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My Background


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Dipl. Ing Mahir NAMUR, Life and Social Advisor, Psychological Counsellor (1967)​


University Education

BA in Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University

MA in Construction Management and Economy at Vienna University of Technology.


Certificate & Diploma Programs in fields of Coaching and Counselling:

New NLP Coaching, Success Psychology Institute, Istanbul

Logotherapy (meaning-focused therapy) and Existential Analyses, Existential Academy of Istanbul

Logo-Pedagogy (Meaning-focused pedagogy), Viktor Frankl Institute, Vienna

Advanced Existential Coaching, Existential Academy, London

Life and Social Advisor - Psychological Counselling, European Academy for Logotherapy and Psychology, Linz


Certificate Programs in fields of Cultural Management:

NGO Management Certificate Program, Bilgi University, Istanbul

Project Management in Culture, Salzburg University

Europist Cultural Management Program, European Cultural Association, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Bilgi University, Yildiz Technical University




After working in the construction sector for several years, I turned my career path towards cultural communication, cooperation and development (1998-) and later to coaching, training and psychological counselling (2010). 


Since 2010 Coaching, Psychological Counselling

Since 2010 Coaching individuals 

2011 Group Coaching for the establishment of Sinop Sustainable Development Association (an umbrella organization of NGOs

Since 2006 Project coaching for Sinopale Art Biennial and Sinop Sustainable Development Association

Since 2006 Project coaching for cultural management students, Yeditepe University

2017-18 Individual and Group Coaching for the Alumni of Vienna Academy of Fine Arts

Since 2017 Existential Coaching at Existential Academy of Istanbul 


Since 2005 Courses, Lectures, Training Programs (Universities, the private sector, NGOs) 

Efficiency Management and Coaching for Cultural Managers at Yeditepe University, visiting lecturer

Project Development and Cultural Management at Yeditepe University, visiting lecturer

Project Development and Management for Artists and  Designers at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, visiting lecturer

Persuasion Strategies, Communication Faculty Yeditepe University 

Meaning Oriented Strategic Planning for Artists Training Programs, Seminars and Presentations in

Halle University in Halle (Germany),  

ESMAE School of Performing Arts in Porto (Portugal),

Cluj Cultural Center in Cluj (Romania), European League of Institutes of Arts- Teacher's Academy,  University of Arts London, London, UK,                           Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (Austria). BBK Bİldungswerk, Berlin (D)

European Academy of Participation, UNARTE, Bucharest (Romania), Goethe Institut, Marseille (France), Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam (NL)

Okan University Conservatory, Theatre Dept., Istanbul (TR)


Relationship Management Several workshops and training programs (for NGOs and the private sector in Istanbul, Vienna, Cluj)


Project Development and Management in areas of culture&arts, communication, education and civil engineering.

1994-97 Assistant Project Manager, Strabag Austria, development and management of international construction projects in Turkey, Ghana, Malawi, etc,

1998-2013 Development of communication, PR, education and Event management projects for private companies, universities, cities and NGOs.

Some of the projects:

1999 Aid Campaign for the Victims of Earthquake in İzmit (Cooperation with Türkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

1999-2000 Pera Palas Hotel PR strategy development and implementation

1999-2000 Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University PR Strategy Development and Implementation

2000 Marmaris International Tango Festival

2005-2007 Cultural Management Capacity Building Program (Partners: 40 local and international partners)

2005-2006 Margins of Europe (IETM Istanbul Forum)

2008-2010 City and Art (Leader: Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Partners: University of Arts London, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University of Malmö, Marmara University, European League of Institutes of Arts

2011-2012 Collecting the Future: Culture and Arts for Sustainable Urban Development

2016-2017 Creatisity: Design and Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Urban Development


Entrepreneurship and company management

1999-2013 Established and managed Chameleon Project Management and Design, Istanbul. 

Clients: Siemens, Goethe Institute, Henkel, French Cultural Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum, British Council, Kadıköy Municipality, Sinop Municipality, Pera Palas Hotel, Marmaris Foundation for Culture, Tourism and Promotion, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, La Botanique,... 


NGO Management, Cultural and Social Entrepreneurship

2003 Establishment of Europist European Multinational Cultural Cooperation Platform, Istanbul

2003 Establishment of the European Cultural Association in Turkey. 2003-2012 President of BOD. 2012- General Secretary

Since 2004 "A Soul for Europe" Strategy Group member of A Soul for Europe Initiative 

Since 2006 One of founders Sinopale, International Sinop Art Biennial

2013 Establishment of Sinop Sustainable Development Association

2006-2007 Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, Advisory Committee Member



Vienna Chamber of Commerce

Association for Existential Psychotherapies of Istanbul

European Cultural Association

A Soul for Europe Initiative Strategy Group 

European House for Culture


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