Tevfik Başak Ersen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Istanbul University and a Master of Political Science from Long Island University in New York. Initally working as a consultant, Ersen joined Turkiye Ucuncu Sektor Vakfi in 2004. He now serves as the Executive Director.
Apart from giving lectures on association and foundation regulations, Ersen also works in the fields of capacity developments for NGOs, cooperation between the public and civil society, NGO law reform and advocacy, tax reforms, and social entrepreneurship. He has published many reports and articles on these issues. Tevfik Başak Ersen is a member of Vakiflar Meclisi, the governing body of the Directorate General of Foundations.