Upon graduating from the Geological Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey in 1976, Volkan Ş. Ediger went on to receive his MS degree from the same university and his PhD degree from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in State College in the USA as a summa cum laude graduate.
Prof. Ediger's professional career has been shaped by his research, teaching, and consultancy work which has been carried out at the university and governmental levels and also in industry. His industrial experience was gained primarily from participating, directing, and advising several domestic and international R&D projects from 1977 to 1998 at the Research Center of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO). Between 1998 and 2010, he was the first person to hold the newly created position of Energy Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey, where he had the chance to work with three successive presidents. He started his academic career as a teaching assistant at METU in 1976-1977 and continued as a research/teaching assistant and laboratory coordinator at PSU between 1982 and 1985. Later he taught courses and supervised graduate theses at METU between 1987 and 2010. In 2010, Prof. Ediger received his professorship in energy economics at the İzmir University of Economics, where he also served as Director of Research and Graduate Policies, and he directed a master's and a certificate program on energy. Since August of 2011, he has been the Coordinator of Strategy Development and Research and the head of the Department of Energy Systems Engineering at Kadir Has University.
Volkan Ş. Ediger holds several distinguished awards, including the Turkish Journalist Association's Sedat Simavi Social Sciences Award for his book entitled Neft and Petroleum in the Ottoman Empire, METU's Best Thesis Supervisor Award in 2006, and the Turkish Association of Petroleum Geologists' Cevat Eyüp Taşman Award in 2007, which was granted for the first time that year. He also has served as the president, executive member, commission and committee member, and representative at several scientific societies and NGOs including the World Energy Council Turkish National Committee, the International Association for Energy Economics, the Turkish Association for Energy Economics, and the Turkish Council of Foreign Relations. He is also the referee, editor, evaluator and scientific committee member of several national and international scientific-technical publications such as Energy Policy, Energy Conversion and Management, Energy Economics, ComptesRendu and the JSSM Journal of Service Science and Management. Ediger also holds the office of founding president of ENIVA, Turkey’s first NGO in the field of energy and climate change.
After graduating from the Department of International Relations and European Union at Izmir University of Economics, she continued her studies with the Master’s Programme in International Relations at Dokuz Eylül University. In her MA thesis, Durmaz conducts an interdisciplinary study on the energy transit relations between Russia and the European Union within the scope of Energy Charter Process. She has been working in the Strategy and Development Office since July 2014.