Nayat Karaköse was born in İstanbul in 1983. She received her BA in Sociology from Galatasaray University, İstanbul, Turkey. She holds an MA degree in Theory and Practice of Human Rights at the University of Essex, Colchester, UK. Nayat was an Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights of Columbia University, USA in 2014. Since 2015, Nayat Karaköse has been working as the Program Coordinator of the Hrant Dink Foundation; and before that she worked for a UK-based charity Global Dialogue as a Program Officer to run the grant program for the CSOs in Turkey and between 2010 and 2015, she worked as a freelance journalist at Agos newspaper. Nayat plays various roles at the Hrant Dink Foundation, such as developing, designing projects, coordinating projects, fundraising, networking with national and international stakeholders. Besides of her other roles, Nayat is also the Programme Coordinator of the 23.5 Hrant Dink Site of Memory, the first memory site in Turkey dedicated to Hrant Dink and the values that he embraced such as democracy, justice, peace, human rights and dialogue. Dealing with the past, collective memory, memory sites and practices of memorialisation are among her areas of expertise.