Ambassador Mithat RENDE took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Turkey to the OECD on 12 November 2013.
Mr. Rende was born in 1953 in Antakya, Turkey. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Ankara. Mr. Rende also completed the NATO Defence College in Rome in 1984, and the postgraduate programme of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London on security and international relations in 2000.
Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Rende served as Turkey’s Ambassador to the State of Qatar. Previous assignments included diplomatic postings in Damascus, Rome, Brussels (NATO), Sofia, Vienna (OSCE) and London. While in London, he also served as the Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey to the International Maritime Organization. In the course of his work, Mr. Rende is one of the Lecturers on bilateral and multilateral negotiations techniques at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomacy Academy. He chaired numerous meetings and working groups at international organisations and institutions. Between 2005 and 2008 he chaired the Trade and Transit Group of the Energy Charter Treaty in Brussels. Mr. Rende, whose articles appear in various academic publications, speaks regularly at universities, think-tanks and conferences inside and outside Turkey.
From 2009 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Turkey to the OECD, Mr. Rende was Director General for Multilateral Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara. He was the Chief Climate Change Negotiator of Turkey, the Turkish Point of Contact to the UN Panel of Inquiry established by the UN Secretary General on the Humanitarian Aid Convoy Incident and member of the Turkish Nuclear Energy Commission.
Mr. Mithat Rende is married to Ms. Sibel Rende and they have two children.