Hello! I’m from Brussels, with origins in Istanbul, now living in Oxford.
I currently work at the Satellite Applications Catapult, where I do research on the space economy. I am also a Teaching Assistant at the University of Oxford, where I have given a lecture on space innovation and governance. Previously I was at the European Space Agency (ESA) – supporting the management of a network of business incubation centers across Europe, as well as Seraphim Capital – the world’s leading venture fund and accelerator program for space technology startups.
As an undergraduate, I studied Law at University College London with a focus on EU and Environmental Law. For my dissertation, I wrote a paper on “EU Law’s Globalisation and its Effect on Post-Brexit Regulations”, which discusses the ‘Brussels Effect’ in relation to environmental and technology standards and then develops the regulatory globalisation hypothesis – an idea which explores the dynamics between sovereign nation-states and regulatory super-states. In 2016, I was accepted as an intercollegiate student in Philosophy at the London School of Economics, where I co-founded the AIBE Summit – Artificial Intelligence in Business & Ethics. Today, it is the world’s largest non-profit AI conference. After some work experience in venture capital, I then went on to study MSc Technology Management, where I founded the UCL Space Society with an interdisciplinary approach.
My main interests include space, nature, and philosophy. At the moment, I’m particularly interested in the interplay between space exploration and global governance. We are now in the age of Space 4.0 – a multi-agent landscape where governments, businesses, and citizens are all getting involved in the expansion of our civilization. Within this context, the advent of re-usable rockets and small satellites is starting to open up access to space for millions of people around the world. This not only allows us to witness the overwhelming beauty of our planet from above, but it also creates a wide range of new opportunities like Earth observation for climate science, satellite constellations for global connectivity, and space stations for private tourism. With that comes many challenges in space governance, which we will need to address with good policy decisions and technology solutions.
In my free time, I enjoy biking, swimming, photography, chess, design, and music. One of my greatest passions are maps – whether it’s to visualize the complexity of the world, better understand a conceptual space, or connect all of the thoughts in my mind, I think that mapping is one of the coolest ways to navigate systems and develop new insights. I also love thinking about the many dimensions of aesthetics, including the philosophy of beauty, abstract art, color theory, brand identity, architecture, interior design, and the way in which our physical environment shapes our experience of the world. When I’m not too busy, I like going on long walks and reflecting about whatever comes to mind.
My life is mostly about exploring the big picture. In doing so, there are many fascinating questions to think about: What is the nature of reality? What are the laws that govern our physics? How does intelligence emerge from complexity? How can we create a market economy which benefits both humans and the environment? Which space governance frameworks will allow us to safely transition into an interplanetary civilization? Are there any star systems out there with signs of astrobiology? How can we explain such elusive concepts as spacetime, consciousness, and love? Let’s find out!