Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sarı

Bilimsel Danışma Kurulu

Marine Scientist, Bandirma 17 Eylul University

He completed his undergraduate education at Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries. He continued his master's degree at Erzurum Atatürk University and completed his doctorate at Ege University. Between 1992 and 2016, he worked at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, conducting studies for 24 years on the conservation and sustainable fisheries of the pearl mullet in Lake Van.

He has taken on roles as a project coordinator and researcher in numerous national and international projects. In 2004, he was selected as a member of the Ashoka Global Fellowship, and in 2007, he became a member of the Schwab Foundation. Invited by many prestigious universities, NGOs, and private organizations, he has presented the pearl mullet at numerous international meetings, including Oxford University. His TEDx Istanbul talk in 2017 is among the most-watched talks. He has over 100 scientific studies, including 10 books.

After 24 years at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, he continued his career as the founding dean at Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University Maritime Faculty in 2016. During the studies related to the conservation of the pearl mullet in Lake Van, he developed a new participatory model called the 'Problem-Based Social Participation Model.' In 2007, he was honored as the "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst&Young, Milliyet Newspaper, and the Schwab Foundation. His work on Lake Van has received awards from various institutions and organizations. He continues his efforts to protect the Marmara Sea and increase biodiversity with the 'Umut Pina'da' project. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Entrepreneurship Forum (WEnF).

Currently, he serves as the Dean of the Maritime Faculty at Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University. Within the scope of the Blue-Green Transformation: Marmara project, he guides on the current state of the Marmara Sea, its biodiversity, and conservation methods.