He received his BA in the field of History from Marmara University, and his MA in Middle Eastern History at İstanbul Bilgi University, currently he is a PhD candidate at Fatih Sultan Mehmet University, Department of History. He worked as the representative of the Anadolu News Agency in Libya at 2012 and worked as an executive manager for a Turkish Company in Libya until the year of 2015. He worked as an Arabic-Turkish translator for some media organizations in Turkey as well. Kekilli's academic/analytic interests include Libyan history, policy and economy, religion and politics and security sector in Libya. His research interests include also Iraq history, policy and economy, religion and politics and security sector in Iraq.