Our Team

Dr. Tarek Cherkaoui is Manager at TRT World Research Centre. Dr. Cherkaoui has an extensive experience in strategic management, research, and consultancy across international media, tertiary education, and the creative industries throughout the U.K., Qatar, Malaysia, and New Zealand. He is an expert in international media and strategic communications, and holds a Ph.D. in Media and Communication Studies from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, for which he was awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Studies. His research interests include international broadcasting, media discourse, international news framing, information warfare, public diplomacy, soft power, nation branding, image management, crisis communication, and political and military affairs – specifically within the MENA region. He has put forward several publications, including The News Media at War: The Clash of Western and Arab Networks in the Middle East (2017) (London: I.B. Tauris). As an academic, strategic communications researcher, and a senior manager within organizations, Dr. Cherkaoui displays excellent interpersonal and communication skills with fluency in four languages – English, French, Arabic, and German.
Ravale Mohydin is a researcher at TRT World Research Centre. With graduate degrees from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, her research interests include the political economy of media, strategic communications, public diplomacy, political effects of entertainment media, conflict media coverage as well as South Asian politics and society.
Ferhat Polat is a Researcher at the TRT World Research Centre who specialises in North Africa geopolitics and security with a particular focus on Libya. His area of interest includes International Relations, Policy Analysis, Governance and Project Management.
Michael Arnold is a researcher and editor at TRT World Research Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Diplomatic History from the University of Calgary and earned a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies with a dissertation entitled “Overlapping Sacred Spaces: Islam, Pluralism and the Hegemony of ‘Human Rights’”. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Arab and Middle East History programme at the American University of Beirut. His research interests include modern Arab and Middle East political and social history - with a special focus on Lebanon - religious authority in Arab states, and the history of Islamic thought.
Elif Zaim is a Deputy Researcher at TRT World Research Centre. Previously, she worked as an expert in Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), conducting various projects in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. She received her BA in International Relations from International University of Sarajevo and her MSc in Middle East Politics at SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses on political and social issues in the Middle East and North Africa.
H. N. Keskin is a Deputy Researcher at TRT World Research Centre. Prior to this, she worked at various NGOs and companies as a researcher and translator. She holds an MA degree in Translation Studies from Durham University (UK) and has been in the field of translation for the past 15 years. Her main research interests include gender studies, translation sociology and history, migration and diaspora.
Burak Elmalı is a Deputy Researcher at TRT World Research Centre. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University. He is currently a MA student at Boğaziçi University in the same department. His research areas are as follows: International Regimes and Institutions, Turkish Foreign Policy, Environmental Politics.
Şeymanur Yönt is a Deputy Researcher at TRT World Research Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Istanbul University and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has practiced as a lawyer for two years and worked as a publications and research intern at the American Society of International Law. Her research interests include public international law, international economic law, and development.
Ömer Sevim is a Deputy Researcher at TRT World Research Centre. After graduating from Boğaziçi University Department of Sociology, he completed his master's degree in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham. His areas of interest can be listed as media discourse analysis, neoliberalism, immigration and European studies.
Berfe Yasar is an Assistant Researcher at TRT World Research Centre. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Bogazici University and she is currently a Master of Arts student in Philosophy Department at Galatasaray University. Her main research interest is the philosophical background of the international political and social issues with particular emphasis on the MENA region.
Ergun Bakar is a Digital Editor at TRT World Research Centre. After graduating from Boğaziçi University Department of History, he continues his master's degree in New Media and Communication Management at the Istanbul University. His areas of interest can be listed as history, culture, politics and new media studies.