İLTER TÜRKMEN

(Ret. Minister-Ambassador)

Mr. Türkmen was born in Istanbul in 1927. He is the graduate of Galatasaray High School and Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Sciences.


He has worked in a wide-range of positions both in Turkey and abroad. Between 1961 and1964, he worked as an undersecretary at Turkey’s embassy in Washington, and in 1964-1968, he served as a general manager and deputy secretary general at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1968 and 1972, Mr. Türkmen served as Turkey’s ambassador to Athens, and in 1972-1975, as Turkey’s permanent representative to the United Nations. He also worked as a deputy secretary general at the United Nations in 1979-1980, as the Turkish Foreign Minister in 1980-1983, and as Turkey’s permanent representative to the United Nations in 1984-1988. During 1988-1991, Türkmen served as Turkey’s ambassador to Paris and between 1991-1996 he worked as a deputy secretary general at the United Nations Organization. He’s also worked as a general commissioner at the United Nations Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees. Currently, he writes for Hürriyet, a Turkish daily newspaper, and is the president of the Foreign Policy and Defense Group within the Foundation for Middle East and Balkans Studies (OBIV).


İlter Türkmen also speaks French and English and is married to Prof. Füsun Türkmen, who is one of the academic members at Galatasaray University’s Department of International Relations.