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Luisa Ortiz Perez
BioDr. Luisa Ortiz Pérez is a mental health advocate, online gender-based violence specialist and psychological first aid provider. | JSK Journalism Fellow 2022-2023 | Co-founder of Vita-Activa.org | Producer, editor, designer and manager of MOOCs, courses, workshops, campaigns, products and artifacts for and with inclusive and disruptive organizations and media globally for 20 years.
BioCinar Oskay is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Most recently, he was content
director at the streaming platform Gain in Turkey. He was the editor-in-chief of
weekend editions of Hurriyet, Turkey’s leading newspaper (2012-2019). Prior to that, he
edited the sunday edition of Radikal daily; Tempo news magazine and worked as managing
editor of Milliyet newspaper.
In 2020, Mr. Oskay established a documentary department at the streaming platform
Gain, with print journalists no longer able to work in traditional media.
In 2022, he won Turkey’s most prestigious Turkish Journalists Association award
for “TV- documentary” with Çağ Yangını [Age of Fire] where he investigated the
government’s mishandling of the devastating 2021 Turkey wildfires.
He created, produced or supervised as content director, documentaries on secular nostalgia
(93 Yazı, Ankara Apartmanları); celebrity conspiracy theorists (Komplo-19); gender and
identity issues of urban youth (K-Pop Türkiye), poverty and refugees in Istanbul (Çekçek, I am
Istanbullu). He also developed mockumentaries on oddities of life in contemporary Turkey
and a docuseries about the most famous Turkish pop and rock band, MFÖ. At the height of
the pandemic, he hosted Konuşmamız Lazım [We Need To Talk], a talk-show about the
future of humanity, interviewing prominent thinkers including Noam Chomsky, Yuval Noah
Harari, Amin Maalouf and others.
He is the author of Haziran [June]: A journalistic account of the Gezi Park Uprising (2014),
and Çağ Sancısı [The Pains of Our Time]: A collection of interviews on Turkey’s political and cultural collapse in 2010’s. (2021)
Mr. Oskay completed his MA in Modern Turkish History at Bosphorus
University’s Ataturk Institute (2019) and his BA at American University’s School of
International Service. (2000)
He is a Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism fellow for the year 2022-2023, where
he will be working on storytelling for social change while studying the effects of
authoritarian regimes on societies and the ways to recover.