Rayka Kumru (she/they) is a sexual wellness expert with a decade under her belt as an educator, consultant, and communications strategist. With a B.A in Sociology and Critical Studies in Sexuality from The University of British Columbia (Canada), a Master’s Degree in Sexology from Curtin University (Australia), and a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communications from Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey); Rayka has married her depth of knowledge and years of frontline experience as a sexual health educator and consultant with her creative savvy in the digital space. Having worked on countless communications initiatives – researching, leading design, and developing and implementing strategies – she is constantly innovating to create new avenues for access to credible information.
Rayka is the founder of tabukamu.com, an interactive sexual health and relationships site for Turkish-speaking youth that was featured as one of UNESCO’s 35 digital sexuality education platforms around the globe. She is also the author of two children’s books, Ben (Me) and Hoş geldim (I’m Welcome). Rayka’s expertise is sought internationally, and she uses her sizable social media followings as platforms for education and advocacy.
After bouncing for years between Istanbul and the West Coast, Rayka decided to make Vancouver home. She recently joined the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity as the Communications and Knowledge Translation Manager, overseeing communications strategy and digital engagement. She also volunteers her time at an Options for Sexual Health clinic.