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IACIPP hires Ayhan Gücüyener as Regional Director for Caspian and Central/East Asia

Published on 7 September 2016
Ayhan has worked at HASEN (Hazar Strategy Institute)’s Centre on Foreign Policy and Security as a researcher from September 2013 to July 2016
Ayhan has attended numerous international organisations as a lecturer or speaker

The International Association of Critical Infrastructure Protection Professionals (IACIPP) announces the appointment of Ayhan Gücüyener as the new Regional Director for the Caspian and Central/East Asia.

Ayhan was formerly a researcher for the Centre on Foreign Policy and Security in Hazar Strategy Institute (HASEN); Coordinator CIPALERT (Critical Infrastructure Protection Alert) Platform.

Educational background

Ayhan received undergraduate education in Galatasaray University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Relations between 2006 and 2012 in French. During her education, she went to IEP Bordeaux, France as an Erasmus exchange Student in the fall term of the 2009-2010 academic years. She completed her education with a thesis on “La Participation des Pays Emergents dans la Gouvernance Economique Mondiale après la Crise de 2008” (Participation of Emerging Economies to Global Economic Governance after the 2008 Crisis). She finalised her graduate education in Bilgi University Department of International Political Economy with the thesis on “Political Economy of Turkish Azerbaijani Energy Relations”.

Past work experience

Ayhan has worked at HASEN (Hazar Strategy Institute)’s Centre on Foreign Policy and Security as a researcher from September 2013 to July 2016. Also, she was coordinating CIPALERT Platform launched in 2015 by HASEN during June 2015-July 2016. She is one of the co-authors of the handbook of “Critical Energy Infrastructure Security” released by Hazar Strategy Institute in 2015 and she was technical editor of the edited volume on “Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Security Policies”. She has attended numerous international organisations as a lecturer or speaker. She was also co-director and lecturer in the “CIP against Terrorist Attacks” training course organised by COE-DAT (NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism) and HASEN in November 2015. Currently, she is active in IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)’s cyber/computer security working groups. In addition, she is a member of Bosphorus Energy Club’s Young Energy Leaders Program and previous lecturer in the Global Cyber Security (CS) Alumni Community of Interest (COI) by George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Germany. Ayhan Gücüyener is fluent in French and English.


Her areas of expertise include Critical Infrastructure and Resilience, Crisis Management and Mitigation in Critical Infrastructure Protection, Pipeline Protection, Physical and Cyber Security of Critical Infrastructures, Information Sharing for Cyber Security, Political Economy of Cyber Security, Cyber Security in International Relations, Political Economy of Energy, Geopolitics of Energy, Energy Security, Politics of Energy in Caucasus and Caspian Region.

John Donlon QPM Chairman of the IACIPP said: “I am delighted that Ayhan has taken up a position as Regional Director with us. We are building an international team of professionals who we believe will be of great assistance to the world of infrastructure protection in the future and Ayhan makes a great addition to that team. Ayhan will lead a new Working Group on focusing on Critical Energy Infrastructure.”

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