Born in Istanbul in 1993, Mehmet Rakipoğlu completed his undergraduate degree in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Sciences at Sakarya University. In the academic year of 2015-2016, Mr. Rakipoğlu studied in Szczecin, Poland within the scope of the Erasmus program. He worked as a student assistant at Sakarya University in the Middle East Institute between 2015-2017. Besides this, he worked as a YÖK 100/2000 scholar at the same Institute between 2017-2019. Mr. Rakipoğlu, who has been continuing his Ph.D. program in the field of the Middle East Studies at the same Institute since 2017, has been working as a research assistant in the International Relations Department of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Batman University since 2019. Mr. Rakipoğlu worked as a researcher in a project supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2017. He has written many opinion papers, analyses and reports for national and foreign media and think tanks. His research interests include foreign policy of the Gulf countries, Turkey’s Gulf Policy and political Islam, social movements in the Middle East, the relation between religion and politics, etc. Rakipoğlu has good command of English and an intermediate level of Arabic. He is married and has a daughter.