Secretariat

Berceste Elif DURANAY

Vice Secretary General

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Elif obtained her LL.B. from Bilkent University and holds an LL.M in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution from the Queen Mary University of London. She is still an LL.M student of private law at Ankara University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked in law firms serving many local and foreign energy and mining companies. Afterwards, she served as the in-house legal counsel of one of the biggest conglomerates in Turkey, consisting of companies operating in petroleum (upstream) and gold mining sectors, among other industries. Elif, who has gained experience in international dispute resolution during her career, continues to provide comprehensive legal services with her own law firm to her clients from the energy and mining sectors. She is also the steering committee member of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations and an ambassador of the Arbitrator Intelligence in Turkey.


Dr. Alper ENER

Vice Secretary General

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Dr. Mustafa Alper ENER is a faculty member at Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli (AHBV) University Faculty of Law, Private International Law Department. His academic studies focus on citizenship law, foreigners law, contract law, international trade law, mediation, arbitration and international investment law. He graduated from Başkent University Faculty of Law with full scholarship in 2010. In 2011 he completed his professional training and was an attorney at Ener Law Firm. He was also a researcher at Gazi University Faculty of Law. He successfully completed Columbia Law School Summer Program in American Law in 2012. In 2013 he received his LL.M. degree with the thesis on “Formation of Contract According to CISG” at Gazi University. Dr. ENER studied in Roma La Sapienza University with Erasmus Doctorate Exchange Programme in 2014. He worked as a Senior Non-Key Legal Expert in Ministry of EU Affairs “Services Project” in 2015-2016. Dr. ENER participated in the International Arbitration Training Course offered by Leiden Law School and Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2017. He was a visiting researcher and attended courses at Georgetown Law and School of Foreign Service in 2018-2019. In 2020 he received a PhD in Private Law, with his dissertation “Entry of Foreign Direct Investment in Turkey” at AHBV University. Dr. ENER took part in study visits by several organizations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden and in the UK. He is a board member of United Young Academics. He is a member of Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), Young ICSID, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF).


Tuğçe ERGÜDEN

Vice Secretary General

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She graduated from Bahçeşehir University Faculty of Law. She completed her master’s degree in International Energy Law and Regulation at City, University of London. She won The City Law School Prize in Energy, Sustainability and Security and The City Law School Prize in Low Carbon Energy. Tuğçe Ergüden, who wrote her master’s thesis on the extent to which the Energy Charter Agreement provides the investor states with environmental protection, graduated with high honor. At the same time, she publishes her articles on environmental and energy law in Turkish and English in various magazines, and since 2019 she has been working as a law editor in the London-based China Europe Commercial Collaboration magazine on maritime and commercial law. In addition, Tuğçe Ergüden, has advanced knowledge of English and is also a sworn translator in English-Turkish.


Ömer Faruk KIRBIYIK

Vice Secretary General

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Ömer Faruk Kırbıyık, the founder and managing partner of Kırbıyık Law Firm, graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law. He completed financial analysis, financial management and financial accounting courses at Istanbul University Faculty of Business Administration. He is currently working on the master thesis as part of his master studies on Money, Capital Markets and Financial Institutions at Istanbul University and he holds the Corporate Governance Rating License issued by the Capital Markets Authority and the Capital Market Activities Level 3 License. He has taken active role in the preparation, negotiation, management and dispute resolution process of many contracts in the fields of commercial and corporate law, capital markets, energy law, mergers and acquisitions, investment processes and relations between partnerships.


Aybike KARAHAN GÖKDERE

Vice Secretary General

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Aybike Karahan Gökdere was born in 1990 in Sivas. She completed her undergraduate education at Kırıkkale University Faculty of Law in 2011. During her law internship and continuation process that she started in 2012, she provided legal consultancy services on “Joint Venture” and “Consortium”. She completed her master’s degree in Commercial Law at Ankara University in 2014 with her thesis on “Harmonized Actions in Competition Law” in 2017. She still continues her doctorate education, which she started in the field of Commercial Law at Ankara University in 2017. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on “Insurance General Conditions”. She is working as a research assistant in the field of Commercial Law at İnönü University Faculty of Law.


Bünyamin KARTAL

Vice Secretary General

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Bünyamin Kartal was born in Hatay in 1991. He completed his undergraduate education at Ankara University Faculty of Law and graduated in 2013. He worked as a freelance lawyer until the middle of 2015. Kartal, who is closely interested in energy law, completed his master’s degree in Gazi University Institute of Social Sciences with his thesis on “Resolution of Disputes within the Framework of Energy Charter Agreement and Arbitration of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce”. He wrote articles on Expertise Practices in Energy Law and Jurisdiction Problems in Requests Regarding Energy Charter Agreement. Working on his doctoral thesis on “The Effect of Concordat on Continuous Debt Relations” at Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University Institute of Social Sciences, Kartal is currently working as a research assistant in the Department of Civil Procedure and Enforcement-Bankruptcy Law at İnönü University Faculty of Law.


Suat Cem KUTLAY

Vice Secretary General

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Suat Cem Kutlay graduated from the Faculty of Law, Ankara University in 2015. Mr. Kutlay completed his legal internship in 2016 and in 2019 successfully completed a Master of Laws (LLM) in Energy and Natural Resources Law from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), a member of the prestigious Russel Group Universities, UK. His master’s thesis examined “The Protection of Minority Shareholders in Investor v State Arbitration in the Energy Sector”. He is currently a self employed lawyer registered in the Ankara Bar Association. He is fluent in professional English and his main areas of practice are Contract Law, Corporate and Commercial Law.


Gökberk Kağan ÖZDEMİR

Vice Secretary General

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He graduated from Bilkent University Faculty of Law. He completed his master’s degree on Energy and Arbitration Law at SOAS University of London. He is the founding partner of Özdemir & Özcan Law Firm to continue his career as a self-employed lawyer registered in Ankara Bar Association. He works in the fields of Energy Law, M&A, Contract Law, Sports Law, commercial disputes and national and international arbitration. He is a member of the disciplinary board of Turkey Boxing Federation and a board member in a high-level energy company.