Gulcin BILGIN TURNA was born in 1981 in Istanbul/Turkey. She completed her primary education in Kucukyali Merkez Primary School, secondary and high school education at ISTEK Foundation High School. In 1999, she started studying Business Administration (English) at Yeditepe University with the scholarship from the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) and received a scholarship of success from Istek Foundation during her university education. After graduating in 2003 with a high honors degree, she earned a scholarship for Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the same year at Yeditepe University where she worked as a student assistant. Then she started to work as a management trainee at Anadolubank at Corporate Marketing Department in Istanbul. She got married and moved to Rize/Turkey. She taught English at Bilge Schools in Guneysu for three years. Within the scope of "European Union Comenius School Partnerships" projects, she has established partnerships with various schools in Europe. In 2007, she went to Exeter/the UK with the "European Union Comenius In-Service Training" scholarship and attended the training for two weeks as an English teacher. In 2009, she voluntarily worked for Turkish youth who wanted to provide volunteer service up to one year abroad within the framework of the "European Union Action 2 European Voluntary Service" program. She started her PhD education at Karadeniz Technical University, Department of Business Administration in 2007 by earning a scholarship within the scope of "TÜBİTAK Doctorate Scholarship Program" (BIDEB). In 2010, she earned a scholarship within the scope of "Erasmus Student Mobility" and received six months of education at Halmstad University in Sweden. She stayed in Germany and Spain for two months in 2012 and attended German and Spanish language courses in Berlin and Barcelona. With the scholarship in 2013 within the scope of "Erasmus Internship Mobility", she became a visitor researcher for six months at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands where she started a collaborative publication with Frank M. Go. She attended Dutch courses in Rotterdam. She participated in various international conferences in Balikesir, Rize, Rome, Wageningen, St. Petersburg, Athens and Istanbul mostly with her studies on the effects of country image on consumer behavior. Gulcin BILGIN TURNA's area of research is various areas of Marketing, Tourism management; measurement and improvement of Turkey's international image. She works as an assistant professor at Recep Tayyip Erdogan University. She speaks advanced English, intermediate German and Dutch. She is married with two children.