Ph.D. Adnan ERTEM was born in 1965 in Erzincan, Turkey. He graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Political Science in 1987. Same year, he started his master’s program in Political Sciences at Istanbul University Institute of Social Sciences. He obtained his master’s degree with a thesis of “The Implementations on Foundations in the First Years of the Republic”. He started his PhD Program in Social Structure and Change at Istanbul University Institute of Social Sciences and obtained his PhD Degree with a thesis of “The Integration of Foundations in Ottoman and the Republican Period” in 1997. He continued his academic career entirely on “foundations”. He has several studies especially on “foundation regulations” and “community foundations”.
In 1988, he started to work for Directorate General of Foundations as an assistant inspector. In 1991 he was appointed as inspector and then head inspector in 2002. Between 2002 and 2007, he deputized the General Director of Istanbul Regional Directorate. In 2007, he was appointed as the Deputy Undersecretary of T.R. Prime Ministry. On October 14, 2010 he was appointed as the General Director of T.R. Prime Ministry Directorate General of Foundations.