Graduate, Faculty of Law, Ankara University. Former Member of Parliament from Istanbul; served as Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Turkey-USA Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Caucus; served as Co-Chairman, Turkish-Russian Civic Forum. Nearly 40 years with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including: Vice-Consul, Consulate General, Stuttgart; First Secretary, Embassy in Baghdad; Undersecretary, Permanent Representation to the OECD; Consul General, New York; Ambassador, Bucharest; Permanent Representative of Turkey to the EU. Also served as: Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Turgut Özal; Chief of Cabinet and Chief Foreign Policy Adviser to President Turgut Özal and President Süleyman Demirel; Deputy Secretary-General for EU Affairs; Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of EU Affairs; Secretary-General for EU Affairs. August 2014, appointed Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator of the 62nd Government. Recipient: Order of the Star of Romania; Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.