about Emrah Güler
Emrah is a communication specialist by vocation, having had experience in different fields from writing, editing and journalism to web design and digital media for over 25 years. He has over 20 years of professional experience in journalism and writing for printed and online media on arts, culture, pop culture, gender, cinema and TV, both in English and Turkish. His reference book on TV show Lost was published in 2009 from a major Turkish publisher, going on to two prints. His fantasy/science fiction novel Sudan Gelen was published in 2014 from another major publisher. He is currently writing picture books and stories for children.
Emrah founded his own digital media agency, medya GaGa, in 2011, providing digital media strategy development, management and creative solutions to cultural institutions, film industry, major film festivals, EU projects, civil society, and private sector. He has had extensive experience in EU civil society support projects. He is a senior communication expert and a trainer on communication strategy, tools and digital media. Emrah has a BA in Business Management, and an MSc in Gender Studies, both from Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ).
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DIGITAL MEDIA I medya GaGa
Managing partner of medya GaGa, a digital media agency specializing in digital media marketing strategies, digital branding, social media strategies, content curation, digital media training, online content writing and editing. Among its clients are international education and cultural institutions, major film festivals, civil society organizations, renowned national brands, and various EU-funded projects.
WRITING & EDITING
Writer and editor both in English and Turkish for newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, various publications, and radio shows; as well as copywriting. Over 1000 articles published since 1996 in Turkey's dailies Turkish Daily News, Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review, Aksam, Sabah, Radikal; magazines Total Film, Sinema, Milliyet Sanat, Vatan Kitap.
Published author with two books in Turkish, from two major publishers. Lost Basucu Kitabı, a companion book on TV show Lost was published in 2009 from Dogan Kitap and went on to two prints. His fantasy/science fiction novel Sudan Gelen was published in 2014 from Ithaki. The book is an alternative take on superheroes, with its female hero trying to find her feet in this new world in Istanbul.
Extensive experience in European Union projects as a senior communication expert and a senior trainer since 2014. He was the key communication expert in Sivil Düsün, the flagship civil society support programme of EU Delegation to Turkey, among others. He wrote the communication strategy, planned and coordinated all communication activities for the two phases of the programme.
Delivering trainings on communication strategy, communication tools, social media, digital tools, digital content management, digital campaigning, digital advocacy, new media, and intercultural communication since 2014. Lately, he is appropriating his skills to designing and developing online training modules and delivering virtual trainings.
Worked with civil society in close collaboration for two decades. Initiated and ran the British Council’s intercultural youth programme Connecting Futures in Turkey, working with mostly youth NGOs throughout. Later worked as a key expert for Sivil Düsün, EU Delegation’s civil society support programme for four years, providing support and capacity building to rights-based organisations and activists.
Pop culture has been an inspiration in life and at work. A die-hard Peanuts fan since three, Emrah grew up with Italian comics, soap operas and 1970s’ anime films. Americana (The Great Gatsby, Stephen King, Bruce Springsteen), strong yet tragic women (Marilyn, Princess Diana, Laura Palmer), and 1960s’ NYC (Andy Warhol, The Factory, Just Kids) have all shaped his vision of creativity.
Writing picture books and stories for children. Emrah is a graduate of the Children’s Book Academy, and a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He was selected as a mentee for #QueerKidlit Mentorship in 2021, working with author Kyle Lukoff. Emrah’s story The Tale of Two Sévalas was published in Nov. 2021 as part of UN Women’s Awake Not Sleeping Initiative.
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