Bekir Ağırdır was born in Çal, Denizli in 1956. He graduated from the department of Business Administration at the Middle East Technical University. He worked as manager at several industrial companies between 1979 and 2003. He worked at History Foundation of Turkey, first as coordinator then as general manager between 2003 and 2005. He is a founder of the Democratic Republican Programme, a board member of Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV).