CTC Chairman Biographical Note
Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan was appointed as the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations in August 2009.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Apakan served as the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey from December 2006 until August 2009, and as Deputy Under-Secretary for Bilateral Political Affairs from 2004 to 2006. From 2000, he was Director General for Bilateral Political Affairs.
Having joined the Foreign Ministry in 1971, Mr. Apakan served as the Second Secretary in the General Directorate of Political Affairs (1975), Head of Section in the Department of Middle East and Africa (1980), and Head of the Department of Bilateral Economic Relations (1987). He also served overseas as Second Secretary at the Embassy in Vienna (1975), First Secretary in Kuwait (1978) and Counsellor of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations Geneva Office (1982).
In 1992, he was appointed as Deputy Director General for Cyprus and Greece in the Foreign Ministry, and in 1996 he was appointed as Ambassador in northern Cyprus.
Mr. Apakan received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Ankara University and earned a master’s degree in economics at the Aegean University in Izmir, Turkey, in 1970.
Born in Bornova-Izmir, Turkey, in 1947, he is married with two children.