Prof. Abdulkadir Ates graduated from Ankara University in Turkey with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and continued his education in the United States. He earned his PhD in economic development planning from GSPIA in 1974, and wrote his dissertation on “Regional Analysis Methods and a Developing Country: An Application of Integrated Regional Analysis Method in the Western Black Sea Region of Turkey.” After completing his PhD, he served as a docent at Hacettepe University in Turkey and a professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh. Ates entered politics in 1987 when he won a seat in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey as a member of parliament from Gaziantep. He quickly rose through the government’s leadership ranks, becoming minister of tourism from 1991-94. In this position, he negotiated a treaty promoting tourism between Turkey and Israel. From 1995-96, Ates also served as minister of state for the ruling Social Democrat People’s and Republican People’s Party. In addition to his role as a member of the Turkish parliament, Ates has served as Turkey’s representative to various European organizations. From 2002-08, he was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and was elected chairman of the Political Affairs Committee and vice chair of the Socialist Group. As a member of PACE, he served on a 2004 pre-electorate mission to Ukraine in advance of that country’s presidential elections. Additionally, he worked tirelessly to promote a democratic Kazakhstan by facilitating discussions between its government and opposition leaders. He is also a member of the Turkish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union (WEU). During his work at PACE and the Western European Union Assembly, Ates tabled many resolutions and recommendations with the European institutions. His role in Turkish and European politics led him to participate at various national and international meetings as a speaker and moderator. In recognition of his service, Ates has been designated an honorary associate of PACE.