TESEV Staff

Dr. Özge Aktaş Mazman / Executive Director / ozge.aktas@tesev.org.tr

Dr. Özge Aktaş Mazman, after graduating from Robert College has completed her BA at Bogazici University and MA at the University of Essex sociology departments. In 2010 she has completed her doctoral studies on internal migrants in Turkey at the University of Sussex, sociology department and Sussex Centre for Migration Studies (SCMR). During her studies she worked as a research assistant at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex in projects related to development and social networks. In 2010 she joined a team of researchers in founding the Center for Urban Studies at Istanbul Sehir University, where she has worked as a senior researcher; leading projects on migration, urban studies, public space, demography and family. Özge Aktaş Mazman is currently lecturer at İstanbul Bilgi University. In April 2015 she has been appointed Executive Director of TESEV.

Dr. Itır Akdoğan / Director of Research / itir.akdogan@tesev.org.tr

After graduating from Notre Dame De Sion French lycée, she completed her BA in communication at Galatasaray University, MA in international politics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and PhD in social sciences at Helsinki Univeristy. She is an international e-democracy consultant with projects she worked for in Northern Europe with the Ministry of Justice in Finland, and in Africa with German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). She worked as UNDP Turkey’s program associate at Habitat Center for Development and Governance between 2013-2015. Itir Akdogan continues her academic work at Istanbul Bilgi University. She joined TESEV in August 2015.

Gülay Atar Gedik / Finance and Administration Director / gulay.atar@tesev.org.tr

Gülay Atar Gedik received her BA in Economics from Black Sea Technical University and her MA degree in Local Governments and Decentralization at Marmara University. She worked as finance specialist at Güneş Insurance Black Sea Regional Office between 1999-2004 and at HSBC Bank Head Quarters between 2004-2005. Gulay joined TESEV in August 2005 as finance specialist, since 2010, she is Director of Finance and Administration.

Fikret Toksöz / Good Governance Advisor

Fikret Toksöz received his BA at Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science. He completed Public Administration Master Program at TODAİE before receiving his MA at Manchester University, on local governments. Between 1978-1980, he was the undersecretary of the Ministry of Local Government. During this post, he represented Turkey at the OECD Urban Managment Unit committee. He later started to work in civil society. He served as the principal advisor for the International Union of Local Authorities, and as Secretary General of the Union of the Municipalities of the Marmara Region. He has several publications on good governance and local governments. He joined TESEV in 2002. He is TESEV’s advisor on good governance.

Bürge Elvan Erginli / Project Manager / elvan.erginli@tesev.org.tr

Bürge Elvan Erginli graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Urban and Regional Planning in 2007 and received her master’s degree from the same universtiy’s Regional Planning Programme in 2010. She worked as a researcher in the Social an Economic Geography section of the urban exhibition “Istanbul 1910-2010” which was opened within the framework of 2010 European Capital of Culture at Santral Istanbul. Between 2012-2015, she worked at Istanbul Sehir University, Center for Urban Studies as a researcher and participated in studies on Internal Migration in Turkey, electoral geography, Turkish family structure. She started her Ph.D. at ITU in 2010 and writing her thesis on “Migrants’ local and nonlocal social networks”. She joined TESEV team in June, 2015.

Aslı Atay / Project Assistant / asli.atay@tesev.org.tr

After graduating from Istanbul Social Sciences High School, Aslı Atay completed her BA at Bogazici University in Sociology and Political Sciences & International Relations Department. Working on collective memory and nationalism, she received her MPhil from the University of Cambridge, Sociology Department. She worked at Mercy Corps Gaziantep, an international humanitarian organization, as the Executive Assistant to the Country Director. She joined TESEV in April 2017 as Project Assistant.

Aylin Uzun / Administrative Assistant / aylin.uzun@tesev.org.tr

After her graduation from Bahcesehir University Department of Business Administration Aylin completed her license degree at Anadolu University, Faculty of Business Administration. While studying at Bahcesehir University, she worked in Asanteks Textile as an accounting intern for 3 months. Consequently, she was employed as an Executive Assistant at Mavi Consultants for 4 years. Currently she is working at TESEV as an Administrative Assistant as of the date of July 2015.

Emre Şenay / Office Manager / emre.senay@tesev.org.tr

After graduating from Plato MYÖ Radio and Television Presenting, he is currently an undergraduate student in Anadolu University Department of International Relations.
Before his associate degree, he worked as a real estate supervisor in Namzet Real Estate firm and later worked in Cafe Konyalı as manager. After graduation, he worked in FS Production as cameraman assistant until he joined TESEV in October 2016.