Zeynep is the Turkey country director for Ashoka - the leading global platform for social entrepreneurs and changemakers across 97 countries. Prior to Ashoka, Zeynep was the Program Director of TÜSEV (Third Sector Foundation of Turkey), the country's leading think-tank and umbrella organization for non-profits. She has10 years of experience in capacity building, infrastructure development and innovating for a stronger civil society and philanthropy in Turkey. Zeynep is also a deputy board member of Destek Vakfi (Foundation for Supporting Civil Society) and supports several women’s organizations on a volunteer basis. Born and raised mostly in Istanbul, Turkey, Zeynep has a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Cultural Studies from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She currently attends Istanbul Bilgi University’s MA Program in Human Rights Law.