Staff

İlhami Alkan Olsson
Director
Ilhami has a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law (2002) from Lund University and a Ph.D. (2007) from Kent University (UK). He was awarded post-doctoral grant from the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) about international climate change regime at SOAS, London University. He was a lecturer at Istanbul University for nearly 8 years. Before joining RWI as a consultant in 2017, Ilhami also acted as lecturer and mentor for SIDA-financed Lund University programme on children’s education rights and Swedish Institute-financed Lund University programme on the impacts of digitalization on human rights.
 
Seda Alp
Projects Coordinator
Seda Alp, who has been in the field of human rights for a long time, has carried out studies voluntarily and professionally for organizations such as UNHCR- Turkey, National Democratic Institute, Civil Society Development Center, Association for Monitoring Equal Rights. Seda who is assigned as Projects Officer at RWİstanbul graduated from Department of Mathematics - METU, did her master’s degree at University of London, Goldsmiths College in the field of Transnational Communication and Global Media.
 
İsmail Alacaoğlu
Finance and Administrative Officer
He received a bachelor degree in Sociology and Business Management. He was given his master’s degree from Woman Studies Department of Ege University. He has worked for non-governmental organizations such as KaosGL, Amnesty International, Truth Justice, and Memory Center, Mülteci-Der professionally and voluntarily since 2005. In 2012 after being awarded Human Rights Research Scholarship by Raoul Wallenberg Institute, he carried out field research on inequalities created by unrecognized same-sex relationships before the law. Since 2017 he has been carrying out his duties, which he started in February 2013 at Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, as Finance and Administrative Officer at Research Worldwide İstanbul.
 
Aysel Madra
Araştırma ve Hibeler Sorumlusu
Dr. Madra obtained her Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York, USA. After obtaining her Ph.D. degree, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Sabancı University, Istanbul. Before joining RWI, she worked as a Policy Analyst at Education Reform Initiative, a think-tank that focuses on educational policies in Turkey. Currently, she is working as a Program Advisor at Raoul Wallenberg’s Turkey Programme in charge of overseeing and enhancing the program’s research agenda and academic networks. Dr. Madra taught numerous undergraduate-level courses at various universities in Turkey and in the United States and authored academic and non-academic works on secularism, education, and refugees.
 
Bahar Özden
Human Rights Cities Officer

Bahar Özden graduated from Social Sciences and Public Administration Department-METU. She worked as Foreign Affairs Manager for Turkish Association of Municipalities between 2005 and 2015. During this period, as part of European Union Integration and Local Government Reform, she took responsibility in many international projects done in collaboration with local government units of Sweden, Holland, Germany, and Spain which aimed at the improvement of local democracy in Turkey. She carried out the European Council Local and Regional Authorities Congress National Delegation Secretariat between 2008 and 2015. Between 2015 and 2018 took the responsibility of Program Officer at Directorate of Woman and Family Services with the foreign affairs office of Çankaya Municipality. Since April 2018, she has been working for Research Worldwide İstanbul as Program Consultant as a part of Human Rights Cities Project.

 
Betül Yılmaz
Organizations and Purchase Officer

She graduated from the Turkish Language and Literature Department of Hacettepe University in 2009. After her graduation, she works as a Turkish Language Teacher. She moved to İstanbul and between 2010 and 2018 she worked as Ticket Sales Manager for Campus Travel. She joined the Research Worldwide İstanbul team in August 2018. Currently, she assists and helps the program team with logistics and administrative responsibilities.