Ambassador Mehmet Fatih Ceylan retired from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) after almost forty years in February 2019. He dedicated a total of twenty years of his career to international security and defense matters and excelled in NATO affairs.
Prior to his service at NATO between 2013-2018, Ambassador Ceylan served as the Deputy Undersecretary for Bilateral Political Affairs between September 2010-September 2013. As the senior Undersecretary, he was in charge of bilateral political affairs for Asia, Eastern Europe, Caucus, Central Asia and Northeast Mediterranean, Cyprus, Greek and Maritime and Aviation Affairs, and International Security and Defense Affairs . He became Ambassador to Sudan from 2006 until 2009.
His service as Deputy Director General at NATO Department from 2004 until 2006, Head of NATO Department from 2002 until 2004, Deputy Permanent Representative at WEU and the EU in charge of security and defense matters from 2000 until 2002, and his successive appointments right before and after the end of the Cold War as the First Secretary at NATO Military Affairs Department from 1988 until 1990 and as the First Secretary and Defense Counsellor at the Turkish Permanent Mission to NATO from 1990 to 1995 concretely contributed to his vast knowledge and experience in the fields of security and defense.
Ambassador Ceylan was born on October 6, 1957. He earned B.A. in Political Science from University of Ankara, and received his M.A. degree in International Relations from Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA). He speaks English and Turkish.