Dr. KEREM KINIK was born in 1970 in Malatya, Turkey to teacher parents. He spent his entire educational life in Istanbul. He graduated from the Medical School of Istanbul University in 1993. He studied Strategic IT Business Administration in Portsmouth University. He currently does his PhD study on Disaster Medicine in Bezmialem University and teaches at the University of Health Sciences.
He worked as a (Medical Superintendent) at the Ministry of Health and Deputy Head of Health Department at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
He was elected as a member of Istanbul Provincial Council in 2004 where he worked as a council member and the Chairman of Health Committee for five years. He assumed strategic management duties at the Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Project funded by the World Bank. He represented Istanbul at the Assembly of European Regions (AER).
Professionally, he assumed the position of General Director in the Medical Informatics and the International Utility Technologies companies.
Starting from his student years, he volunteered for humanitarian aid at several organizations and worked as a doctor volunteer during the Kosovo War and Marmara Earthquake. During his time as the Doctors Worldwide TR President, he managed emergency humanitarian aid efforts in numerous conflict and disaster regions such as Pakistan, Gaza, Central Africa, Somalia and DR Congo.
He wrote several papers on humanitarian aid, immigration policies, development, humanitarian law and humanitarian diplomacy. At the Turkish Red Crescent he entered as a volunteer in 2004, he was elected as Vice Chairperson in 2015 and as Chairperson in 2016. Since 2015, he has been working as a governing board member at IFRC.
As the Red Crescent Chairperson, he leaded the implementation of projects and programs including increasing the institutional budget, improving the effectiveness, dispatch and coverage of humanitarian aid, initiating an institutional development project, accomplishing an institutional ERP project, increasing volunteer and youth involvement, innovative resource development efforts, strengthening the departments in areas of internationalization, policy, advocacy and humanitarian diplomacy and improving multi-dimensional and sectoral relationships. He assumed a leading position during the process of enabling 1.3 million refugees to access the world’s largest Social Security Network ESSN in collaboration with the European Commission ECHO and the UN WFP.
Kınık is an amateur musician and plays Turkish Folk Instruments, and speaks English, as well as Arabic at intermediate level. He is married to Hatice Kınık, who is a dentist, with three children and has two daughters-in-law.