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Uygar Özesmi

Change.org
Director, Eastern Europe and West Asia
Turkey
Dr. Uygar Özesmi is currently Eastern Europe and West Asia Director of Change.org and Board Member of CIVICUS - Global Alliance for Citizen Participation. As a social entrepreneur, he is known for having created the first crowdsourcing site of Turkey, kusbank.org, and is the founder of the first ethical lifestyle social enterprise, good4trust.org. In addition, he has two daily news programs on Açık Radyo, the only listener supported radio station in Turkey.

Before joining Change.org, Uygar was the Executive Director of Greenpeace Mediterranean and General Director of TEMA Foundation, the biggest environmental organization in Turkey. He was the founding chairman of Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Partner) and a founding member of Civil Society Development Center (STGM). Before taking on positions in civil society, he was the Advisor of Adnan Kahveci, a former Minister of State. He founded Erciyes University Environmental Engineering Department and was an Environmental Specialist at the United Nations Development Program in New York.