Efe has seven years of professional experience and almost ten years of
volunteer experience in civil society. After finalizing his AFS year in Wisconsin
in 2004, he started as a volunteer in community based activities in Istanbul,
Turkey. As a graduate of Psychology, Bilkent University in 2010, he took civil
society field as a profession and worked both in the field and in providing
operational support with UN-FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of United
Nations), AFS (American Field Service) Turkey, Violence Stories in Turkey with CRA (Cross
Cultural Research Association), LGBT and Human Rights with SPoD (Social Policy, Gender
Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association) and KAOS GL, and Refugee and Asylum
Seekers Rights with MdM (Medecins du Monde). As his primary interest in Human and LGBTQ
Rights, he has prioritized a gender-based advocacy in the institutions and projects he has
worked for. In 2015, he founded Harup, a project space that combines LGBTQ advocacy and
arts as a medium. He has worked with several national and international media platforms where
his writings and interviews were published. His intention is to be able to combine his passion for
arts and culture and human and LGBTQ rights in order to work closely with different advocacy
methods while keeping ties with local and global community.

Host Organization: Human Rights Campaign

Fellow Role at Host Organization:
Efe will be a member of the HRC’s Global Office assisting with assignments to support programs in HRC Global and the HRC Foundation.