Staff

 

Meltem Aslan
Co-Director| meltem@hafiza-merkezi.org

Meltem Aslan is one of the founding members and the co-director of Hakikat Adalet Hafıza Merkezi (Hafıza Merkezi, engl. Truth Justice Memory Center). Between 2009 and 2018, simultaneous with the position at Hafıza Merkezi, she was the executive director of Anadolu Kultur. 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 15 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@hafiza-merkezi.org

Murat Çelikkan has been working as a journalist for the past 25 years in various positions such as reporter, editor, columnist and chief executive editor. Çelikkan 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., freedom of speech and assembly, refugees, identity politics and peace. Çelikkan is a graduate of Middle East Technical University. He is currently the Co-Director of Truth Justice Memory Center in İstanbul. He is also the producer of two feature films and the documentary Buka Barane. He has received the Civil Rights Defender of the Year 2018 Award and the 2018 International Hrant Dink Award.


Memory and Peace Studies 

Gamze Hızlı
Program Director | gamze@hafiza-merkezi.org

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 Hafıza Merkezi.

Noémi Lévy-Aksu
noemi@hafiza-merkezi.org

Noémi Lévy-Aksu received her Ph.D in history from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in 2010. From 2010 to 2017, she was an assistant professor at Boğaziçi University, Department of History and authored a number of academic publications. She received a British Academy fellowship to conduct her research on regimes of exception in Turkey at Birbeck College, School of Law, betwen 2016 and 2018. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Law in London in 2018 and contributed to the legal work of the Democratic Progress Institute and the Redress Trust in 2018-2019. In 2019-2020, she was a fellow of the Stiftung Mercator re:constitution project and she coordinated a capacity-building program led by the Centre for Democracy and Peace Research’ın (CDPR) to strengthen Solidarity Academies in Turkey. She joined Hafıza Merkezi’s team in June 2020.

Gülistan Zeren
gulistan@hafiza-merkezi.org

She received her BA in Sociology Department from Galatasaray University in 2016. She started to attend MA on Analysis of Contemporary Societies Program of École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Currently she is at the dissertation stage of the program.


Legal Studies

Emel Ataktürk Sevimli
Program Director  | emel@hafiza-merkezi.org

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.

Özlem Zıngıl
zingil@hafiza-merkezi.org

Graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Law in 2001. She received her LL.M in Law of Economics from Galatasaray University in 2007 and M.A degree on Cultural Studies Programme from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2011. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Law at Istanbul Bilgi University. She has been a member of Istanbul Bar Association since 2003, since then she has been practicing law. She also worked as a project coordinator and general coordinator in the Transparency International Turkey. She supported the works carried out by the Hrant Dink Foundation and Van Bar Association. Since 2013, she has been contributing to independent collective the Networks of Dispossession.

Esra Kılıç
esra@hafiza-merkezi.org

Graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 2012. Beside practicing law, she has been practicing in the area of human rights at Lawyers for Freedom Association, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and the Human Rights Association. She has been a member of Istanbul Bar Association since 2013.

İdil Özcan
idil@hafiza-merkezi.org

She graduated from Koç University Law School and earned her master’s degree from the London School of Economics. During her studies, she completed traineeships at various non-governmental organisations and the European Court of Human Rights. After having worked as a legal counsel, she joined the team at Hafıza Merkezi in June 2022. She has been a member of the Istanbul Bar Association since 2020.


Supporting Human Rights Defenders and Organizations

Burcu Bingöllü
burcu@hafiza-merkezi.org

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 Hafıza Merkezi‘s Dissemination and Advocacy Program. Today she’s working as project officer in Supporting Human Rights Defenders or Organizations program of Hafıza Merkezi.

Balacan Ayar
balacan@hafiza-merkezi.org

Received her B.A. from Boğaziçi University Sociology Department and her M.A. from Koç University Comparative Studies in History and Society Program and Central European University University Gender Studies Department. Between 2019-2022, she worked as the communication coordinator at Civic Space Studies Association. She is currently working as the communications officer of the Haklara Destek program at Hafıza Merkezi.

Hülya Kurt
hulya@hafiza-merkezi.org

Graduate of METU Business Administration. For many years, she worked in various positions in the field of information technology such as solution and software sales, operations manager, bid and proposal manager and project manager. She is experienced in cross sector, especially banking IT solutionsAs of February 2019, she works as a project manager at the Haklara Destek program at Hafıza Merkezi.

Koray Löker
koray@hafiza-merkezi.org

Koray Löker graduated from Bilkent University in 2004 and has a master’s degree in Media and Visual Studies (2008) from the same university. He has worked at several universities and publishing houses before co-founding Kara Plak Publishing house in 2016. He volunteered and worked for different civil society organizations’ technical capacity development processes.

Merve Nebioğlu
merve@hafiza-merkezi.org

Received her B.A. from Galatasaray University Sociology Department and her M.A. from Sabancı University Cultural Studies Program and Galatasaray University Sociology Department. Between 2016- 2021 she worked as the program coordinator at Hrant Dink Foundation’s Asulis Discourse, Dialogue, Democracy Laboratory. She is currently working as the finance coordinator of the Haklara Destek program at Hafıza Merkezi.

Olcay Özer
Fund Raising and Project Development | olcay@hafiza-merkezi.org

Received her B.A. from Galatasaray University Philosophy Department and her M.A. from Sabancı University Cultural Studies Program. Between 2010- 2016 she worked as program assistant than coordinator at Sabancı University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Center’s “the Purple Certificate Program” conducted under “The United Nation Joint Program to Promote and Protect Human Rights of Women and Girls”. Between 2016-2019 she worked as program manager at TEGV’s Educational Programs Department. She is currently working as the training officer of the Haklara Destek program at Hafıza Merkezi.


Kerem Çiftçioğlu
Communications and Campaigns | kerem@hafiza-merkezi.org

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 joining Hafıza Merkezi in 2014, 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. He is currently the Communications and Campaigns Director at Hafıza Merkezi.

Ece Koçak
Communications and Campaigns | ece@hafiza-merkezi.org

Received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Koç University and her M.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabancı University. Prior to her work in civil society, she held various jobs as a reporter, editor and translator. She started working as a Project Coordinator for Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) in 2019 where she ran projects that advocated freedom of speech, right to information, digital freedoms and rule of law. She joined the Hafıza Merkezi team in August 2021 as the Communications Coordinator.


Tuğçe Ercan
Administration and Financing| tugce@hafiza-merkezi.org 

She graduated from the Department of Business Administration at Gazi University and Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations at Anadolu University. She has experience in financial and administrative works and she has been a certified public accountant since 2015. In order to support woman solidarity and being a part of feminist struggle, she has worked for Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter’s secreteria. After that she joined to Hafıza Merkezi in 2020.