Harun Izer is the director of Istanbul Jazz Festival. He has been working in the music business for more than 20 years. During this time he worked for various local music organizations and companies in Istanbul, later to join the Istanbul Jazz Festival team and became the director of the festival in 2018. He took part in presenting many successful international concerts and events in Istanbul and curated the first music showcase programme of Turkey called “Vitrin” in 2017. He works as a part-time lecturer on music business at the Istanbul University Jazz Conservatory and hosts a radio shows on local radio station Açık Radyo. He is also one of the previous jury members of the renowned world music festival Womex.