About me

Hello! I’m a futurist + environmentalist from Brussels, with origins in Istanbul.

My life’s main project is to establish the Centre for Future Worlds (CFW) – a non-profit organisation with a focus on the future of humanity. We would like to advance the public’s understanding of pathways to improve our civilisation, with roots in movements such as effective altruism and long-termism. Besides that, I currently work as an Innovation 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.

As an undergraduate, I studied Law at UCL with a focus on EU Law & Environmental Law. In 2016, I was an intercollegiate student in Philosophy of Science at LSE, where I co-founded the AIBE Summit – Artificial Intelligence in Business & Ethics. After some work experience, 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 intersection between space exploration and global governance. With the rise in low-cost rockets and small satellites enabling greater access to space, Earth observation has become an open platform for science, business, and citizens. This not only creates hundreds of new opportunities for environmental applications, 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 finds a balance between world peace, technological progress, and sustainable development. In my free time, I enjoy biking, swimming, photography, and playing guitar / drums / saxophone (I’m still learning!).

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 an economy which works for both humanity and nature? 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 beauty? Let’s find out!

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