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First Turk named to head UN budget committee

Cihan Terzi, committee member only since January, is set to take the helm on Jan. 1

Faruk Zorlu   | 28.12.2018
First Turk named to head UN budget committee Cihan Terzi, set to become chair of Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ)

Ankara

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK

For the first time, a Turkish citizen has been named the head of the UN’s advisor budget committee, handling a budget of $10 billion.

Cihan Terzi, set to become chair of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) on Jan. 1, first took a spot on the committee only this January.

The major functions of the 16-person committee is to examine and report on the program budget submitted by the UN secretary-general to the General Assembly. 

Up the ranks

After earning a degree in economics at Turkey’s Ankara University, Terzi got a master's in business administration at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the U.S.

Terzi was a tax auditor and department head at Turkey's Finance Ministry from 1996 to 2002.

In 2002, he became a financial counselor for Turkey’s permanent mission to the UN.

From 2006 to 2015, he worked for the UN Joint Inspection Unit and also served as its chair.

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