Over 10 years of professional experience working in research as an independent analyst/consultant;
10 years of experience as a freelance correspondent;
Over 8 years of experience in organizational management;
I began my professional career working as a research analyst at Istanbul based consultancy firm, The Oxford Business Group. Over the next years, I worked as an analyst with a Berlin-based think tank European Stability Initiative and later as a program officer at the National Democratic Institute in Baku.
I have spent time working and living in Turkey, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, and the US.
Some of my work led me to speaking engagements across the world, while others, allowed me to work as a trainer with communities at risk, activists, non-governmental organizations, political parties, and others.
In 2014, I was a Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow at the Radio Free Europe. In 2016, I spent six months as the Central Asia Program fellow at George Washington University. In 2018 my interest in how repressive states use technology to censor and surveil the internet took me to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard where, as Open Technology Information Control fellow I researched how Azerbaijan was deploying technology to crackdown on dissent. The same year, I started research for Generation Breadcrumbs - a political memoir about a lost generation of civil society activists in Azerbaijan.
These, I spend most of my time writing, while continuing my collaboration with a number of international organizations where I work as a consultant and/or project manager.
In 2019, I launched Azerbaijan Internet Watch. AIW is an online resource platform tracking and mapping internet censorship and surveillance in real-time in Azerbaijan. The project has been possible with the support of the Open Technology Fund and project partners Qurium and OONI.
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