Hello! I’m from Brussels, with origins in Istanbul, now living in Oxford.
My main project is establishing the Centre for Future Worlds – a non-profit organisation with a focus on the future of humanity. Our mission is to bridge the gap between research, public, and policy for global progress. During the day, I currently work as an analyst at the Satellite Applications Catapult, where I do research on the space economy. Previously I was at the European Space Agency (ESA), supporting the innovation ecosystem which helps Europe 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 (UCL) 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 (LSE), 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, which I continue to manage at a strategic level 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, philosophy, and art/music. 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 civilisation. Within this context, the rise 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 high-speed connectivity, and space stations for private tourism, but it 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 globalisation in the 21st century, and the realisation 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 civilisation 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, and attempting to play guitar / drums / saxophone. One of my greatest passions are maps – whether it’s to visualise the world, better understand a conceptual space, or connect all the thoughts in my mind, I think that mapping is one of the coolest ways to navigate complexity and develop new insights. I also love thinking about aesthetics, including the philosophy of beauty, abstract art, colour 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 meditating about whatever comes to mind.
My life is mostly about looking at 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 civilisation? Are there any exoplanets out there with signs of astrobiology? How can we explain such elusive concepts as spacetime, consciousness, and love? Let’s find out!