Executive Board

Müge Akbasan

Chair of the Board


Müge Akbasan has earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Istanbul Bilgi University and earned her master's degree in Human Rights Law in the same university. She gained experience in cooperation and communication during her high school and university years when she worked as a trainer in youth camps. Upon graduating from university, she worked as editor and reporter in various alternative media agencies. She continues her work as a reporter on a voluntary basis. She is employed at a digital advertising firm as Customer Manager. In March 2017, she participated in SPoD’s Activism School, which started her active involvement and work in the organization. She regularly attends workshops and trainings in order to strengthen and expand SPoD’s communication strategies. She has acted as the Co-Director of Communication since June 2017; and as Vice Chair of the Board between October 2017 and March 2018. 

Cihan Hüroğlu

Vice Chair of the Board


Marsel Tuğkan Gündoğdu

Treasurer of the Board


Marsel Tuğkan Gündoğdu was born in Mersin in 1994. He studied in the English Language and Literature Department in Istanbul University between 2012 and 2014. In 2014, he got accepted to the Comparative Literature Department at Istanbul Bilgi University, and he is currently a senior at the said department. Since 2012, he has volunteered at various LGBTI+ organizations and associations. Since 2013, he has been a member of and volunteer at Amnesty International, Turkey. He worked as Emergency Action Coordinator for five months, and Istanbul Activists Group Coordinator for 18 months at AI. Currently, he is AI’s participant to The Action Lab 2017. He has interned at Research Turkey and Anatolian Lit. Copyrights Agency. He has been a columnist at Güney Gazetesi, a Mersin based local newspaper, and a reporter for KAOS GL and Yeşil Gazete. He has worked as project coordinator in KAOS GL’s Funding Guide for LGBTI+ Organizations. He has completed the summer course organized by Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc). He continues his volunteer work in the field of LGBTI+ refugees. He acted as a Director of Board of Inspection between October 2017 and March 2018.

Melike Arzu Şakiroğlu

Secretary of the Board


Melike Arzu Şakiroğlu was born in Erlangen in 1976. She attended primary school in Germany, and finished her secondary education in Adana, Turkey. She has worked with SPoD since February 2017, focusing her work on advocacy for trans rights. Her primary goal is to further and expand the work that has been carried out by TranSPoD, the trans advocacy group within SPoD formed in early 2017, and to make SPoD’s efforts in the field of trans rights more visible. She is currently serving as the managing director of the board at SPoD. she acted as a chair of the board between October 2017 and March 2018.

Cengiz Yıldırım

Board Member