Helin Sarikas studied social sciences in Göttingen and Istanbul, and political science in Cologne. During her studies she gained practical experience in public relations of non-governmental organizations. She is currently writing her master's thesis at the Chair of International Relations and Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne on the relevance of foreign media in the context of cross-border conflicts.
At the Mercator Institute, Helin Sarikas initially worked as a research assistant in Communications from November 2018. Since February 2021, she is working as an editor.