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 and Pakistan. Sema has worked as consultant to a number of aid and development agencies working internationally. While she is continuing her work within Turkey, she ALSO contributes to coordination activities with international aid actors.
Aiming to carry her international working experience to the local level, Karaosmanoğlu became one of the founding members of Support to Life, the headquarters of which is in Istanbul. She has been with STL at every stage of its development as an emergency response, disaster aid & rehabilitation organization and helped build its capacity throughout. Karaosmanoğlu currently works as the director of STL, which, in addition to disaster response and relief, is involved in a variety of activities in humanitarian aid such as of social protection, disaster risk mitigation such as capacity building.
Karaosmanoğlu has also contributed to academic studies in the area of humanitarian aid. She received her PhD from Bilkent University Political Science and Public Administration and thought classes on “Cultural Anthropology” and “The Role of CSOs in the Humanitarian System.