Berivan Orucoglu is the program coordinator of the Supporting Human Rights Defenders program at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. In this role, Orucoglu works with the senior director for Human Rights and Democracy to provide transition assistance to human rights activists forced to flee their surroundings because of threats, thus enabling them to remain engaged in the fight for human rights.
Orucoglu was a Next Generation Leader in the 2014 Cohort and wrote a weekly blog on foreign policy, security, and freedom of press issues at the Foreign Policy’s Democracy Lab.
Before moving to the United States, she served as the senior communications adviser to the American Ambassador in Turkey for three years. She drafted the Ambassador’s talking points and speeches, and prepared him, other senior Embassy officers, and visiting senior U.S. government officials for their public appearances and interactions with Turkish and world media. During her time at the Embassy, she regularly organized and supported high level visits to Turkey, winning the commendation of Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Kerry, and former Secretary Clinton.
Before joining the Embassy, Orucoglu worked for various media outlets in Turkey, Europe, and the United States covering major news stories of the last decade. As a diplomatic correspondent, she has traveled to Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Gulf States. While based in Brussels, she followed EU, NATO, and international summits. Her reporting focused on international relations and her opinion columns advocated for strengthening democracy, human rights, and rule of law.