Name: Dr. Sibel SEZER
Institution: REC Turkey
Contact Information: sibel.sezer@rec.org.tr

After graduating from Columbia University as an economics major, Sibel returned to Turkey and finished her MBA at Bilkent University in Ankara, and received her PhD from the Environmental Sciences Institute of Bosphorus University in 2000. In the meantime, she worked at the Global Environment Facility Black Sea Environmental Programme in Istanbul, as an environmental economist. She worked for four years on a range of issues including the feasibility study of establishing a regional environmental fund, the investment portfolios and coordinating regional and national strategic action plans.  She then worked for UNDP as the director of the National Programme on Environment and Development. Her main task was to coordinate the national preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in 2002 as well as to coordinate national preparations to comply with international agreements on climate change and desertification.  She currently works as the director of the Regional Environmental Center (REC) in Turkey and is also a member of the senior management of the REC CEE.  As the director of REC Turkey,  she believes that the role of REC Turkey will be instrumental in attaining the goals of sustainable development in the country. She has generated various project for  REC Turkey and has coordinated and managed them. The primary areas she focuses on are the EU accession process for the environment,  climate change, capacity building of stakeholders, environmental information and by default sustainable development