Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Turkey's Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa

10 September 2015 - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Istanbul, Turkey


Speakers include:

Dr Kemal Ökem, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
Aykut Kumbaroğlu, Deputy Director General of Africa Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey
Ambassador David Shinn, Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Author, Turkey’s Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa: Shifting Alliances and Strategic Diversification
HE Abdullahi Mohamed Ali, Ambassador, Embassy of Somali Federal Republic
Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies & International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Dr Fuat Keyman, Director, Istanbul Policy Center
Professor Bülent Aras, Coordinator, Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream, Istanbul Policy Center
Ali Koray Erden, Head, International Loans Department, Türk Eximbank
Zeynep Harezi, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Karadeniz Holding
Dr Kani Torun, CEO, Doctors Worldwide; Turkish Ambassador to Somalia (2011-14)



Since 2005, Turkish engagement in sub-Saharan Africa has risen exponentially. As Turkey seeks to diversify its partner base and extend its international influence, Ankara’s economic, strategic and diplomatic interests in the region have become a significant element of Turkey’s global agenda. The continent’s emerging markets and resource wealth are seen as key engines for Turkish growth. 

This event will bring together expert speakers from business, government, academia and international organizations to explore Turkey’s strategic engagement in sub-Saharan Africa, its aid and humanitarian footprint, business links and the role that education plays in Turkey-Africa relations.

This event is hosted together with Coventry University’s African Studies Centre and Sabanci University’s Istanbul Policy Center. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

Event documents