Wed, May 15, 2019

EU-Turkey relations and the migration conundrum: where does the EU-Turkey Statement stand after three years?

After more than a million Syrian refugees reached Europe primarily via the Turkey–Greece sea route and dispersed throughout the continent in 2015, Turkey and the European Union (EU) began a close cooperation to stem the influx of refugees and signed the EU–Turkey statement on March 18, 2016.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

European Union Migration

Wed, Feb 27, 2019

New regional gas market dynamics under LNG expansion and the shale gas revolution

Recent global and regional developments driving changes in regional natural gas markets as well as future trends have been discussed at the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY Program’s conference held in Istanbul on “New Regional Gas Market Dynamics under LNG Expansion and Shale Gas Revolution”. The conference gathered high-level representatives of the public and private sectors […]

Event Recap by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Turkey’s renewable investment outlook: renewable energy and new technologies

On December 19th, the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY and the World Energy Council Turkey convened a high-level event on the outlook for renewable energy investment in Turkey. The half-day event, which featured a diverse set of international experts and energy sector leaders, was focused on taking stock of Turkey’s experience to-date in deploying renewable energy, […]

Event Recap by David Livingston

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Defne Sadıklar Arslan is the Director of the Atlantic Council in Turkey program, the Council’s Turkey office, and its flagship event: the Istanbul Summit. Mrs. Arslan also serves as the Council’s regional representative with a specific focus on Turkey. Arslan launched the Council’s first office in the region in May 2015.

Arslan, a reputable economist, joined the US government in the US Embassy Ankara in 1997 as a senior economist responsible for monitoring the International Monetary Fund/World Bank programs, where later she was promoted to chief Turkey economist and senior adviser on Turkey. In addition to her expertise as an economist, Arslan has since added the energy sector, including energy policy, to her responsibilities, where she has worked with key interlocutors on local and regional energy policies, including relations with the Southern energy corridor.

Arslan started her career as a banker in Istanbul, where she successfully launched the early operations of Koc-American Bank, then a joint venture of American Express and Koc Bank. She also worked as a project finance coordinator for the Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA), the Turkish developmeny agency, from 1993-1997.

After having started her earlier education in Tokyo, Arslan completed an MBA and an MA in banking and finance. She also received a BSc degree in economics from Middle East Technical University. She has been awarded with several grants and awards throughout her career and education.

Arslan speaks fluent English, Turkish, and Italian, and some French and Japanese.