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Yurdakul Yigitgüden

Consultant, (F) Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, (F) Under-Secretary of Energy and Natural Resources at Ministry of Energy Turkey

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Dr. Halil Yurdakul Yiğitgüden since May 2017 Yiğitgüden serves as an international energy consultant based in Turkey.

From February 2013 until April 2017 Dr. Yurdakul Yiğitgüden was the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities in Vienna. He promoted OSCE activities in the areas of good governance, transport and trade facilitation, labour migration, energy security, trans-boundary water cooperation, climate change, disaster risk reduction and hazardous waste management.

From 2003-2012 Yiğitgüden was a consultant on energy economics, energy efficiency, renewable energy and caspian geopolitics. He was also non-executive board member of the steel pipe manufacturer BMB (2007-2013) and the renewable electricity producer BorusanEnBW (2008-2012) in Istanbul.

Yiğitgüden 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).

Yiğitgüden 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.

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