alev scott

Alev Scott Keynote Speaker

  • Journalist and author previously based in Istanbul and Athens
  • Journalist for The Financial Times, The Guardian & BBC
  • Author of "Turkish Awakening", shortlisted for Debut Political Book of the Year 2015

Alev Scott's Biography

Alev Scott is a journalist and author previously based in Istanbul and Athens.

She writes for numerous publications, including the Financial Times, Harper’s Magazine, Politico Europe, the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and Newsweek, and has been a regular panel guest on the BBC World Service.

She is also the author of three books: Turkish Awakening (Shortlisted for the Paddy Power Political Book Awards, Debut Political Book of the Year 2015), Ottoman Odyssey (Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2019) and Power and the People, co-authored with Andronike Makres.

In 2017 she was barred from Turkey for her journalism. She has addressed organisations including the OECD and the European Commission on the subjects of human rights, censorship and gender politics, and is an experienced moderator.

She is currently writing a book about the commercialisation of motherhood for HarperCollins.

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Alev Scott's Speaking Topics

  • Democracy and Human Rights

Jailing and expulsion of journalists, media censorship, protest movements and why they fail, how female journalists get the best stories

  • Turkey, Greece and Cyprus

Regional power balance, cultural and historical connections, Turkish and Greek nationalism and multiculturalism

  • Women, Fertility and Money

The maternal body, global fertility industries, mothers at work, the commercialisation of parenthood

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Videos of Alev Scott

#ESPAS18: "Intellectuals in Exile - A Metaphor of the Future?" by Alev Scott

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Financial Times
Times Literary Supplement
Harper's Magazine

Books by Alev Scott

Turkish Awakening
Ottoman Odyssey
Power & The People

Comments & Testimonials

Your presentation was without any doubt one of the highlights of the day and I was immensely touched by your powerful testimony - we have received extraordinary feedback.
Ann Mettler Chair of the European Commission's in-house think tank, the EPSC
Alev was an excellent chair, she came well-prepared with plenty of questions but was confident and flexible to be able to respond in real-time to the conversational flow. We'll definitely be using her again for future events.
Kate Abbey Director Curious Minds Festivals and Bath Arts Collective Founder
Alev did a wonderful job of chairing our recent event with Peter Frankopan for the paperback launch of The Earth Transformed. It was clear Alev had engaged rigorously with the book's content, but she wore this lightly in conversation with Peter and achieved a good balance of pertinent questions and humour. She also handled the audience Q&A brilliantly. We look forward to working with her again.
Lily Blacksell Literature Programmer at the Southbank Centre

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