Hello! I’m from Brussels, with origins in Istanbul, now living in Oxford.
My main project is establishing the Center for Future Worlds – a non-governmental organization which is mapping the history and future of human civilization to improve the governance of emerging technologies. During the day, 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, having given a lecture on the space domain and its governance implications. Previously I was at the European Space Agency (ESA), supporting projects which help to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Before that I was at Seraphim Capital, the world’s first venture fund 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’. By building on existing research in this area, I developed 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 largest student-run conference on AI in the world, and I continue to manage high-level strategy as a Board Member. After some work experience in venture capital, I then went on to study MSc Technology Management at UCL, where I founded the UCL Space Society with an interdisciplinary approach.
My main interests include space, nature, and philosophy. Those are some of the areas which I find to be the most fundamental to our existence. 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 creates a wide range of new opportunities like Earth observation for climate science, satellite constellations for global connectivity, and space stations for private tourism, but also allows us to witness the overwhelming beauty of our planet from above – a delicate world of blue and green.
I believe that this ‘Overview Effect’ provides a cosmic perspective which can help people to become more aware of the Earth’s interconnectedness, the dynamics of globalization in the 21st century, and the realization that many of our challenges transcend political boundaries. This systems thinking approach is one of the most important things that we can cultivate and develop in our communities, especially when it comes to understanding global issues like climate change. While human civilization continues to expand, we now need to find the right balance between achieving 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, 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 idea of aesthetics, including 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!