Arzu Geybullayeva

Arzu Geybullayeva is an Azerbaijani columnist and journalist, with special focus in human rights and press freedom in Azerbaijan.

Geybullayeva has written for numerous platforms and institutions, including Al Jazeera, Open Democracy, Foreign Policy Democracy Lab, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty as well as Meydan TV, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso and Global Voices.

She was the 2014 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; a fellow of the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study on Nonviolent Conflict with Tufts University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and a scholar in the School of Authentic Journalism for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; among other fellowships. Most recently, she was a visiting fellow in the Central Asia-Azerbaijan Fellowship at George Washington University.

Geybullayeva has worked with several not-for-profit organizations and think tanks, including the National Democratic Institute, the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the European Stability Initiative; she also served as the co-director of the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation for five years.

Featured as one of BBC’s 100 Women Changemakers in 2014, Geybullayeva holds a masters degree in global politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her bachelors in International Relations from the Bilkent University.