Born in 1995 in İzmir/Bergama, Hande Yıldız Çekindir completed her undergraduate education at TOBB UET Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design in 2018. In 2019, she started her integrated PhD program in Design Studies at Izmir University of Economics and continues her studies in the field of Design Thinking. Since 2019, she has been a researcher and facilitator at Izmir Design Factory, an education, design and research center. Between 2021-2022, she worked as an event and content designer at Originn, a center for creative industries in Izmir and a facilitator at Originnovation, an innovation platform. Since December 2022, she has been working as a research assistant at Izmir University of Economics, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. She is also the communication coordinator of Depo Pergamon Initiative, which continues its activities as a Mediterranean Cultural Lighthouse, and a volunteer for local restoration works.