Emre Taner

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Emre Taner
Chief of the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey
In office
June 15, 2005 – June 4, 2010
President Abdullah Gül
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Şenkal Atasagun
Succeeded by Hakan Fidan
Personal details
Born 1942 (age 74–75)
Lice, Diyarbakır Province
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Ankara University
Occupation Civil servant (intelligence)

Emre Taner (born 1942) is a Turkish civil servant born in Lice, Diyarbakır Province and was until May 2010 the undersecretary (i.e. chief) of the governmental intelligence agency of Turkey, the National Intelligence Organization (Turkish: Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı, MİT).[1] He is known for rejuvenating the organization, and encouraging the government to adopt a more active stance with regard to foreign policy.[2]


After graduating from the School of Political Science at Ankara University, he entered the intelligence agency and served almost in all the sections of the organization. Between 1984 and 1986, Emre Taner was the chief of Istanbul region bureau. In 1987, he became the head of intelligence department, and was appointed Deputy Undersecretary of MİT in 1992. From 1994 on, Emre Taner served in foreign countries until his appointment to Deputy Undersecretary for Operations on April 7, 1999. Emre Taner succeeded Şenkal Atasagun, who retired on June 15, 2005 from his post before his term of office.[1] On May 26, 2010, Taner passed the post on to his successor Hakan Fidan.

Personal life[edit]

He was born 1942 in Diyarbakır. He is married.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Emre Taner". National Intelligence Organization. 2008-12-17. Archived from the original on October 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  2. ^ Sariibrahimoglu, Lale (2008-12-07). "Turkey needs an intelligence coordination mechanism, says Güven". Sunday's Zaman. Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
Preceded by
Şenkal Atasagun
Chief of the MİT
June 15, 2005 – June 4, 2010
Succeeded by
Hakan Fidan