degree in Economics. In 2006-2013, Jaan fulfilled various roles at Good Deed Foundation, the first venture philanthropy fund in the region. Before 2006,  he worked for environmental non-governmental organizations in the Baltic region.

SERRA TİTİZ

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Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Sociology from Bogazici University followed by a master’s degree in Aston Business School. After that she completed INSEAD Business School’s Social Entrepreneurship program. She is an “Ashoka Fellow,” “Eisenhower Fellow,” member of the BMW Foundation and in the CSR Advisory Board (KSS Dernegi Danısma Kurulu). She is the founder of Mikado Consultancy and Gelecek Daha Net Youth Platform. She continues to develop multi-dimensional social benefit creating sustainable development models and social entrepreneurship projects with private sector entreprises, civil society organizations and international entities.

ELİF URGAN

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Holds M.A from Sabanci University on European Studies, and B.A from Istanbul Bilgi University on Psychology and on Media and Communication Systems. Her work experience on development projects started during her B.A studies in 2008. Her career as project analyst started in 2012 specializing in social impact, stakeholder mapping, M&E strategies and community development programs. Following 2013, she continued to build her expertise on wide – scaled research development on the field of sustainability, sustainability reporting (GRI Reporting), content development for conferences on sustainable business models as well as sustainability awards, and corporate communication management. She now continues her career at Mikado Sustainable Development Consulting focusing on sustainable development, community investment, CSR, social impact and M&E.

JEREMY NICHOLLS

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Is the chief executive of Social Value UK and Social Value International, which are membership organisation for individuals, organisations and companies supporting principles and standards in accounting for social and environmental value. He is also a director of the FRC Group (Liverpool), a member of the IRIS advisory committee, a member of the Social Impact Measurement Sub-group of GECES for the EU, and the GPSA Evidence and Impact Affinity Group. He has lectured at several Universities including the Said Business School at Oxford University; Hult International Business School; and the University of Western Australia. He worked with others to write a number of SROI guides including, most recently, the UK Government supported ‘Guide to SROI’. He also writes a column for Pioneers Post.