Sinan Ülgen graduated in 1987 from the University of Virginia with a double major in computer sciences and economics. He undertook graduate studies at the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium where he received, in 1990, a master’s degree in European economic integration. He then joined the Turkish Foreign Service as a career diplomat. In 1992, he was posted to the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union in Brussels where he became part of the team that negotiated the Turkey-EU customs union. He then served at the Turkish embassy in Tripoli. Ulgen is currently the chairman of the Istanbul based think tank, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM). His research and opinion pieces have been published by the Center for European Policy Studies, Center for European Reform, the Atlantic Council, German Marshall Fund, Brookings and the World Economic Forum as well as newspapers such as Le Figaro, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, European Voice and the International Herald Tribune. He is also the co-author of a book on Turkey-EU relations with Kemal Dervis. Ulgen is also a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels.