The Team

Founder

Sumeyye Acikgoz
Sumeyye Acikgoz graduated Masters degree in NGO and Social Responsibility Management from Istanbul University with her master project about Turkey, Health NGOs in Volunteering and Volunteer Management in 2017 and also, she graduated with a masters degree in Sociology from Istanbul Commerce University with her master thesis on Spatial Cluster Dynamics of Irregular Migrants In Metropolitan Cities: Example of Afghan Refugees In Beykoz-Yenimahalle in 2018. She worked on a lot of projects as a writer, coordinator, and team member. She worked all refugee camps and migration foundations as a volunteer in Turkey. She lived in the US and got research techniques about migration studies in 2018. Also, she worked in the Heartland Alliance as a volunteer interpreter with migrant people. She has written about irregular migrants at different web sites and magazines. She has a consultant company which is the name Seena Project Consultancy. She founded this website in 2019. Currently, she is studying for a Ph.D. program on political science at Medeniyet University.

Editors

Zuhal Acikgoz
Zuhal Acikgoz was born in Turkey, in 1984. She graduated in Political Science from Northeastern University in 2010. During her college years, she worked at the Turkish Consulate General as a contracted secretary. After 10 years of working at a government agency, she moved a different career path. Hence, in 2017, she graduated her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Valparaiso University. She has been working as an Operations Manager at a private healthcare clinic in Chicago since 2016. Besides her full-time job, she works as a Senior Editor for EpicMigrations.
Begum Ugurgel
Begum Ugurgel was born in September 1992, İstanbul. She graduated from Istanbul Şehir University Psychology department in 2015. She took her Clinical Psychology MA degree from International University of Sarajevo in 2018. During and after the college years she worked with disadvantaged groups such as victims of domestic violence, child labors and refugees. She currently works at a private hospital as a Clinical Psychologist, also helps EpicMigrations’ authors on editing texts.

Translator

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Merve Kacmaz was born in Istanbul, 1999. She is a student at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University Faculty of Education. She is interested in linguistics, sociology and translation studies. She works as a freelance translator.

Authors

Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Otrar
Mustafa Otrar was born in Eskisehir, in 1971. He graduated from Marmara University at Psychological counseling and Guidance in 1993. He worked in Bingol and Istanbul as a teacher. He started to work as a research assistant at Marmara University and then, he graduated from Marmara University with his master thesis about psychological service in education. He is working as a member of board, in the Turkish Ministry of National Education, Education Board. He is writing at epicmigrations as volunteer writer.
Dr. Cagri Emin Sahin
Cagri Emin Sahin graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine in 2015. He worked as technical staff member in various positions at Istanbul Public Health Directorate and Manager of Sultangazi District Community Health Center. He volunteered and worked on board of directors of the Young Doctors Worldwide. He is currently a PhD student in public health. He is voluntary responsible editor on Konak Journal of Health and Social Sciences and officially working in Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Logistics Management Department, Directorate General of Public Health in Turkey as a public health manager.
Dr. Aysenur Karaca
Aysenur Karaca was born in 1994. She graduated from ÜMRG Anatolia Teacher High School in 2012. She is studying at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Faculty of Medicine as an intern doctor. She works in Young Doctors Worldwide as a volunteer. She is studying in the field migration at Hayat Health and Social Services Foundation. Her special interests are in recent history migrations to Anatolia and health of refugee camps. She publishes articles in Konak Journal of Health and Social Sciences in these areas.
Av. Meliha Kekec
Meliha Kekec was born in Kahramanmaras, Turkey. She studies Law at Faculty of Law in Selcuk University. During her university life, she worked at many social responsibility projects as a volunteer. She constituted Community of Social Awareness and worked as the chairman of the executive board. Additionally, she worked at Selcuk University-Platform of Aid Unity as the founding chairman. She have brought local people and refugees together for 4 years.
Ahmet Pehlivan
Ahmet Pehlivan was born in 1996. He studied in Mehmet Tekinalp High School, İstanbul. During high school, he developed interest in international relations which led him to study International Relations in Galatasaray University. Currently, he is a double major student in Galatasaray University, Istanbul. His second major is Political Science. In 2018, he went to Sciences Po Grenoble, France as an exchange student for a semester. His education and current issues of the global world have raised his interest in migration related acts. He took classes to meet his interest and to become competent in this field. During these classes, he studied on the role of non-state actors and local authorities in the reception of refugees.
Safvan Ozcan
Safvan Ozcan was born in Jeddah, 1996. He is a student at Yildiz Technical University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Department of Business Administration. He went to University of Zaragoza, Spain as an exchange student for a year. He is interested in international relations and migration studies which led him to get an opportunity to be intern at Center for Strategic Research, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior, Directorate General Migration Management.
Senanur Cevahir
Senanur Cevahir was born in 2000, in Istanbul. She graduated from Tenzile Erdoğan Anatolian Imam-Khatib high school. She is currently a chemical engineering student in İstanbul University- Cerrahpaşa. She worked in her movies as a scriptwriter and director. She also takes place 4 projects related to refugees. She went to the refugee camps Unlimited Festival which is organized by International Refugee Rights Association in Syria, in 2019. She is still working as a volunteer in different projects and foundations.
Enise Ucar
Enise Ucar was born in Edirne, in, Turkey in 1997. She graduated in Social Work from Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, in 2019. She worked at many social responsibility projects as a volunteer. She worked in Children of Earth Association, Mentornship Project, and also in Turkish Red Crescent in Ogretmen-im Project as a volunteer. She wrote project to Turkish Red Crescent to ensure the social adaptation of Turkish and Syrian Youth. She went to refugee camps Unlimited Festival which is organized by International Refugee Rights Association in Syria, in 2019. Currently, she has worked in different projects and foundations as a volunteer.
Fatih Alibaz Dursun
Fatih Alibaz was born in 1996, in Nevşehir. He graduated from Beyoglu Anatolian Imam-Khatib high school. He is currently an Arabic Teaching student in Sabahattin Zaim University. He's been interested in cinema and literature since his high school years and he worked in 4 different movies as scriptwriter, assistant director and actor. The last two movies’ shootings were in Syria. Some of his short stories have been published in magazines, namely Hece Öykü, Tahrir and Bûtimar. He also took place more than 8 projects related to refugees. He has visited more than 20 different refugee camps in Syria, Bangledesh and Turkey. He strives to tell the stories of oppressed people, and he has a lot to tell.
Arif Dogan
He is studying at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University Faculty of Medicine. He works in Young Doctors Worldwide as a volunteer. He studied in the field of migration at the Hayat Life and Social Services Foundation. He publishes articles in Turkish about immigrant camps and healthcare services upon immigrants in Konak Journal Of Health and Social Science. He received web design and poster design lessons in Istanbul. Currently he is the designer and manager of the websites of konakdergisi.hayatvakfi.org.tr and saglikveiyilikhareketi.org. Also he is graphic designer of some magazines and events’ posters.
Asli Canakci
Aslı Nur Çanakçı was born in Kırşehir,1999.She is studying at Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli Üniversitesi Faculty of Law.She worked in various non-govermental organizations. Therewithal,she worked on migration and refugees. Aslı interested in international law and wants to work in this field.
Dr. Aysenur Karaca
Aysenur Karaca was born in 1994. She graduated from ÜMRG Anatolia Teacher High School in 2012. She is studying at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Faculty of Medicine as an intern doctor. She works in Young Doctors Worldwide as a volunteer. She is studying in the field migration at Hayat Health and Social Services Foundation. Her special interests are in recent history migrations to Anatolia and health of refugee camps. She publishes articles in Konak Journal of Health and Social Sciences in these areas.
Begum Ugurgel
Begum Ugurgel was born in September 1992, İstanbul. She graduated from Istanbul Şehir University Psychology department in 2015. She took her Clinical Psychology MA degree from International University of Sarajevo in 2018. During and after the college years she worked with disadvantaged groups such as victims of domestic violence, child labors and refugees. She currently works at a private hospital as a Clinical Psychologist, also helps EpicMigrations’ authors on editing texts.
Beyza Nur Yilmaz
She was born in 1997 in Ankara. She lived her education life in Malatya, Bilecik, Ankara because her family was a civil servant. In 2015, she won Istanbul University Faculty of Health Sciences Social Work Undergraduate Program. She voluntarily participated in many non-governmental organizations working on refugees and children in Istanbul. She started to work with Vassalam Community Foundation, where she met with the 2018 TİKA Experience Sharing Program, after her university graduation in 2019. She worked as Istanbul CafeAfrica coordinator for 5 months and NGO as Zengibar administration coordinator for 4 months. She's just volunteering nowadays.
Busra Meral
Büşra Meral was born in 1999. She graduated from Şefkat High School/ Private (High School) in 2017 and now studies at Marmara University, Department of Political Science and International Relations. She has voluntarily worked on many social responsibility projects since 2015. She participated in fieldwork with Refugees and Asylum Seekers Assistance and Solidarity Association (RASAS) in Syria. She also takes part in academic and social studies commission. She participates in many different associations voluntarily.
Dr. Cagri Emin Sahin
Cagri Emin Sahin graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine in 2015. He worked as technical staff member in various positions at Istanbul Public Health Directorate and Manager of Sultangazi District Community Health Center. He volunteered and worked on board of directors of the Young Doctors Worldwide. He is currently a PhD student in public health. He is voluntary responsible editor on Konak Journal of Health and Social Sciences and officially working in Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Logistics Management Department, Directorate General of Public Health in Turkey as a public health manager.
Elif Cetinel
Elif Çetinel was born in Nevşehir in 1998. She is a student at the Faculty of Theology in Ondokuz Mayıs University and a student at the Department of Political Science and International Relations in İstanbul University. She took part in humanitarian relief organizations as volunteer and manager by year of high school. She started a club in behalf of The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief in her faculty and undertook the management of it. Also, she actively participated in orphan foundations, social responsibility projects of various civil society organizations(CSO) and camps of refugees. She learned Arabic and Hebraic, thus she directed her interest in the Middle East to researches and fieldworks in these kind of volunteering experiences. She is willing to use her energy and knowledge by helping people.
Enise Ucar
Enise Ucar was born in Edirne, in, Turkey in 1997. She graduated in Social Work from Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, in 2019. She worked at many social responsibility projects as a volunteer. She worked in Children of Earth Association, Mentornship Project, and also in Turkish Red Crescent in Ogretmen-im Project as a volunteer. She wrote project to Turkish Red Crescent to ensure the social adaptation of Turkish and Syrian Youth. She went to refugee camps Unlimited Festival which is organized by International Refugee Rights Association in Syria, in 2019. Currently, she has worked in different projects and foundations as a volunteer.
Fatih Alibaz Dursun
Fatih Alibaz was born in 1996, in Nevşehir. He graduated from Beyoglu Anatolian Imam-Khatib high school. He is currently an Arabic Teaching student in Sabahattin Zaim University. He's been interested in cinema and literature since his high school years and he worked in 4 different movies as scriptwriter, assistant director and actor. The last two movies’ shootings were in Syria. Some of his short stories have been published in magazines, namely Hece Öykü, Tahrir and Bûtimar. He also took place more than 8 projects related to refugees. He has visited more than 20 different refugee camps in Syria, Bangledesh and Turkey. He strives to tell the stories of oppressed people, and he has a lot to tell.
Av. Ferhan Kocadal
Ferhan Kocadal was born in Konya in 1995. Kocadal, who graduated from Gazi University Faculty of Law in 2019, is an intern lawyer registered with the Ankara Bar Association. She is publishes in Konak Magazine of Hayat Sağlık ve Sosyal Hizmetler.
Hacer Uygur
Hacer Uygur was born in 1999. She is a fourth grade psychology student at İstanbul University. The volunteer work on refugees she took part in during her psychology education led her to be interested in war and migration both humanitarian and academic. She went to the Unlimited Festival in Syria, in 2019. She continues to work as a volunteer in the organizations and projects for children and immigrants.
Hilal Batmaz
Hilal Nurten was born and raised in Samsun. After she graduated from Ünye MRG Anatolian Teacher High School, she pursuit her dreams and studied Nutrition and Dietetic in University of Selcuk in Konya. Until she came to Ankara to start her academic carrier, she has worked as Dietitian for two years in several firms since her graduation. As a fresh blood in Epic Migration, she will address issues of health and migration at the dietetic perspective.
Mahmut Genc
Mahmut Genc was born in 1998, in Istanbul. He is studying psychology at Istanbul Şehir University. He worked as a volunteer in many non-governmental organizations, especially in the field of education. He is interested in cinema, literature, and philosophy. Some of his works have been published in magazines and blogs, namely Lacivert, Natama, Gebe, etc. Also, he is a podcaster, has a series that is called "Sinema ve Anamorfik Bakış", under the channel of Çöp Kovası Podcast.
Av. Meliha Kekec
Meliha Kekec was born in Kahramanmaras, Turkey. She studies Law at Faculty of Law in Selcuk University. During her university life, she worked at many social responsibility projects as a volunteer. She constituted Community of Social Awareness and worked as the chairman of the executive board. Additionally, she worked at Selcuk University-Platform of Aid Unity as the founding chairman. She have brought local people and refugees together for 4 years.
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Merve Kacmaz was born in Istanbul, 1999. She is a student at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University Faculty of Education. She is interested in linguistics, sociology and translation studies. She works as a freelance translator.
Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Otrar
Mustafa Otrar was born in Eskisehir, in 1971. He graduated from Marmara University at Psychological counseling and Guidance in 1993. He worked in Bingol and Istanbul as a teacher. He started to work as a research assistant at Marmara University and then, he graduated from Marmara University with his master thesis about psychological service in education. He is working as a member of board, in the Turkish Ministry of National Education, Education Board. He is writing at epicmigrations as volunteer writer.
Nil Irem Alkus
Nil Irem Alakus was born in 2000. She graduated from Arifiye Necmettin Erbakan Science High School in 2018. She is studying at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Faculty of Medicine. She works in Young Doctors Worldwide as a volunteer. She is studying in the field of migration at the Hayat Health and Social Services Foundation. Her interests are refugee camps and health of refugee. She publishes articles in Konak Journal of Health and Social Sciences in these fields.
Omer Bugrahan Hidiroglu
Omer Bugrahan Hidiroglu was born in İstanbul, in, Turkey in 2001. He graduated in Göztepe İhsan Kursunoglu Anadolu Lisesi, in 2019. He is currently a 2-year student at Bahçeşehir Faculty of Law.
Rabia Sanli
Rabia Selvanur Sanli, was born in Turkey in 2000. Having graduated from Esenler Kültür Basic High School in 2019, Şanlı is still studying Sociology at Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is an active copywriter at Beşir Association. Previously she worked part time in a photographer. She has learned to make video editing with her own efforts and her efforts are continuing to improve herself in this field.
Ruya Kebapcioglu
Rüya Kebapçıoğlu was born in İstanbul in 1992. In 2014, she graduated in the Journalism department from Istanbul Aydın University. She currently works as a professional at an NGO and has also been studying her MA Degree in Journalism at Istanbul University. She has been carrying on her works in the fields of localization, urbanization, migration, sustainable development, and human rights. She joined EpicMigrations’ Social Media Team.
Sabiha Tuncer
Sabiha Tuncer was born in 1978 in Van. She graduated from the Istanbul University Faculty of Theology. She is currently doing a master's degree in the Middle East and Migration Studies. Sabiha actively trained Syrian immigrant women at Diyanet for 7 years. She also speaks fluent Arabic and Kurdish.
Safvan Ozcan
Safvan Ozcan was born in Jeddah, 1996. He is a student at Yildiz Technical University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Department of Business Administration. He went to University of Zaragoza, Spain as an exchange student for a year. He is interested in international relations and migration studies which led him to get an opportunity to be intern at Center for Strategic Research, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior, Directorate General Migration Management.
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Saliha Kasap was born in 1993 in Ankara . She graduated from Ahi Evran University Turkish Language and Literatuare department in 2015. She took her Modern Turkish Literatuare MA degree from Kırıkkale University in 2019. She works in different organizations and projects as a volunteer. She is currently an Modern Turkish Literature PhD student.
Senanur Celikbas
Sena Nur Çelikbaş was born in 1996 in Istanbul. She graduated from Istanbul Ticaret University, the Department of Political Science and International Relations in 2019. During her university life, she participated in volunteering activities in various organizations. She did her internship at the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management Department of the Protection of Victims of Human Trafficking. She is currently studying Media and Communication at the Anadolu University Faculty of the Open University. She actively serves as a volunteer teacher for refugee and immigrant students at the İMRA association and works at the Red Crescent Humanitarian Aid Worksho
Senanur Cevahir
Senanur Cevahir was born in 2000, in Istanbul. She graduated from Tenzile Erdoğan Anatolian Imam-Khatib high school. She is currently a chemical engineering student in İstanbul University- Cerrahpaşa. She worked in her movies as a scriptwriter and director. She also takes place 4 projects related to refugees. She went to the refugee camps Unlimited Festival which is organized by International Refugee Rights Association in Syria, in 2019. She is still working as a volunteer in different projects and foundations.
Sumeyra Tahta
Sümeyra Tahta is a 4th grade undergraduate student in International Relations at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University. During her undergraduate education, she has been doing internships in many institutions in the field of immigration and currently continues her internship at the Migration Research Foundation, and she receives "Basic Education on Migration and Diaspora Education". She has written various articles on migration and agenda at the Diplomatic Strategy Research Center. She continues her volunteer work with migrants.
Zuhal Acikgoz
Zuhal Acikgoz was born in Turkey, in 1984. She graduated in Political Science from Northeastern University in 2010. During her college years, she worked at the Turkish Consulate General as a contracted secretary. After 10 years of working at a government agency, she moved a different career path. Hence, in 2017, she graduated her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Valparaiso University. She has been working as an Operations Manager at a private healthcare clinic in Chicago since 2016. Besides her full-time job, she works as a Senior Editor for EpicMigrations.
Liva
Liva was born in Antalya. After completing her primary education in Alanya, she went to Antalya for her high school. In the third year of her high school education, she was an exchange student at SSGN in Nijmagen, Netherlands with the support of her country’s EU ministry. She attended the TUBITAK science fair with the Sociology project. In 2015, she earned to Marmara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of English Political Science and Public Administration. She completed the English Preparatory Class with successfully. In 2016, she was appointed as the Head of the Foreign Relations Department at the Youth Branches of the Turkish Red Crescent. In 2017, she went to the Germany with the Turkish Red Crescent. In 2018, she served as the Deputy Chairman of the Turkish Red Crescent at Istanbul Branch in the Provincial Youth Branches. She went as a traveler and a boarder in refugee camp area of Turkey, Gaziantep and she spent a time refugees and worked with them after she visited Syria. And, she is still working with them as a volunteer.