Jak Şalom, born in 1946, was the director of Turkic Languages and Civilizations at Paris National Easter Languages Institute between 2006 – 2012 and assistant director of Eurasia Division between 2009 and 2012. He is a member of the founding team of the Turkish Cinematheque Association. Şalom is the designer and manager of the Cinematheque/Cinema House project under Kadıköy Municipality. Between 1999 and 2012 he was the director of theatre at Les Teintureries Theatre School at Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2015 he teaches the lectures Cinema and Audience: Sociological Debate and Twelve masters: Film As Art at Boğaziçi University. He holds the rank of officer of France’s Art and Literature order.