Our Team

We are an international group of renowned designers, artists, journalists, photographers and publicists, recognized for our extensive experience and gusto in promoting Turkey and Turkish culture worldwide.

Eser Turan

Eser Turan

Founding Director

Eser Turan is the director of all Turkuaz projects and operations. She received her bachelor's degree in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University and her master’s degree in Design from U.C. Berkeley. Turan brings 8 years of professional architectural and interior design experience in the US, as well as project design and management expertise to Turkuaz. Having received art, design, music and dance education simultaneously on Eastern and Western cultures during her formative years, she harmonizes these vastly different yet equally significant influences in her cross-cultural identity with a unique perspective in shaping Turkuaz. (www.eserturan.com) She also works as the director and brand manager of our in-house marketing company, Ajans 869, which since 2011 offers services as a branding agency for artists and businesses in the International Turkish community, promoting Turkish businesses worldwide.  (www.ajans869.com)

Deniz Yucel

Deniz Yucel

Partner & Consultant for EU Projects

Deniz Yucel is an award-winning journalist currently working for the German newspaper die Welt. He studied Political Science in Berlin and worked for various media groups in Germany. He is a second generation Turkish-German and brings his knowledge and expertise on issues of diversity and integration to Turkuaz. He is the co-founder of the award-winning anti-racist reading Hate Poetry, and author of two books. His first book "Taksim ist Überall" (2014) is on the Gezi Movement. His second book, "Wir sind ja nicht zum Spass hier" (2017) was published during his much publicized imprisonment in Turkey, where he was mostly held in solitary confinement without a single indictment for a year. Following a year-long "Free Deniz" campaign and countless rallies in Germany, he was suddenly released in February 2018, contributing to the public opion that his work for Turkish-German relations was slandered. (www.denizyucel.com)

Suzan Revah

Senior Editor

Suzan Revah is the Senior Editor of Turkuaz Magazine. A first generation Turkish-American from an extended Turkish-Jewish family, Revah is originally from Washington D.C., but currently lives and works as a San Francisco-based writer and editor. Among her favorite ways to stay in touch with her Turkish roots – aside from traveling to Turkey as often as possible- are learning to cook the traditional recipes of her mother and aunts, studying belly dance and dabbling in henna design. She offers creative consultancy services (www.suzanrevah.com). She is thrilled by the opportunity to stay in touch with her journalism roots by contributing to Turkuaz.

Alico Guzelbeyoglu

Art Director

Alico Guzelbeyoglu is an award-winning photographer who has worked in the high-end projects of the publishing industry in Turkey. (www.guzelbeyoglu.com) He has extensive experience in fashion photography and has worked as the coordinator of the French Amaan Magazine, arguably the most luxurious fashion magazine in the world. Throughout his time at Amaan, Guzelbeyoglu has assisted the famous Karin Westerfield and Paul Steinitz and has built a strong portfolio of fashion and portraits. His musical talent has made him one of the most famous DJs in Turkey, where he is the music director of the famous disco club Otto. He is the art director of all projects and services, working at the Ajans 869 offices in Turkey.

Gabe Kirchheimer

Photojournalist

Gabe Kirchheimer has worked for many magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and around the world (www.gabekphoto.com). Through a chance meeting with editor Eser Turan, he became interested in contributing to Turkuaz, and in renewing his link to Turkey. His Sephardic Jewish grandfather, Joseph Levy (changed from Halevi at Ellis Island), was born in İzmir, and used to tell him of the city’s beauty, and of how his rabbi father would play chess with the priest across the street. As a musician, Kirchheimer had special interest in photographing Ilhan Ersahin, proprietor of club Nublu.

Erem Tapa

Multimedia Designer

An expert in multimedia design, Dinc Erem Tapa has received extensive education in graphic design, visual communictions and the arts from Bilgi University. Having worked at various marketing agencies in Turkey, including a two year position as the creative director of MSN Turkey. Erem Tapa is fluent in English, French and Turkish and plays the trompet, zither, guitar and percussionos. The son of famous Turkish caricaturist Ibrahim Tapa, he is a web guru with graphic abilities that range from animation to film production. (www.eremtapa.net)

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