Uygar Özesmi

Civil Society Activist, Environmental Scientist and Writer

Uygar Özesmi

Civil Society Activist, Environmental Scientist and Writer

Biography

Civil Society Activist, Environmental Scientist and Writer

Uygar is a civil society activist, environmental scientist, and social entrepreneur living in an intentional community on a mountain range flanking ancient Asia Minor. He lives in a carbon zero house, producing all the energy off-the-grid, harvesting all the water he needs from rain.In the past, he was the advisor of the Minister of State responsible for the Environment in 1989-90, received MSc degree in Environmental Science at Ohio State University as a Fulbright Scholar, a PhD as a MacArthur Scholar in Conservation Biology as well as in Development and Social Change at the University of Minnesota.

He also was Assistant Professor and Chair of Environmental Science at Erciyes University (2000-2004); Environmental Specialist at the United Nations Development Program (2004-2006); Executive Director of TEMA Foundation (2006-2008) the largest environmental NGO in Turkey, and Executive Director of Greenpeace Mediterranean (2008-2012).

Uygar was founding chairman of Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Partner) in 2002, founding member of Civil Society Development Center (STGM) and among other past and present board memberships he has been elected to the board of CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation for a second term. He has more than 100 scientific publications and has published countless popular articles, a book and has two daily radio programs at Açık Radio. Currently Uygar is East Europe and West Asia Director at Change.org, and is the founder and instigator of Good4Trust.org a platform for sustainable life-styles for ecological and social sustainability.