Hey, Gal Chen here. I’m 29 Y/O, I live in Tel Aviv, am a proud owner of two cats and about 20 pairs of shoes.
I’m always looking forward to take on new challenges, and love learning new things. I try to never assume I know the answers before I ask every possible question.
I’m an irreparable workaholic. I love diving deep into projects, understand their needs, both through quantitative and qualitative research. I’m good at understanding the big picture, but no less, finding a way to implement it and making it obtainable. I understand users, and am good at mediating their needs and views to developers and designers (while doing a bit of both myself).
I have knowledge in several fields, and am VERY good at learning new skills. I always try to learn more, and be up-to-date with new technologies and tools.
Think there might be something we can do together? Drop me a line!
writing and marketing
I’ve been writing professionally for the past five years. I have experience in journalistic, creative, technical and academic writing, including, of course, comprehensive research of the topics in hand.
I have a passion for raw data. One of my browser’s most viewed sites is the Israeli Bureau of Statistics. I believe that having a lot of data isn’t enough, and asking the right questions is at least as important.
I love social media, and have quite a strong presence in it (in the Israeli community, at least). Twitter is my preferred medium, while Facebook is a close second, but I try to stay on top of SM trends all around.
DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING
I am proficient in Adobe tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and web-design code, especially HTML5 and CSS. I know SQL, XPATH and XSL programming, and some JS. I illustrate for fun and retouch camels to pictures as a statement about life.
GetBooks Digital Books
Working for the company at its first stages of formation. The job, therefore, varied, and included researching and adapting new technologies, developing work processes, recruiting and managing a team of designers, building the product database (via CMS) and coming up with better ways of user data-personalization, managing the literary website, including producing original, SEO-customized, content.
Wrote a data journalism weekly column, about various topics. Analyzing raw data and quantitative research to form relevant conclusions. Occasionally, research for large-scale projects, such as this one.
Marketing, Research and Content Writing
Managing social media and online campaigns for different SMBs, with different needs and budgets.
Writing for a variety of magazines about miscellaneous topics. Research for various projects (journalistic and academic alike).
Marketing and Data Analysis
The Public Knowledge Workshop
Content and New Media Manager of this open knowledge NGO, data analysis and QA. Cooperating with volunteers (especially developers and designers) and collaborating with government officials.
Online news editor.
Sales representative, mainly for the US market (premium clients).
Implementing a newly developed CMS for the banker market.
A 13 months design course (UI, UX, Print)
BA in Humanities and Social Science
Tel Aviv University
Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern History, Sociology and Anthropology.
The Public Knowledge Workshop
Data analyst and QA team leader for “the Budget key” project.
Instructing a group of children from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Volunteer in emergency housing for women engaged in prostitution.