Kyiv Security Forum


President of Ankara Policy Centre, Turkey

Ünal Çeviköz is a former Turkish diplomat who retired from Government service in September 2014. He began his career as second secretary at the Turkish embassy in Moscow in 1981. He served as the chief of section at the East European Department of the MFA, later as counselor of the Turkish embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1989, he was detached from the MFA to work in NATO’s International Secretariat, first at the Economics Directorate and then the Political Directorate as an East European expert. In 1994, he was commissioned with launching the NATO Information Office in Moscow, after which he prepared the NATO-Russia Founding Act. On return to the MFA in 1997, Mr. Çeviköz worked as the head of the Balkan Department and then as the deputy director general for Caucasus and Central Asia. He has served as the Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan (2001-2004), to Iraq (2004-2006) and to the United Kingdom (2010-2014).

He was also the deputy undersecretary for bilateral political affairs at the Turkish MFA from 2007 to 2010 and prepared the protocols signed between Turkey and Armenia.

Currently Mr. Çeviköz is the President of Ankara Policy Centre.