The Institute is delighted to be again partnering with the Defence & Security Forum to present a joint webinar with HE Ambassador Ümit Yalçın, the Turkish Ambassador to London. The Ambassador will discuss Turkish foreign policy in a changing world.
Ambassador Ümit Yalçın was born in Ankara in 1967. He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science, Department of International Relations in 1989.
Ambassador Yalçın joined the foreign service in 1989. He served in the Turkish Consulate General in Rotterdam and in the Turkish Embassies in Baghdad and Moscow.
He was Consul General at the Turkish Consulate General in Plovdiv from 2005 to 2009 andConsul General at the Turkish Consulate General in Dubai from 2009 to 2012. He also served in different political departments in the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 2012 and served as Ambassador of Turkey to Kuwait.
Ambassador Yalçın held the positions of Director General for Bilateral Political Affairs and Deputy Undersecretary for Bilateral Political Affairsat the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His portfolio covered North Africa & Middle East and Asia-Pacific. He was appointed as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 2016. He held this role until August 2018.
Since 1 October 2018, he has been serving as the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Ambassador Ümit Yalçın is married to Mrs. Gül Yalçın. They have one son.
The Defence and Security Forum was founded by Lady Olga Maitland in 1983. It was originally a campaigning organisation known as Families for Defence launched to challenge the anti-nuclear protest movements such as CND. Families for Defence’s remit was to promote the NATO case for multilateral nuclear disarmament. In the course of doing so the purpose was to focus on the importance of a proper provision for the defence of the United Kingdom. More details on the Defence & Security Forum can be found here