Elif Ceyda Özden

 Elif Ceyda Özden
Interest Areas
Environment and Climate Change Policy
EU accession and financial assistance programmes
Environmental Management
Project Management
Wastewater collection systems and treatment plants, modelling and nutrient removal
Feasibility Studies and Cost Benefit Analysis
E-mail: elif.torcu {at} eeas.europa.eu
Phone: +90-312-459-8785  Fax: +90-312-446-9176 


  • Graduate Certificate Programme in Construction Law and Arbitration, Ankara University, Faculty of Law 2007
  • M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering,, Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey, 2001
  • B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey, 1995

Interest Areas

  • Environment and Climate Change Policy
  • EU accession and financial assistance programmes
  • Environmental Management
  • Project Management
  • Wastewater collection systems, treatment plants, modelling and nutrient removal
  • Feasibility Studies and Cost Benefit Analysis

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Turkish Chamber of Environmental Engineers

Professional Experience

  • March 2005-present: Sector Manager for Environment and Sustainable Development, Delegation of The European Union To Turkey, Ankara, Turkey
  • April 2000-March 2005: Consulting Engineer, İzbelcom Inc., Izmir, Turkey
  • February 1999-April 2000: Planning / Environmental Engineer Yüksel Proje –Üçer Consultants Joint Venture, Izmir, Turkey
  • October 1997 – January 1999: Technical Manager, Milsu Ltd, Ankara, Turkey
  • January - October 1997: Assistant Safety Engineer, Bombardier Inc. Transportation Systems Division, , Ankara, Turkey
  • October 1995- December 1996: Sales Engineer, Semak Ltd, Ankara, Turkey

Selected Projects

  • 2005-present : EU Programme Manager for planning, design, procurement and implementation of the following projects portfolio:

Infrastructure Projects:

Kuşadası, Çanakkale and Diyarbakır Regional Solid Waste Management Projects; Nevşehir, Tokat, Adıyaman, Diyarbakır, Erdemli, Kastamonu, Lüleburgaz, Mardin, Sivas, Siverek, Silvan Water and Wastewater projects;

Project Preparation contracts for the following municipal infrastructure projects:

Adıyaman, Akşehir, Aksaray, Bandırma, Bartın, Bismil, Ceyhan, Çankırı, Çarşamba, Diyarbakır, Erdemli, Erzurum, Iğdır, Kastamonu, Kırşehir, Lüleburgaz, Merzifon, Niksar, Ordu, Polatlı, Siverek, Seydişehir, Soma, Şırnak, Turhal Viranşehir, Yüksekova, Wastewater Projects and Amasya, Kütahya, Bitlis, Çorum, Balıkesir, Konya, Kayseri and Artvin-Rize Solid Waste Management Projects

Technical Assistance Grant to the EIB Municipal Finance Facility

Support on design and selection of operations for Municipal Infrastructure Projects Finance Projects under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey

Technical assistance and Capacity Building:

Technical assistance for the Operating Structure for management and implementation of Environment Operational Programmes,; Technical assistance to İlbank; Preparation of River Basin Management Plans for Büyük Menderes, Meriç-Ergene, Susurluk, Konya, Batı Akdeniz, Yeşilırmak, Akarçay,Antalya, Batı Karadeniz, Doğu Karadeniz, Doğu Akdeniz, Kızılırmak and Marmara Basins; Twinning projects on Waste, Special Waste, Air Quality, Large Combustion Plants and Noise; Monitoring of Air Quality in the Marmara region; Flood Risk Management Plan in Merç-Ergene Basin
  • 1999-2005: Consulting Engineer for planning, design and procurement of several projects within the scope of İzmir Sewerage project such as İzmir WWTP, Tahtalı WWTP, Güneybatı WWTP, Foça WWTP, İzmir WWTP Sludge Digestors, İzmir Harmandalı Landfill and several collector and networks contracts.
  • 1997: Assistant Safety Engineer during construction of Kızılay-Batıkent Metro Line

Workshops and Trainings Attended

  • Blending and Banking Skills, June 2019, Ankara
  • Delegated Cooperation and Management Modes for Projects. New developments, March 2019, Brussels
  • FIDIC Yellow, Silver 2017 Editions with 2008 Gold Books November 2018 Vienna
  • Audit of External Operations by DG DEVCO, April 2015, Brussels
  • Regional Workshops on Water by DG DEVCO, March 2011, Jordan and June 2013, Morocco
  • Annual FIDIC Conference and Claims and Disputes Training, December 2011, London
  • Mainstreaming of Environment and Climate Change in Sectoral Policies, October 2010, Brussels
  • World Water Forum, attendance as delegate and presentation on EU Support to Turkey in the field of Water , February 2010, İstanbul
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis, July 2009, Brussels and December 2009, Ankara
  • FIDIC 101 Important Issues and Preparation of Particular Conditions, January 2009, Ankara
  • Advanced Procurement Procedures Training for “Services” and “Supplies”, September 2008, Ankara
  • FIDIC Conditions of Contract Module 1, May 2008, Vienna
  • Financial and Economic Analysis of Development Projects, December 2005, Ankara
  • Project Cycle Management, December 2005, Ankara
  • ATTIK III, Wastewater Treatment Plant Design and Operation Workshop, presentation of the Izmir Southwest Treatment Plant, January 2004, İzmir
  • EPMR International Conference on Environmental Problems of Mediterranean Region, presentation of the paper named ‘Modelling of İzmir WWTP’, by Elif Ceyda Torcu & Prof. Celal F. Gokcay, April 2002, Cyprus
  • ISWA 2002 Conference on Solid Waste Issues, attendance as delegate, July 2002, Istanbul
  • Training on SCADA Systems and Automatic Control Valves, November 97 (2 weeks) by Dorot Kibbutz, Israel
  • Accident Investigation Seminar, June 97 (1 week) by TCDD, Ankara