Ece Melisa Celebican was a Research Assistant in Open AIR and ABS Canada teams while working towards completing her JD at the University of Ottawa. Her participation in the project stemmed from her previous studies in international development examining comparative aid models to Africa, with a particular focus of the China and the Turkey models.
Ms. Celebican holds an MA from Carleton University in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, specializing in European Union and a bilingual B.A. from Glendon College, York University in International Studies and Psychology. In 2015, she was awarded the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her master’s research project. Prior to law school, Ms. Celebican was a Desk Officer at Global Affairs Canada responsible for foreign relations with Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Most recently, she was published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes as a co-author of a paper she assisted with during her time as a Junior Policy Analyst at Public Health Agency of Canada. Ms. Celebican also has international work experience interning in NGOs and law firms, including in Brussels and Istanbul.