Distinguished Royal Session | ‘Humanity Converged’
10.03.2020 | Tuesday | 11:50AM
Merve Kavakci (PhD) is the Turkish Republic’s Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur. Prof. Kavakci was the Founding Director of The Postcolonial
Studies Research Center (PAMER) at Uskudar University (2014-2017). She was a Lecturer of International Relations at George Washington University and Howard University in Washington DC (2004-2014). She was elected to the Turkish Parliament, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1999 as the first Muslim woman with hijab. However she was prevented from serving her term. Kavakci’s political party was closed down by the Constitutional Court and her Turkish citizenship was revoked, banning her from politics for a period of five years. She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007. Kavakci had addressed the British Parliament House of Lords, United Nations Commission on Human Rights, US Congress Helsinki Commission and Interparliamentary Union among others. Kavakci is among Georgetown University’s The World’s Most Influential 500 Muslims (2009). She was awarded the Public Service Award in Tribute and in Recognition of efforts for the advancement of human rights and Muslim Women’s empowerment by International Association for Women and Children (2000). Kavakci holds a PhD in political science from Howard University (2007), an MPA from Harvard University (2003) and a BS in Software Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas (1993).She has authored 6 books in areas of Political Science and International Relations.