Emel was born in Turkey and has lived in many different multicultural cities around Europe. She studied American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe University in Ankara, and completed her Masters in Luxemburg, in the field of Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts. Emel has worked as a freelance translator and as a language tutor, including for Campus Europea. Furthermore, she was employed as a Content Specialist for a leading video gaming company in Paris. She joined the cApStAn team in July 2015, where she assists with projects such as PISA, PIRLS and TALIS. Emel speaks Turkish, English, French and Dutch.