Executive Director (1997-2006)
Ambassador Ayhan Kamel
Born in 1933, he graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University,
in 1954 and also subsequently another degree from the Faculty of Law from the
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1960 and held a number of positions
at the Ministry, and served as the Turkish Ambassador to Islamabad, The Hague,
Vienna, and Moscow between 1980 and 1994. Soon after the establishment of the
D-8, he was appointed as the Executive Director, a position which he held until the
establishment of the Secretariat in 2006.
Ambassador Kamel has written a number of scholarly papers on Russia and Turkish-
Russian relations and made presentations in seminars on the same subjects. He
has also written the following four books in morerecent years: Moscow Memoires,
the Genuine Friend: Pakistan, Turkey under the Pincer of Foreign Policy and the Fiasco
of Latest Overtures in Foreign Policy.
Dr. Dipo Alam
Born in 1949, he received a Bachelor’s degree in School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences from the University of Indonesia in 1977, a Master’s degree in Engineering
Administration from the George Washington University in 1984 and a PhD in Management
Before being appointed as D-8 Secretary-General in February 2007, Mr. Alam had
served for more than 15 years in a number of official positions in the Government of
Indonesia – including Deputy Minister, Coordinating Ministry for the National Economy.
He has also participated as a member of the Indonesian delegation to the United
Nations General Assembly and accompanied the UN Secretay-General Kofi Annan
during his Aceh visit in January 2005 after the Tsunami tragedy. Mr. Alam has served
as the Cabinet Secretary Minister of the Government of Indonesia since January
Prof. Widi Agoes Pratikto
Born in 1953, received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Surabaya Institute of Technology (Indonesia), Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from The George Washington University, and PhD in Coastal and Ocean Engineering from the North Carolina State University. Prof. Pratikto had served in a number of academic and governmental positions in Indonesia and enjoys experience in multilateral cooperation within ASEAN and Asian Development Bank, including serving as the Chairperson of APFIC (Asia - Pacific Fishery Commission). He served as Secretary-General of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries before joining the D-8. He has published a number of books and research papers in the field of marine and fisheries.