Sema Genel Karaosmanoglu has been working in the field of humanitarian aid and international development for over 18 years. She has carried out project work in India, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and now focuses on work inside Turkey.
Sema has worked as consultant to a number of aid and development agencies working internationally.
In 2005, Sema became the founding member and Director of Hayata Destek / Support to Life (STL), a nongovernmental and impartial humanitarian aid organization with headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to post-disaster relief and recovery work, STL is involved in social protection work, along with disaster risk reduction and capacity building.
With a Ph.D. degree in Political Science and Public Administration, Sema has lectured in Cultural Anthropology and the Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in the Humanitarian System at universities in Istanbul. She continues to be involved in humanitarian aid and development work in Turkey and the region.
ATHA-Interview with Sema Genel Karaosmanoğlu about the role of Turkey as an emerging donor and the differences in the approach of Turkey to that of the OECD Development Assistance Committee: