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  • 12 References 6 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Bulgarian, Turkish
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • External Relations Manager
  • Masters of Public Service and Business Administration
  • From Underwood, North Dakota, USA
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About Me


To reduce negative impacts and create positive ones!


My name is Kellen Utecht and I am from North Dakota (USA). I grew up in the town of Underwood (pop. 700), and I am an American villager. As a result of growing up in a small town, I am always seeking a sense of community no matter where I live. I have been fortunate to find this while serving in the Peace Corps in Sandanski, Bulgaria for two years and also while I attended graduated school in Arkansas. Currently, I living in Istanbul with my beautiful wife, Tugce. We live in Besiktas and I love it because even though Istanbul is a major city, Besiktas is a very vibrant and warm community. It is this search for a sense of community that makes me want to explore and meet more people.


I believe Willy Wonka summed it up best when he said, "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams."

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Normally I try and host people, but currently that is not an option. Hopefully I will be able to soon!


Best part of my trips have been staying with couch surfers.


My main interest at present is learning about the environmental and social impacts of global consumerism. More specifically, I am interested in how to reduce negative impacts that arise in the supply chain of products. Currently, I am doing an internship with WWF-Turkey and am helping them create a plan for engaging the private sector in becoming better stewards of fresh water.

In addition to sustainability work, I enjoy discussions about traveling, music, sports, etc.

  • traveling
  • music
  • surfing
  • sports
  • business
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Books-I enjoy biographies and books on development.

Movies-I really like documentaries.

Music-I am a child of the Grunge movement, but I like everything.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

-I met my wife three years ago while couch surfing in Istanbul, and we were married in Istanbul this past July!
-Living in Bulgaria and serving as a volunteer for two years.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have spent much of my professional career as a business development consultant for the State of North Dakota. I am currently focusing my studies on supply chain sustainability.

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