About me

Hello! I’m a futurist & environmentalist from Istanbul, raised in Brussels, based in London.

I currently work as a Business Analyst at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Oxford. Previously, I was working at Seraphim Capital, the world’s first venture fund for space technology startups. Last year, I studied MSc Technology Management at UCL (inc. systems theory), where I founded the UCL Space Society with an interdisciplinary approach. In 2016, I co-founded the AIBE Summit – Artificial Intelligence in Business & Ethics, which I continue to manage as a board member. As an undergraduate, I studied Law at UCL with a focus on EU & Environmental Law, as well as Philosophy of Science at LSE. Sounds a bit random? Well, there was some logic to it… I think.

My main interests include space, nature, philosophy, and music. Those are the areas which I find to be the most fundamental to our existence. At the moment, I’m particularly interested in the intersection between space technology and environmentalism. With the rise in low-cost rockets and small satellites enabling greater access to space, Earth observation has become an open platform. This not only creates hundreds of new opportunities for climate science, but also allows us to witness the overwhelming beauty of our planet from space. I believe that this “Overview Effect” has the potential to provide a cosmic perspective which allows people to better understand the Earth’s interconnectedness with its biosphere, realising that humanity’s problems transcend political boundaries. We must become a civilisation which strives towards global peace, social progress, and respect for the environment. In my free time, I enjoy biking, swimming, photography, and playing guitar/drums/saxophone (work in progress).

My life is mostly about exploring the big picture. In doing so, there are many questions which remain unanswered. What is the nature of reality? What are the laws that govern our physics? How does intelligence emerge from complexity? How can we balance economic progress with climate policy? Are there exoplanets out there with astrobiology? Will we ever become a multi-planetary species? How can we explain such elusive concepts as spacetime, consciousness, and aesthetics? Let’s find out!

Twitter: @BartuKaleagasi
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E-mail: bartukaleagasi@gmail.com