Zeynep Zileli

Zeynep Zileli is a freelance writer, translator and independent filmmaker. She was born in Turkey, has lived in six countries and is currently living in Brazil. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Sussex University and a Master degree in Cinema Studies from New York University. She has worked with award winning director Kutlug Ataman and has held TV positions in several countries, including Granada TV, and Fox International Channels. She is the co-founder and director of the Istanbul office of the advertising agency Torke and currently works with projects of innovation and creativity relating to Turkey, Brazil, Portugal and the United States. She speaks English, Turkish and Portuguese.


Brazil's 'accidental' presidential candidate

Is Marina Silva the right choice for Brazil?

Latin America

Dismantling a nation's 'masculinity' at the World Cup

Notions of masculinity and national pride dominate football's grand narrative.

US & Canada

Yes, we ban: Deconstructing Erdogan's language

Erdogan's increasingly personalist authoritarianism should be taken seriously.

US & Canada

Brazil's blind eye to sexual harassment

Brazil must first address rampant sexual harassment before it can dream of becoming a global economic superpower.

Latin America

The rise of "ostentation funkers" in Brazil

Hordes of singing, dancing youth are invading shopping malls, scaring shoppers and shop-owners. But what does it mean?


Lulu: Fake feminism for the 'hashtag generation'

A new app, wrought with vulgarity and lack of empathy, showcases the worst of female empowerment.

Science & Technology

The cult of innovation

Innovation has transformed into a cultural narrative with mass following, but to what end? Asks author.


Brazil and Obama's 'Big Brother syndrome'

US surveillance and arrogance are damaging relations with South America's biggest country.

Science & Technology

The surveillance society is here

We must be aware of the surveillance tools introduced into our lives - especially those that we already consent to.

Latin America

Brazil's first taste of new viral democracy

Protest movements in both Turkey and Brazil have been made unique by the tools used by the younger generation.


Why Turks are good at protesting

Widespread use of social media and political humour have given the recent demonstrations a viral effect.

US & Canada

Prostitution at the World Cup: Another Brazilian challenge

It is imperative for Brazil to distinguish between prostitution as a profession and sexual exploitation.