Prof. Baris Karapinar is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the TEMA Foundation – founded in 1992 with the mission to raise public awareness on soil erosion, desertification and deforestation – which is currently Turkey’s largest and leading environmental NGO, supported by over 600,000 volunteers, 81 city representatives, 259 province representatives. Baris also teaches graduate courses at Bogazici University in the areas of development and climate change.
He represents TEMA in the Board of European Environmental Bureau. He has served as a lead author of IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Fifth Assessment Report on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. He has worked as a leader of a research program on trade and climate change at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He has also worked for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London. He holds a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Baris has extensive research and consultancy experience in relation food security and adaptation to climate change, topics which are central to UNCCD discussions. His work examining the interplay of food security and international trade have appeared in journals such as the World Trade Review and the Journal of International Economic Law. He is the lead editor of ‘Food Crises and the WTO’ (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He has engaged in policy consultancy for a number of national and international policy institutions, including the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, European Parliament and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
Chief Executive Officer
TEMA Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
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