Sinan Ulgen graduated in 1987 from the University of Virginia with a double major in computer sciences and economics. He undertook graduate studies at the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium where he received, in 1990, a master’s degree in European economic integration. He then joined the Turkish Foreign Service as a career diplomat and worked for two years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara at the United Nations desk. In 1992, he was posted to the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union in Brussels where he became a member of the Turkish negotiations team for the Turkey-EU Customs Union.  In 1996, Ulgen was posted to the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli where he spent the rest of the year.  Upon his return to Ankara, Mr. Ulgen resigned from the Foreign Service and started his consultancy practice. He is the author of numerous publications including a book entitled “The European transformation of modern Turkey” co-authored with Kemal Dervis in 2004 and a recent book entitled “Handbook of EU negotiations”. He is a regular contributor to Turkish dailies and his opinion pieces have also been published by international media such as The International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, European Voice and Le Figaro as well as think tanks such as the World Economic Forum, Center for European Reform, Center for European Policy Studies and the Atlantic Council of the US. A founding partner of Istanbul Economics, he is also the chairman of the think tank Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies.