Cem Duna


Cem Duna is a member of McLarty Associates’ Board of Counselors. He is based in Turkey.

Ambassador Duna was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to the European Union in 1991 and served until 1995, during which time negotiations for the formation of the Customs Union were conducted under his guidance. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1969 and has served at various diplomatic posts in major cities like Copenhagen, Den Haag, Jeddah, and London.

Ambassador Duna served as the Foreign Affairs Advisor to President Turgut Özal from 1985-1988, when Mr. Özal was Prime Minister of Turkey. He was appointed as the Director General of Turkish Radio and Television from 1988-1989 and was Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Turkey to the United Nations Offices in Geneva, where he was also the Chief Negotiator in the GATT Uruguay Round multilateral trade negotiations between 1989 and 1991.

Ambassador Duna is presently the Chairman of AB Consultancy and Investment Services, a company specializing in EU affairs, foreign direct investments into Turkey, and Turkish investments abroad. He was a member of the Board of the Turkish Industrials and Businessman Association between the years 2001-2007 and is presently Vice Chairman of the high consultative assembly of the same organization. He was also Vice Chairman of the World Wildlife Foundation’s Turkish Chapter and President of the External Relations Committee of the Turkish Football Federation. Amb. Duna is also a member of the Executive Board of the Turkish-British Business Council of the Foreign Economic Relations Board.

He graduated from the Political Sciences Faculty of the University of Ankara and has a Masters degree on the Theory of Economic Integration from the University of Amsterdam.