İlkiz graduated from the Department of Economics at Istanbul University in 2004. She completed her postgraduate studies in Communication Sciences at Marmara University. She then started working at the foreign newsroom of Taraf newspaper. During the same period, she wrote articles and conducted interviews for the culture and arts supplementary pages of the newspaper. She worked as an editor of ntvmsnbc’s lifestyle page. She worked as a book editor at NTV Publishing for approximately a year and a half. She was the Media and Communication Coordinator and Digital Source Developing Coordinator of Amnesty International between 2011 and 2015. İlkiz has provided training sessions and workshops on digital tools and digital campaigning for CSOs since 2012. İlkiz was the trainer for “Human Rights-Based Journalism” training between 2013 and 2016. In December 2015, she founded Pikan, a civil society agency.