Ipek Bayraktar is from Turkey Istanbul. She is an independent researcher based in Barcelona and is a Predoctoral Fellow at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) in Spain where she completed her Art and Culture Management Master degree with a distinction. Prior to that, she was trained in several countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, and Turkey with different excellency and merit-based scholarships. Her current Ph.D. research specializes in Illicit Trafficking and Repatriation of Antiquities in the Middle East. She holds several certifications on a variety of topics from forensic archeology, to history to contemporary art collecting in North Africa and the Middle East.