About us


Martina Pavone – Onar Istanbul’s Co-founder & CEO

Performer for concerts, musicals, plays and shows. Martina is also specialized in vocal technique, musical theater, jazz and vocal improvisation. Choir director of Istanbul International A Cappella Choir, multicultural integrational social project.
Trainer with her own method “Let’s improv to improve” using applied improvisation technique on group behaviour, leadership, communication & emotional intelligence as well as integration and minorities needs. Woice and ImproW are her own women’s empowerment programs.
Artistic Director of Raise your Woice Festival.


Valentina Elmettivalentinaelmetti_onar, Onar’s Co-founder

Italian teacher and educator. Valentina has worked in the civil society realizing social integration projects for migrants women. She has been  co-developer and  coordinator of a bilingual program Italian-Turkish in  a Turkish school. She taught Italian to migrants and she is currently Italian Language and Culture teacher at University in Istanbul.
Coordinator and blogger of Un’Italiana ad Istanbul, Valentina enjoys being part of IIACC, Istanbul International a Cappella Choir.  She strongly believes in the power of education and Her dream is make education accessible to women who, differently from her, did not have this  possibility.



 Italian teacher for the last 6 years.
In Italy she was also teaching but in her free time as volunteer, to promote interculturality in her city. She likes politics and she is graduated in International Relations and Intercultural science.
She travelled a bit, living in a few countries in Europe and a brief period in Syria before ending up in Istanbul. In Istanbul she gets involved in different projects and activities and she is a bit of a yoga fan.
She joined ONAR because she believes in collaboration and that the role of women in the society has changed, but there’s still lots of work to do for a better future.

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Mary studied marketing management, but she realized quite immediately that sitting in an office was not for her. Her passion is teaching English to children. She lived and worked in Italy, Spain, Australia and Cambodia.  She is also practitioner in Neurosemantics and worked for almost 4 years as content writer for an Italian life coach.  Her mission in life is to promote Social Emotional Learning in schools. She dreams about a world where schools are fun places to go for children and teachers, and where empathy is a school subject.  She is also passionate about social enterprises as a way to make a sustainable impact.


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Attorney at law specialized in criminal law, foreigners support, forensic science and human rights.  Board member and Head of legal department in Onar Istanbul where is also a trainer for gender based violence and family law legal seminars. He holds legal seminars for Circolo Roma Istanbul about rental law, and how to establish a business in Turkey. Since 2009 he is a professional Improviser in AZOT Impro, performing around Turkey. Currently collaborating with BKM mutfak for different projects. Kıvanç is also a trainer for improvisation.

You can get in contact with us at nardernek@gmail.com