Independent, World citizen, and Activist in İstanbul, Türkiye
Arda Karapınar is an activist, NGO manager and politician since 2010, has been a director, project coordinator, board member, chairperson and founder. Karapınar is also a member of some International level organizations like; European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), International AIDS Society (IAS), Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group (ALDE).
In 2016, he founded the association of HIV activism named Kırmızı Kurdele Istanbul (Red Ribbon Istanbul) and he assumed the presidency of the association. Arda Karapınar also represents community of PLHIV in Turkey and Kırmızı Kurdele Istanbul (Red Ribbon Istanbul) in the media and in high level national and international meetings like IAS2017, EACS2017, AIDS2018.
Turkey's first HIV positive story book, which he designed the project in 2014, was written by him together with the bestseller writers Bana Bi'Şey Olmaz (Nothing Happens to Me). In 2015, he took on the editorial role of 'Pride', the first fanzine of Turkey’s LGBTI+ pride march history.
In 2017, as guest-honour speaker he gaved opening speech for 10th anniversary of Antwerp (Belgium) Pride.
He take leadership to establish TKCAB (Turkish HIV Community Advisory Board) and wrote Turkey's joint declaration for WAD, December 1st, 2017 and 2018
Karapınar who studied acting (click for his acting website) has been involved in numerous TV series in Turkey, and has made DVD dubbing.
He completed the NGO Management and Advocacy program at Bilgi University and currently studying on philosophy at Istanbul University.
In 2015, he became a deputy candidate on 2nd place from Turkey's only Liberal political party, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and elected as the VP in 2017.
In 2018 he graduate leadership program #IVLP in USA as a guest of the State Department.
In 2019 he gaved a speech at European Parliament about Turkey's HIV story as one of the most successful activist of The Republic of Turkey.