Hatice Ozlem Sariyildiz (2004 - 2005)


Hatice Ozlem Sariyildiz

Ozlem lives in Ankara, Turkey, and is a graduate of the Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Industrial Design. She is continuing her studies there at the Graduate School of Social Sciences in Media and Cultural Studies. She left her village in western Turkey at sixteen to independently seek an education, put herself through university, and build a career in the capital. Simultaneous to studying, she has built her own graphic design studio, consults to ad agencies, and continues her experiments in film and video. She has worked on a collaborative film project in Germany and, as an Accredited Correspondent of KPFK/Pacifica Radio USA, is considered one of their best reporters. It is said of her that "her grit and determination leads her to select tough topics few journalists in Turkey will touch." She has made a film on Turkey's Solitary Confinement F-Type prisons, interviewing prisoners and their families, designed an anti-war CD of short films, portrayed the lives of German exile composers in Turkey, and organized and filmed the "Cinema for Peace Enterprise", screened in many cities. Ozlem speaks of Turkey and "the advantages and disadvantages of a continually-shaking geography in politics and economy." Once on the road to communicate to the world, she says "you never have the chance to stop once you have begun...you have almost everything to create." Ozlem is fluent in English and Turkish.

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“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991