Organizing Board
Mehmet Mazak
Organizing Board
Born in Erdemli district of Mersin in 1971. He completed his primary and secondary education here. He graduated from the Faculty of Science and Arts of Marmara University in 1995. He completed in 1998 writing his Master’s Degree thesis entitled “Boatman Artisans in Istanbul and Inventory Record Book of Boatman Artisans dated 1802”. His first book was also published in 1998 with a title of “Marine Transportation in Old Istanbul”, and it was published by İDO. Then İGDAŞ published three volumes of his work entitled “The History of Town Gas from the Ottomans up to Moderns Days”. These publications were followed by his printed books of “Istanbul Earthquakes” in 2000, “Cleaning of the Environment and Streets in the Ottomans” in 2001, and “Perpetual Water for a Perpetual City: Hamidiye” in 2006. His many articles on Istanbul’s history and culture were printed, and he had been on the publishing and science boards of some magazines. He started many national and international festivals, symposia by heading or working for the organizing boards of these events. He took part in the works intending to conduct and build Cultural Communications, Cultural Identity and Branding. Recently he keeps his research activities into the social change and Daily life between 1850 and 1930 in Istanbul and Mersin. He debuted his business career in August 1995 as an Archive Specialist at Istanbul Culture and Arts Incorporated. After working there for two years, he was transferred to İGDAŞ (Istanbul Gas Distribution Incorporated) in June 1997. He returned to Istanbul Culture and Arts Incorporated in 2007 to served here as a Cultural Director. Then he was appointed as the Director for Cultural Affairs of Sultanbeyli Municipality in January 2011 until 10 April 2014. Following the 2014 Local Elections, he was appointed as the Mayor’s Advisor on Cultural Affairs at Üsküdar Municipality. From 12 September 2014, he started serving as the Cultural and Social Affairs Director of Üsküdar Municipality. The resigned from this job on 02 September 2015, and he worked for a while as a Cultural Affairs Consultants before he was appointed as a Cultural Affairs Advisor at Sultanbeyli Municipality. Married with two daughters and a one son, Mehmet Mazak is currently the Cultural Affairs of Sultanbeyli Municipality.    


  • The History of Town Gas from the Ottomans up to Moderns Days (3 volumes, 756 pages) (İGDAŞ 1999)
  • 1894 Earthquake in Photos and Documents (İGDAŞ 2000)
  • Cleaning of the Environment and Streets in the Ottomans (İSTAÇ 2001)
  • Marine Transportation in Old Istanbul (İDO 1998)
  • Perpetual Water for a Perpetual City: Hamidiye (Hamidiye 2006)
  • Istanbul Eminönü-Fatih in the Postcards (Kültür AŞ 2008)
  • Boats; The Means of Marine Transportation in Old Istanbul (İDO 2008)
  • Istanbul Eyüp-Bakırköy-Beyoğlu-Kâğıthane in the Postcards (Kültür AŞ 2008)
  • Summer Resort District of Dersaadet (Istanbul): SARIYER (Sarıyer Municipality 2008)
  • Old Istanbul with the Colors from its Daily Life (2009)
  • Bosphorus and Boat Culture (2010)
  • Cleaning Culture of Istanbul (Together with Fatih Güldal and Aylin Doğan 2010)
  • The Lost Seamanship Profession of ISTANBUL BARGES from the Ottomans up to Modern Days (2010)
  • Cleaning of Istanbul (With Fatih Güldal 2011)
  • Kumluca in the Ottoman Archives (2011)
  • Kumluca with Its Ottoman Period Daily Life (2011)
  • Ottoman Marine Porters and Istanbul Barges (2012)
  • The Rising Value of the Ottoman Maritime Trade: MERSİN (2013)
  • History of Mersin Harbor in Documents and Photos (With Aylin Doğan…2014)