Over the past 18 months, a team of ESI analysts has been researching the changing reality of women in Turkey. This took us from women's shelters in wealthy areas of Istanbul, through the growing urban centres in Turkey’s southeast, to small towns near the Iranian border. We sought to answer two questions: what are the root causes of Turkey's vast gender gap? And what is being done by Turkish political actors to try to close it?
Gerald Knaus is the President of ESI and one of the two founding analysts. He oversees the strategic development of the institution, manages outreach and fundraising activities from the Berlin and Istanbul office, and co-ordinates field research across South Eastern Europe and Turkey, where he spends much of his time. Together with the Senior Editor, he is involved in the research and drafting of all ESI publications. He was also Director of the Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit (LLA) of the European Union Pillar of UNMIK in Kosovo, an innovative project managed by ESI. He is often invited to brief policy makers and to speak publicly on South Eastern European politics and economics. Gerald studied at Oxford, Brussels and the School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna.
Nigar Göksel began working in Washington D.C. at the Azerbaijanian Embassy and then worked for TUSIAD-US (The Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, Washington D.C. Office). Returning to Istanbul, she worked as Project Manager at TESEV (The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation) and Country Director of the Turkey office of IREX (The International Research and Exchanges Board). She was Secretary-General for International Relations of the ARI Movement for 3 years before joining ESI. She is also Editor of Turkish Policy Quarterly.
Verena Knaus heads our Turkey research. Prior to that she was one of the leading researchers in the field for the Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit in Kosovo. She has been working for ESI since its inception in 1999, helping to turn it from a network of Balkan enthusiasts into a strong institution with a permanent presence across the region. Verena's work for ESI has spanned the development of financial and administrative systems, marketing and fundraising, and developing the network of members and associates of ESI. From the summer of 2001 until the summer of 2004, Verena was based in Pristina co-ordinating the activities of the Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit. Verena studied modern history at Oxford University and international relations at SAIS in Bologna.
Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere started to work in ESI's Istanbul office in April 2007. He completed a masters degree in political sciences at the Free University of Berlin and the post-graduate "Euromasters" degree at universities in Bath, Paris, and Madrid. Before joining ESI he worked in Brussels in the European Parliament, as editor for the communication agency Walueurope in Rome and as project coordinator for the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Istanbul, where he was responsible for projects in the fields of human rights and ecology.
Marcus Cox is ESI's Senior Editor and longest serving analyst. He is a key part of the team which oversees all ESI products from planning through to publication, and has overall responsibility for ensuring consistency in quality and style. He managed the ESI office in Sarajevo and co-ordinated the research team for the substantial Bosnian Governance Assessment project, supported by Britain's Department for International Development. An international lawyer by profession, he has worked in Bosnia since 1996, including as an advisor to the High Representative and Senior Legal Advisor to the Property Commission, and has acted as consultant to international missions on refugee and property issues in a number of other countries. Marcus has completed a PhD at Cambridge University on the creation of the Bosnian state.
Nicole Pope was a ESI research associate who worked from 1989 to 2005 as Turkey correspondent for the French daily Le Monde. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times (op-ed section) and The Independent. Nicole Pope is the co-author, with Hugh Pope, of "Turkey Unveiled: a History of Modern Turkey". She is currently writing a book on honour killings. Prior to 1987, Nicole Pope worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Baghdad (1982-83) and in south Lebanon (1983-84). She has also lived in Tehran, Bahrain and Cyprus.
Selma Mirhan Köroglu studied Political Science and International Relations at Marmara University. She obtained a masters degree in European Studies from Sabanci University and The University of Aarhus in 2005. Her thesis was on EU Regional Policy and the delegation of power to local and regional bodies. She worked as a trainee with CNN Türk International and at Reuters TV’s Istanbul office. During her masters studies, she was an academic assistant at Sabanci University. Afterwards, she worked in TESEV’s Democratization Program as a research assistant.