Speakers and Bios

Erdoğan İşcan 

Erdoğan İşcan is a retired ambassador. He has been elected as Member of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UN CAT) for the term 2020-2023. He is also teaching at Istanbul Kültür University.

He studied political science, international relations and international law at the Middle East Technical University. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in October 1978 and, having served over 40 years in diplomacy, retired in April 2019. His career has been overwhelmingly devoted to multilateral diplomacy. He gained extensive insight on international organisations, human rights and humanitarian law as well as international security issues including counter-terrorism.

He served as Ambassador to Ukraine (2005-2009), Ambassador to South Korea -also accredited to North Korea- (2009-2011) and lastly as Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg (2014-2018). Previous posts include Geneva (UN Office), London, Bonn, Vienna (arms control negotiations), Frankfurt and Doha.

He held senior positions in Ankara as Deputy Undersecretary for general political affairs, Director General for multilateral political affairs and Director for the CoE and human rights. He also held several international positions in his independent capacity.

Erdoğan İşcan