Former Secretary General

Ambassador Halil AKINCI
Former Secretary General of the Turkic Council
Term of Office between September 2010 – September 2014

Halil Akinci was born in 1945 in Ula, Muğla, Turkey. He graduated from Izmir College and in 1967 from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Foreign Relations. Mr. Akinci served in different positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. Between January 1980 and March 1989 he worked at the NATO secretariat, Brussels, as an administrator dealing with the Soviet Union. He served in Moscow in different capacities as First Secretary, Minister Counselor and Ambassador three times. While he was the Minister Counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow, he also headed the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) Permanent Mission to Georgia, which was the first regional mission of CSCE, between December 1992 and May 1993. Mr. Akinci served as Turkish Ambassador to Ljubljana, New Delhi and Moscow.  
In September 2010, Ambassador Akinci was appointed by Presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey, as the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States.

As  a renown expert on Soviet and post-Soviet Eurasia, he participated in many scientific meetings and conferences on Soviet Union, Russia, Central Asian Countries, the Caucasus and India between 1975 and 2010. He lectured at various military academies and universities of the member countries while working at NATO. Ambassador Akinci authored several articles on Central Asia, the Caucasus, Black Sea region, Afghanistan and India. He recently edited Mansura Haidar’s book Indo-Turkish Architecture and contributed to it an article entitled Turks and India, India and Turkey.
In December 2010, he received “Bureaucrat with Strategic Vision of 2010 Award”, presented to him by the Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM).

Ambassador Akinci is an Honorary Professor at the Eurasian University, Astana, Kazakhstan.

Mr. Akıncı is continuing as Advisor at the Turkic Council Secretariat for one year until September 2015.