Turkish Member Committee

Website: http://www.dektmk.org.tr

The Turkish National Committee of the World Energy Council (DEK-TMK) was established in 1949. The Committee is a nongovernmental civil society and presently has 265 registered members, composed of energy related industries, universities, civil societies and individual citizens. The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and Ministry of Environment is also a member of the Committee. The executive board of the Committee is elected by the General Assembly held each three years. Through organizing working groups, The National Committee works on critical domestic energy issues and following global energy developments, prepares reports and views to the policy makers and tries to develop a public awareness.

Chair: Süreyya Yücel Özden


Mr Süreyya Yücel Özden has 45 years of experience in Turkey’s industrial and engineering sectors. He currently serves as the Chief Advisor of the Board of Directors of GAMA HOLDİNG, one of Turkey’s largest general contracting companies specialised in power plant and facilities. He has also been the Chairman of the Board of the Turkish National Committee of the WEC since 2005. Mr Özden was the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transportation between 1997- 2000, during which time he was also the Chairman of Türk Telekom. He was Chairman of the Board and General Director of The Turkish State Monopolies (TEKEL) from 1984-1991 after which he served as Deputy Undersecretary in the Ministry of Finance until 1992. Prior to joining Gama Endüstri, he acted as the Chairman of the Board and General Director of the Turkish Nitrogen Industries Corp. (1978 – 1983) (TUGSAŞ). Between 1967-1978 he served as the Director of the State Planning Organisation in the Prime Ministry. Prior to this he served in the military for 2 years. During his early career, Mr Özden worked at the U.S. International Engineering Corporation (IECO) and the U.S. Corps of Engineers (TUSEG). He holds two Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering, one from the Imperial College London, and the other from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, where he also received his Bachelor of Science degree.

Secretary: Yahya Kemal Kıran


Mr Yahya Kemal Kıran holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technologies from the Technical University of Istanbul, ITU (1980-1984). He also holds a Master of Engineering (MEng), Computer Engineering from Gebze Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü (1995–1997). Mr Kıran has had a diverse career and has 30 years of experience across government and private sectors. Sample Project on Energy R&D: Coal Gasification and Gas Cleaning Systems Project: February 2008 – July 2011 Since October 2012, Mr Kıran currently has held the position of General Manager at BİRECİK A.Ş. Prioir to this he was an R&D and Business Dev. Specialist for ZORLU ENERJI (April 2005 – June 2012) and a Senior Researcher at TÜBİTAK MAM Enerji Enstitüsü (April 2004 – April 2005). He also spent over 8 years in the position of Research Manager at the Ministry of National Defence of Turkey (July 1995 – April 2004). Worked at Research-Development & Technology Department as Project Engineer/Manager at Aerospace Office for some of National and International projects which are Space Satellite Research and Development Study, Representative in the Project Management Groups (MGs) of Western European Armament Group (WEAG). He has been awarded with the “