TNGO Fellowship Program 

Dr. Uygar Özesmi 

Research Dates: March 31, 2013 - April 12, 2013 

UygarCurrent Position: Regional Director, Eastern Europe and West Asia,

Organization: is the world's largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see




Research Topic“Models of Servant-Leadership in Transnational NGOs.” Servant leadership is a concept that has primarily been used in faith based leadership models.  Dr. Özesmi will explore how “servant leadership” can be applied to a new leadership model that focuses on empowering and serving constituencies in realizing their own expectations, needs and potential, a growing need in an era when individual citizen action has many more vehicles of expression due to the growth of digital social networks.  In defining servant leadership, Dr. Özesmi will address a specific series of questions:

Brief Bio: Dr. Özesmi serves on the global management team of, the largest global citizen petition platform -- an exciting new form of digitally facilitated citizen activism. He is a scientist and activist in the areas of civil society and the environment. He received a MSc degree in Environmental Science at Ohio State University as a Fulbright Scholar and a PhD as a MacArthur Scholar in Conservation Biology and Development and Social Change at the University of Minnesota. He has worked as 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 the TEMA Foundation (2006-2008), and Greenpeace Mediterranean (2008-2012). Dr. Özesmi is currently on the board of CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

Research Brief:  Models of Servant Leadership

Videos:  TNGO Interview with Dr. Uygar Özesmi 

 Career Discussion with Dr. Uygar Özesmi

Servant Leadership Research Discussion with Dr. Uygar Özesmi