Mr. Hakan Karatas, who has an Industrial Engineering degree is the Director for International Cooperation at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) since May 2014.

Before, he worked as the Head of Information and Communication Technologies Department at the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities of the Prime Ministry between October 2012 and May 2014.

Mr. KARATAŞ has also served as an expert of European Union Affairs at the Ministry for EU Affairs. He also coordinated and leaded several EU FP 7 projects and took part as the head of various events such as the National Launch Event for Horizon 2020 and International ERC Conference in Turkey.