Mrs. Gulin ‘Eva’ Gelogullari was born and raised in Turkey; and studied in Turkey, Germany, the United States, Israel and now in Thailand. Her father was a military officer within the Turkish Military that her family lived in different regions. When her father was transferred to South-eastern Turkey, there she faced animosity and ethnic conflict between Turks and Kurds. Since her childhood, she became aware of how prejudice, discrimination, racism, hatred, and hypocrisy could create local, national and international conflicts. She specifically developed career interests about media, gender and conflicts.
Prior to joining the Rotary Peace Fellowship at the Chulalongkorn University, Gulin ‘Eva’ Gelogullari worked on her academic development and field experiences. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television and Film at Anadolu University in Turkey; and studied a semester in Communication Design at Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
Following her bachelor’s degree, she moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies. She earned her 1st Master’s Degree in Radio, Television and Film with Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Texas. During her studies, she became aware of the difference that Rotary International makes and applied for the Rotary Global Grant to study Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University in Israel. She completed her 2nd Master’s Degree with an internship at the Arab-Jewish Community Center in Jaffa, Israel. She received a scholarship from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Turkish Ministry of Education and completed her 3rd Master’s Degree in Israel Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem along with internships at the Jerusalem African Community Center, African Refugee Development Center, and Kuchinate African Refugee Women’s Collective.
Beyond her career and peacebuilding efforts, she just got married a month ago, and is living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After Thailand, she’ll continue to her career steps in The Hague for gender, peacebuilding and conflict resolution.