KEREM KINIK was born in 1970 in Malatya to a family of teachers. He resided in İstanbul throughout his studies. He graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Medicine in 1993. He completed his doctoral program in the field of ’Disaster Medicine’ at Health Sciences University. Working as an administrator under the Ministry of Health and İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Mr. Kınık also undertook the duties of council member during the 10th Term of the General Provincial Council of İstanbul and chairman of the Health Committee. During this time, he represented the province of İstanbul at the Committee for Social Policy and Public Health of AER (Assembly of European Regions). Also having served as general manager at domestic and international technology companies, Mr. Kınık currently works at Bezmialem Vakıf University and teaches Disaster Medicine at the University of Health Sciences (SBÜ) as a lecturer.
Starting from his university years, Mr. Kınık volunteered at various organizations for humanitarian aid. He worked as a voluntary physician during the Kosovo War and the 1999 Marmara earthquake. He also served as the Chair of Turkey for Yeryüzü Doktorları Foundation. During that time, he managed humanitarian aid activities and projects at numerous conflict and disaster zones such as Pakistan, Palestine, Central Africa, Somali and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He penned many articles and essays on humanitarian aid, migration policies, development, humanitarian law and humanitarian diplomacy. He joined the Turkish Red Crescent Society in 2014 as a volunteer and was elected Vice President in 2015 and President in 2016. He was a governing board member at the IFRC International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from 2015 until February 2017 and was elected as the IFRC Vice President responsible for Europe and Middle East Regions at the 21st Session of the General Assembly held in Antalya on 6th November 2017.
During his term as the President, the Turkish Red Crescent Society came a long way in terms of restructuring and institutional development, increasing levels of work, activity and efficiency and internationalization. Mr. Kınık plays Turkish folk music instruments and composes musical pieces as an amateur. He speaks English and intermediate Arabic. Father of three and grandfather of one, Mr. Kınık is married to Hatice Öztürk Kınık, DMD.