İstem is the co-director of Turkey office of Ashoka. She currently co-directs the Ashoka Turkey team and contributes to Ashoka’s Europe level and global strategies, empowering social entrepreneurship and changemaking ecosystems towards system changing solutions, co-leading fundraising and compliance efforts.
In her previous role as the Director of Social Entrepreneurship Programs, she designed and implemented strategies to build an impactful social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Turkey and a community of high impact Ashoka Fellows. She redesigned and implemented the strategy on working with universities by creating an open source online & offline guide on changemaking complemented by a video series and workshops in more than 15 universities.
She co-created and maintained multi-stakeholder projects in Turkey’s social entrepreneurship ecosystem while strengthening Ashoka Turkey’s position as the network and resource of a collaborative social entrepreneurship ecosystem.