Volkan Kahraman was born in 1993 in Ankara. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Bilkent University, Department of Banking and Finance. He is currently a graduate student in the Bilkent University Energy Economics and Energy Security Policies Program (EEPS) and writing his thesis. Mr. Kahraman also works as a research assistant at the Energy Studies Directorate within the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM). His research focuses on researching and analyzing the economic and political effects of the developments in the energy sector in the Middle East in a way to meet the needs of the public and those who are interested in foreign policy and dealing with the Middle East. Mr. Kahraman has an advanced level of English and an intermediate level of French.