Amber Sema Erkan

Executive Coordinator

After studying Psychology and International Studies at the University of Oregon in the US and graduating in 2017 with two majors and three minors in Political Science, Middle East and North Africa Studies, and Arabic, Amber moved to Istanbul. She became a teacher and currently teaches AP Psychology and AP Seminar (research skills) at a local high school. She also taught middle school in the past and was the Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) advisor, planning a JMUN conference at her school. 

Amber joined Istanbul&I in 2020 and is also our Because We’ve Read (BWR) chapter host, a radical international book club started by Hoda Katebi in the US. While in university, Amber held leadership and event planning positions in social justice organizations and was on the Student Advisory Board of her university’s counseling center. She also has experience volunteering in NGOs including Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) and Collateral Repair Project (CRP) in Amman, Jordan. Amber dreams of pursuing a masters degree and PhD and hopes to become a cross-cultural psychologist. As the Executive Coordinator, she is responsible for managing the Executive Board, setting the vision and plans for Istanbul&I, and networking with other NGOs and organizations in Istanbul.