Sebla Kut (b. 1983, İstanbul) graduated from F.M.V. Ayazağa Işık High School, and holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from İstanbul University. After completing the Formation Program for Teaching English at Istanbul University, she worked as a pre-school and high school English teacher in İstanbul. She received her MA degree in Arts Management at Yeditepe University with her MA thesis titled 'Marketing Strategies for the State Museums in Turkey' in 2010. After having worked in the departments of visitor development and exhibition design at different art institutions for two years, she joined the İstanbul Modern where she served as the Director of Marketing Communications of the museum (2012-2015). Since 2015, she is designing educational projects and projects for the exhibitions in creative industries and works as a user-oriented-marketing consultant. Sebla Kut is a member of the scientific committee for the 'Museum Education Program for Teachers', organized by the General Directorate for Teacher Training and Development of the Ministry of National Education since 2019. She develops museum education material for teachers, students and visitors, and conducts training sessions. She is also a member of the Cultural Heritage Committee in the Bergama Foundation for Culture and Arts (BERKSAV). She is married and has one son.
Cem Deniz Kut
Cem Deniz Kut (b. 1983, New York) is a graduate of Galatasaray Lycee in İstanbul. He holds a BA degree in Political Science and a BA degree in History from İstanbul Bilgi University. He completed his MA degree in International Relations at Institut d’Etudes Politiques/Sciences-Po in Paris in 2007, where he studied with an honor’s scholarship from the French government. He is currently writing his PhD dissertation on the ‘Role of Energy Politics in Foreign Policy Making’ in the PhD Program in International Relations at Boğaziçi University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses including Energy Politics, State and Institutions, Introduction to International Relations and Global Citizenship at İstanbul Bilgi University for seven years and was in the General Manager of an international trade company. His research areas include history of technology, history of humankind, and gastronomy. Apart from his academic publications, he has translated articles on history of gastronomy and took part in many projects and publications as a translator and editor, including Turkish Cuisine (2008), a book project by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. He is married and has one son.
İlayda Zafer (b. 1993, Bursa) is a graduate of İstanbul Üsküdar High School. She holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from Boğaziçi University. She lived in Utrecht in 2014 as an Erasmus student at Utrecht University. After graduation from Boğaziçi, she worked as editor of the platform Oil &Gas Year and as director of publications at various lifestyle magazines including Men’s Health and Runner’s World. After leaving the media sector, she translated books on self-improvement/personal development and children’s books. İlayda Zafer is currently working as Editor at Komet Culture and Art Projects.
Ali Güney Yakar
During his undergraduate studies at the department of Classical Archaeology in İstanbul University, Ali Güney Yakar (b.1993) took part in archaeological excavations as an assistant. He lived in Bologna in 2015 as an Erasmus student at Universita di Bologna. After receiving his BA degree in 2016, he began his graduate study in the field of History of Architecture at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University where he focused on modern architecture and modern art. He received his Master’s degree in 2020 with his thesis on ‘Constructivist Architecture in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in a Historical Context’. While he was a graduate student, he also worked in the 4th İstanbul Design Biennal, 38th İstanbul Film Festival and in various exhibitions as an exhibition guide, artists assistant, and text writer. During the same period, he participated in academic conferences and wrote pieces for online journals on his thesis topic. Ali Güney Yakar is currently working at Komet Culture and Art Projects as Researcher and Content Developer.
Ömer Ozan Erdoğan
Ömer Ozan Erdoğan graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Mimar Sinan University with a BA degree in Graphics in 2005. He received drawing and painting classes from Mustafa Pancar and Müşerref Zeytinoğlu. He worked as Art Director in design studios and global advertising agencies, including Esen Karol, Zebra Design Factory, RPM Radar Cdp Europe, İletişim Ünitesi and StudioKa. He was the Creative Director of his own design studio Creative Bonanza. He continues his works of painting, illustration and graphic design in İstanbul and Berlin.
Selin Hamzaoğlu (b. 1990, İstanbul) has started painting in her primary school years. She has been recepient of many awards since then. She was educated in the Graphical Design and Design Technologies Department at Ortaköy Zübeyde Hanım Vocational High School for Girls and holds an associate degree from Technical Sciences Vocational School of İstanbul University.
She also studied Business Administration and received education in Human Resources Management Specialist Program at Yıldız Technical University in İstanbul. She started to work when she was still a student in agencies such as Celisa, Rapido and Lom Creative. In 2013, she began working in the media sector with Agos newspaper and in 2018, she started in Group Media as Visual Director.
Gizem Telci Günsev
Gizem Telci Günsev (b. 1987, İstanbul) is a graduate of İstanbul Aydın University. After her graduation in 2007, she worked as text writer in advertising agencies such as Ünite Edelman, Proximity İstanbul and Adinteractive and worked as editor and columnist in media. Between 2012 and 2017, she worked as Digital Marketing Director at İstanbul Modern. In 2017, she founded her own digital media agency, Eternia Agency. The latter provides consultancy and training in digital and social media to firms in a variety of sectors, ranging from culture, art, tourism and food to construction.