Sakir Simsek (Turkish Organizing Committee, Fellowship Sub-Committee Chairperson)


Sakir is a Professor in the Geological (Hydrogeology) Engineering Department of the Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. He has a M.Sc. degree in Geological Engineering from Istanbul University (1973) and a Ph.D. in Applied Geology-Hydrogeology on Geothermal Energy from Istanbul University (1982). He worked at the Mineral Research and Exploration General Directorate (MTA) of Turkey (1973-1990) as Geothermal Energy Project Manager. During this time Sakir was involved in the exploration and development studies of Kızıldere and Germencik high enthalpy fields and Seferihisar, Afyon, Aydın, Denizli, Balçova, Dikili etc. low enthalpy fields. He moved to Hacettepe University in 1990. He directed the special environmental protection work of the World Cultural Heritage Project at the Pamukkale thermal springs and travertines. He served as the Chairman of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Five Years Development Programme on Geothermal Energy for the Prime Ministry-State Planning Organization of Turkey. He is the Principal Investigator of IAEA Chemical and Isotopic Survey projects and JICA projects on geothermal exploration. He is currently a member of the Board of Turkish Geothermal Association (TGA) as Advisory and technical activity member, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) for 2001-2004. Sakir has presented and published over 115 scientific papers. He attended the International Geothermal Training Course (Kyushu University) in Japan and has been involved in projects in Switzerland, France, Austria, and meetings in USA, China, Philippines, Italy, Iceland, Germany, Romania, England and Greece.