Our Team

Robert Bogers is a Board Member of the Rubicon Foundation. He studied chemistry and biology at Leiden University and has a PhD in mathematics and sciences from the same university. After having worked 11 years as a research scientist in molecular plant biology at Leiden University he worked two years in international science policy at the Dutch ministry of Education and Sciences before becoming director of the Bulb Research Centre in Lisse. Ten years later, in 1993, he became director of the research stations for floriculture and glasshouse vegetables in Aalsmeer and Naaldwijk. From 1999 to 2001 he was director of RIKILT, Wageningen UR’s Institute for Food Safety Research and from 2001 to 2006 director of Frontis – Wageningen International Nucleus for Strategic Expertise. From 1983 till now Robert Bogers has been active in the International Society for Horticultural Science; from 2002 to 2010 he was director of planning and finance and since 2010 he is an Honorary Member of this Society. During more than 30 years he has been involved in conservation issues in relation to exploitation of natural resources, in particular concerning the wild-bulb populations in Turkey. For many years he was an advisory member of the Dutch delegation to the CITES Plants Committee, with a keen eye on the long-term interests of both farmers and wildlife.
Arzu Erdem is a Board Member of the Rubicon Foundation. She received her B.Sc., M.Sc. (1985) and Ph.D. (1995) degrees in Architecture, from Istanbul Technical University. She is currently the Dean of School of Architecture at Abdullah Gül University in central Anatolia. She is still affiliated with Istanbul Technical University where she has coordinated/taught graduate and undergraduate level architectural design studios for the past 27 years. Her pedagogical research explores environments that support creative design process. She has designed several architectural projects and contributed to architectural design competitions. Her professional experience includes design consultancy and project management for public and private companies. She has been a visiting scholar at UCLA_Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning and a short term Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Berkeley School of Environmental Design. She served as an external examiner for architectural design studios both nationally and internationally. She currently serves on the Turkish  Selection Committee for Venice Architecture Biennale. She is also on the Curatorial Board of Mangiabarche Contemporary Art Gallery (Sardinia, Italy).
Umberto Gallo Orsi is a Board Member of the Rubicon Foundation. He holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Wildlife Management. He worked on species conservation and management at LIPU/BirdLife Italy and then at BirdLife International. He has coordinated the development of numerous International Species Action Plans for threatened bird species in Europe and Africa working with experts and decision makers to ensure the development and approval by EU and other International treaties (UNEP/CMS , UNEP/AEWA, Bern convention) of sound and practical conservation policy documents. He also has a significant experience in development and management of complex international projects funded by a range of donors including EU, UN, GEF, national governments and private donors. He is an experienced project evaluator being member of the evaluation team of the Conservation Leadership Programme since 2005, and has been part of the Evaluation Team for LIFE + NGO operational Grants. He has experience in PA management evaluation. He’s currently advising governments in the development of their National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and National Biodiversity Monitoring Strategies.
Rob Jongman is a Board Member of the Rubicon Foundation. He studied biology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and specialised in ecology. He did his PhD at Wageningen University on landscape ecology and policy making in river systems. Until 2013  he was the leader of the Alterra team on Biodiversity and Policy. Since 1990 he developed the concept of ecological networks which has become a general policy approach included in national policies and in global biodiversity conventions;  to do this he was seconded to the European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC 1994-1997) setting up the Pan European Ecological network (PEEN-PEBLDS). At the same time, he continued with wetland research; from 1995 until 2008 he worked on modelling and assessment of river and wetland landscapes in the Orinoco (Venezuela), Pantanal and Amazon (Brazil).  He guided PhD students, in this field, from Europe, Latin America and China. His third field of expertise is biodiversity monitoring. He was one of the co-leads of GEO BON, the GEO task on biodiversity monitoring, setting up and linking approaches for in situ and remote sensed ecosystem monitoring including the initiation of Global Biodiversity Variables. In this capacity he also guides European research and monitoring on agro-biodiversity and High Nature Value farming systems.
Szabolcs Nagy  is the Conservation Director of the Rubicon Foundation. Szabolcs is Hungarian and has a graduate degree in Agronomy and in Nature Conservation as well as a Ph.D. in Wildlife Management. Before joining the Rubicon Foundation in 2014, Szabolcs has worked as Conservation Director for MME/BirdLife Hungary, as European Conservation Manager for BirdLife International and as Senior Technical Officer, Programme Manager and then Head of Biodiversity and Ecological Networks for Wetlands International. He remains engaged with Wetlands International as a Senior Advisor for waterbird monitoring and flyway conservation issues. Szabolcs has a extensive experience with project and programme planning and network development.
Canan Orhun is the Managing Director of Rubicon Foundation since 2006. She has 30 years of experience in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources - including NGO management, NGO institutional assessment and organizational capacity building; participatory approaches to solving environmental problems and conflicts.  She is experienced in project planning, management and evaluation; and coordination of successful funding proposals to major bilateral, multi-lateral and private sector donors and other private and charity sectors.  She worked as Head of European Division at BirdLife International and was the Conservation Director of DHKD (former BirdLife and WWF in Turkey), prior to which she was a Programme Coordinator at the School For Field Studies.  Her other expertise include: Cross-cultural communications; creating links between local-national-regional and international levels; programme start-up;  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) links with biodiversity conservation, strategic planning; team-building; and working with local communities.
Selçuk Ünver is the Webmaster of Rubicon Foundation since 2006. He has a degree from Trakya University Electronics Department.  He has many years of experience in internet programming and since 2012 he has his own company Creanet Biližim. He is passionate about nature and photography.



IPANET - Volunteer Network for the Important Plant Areas in Turkey

AEWA Conservation Status Report

Conserving wild plants and habitats for people in the South and East Mediterranean (IPA-Med)

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