Mr. Mehmet Özöktem was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1982.
He graduated from Middle East Technical University in Ankara in 2005 with a BA Degree in International Relations. Following that, he was granted the Jean Monnet Scholarship and obtained his Master’s Degree at Maastricht University at the Faculty of European Studies in 2006. His Master’s dissertation was on ‘Turkey-EU Relations in Security and Defense Perspective’.
Upon completion of his academic work, Mr. Özöktem joined the Turkish Foreign Ministry as Attaché in 2006. He worked at the General Directorate for International Security and NATO Affairs, between 2006 and 2009, where he was in charge of NATO Operations and Exercises, as well as European Security and Defense Policy. In 2009, he was posted to the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad as Third Secretary. He was responsible for bilateral political and security relations and the fight against terrorism. In 2011, Mr. Özöktem was posted to the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN as Second Secretary and has later acquired the title of First Secretary. Upon assuming his post at the Turkish Mission, he has been mainly in charge of Iraq, Iran (Political Affairs and Nuclear File), UN Reform and the UN Alliance of Civilizations.
Mr. Özöktem is currently tasked with the role of Advisor to the President of the General Assembly on Fourth Committee Affairs, UN Reform, Mediation, and Alliance of Civiliazations.
Contact information is as follows:
Phone: 917 367-5341
E-mail: ozoktem @un.org