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KREKSA Arts and Culture was established to provide research, consultancy and training for the arts and culture departments of central and local governments, private arts and culture institutions and cultural professionals.

KREKSA develops projects, conducts research and analyses, generates strategies and policies related to culture industries and creative sectors, arts and cultural management, cultural policy, cultural economy, creative city, public art, diversity of cultural expressions, cultural heritage and cultural tourism.

KREKSA organizes the most suitable team for each project, given its wide network of academics and cultural professionals.

Funda Lena

Cultural Economist,

Senior Researcher


KREKSA was founded by Funda Lena, who graduated from Boğaziçi University with her BA (2004) and MA (2007) degrees in Economics. She graduated ranking second in her BA class and ranking first in the MA class. She is a winner of Alper Orhon Econometrics and Statistics Award (2004) and Murat Sertel Graduate Achievement Award (2005). After having a 5 years of professional experience in the music industry, she started her PhD study in 2012 in the department of Arts and Cultural Management at İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communication.


Since the year 2012, Lena has worked as a project coordinator in YEKON Creative İstanbul Ateliers Project funded by İstanbul Development Agency and as a senior researcher in İstanbul Bilgi University Cultural Policy and Management Research Center. She is the coordinator and a founding member of the Cultural Diversity Coalition for Turkey (KEGeP), which is a member of International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD). She works as a part time instructor at İstanbul Bilgi University Department of Arts and Cultural Management.



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