Ahmet Üzümcü - Keynote Speaker

Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü is Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and a career diplomat with vast experience in multilateral diplomacy and disarmament and non-proliferation issues.

Prior to his appointment as Director-General of the OPCW in December 2009, he was Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations in Geneva, where he chaired the Conference on Disarmament in March 2008.

Ambassador Üzümcü has also served as Deputy Undersecretary of State for Bilateral Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, as Turkey’s Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and as Ambassador of Turkey to Israel, in addition to earlier postings to NATO, Aleppo and Vienna. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Ankara University and speaks English and French fluently.

Ambassador Üzümcü received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the OPCW in December 2013.