Nilgün Tas

Deputy Director, Department of Environment, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


  • Nilgün Tas is the Deputy Director of the Department of Environment, UNIDO, and the Chief for the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division and leads the Organization’s cross-departmental team for circular economy. She has over 35 years of private sector development experience and held various positions as Chief for Competitiveness, Business Environment and Industrial Upgrading, Chairperson of the Gender Mainstreaming Steering Committee, UNIDO Representative in Vietnam and was Chief/Senior Technical Advisor for UNIDO, as well as for UNDP, OECD and TIKA.
  • Previously, she was the Vice President of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Administration (KOSGEB) in Turkey, a founder and Board Member for the Turkish Credit Guarantee Fund Company (KGF), and a founder of the Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA).
  • In 2011, Nilgün was honored with a Medal of Friendship by the President of Viet Nam for her contributions to the development efforts of the country. In 2010 and 2011, Viet Nam Ministers of Planning and Investment and Science and Technology, respectively, awarded Nilgün with Medals of Appreciation for her contributions in their areas of responsibility.
  • She holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in materials and metallurgical engineering and an MBA.

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