IPRA 2014 WORLD PRESIDENT ZEHRA GÜNGÖR HAD BEEN COLLECTING MASKS, BOOKMARKS AND SAND FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD.
Zehra Güngör, who is the president of the Stage Communication Agency and selected as IPRA 2014 World President, comes forth with her colorful character and hobbies. Güngör, who travels often collects masks, sand, and bookmarks from each country she visits. The walls of her house in Kemerburgaz is decorated with original masks which she brought from all over the World. Güngör, who also loves reading books, has about 10,000 bookmarks made from different materials such as silver, glass, embroidery, cloth, bamboo and papers. She has 145 different masks. We spoke to Güngör about her hobbies and collections that reflect her life style.
Zehra Güngör, who is the president of Stage Communication Agency, has left behind 32 years in business as a leader. Between the years 1982-1999 Güngör worked as a journalist in Günaydın, Yeni Asır, Sabah, Economic Bulletin, Money, and Milliyet newspapers, then transferred to public relations sector in 1999 and after journalism she worked on important projects in PR field. After being elected as the 50th president of International Public Relations Association (IPRA) in 2014, she took over the presidency from Christophe Ginisty, the 2013 world president. IPRA has trusted the World presidency to a Turk for the third time after Betul Mardin and Ceyda Aydede. Güngör summarizes the secrets of being successful in work life like this: “First you have to take the work that you are doing seriously before anything else and be open to the world. You should persist in being empathetic. Only those who are confident in their work life step up. The thing that gets me upset most is to be after little things.” Despite the busy schedule of the work life, Güngör saves time for herself, rests and deposits energy. It is difficult to count her hobbies. Other than masks, bookmarks, and sand collections, she dances, does pilates, and plays tennis.
145 masks in 22 years
Güngör, who travels often and buys masks that reflect the culture of each country she visits, has started her mask collection in 1992 and currently has 145 masks in her collection. Güngör states that a variety of masks are mostly available in the countries that have tribes or countries which have advanced arts such as dance and theatre. Her house, especially the walls, is decorated with colorful masks. Güngör who collects wooden, pressed paper, ceramic and clay masks is also ambitious in her bookmark collection which has almost 10,000 pieces. Güngör, who keeps her silver, glass, embroidery, bamboo and paper based bookmarks in special boxes, also collects sand in small jars from the countries that noticeably have beaches. Güngör, who has collected 70 jars of sand from over 70 countries that have beaches, river beds or deserts, classifies the jars with labels such as Angola sand, Germany-Tegern Lake. Güngör, who traveled to India, Italy, Mexico, Cambodia, and Namibia in 2013, plans to direct her route to Bosnia, the United States, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Senegal, Hungary, Iran, Iceland, and Denmark in 2014. No matter how tired she would be, Güngör reads books, takes nature walks to cleanse her mind, and leads a life to the fullest, being one of the rare leaders who are successful in balancing work and personal life.
GÜNGÖR’S CULTURAL-ART AGENDA
Güngör, who enjoys listening to music, reading books, traveling, cooking, masks, bookmarks, collecting sand, walking in the forest and dancing, also follows cultural-art activities closely. Göngör’s art activities agenda is as follows:
Bedside book: Ustam ve Ben, Elif Şafak
Favorite Movies: Federico Fellini’s Amarcord, Ferzan Özpetek’s Şahane Misafir, and Roberto Benigni’s La Vita é Bella
Last Concert she attended New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Last Play watched in theatre: Leyla’s House-Nedim Saban
Last visited exhibit/museum: Anish Kapoor in İstanbul-Sakıp Sabancı Museum