Hello! I’m a totally normal human being from Brussels, with origins in Istanbul.
My life’s main project is establishing the Centre for Future Worlds (CFW) – a non-profit organisation with a focus on the future of humanity. We aim to advance the public’s understanding of pathways to improve our civilisation, with roots in movements such as long-termism and effective altruism. Our key activities include macrostrategy research, public impact, and global policy. During the day, I currently work as an Innovation Analyst at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Oxford, where I focus on supporting projects which help Europe to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Previously I was at Seraphim Capital, the world’s first venture fund for space technology startups.
As an undergraduate, I studied Law at UCL with a focus on EU Law & Environmental Law, writing my dissertation on the post-Brexit implications of regulatory globalisation – also known as the “Brussels Effect”. In 2016, I was accepted as an intercollegiate student in Philosophy of Science at LSE, where I co-founded the AIBE Summit – Artificial Intelligence in Business & Ethics. Today, it is one of the largest student-run conferences on AI in the world, which I still help to manage as a board member. After some work experience in venture capital, I then went on to study MSc Technology Systems at UCL , where I founded the UCL Space Society with an interdisciplinary approach.
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 relationship between space exploration and global governance. In this era of “New Space”, with low-cost rockets and small satellites enabling greater access to orbit, Earth observation has become an open platform for government, business, and society. This not only creates hundreds of new opportunities for climate science and downstream applications, but also allows us to witness the overwhelming beauty of our planet from above. A world of blue and green, so fragile yet with so much potential.
I believe that this “Overview Effect” provides a cosmic perspective which can help us to better understand the Earth’s interconnectedness with its biosphere, the importance of globalisation in the 21st century, and the realisation that our challenges transcend political boundaries. We have become a civilisation which needs to find the right balance between technological progress and sustainable development, while also avoiding the dangers of existential risks. As the next generation of leaders, it is our responsibility to be good architects for that vision of the future. In my free time, I enjoy biking, swimming, chess, photography, and attempting to play guitar / drums / saxophone.
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 strategies & policies in space governance will allow us to become a multi-planetary species? Are there any exoplanets out there with astrobiology? How can we explain such elusive concepts as spacetime, consciousness, and aesthetics? Let’s find out!