Mercan Becomes new Turkish Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Hasan Murat Mercan has been appointed as Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. with a presidential decree issued on the Official Gazette on December 8th. Mercan was serving as Turkish Ambassador to Japan since 2017. Ambassador Serdar Kilic, who has served as the Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. since 2014, has been reposted to headquarters in Ankara.

Who is Ambassador Hasan Murat Mercan?
-Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Japan (November 2017-)
-Chairman, World Energy Council Turkish National Committee (April 2014 — April 2017)
-Deputy Minister of Energy (Feb.2012 — Sept. 2014)
-Deputy for Eskişehir, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (2007- 2011)
-Deputy for Eskişehir, Chairman of the Turkish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Interparliamentary European Defense and Security Assembly, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2002–2007)
-Member of the Justice and Development Party Central Decision Making and Administrative Board (2001–2009)
-Vice-President of the Party responsible from Advertisement and Media (2001–2005)
-Founding Member of the Justice and Development Party

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
-Associate Professor, Department of Management, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (1995- 2004)
-Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (1992–1995)
-Assistant Professor, Department of Quantitative Business Analysis, Cleveland State University (1989–1992)
-Teaching Assistant, Department of Decision and Information Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (1985–1989)
-Instructor and Researcher, Department of Industrial Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey (1981–1985)
-Teaching Assistant, Department of Industrial Engineering, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey (1981)
-Published articles in several periodicals and papers

EDUCATION
-University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Ph.D.in Decision and Information Sciences, December, 1989
-Boğaziçi University-İstanbul, Turkey
M.S in Industrial Engineering, March, 1984
B.S in Industrial Engineering, June, 1981
-Eskişehir Anatolian High School, 1970–1977

ORDERS AND ACADEMIC HONORARY TITLES
-Hiroshima University Honorary Doctorate, 01.12.2018
-Order of the Star of Solidarity of Italy, 18.03.2010

OTHER APPOINTMENTS
Yunus Demirer as ambassador to Slovakia
Hatun Demirer as the Permanent Representative of Turkey to OSCE
Ali Rıza Güney as ambassador to Iraq
Barış Ulusoy as ambassador to Lebanon
Burçin Gönenli as ambassador to Singapore
Turgay Tuncer as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates,
Zafer Ateş as ambassador to Mongolia
Volkan Işıkçı as ambassador to Cameroon.
Başar Şen as ambassador to Berlin
Refik Ali Onaner as ambassador to Paris
Ömer Gücük as ambassador to Rome
Burak Akçapar as ambassador to Madrid,
Hakan Olcay as ambassador to Dublin
Ahmet Demirok as ambassador to Baku
Korkut Güngen as ambassador to Tokyo
Hüseyin Müftüoğlu as ambassador to Uruguay
Munis Dirik as ambassador to Congo
Serhat Aksan as ambassador to Paraguay
Fırat Sunel as ambassador to India
Esin Çakıl as ambassador to Bahrain
Vehbi Esgel Etensel as ambassador to Cuba,
Volkan Türk Vural as ambassador to Guinea
Ledibe Gülhan Ulutekin as ambassador to Panama
Adnan Keçeci as ambassador to Morocco
Hüseyin Avni Aksoy as ambassador to Mozambique
Ömer Ünsoy as ambassador to New Zealand
Mustafa Pulat as ambassador to Yemen
Nilgün Arı as ambassador to Burkina Faso.

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