Dr. Halil Yurdakul Yigitgüden
Halil Yurdakul Yigitgüden from Turkey assumed the post of Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities on 1 February 2013.
Yigitgüden served from 1997-2003 as the Under-Secretary of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, responsible for energy, water and mining policy. He took a leadership role in Caspian region energy diplomacy and in implementing energy market reforms.
From 1995-1997 he held the position of CEO of Fenis Holding in Istanbul. Prior to that, he served as Chairman and Director General of the State Airports and Air Traffic Authority (1992-94), as Deputy Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (1991-92), as Vice-President of the mining, chemicals and banking Group Etibank (1989-91) and as Group Manager for Investment Promotion at the Turkish State Planning Organization (1987-89).
Most recently Yigitgüden was a consultant on energy economics, energy efficiency, renewable energy and caspian geopolitics and board member of the steel pipe manufacturer Borusan Mannesman.
Yigitgüden is an Eisenhower Fellow and holds a diploma and doctoral degree in engineering from RWTH Aachen University. He has published numerous articles on energy security and energy economics.