Prof. Dr. Birol Çetin
Birol Çetin was born in Ankara, child of an ammunition non-commissioned officer, in 1965. He was appointed president of the Turkish Historical Society with the presidential decree on July 23, 2020. He is from Tokat. He finished primary and secondary school in Sivas and high school in Tekirdağ. He graduated from Anadolu University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, the department of Economics in 1986. After receiving M.A and Ph.D. Degree from Istanbul University, the department of Turkish Economy History, he was appointed as a faculty member at Tokat Gaziosmanpaşa University. He served as deputy dean, vice dean, and department head at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, where he was appointed as a founding faculty member.
He entered the profession as foreign trade and investment advisor in Istanbul in 1986, and he served until 1993. Between 1993 and 1999, he worked as a research assistant at Kırıkkale University, the Department of Economic History. Since 2019, he has been working as a professor at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, at Hacı Bayram Veli University.
He worked in Turkish Coordination and Cooperation Agency (TIKA) as deputy coordinator in Montenegro, coordinator Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He worked in the Turkish Coordination and Cooperation Agency (TIKA) as respectively deputy coordinator in Montenegro, and as coordinator Albania, and Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2011. He also worked as vice president of The Balkans, Southeast Asia, Pacific, and Latin America branches of TIKA in 2016.
In addition to his studies based on Ottoman archival documents on the Ottoman war industry history and technology applications, he edited many book chapters in the history of economic thought and economic history, articles published in international and national journals, as well as various journals and books, especially the TIKA Eurasia Studies Journal.
He has a good command of English, intermediate level Serbian and Bosnian, beginner level Albanian, Ottoman Turkish, reading Arabic and Persian. Çetin, a member of the Turkish History of Science Institution and the History of Economics Institution (HES), is married with two children.