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Volkan Özdemir
Director at ATA Platform


Dr Volkan Özdemir is the Director of the Institute of Energy Markets and Policies (EPPEN), an energy think tank based in Ankara, Republic of Turkey. He is an expert on Russian, Caspian, Turkish energy markets and gas trade, pricing and geopolitics. Dr. Özdemir has a PhD in economics obtained in 2013 from the Moscow State University of International Relations (better known by its Russian acronym of MGIMO). The award of his Doctorate followed in depth research on the interconnected topics of the international gas markets and the economic aspects of the Russian-Turkish gas trade. Dr. Özdemir has also worked with the Turkish Prime Ministry Under-secretariat for Foreign Trade, Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, as well as with BOTAŞ, the Turkish state pipeline corporation.