Staff and Advisory Board


Meltem Aslan

Meltem Aslan is the executive director of Anadolu Kultur and the co-director of Hakikat Adalet Hafıza Merkezi (Hafıza Merkezi, engl. Truth Justice Memory Center). Ms. Aslan received her Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as a Turkish Education Foundation (TEV) fellow and her Master of Human Rights degree from the European Inter-University. She received her BA in Business Administration from Bosphorus University in Istanbul. Her master thesis focused on violations of freedom of expression in Turkey in the name of state security. Recently, her area of work has focused on transitional justice, dealing with the past and intercultural dialogue and reconciliation through arts and culture. She has attended conferences and workshops on these topics including the ICTJ’s Cape Town Fellowship on Transitional Justice and gave lectures and seminars at various Turkish universities. In the past 10 years, in addition to these areas, she has also done work related to local governance and women’s rights at TESEV and Kadın Yurttaş Ağı Derneği (KAYA) respectively.

Murat Çelikkan
Co-Director |

Murat Celikkan has been working as a journalist for the past 25 years in various positions such as reporter, editor, columnist on human rights violations and democracy and chief executive editor. Celikkan has been an active member of the Turkish Human Rights Movement. He was a founding member and has been on the boards of the Human Rights Association, Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Amnesty International and Human Rights Foundation. He has worked on projects related to the Kurdish problem and media ethics. He has been involved in developing the Center since the beginning in 2010.


Memory Studies Program 

Özgür Sevgi Göral
Program Director|

Özgür Sevgi Göral, founding member of Hafıza Merkezi, received her BA in Istanbul University Faculty of Law. She received her MA from Bosphorus University Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History with a thesis on juvenile delinquency and penitentiaries in the early republican era. She received her PhD from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in 2017, with her dissertation on two forms of state violence during the 1990s, namely enforced disappearance and forced migration. She is a member of Istanbul Bar Association since 2009 and gives lectures in Istanbul Technical University, Yıldız Technical University, Sabancı University and Bosphorus University. She also worked as advisor in the Constitution Reconciliation Commission established in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey between 2012-2013.

Gamze Hızlı

Born in Mersin, in 1980. After graduation from Darussafaka High School in Istanbul, she received her BA in Political Sciences from Middle East Technical University (METU). She attended Cultural Studies, MA Program at Istanbul Bilgi University between 2003 and 2005. She has worked at Anadolu Kültür between January 2005 and March 2012 and took part in the development, implementation and reporting of numerous projects. Currently, she is the documentation project coordinator of HafIza Merkezi.

Özlem Kaya

Born in Aydın in 1982. She received her BA in Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Business Administration and her MA in Middle East Technical University Department of Sociology. She is recently a PhD candidate in Bosphorus University Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History. She worked as a translator including the translations of some articles for the website of Hafıza Merkezi and the book titled One Dimensional Woman. She also worked as a part-time project coordinator in Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on constitution making process in Turkey.

Hatice Bozkurt

Graduated from Anadolu University’s Public Administration Department, Bozkurt currently pursues her MA studies at Mimar Sinan University’s Sociology Department. She worked as an editor for almost two years in Özgür Gündem daily. She has been working in Hafıza Merkezi since 2012.


Legal Studies Program 

Emel Ataktürk Sevimli
Program Director  |

Born in 1963, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She graduated from Marmara Faculty of Law in 1988. She has been a member of Istanbul Bar Association since 1989. She is a member of and served as board member in civil society organizations like Human Rights Association, Turkey Human Rights Foundation and Helsinki Citizens Assembly. She attended trainings organized by Istanbul Bar Association Women’s Rights Implementation Center, Bosphorus University Center for European Studies and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a participant and trainer; contributed to some of the publications prepared by these organizations.

Melis Gebeş

She received her LLB degree from Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law in 2013. She started to attend LLM Programme in Human Rights Law at the same university in September 2013. Currently she is at the dissertation stage of the programme.  She has been working at the Hafıza Merkezi impunity studies as a project assistant since 2013. She has been admitted to the İstanbul Bar since January 2015.


Dissemination and Advocacy Program 

Murat Çelikkan
Program Director |

Burcu Bingöllü

Born in 1978 in Ankara. She has graduated from Communication Faculty of Ankara University, and has experience in journalism and publication work, as well as in academy and civil society through her involvement in a number of research and EU funded projects. Since 2015 she is a member of the Memory Center’s Dissemination and Advocacy Program.

Kerem Çiftçioğlu

Received his B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Sabancı University (2004), and his M.A. on Theory and Practice of Human Rights from Essex University (2006). His master thesis focused on ‘user fees’ as health-care policy instrument Vis-à-vis the right to health. Prior to his work in Memory Center, Ciftcioglu has worked for 4 years in Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly in capacities of fund raising, project development and coordination. He has been actively involved in non-profit work both professionally and voluntarily. He is also a member of hCa, and an active voluntary member of the Conscripts Rights Initiative.


Fund Raising and Project Development

Meltem Aslan

Enis Köstepen

Trained in international trade and sociology at Bogazici University and anthropology at The New School for Social Reasearch, Enis Köstepen worked in various academic and NGO research projects on human rights, social and economic change. He has been a founding editorial board member of film monthly Altyazi since 2001. His producer credits include Sleep and Then (short film, 2004), For the Record: World Tribunal on Iraq (2007), Dark Cloud (2009), Beyond the Hill (2012), Lifelong (2013, co-producer) and Frenzy (2015). He joined Hafıza Merkrezi in 2013.


Advisory Board

Meltem Ahıska
Celal Başlangıç
Ali Bayramoğlu
Yiğit Ekmekçi
Yılmaz Ensaroğlu
Yüksel Genç
Osman Kavala
Eren Keskin
Hüsnü Öndül