Merve Safa Kavak (born 19 August 1968 in Ankara) is a Turkish politician, who was elected as a Virtue deputy for Istanbul on April 18, 1999. She is serving as the Turkish ambassador to Malaysia. Kavak is a Hafiza. She received her master’s degree from Harvard University and her PhD from Howard University. Kavak is recognized among the World’s Most Influential 500 Muslims. She was recognized among “Women of Excellence” by NAACP and GWU in 2004. She was awarded the Public Service Award in Tribute and in Recognition of efforts for the advancement of human rights and Muslim Women’s empowerment by International Association for Women and Children in 2000.Kavak is a consultant for U.S. Congresson the Muslim world and a columnist for Turkish conservative daily Vakit newspaper. She sits at the Editorial Board of Mediterranean Quarterly. She is the author of six books and numerous articles.