AYSEL KANDEMİR

Director General of Communications, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

Graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1993. She received master degree in Information Technology Law at Hacettepe University Faculty of Law and had training on communication at Cable and Wireless College in England and the University of Colorado in the United States. In 2004, he completed the MBA Powerpack-Short-Term MBA for Executives Program at Global Resources, USA.

She started her career in 1993 at the General Directorate of PTT. Between 1994 and 2000, she worked as an engineer and chief engineer in the Cable Systems Group Chief Engineering at Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. and took part in the management and technical committees of large-scale international submarine fiber optic projects.

In 2000, she took part in the establishment phase of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority-BTK (formerly the Telecommunication Authority) and the first regulatory studies in electronic communications sector on authorization, numbering, number portability, concession agreements. She participated in OECD Regulatory Reform Turkiye project and received certificate of appreciation from Prime Ministry for outstanding work carried out.

Her expert thesis is on numbering and number portability and she leaded number portability  implementation in Türkiye. Regulation and implementation of mobile number portability in Türkiye is considered as best practice in Europe.

She participated numerous conferences and meetings as the head of the delegation and panelist. Chaired relevant works for harmonization EU Acquis in national accession program as EU Candidate Country. She leaded drafting various regulations in ICT sector and implementing rules and procedures.

Between 2010 and 2014, she served as a rapporteur in the Telecommunications Development Sector of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (UN ITU) based in Geneva. In 2016, she was elected as the Vice Chairman of the ITU-T Working Group at the UN ITU World Telecommunication Standardization General Assembly held in Tunisia.

In 2015, she was appointed as the Head of BTK Consumer Right Department. In 2016, she served as the Vice President of the BTK responsible for all regional offices.  On August 1, 2017, she was appointed as the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies. She chaired the preparation and adoption of Turkey’s 4 year Strategy and Implementation Plan for Women Empowerment. (ICT Strategy for Women Empowerment) and pioneered the Empowerment of Girls in ICT and STEM.

Between August 2018 and November 2023, she continued to serve as the Vice President of the BTK. Since November 10, 2023, she has been working as Director General for Communications at the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

She has good command of English and intermediate level of French.

She married with two daughters.