Mustafa KARABAŞ was born in Manisa / Turkey in 1978. He graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of International Relations in 2001. He started his career as an Assistant Expert for European Union (EU) Affairs in the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Turkey on 26 December 2001 and worked for the Ministry as an EU Expert till 10 December 2009. In the meantime, he worked mainly on EU affairs (contributed and attended to the accession negotiations of Turkey to the EU) and multilateral affairs of the Ministry (OECD, UN, etc.); and was seconded to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization between 27 November 2006 and 26 October 2007. After UNIDO secondment, he was assigned in the Regional Competitiveness Programme Coordination and Implementation Centre of the Ministry which had been launched within the context of the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. He has been working for the Istanbul Development Agency since 11 December 2009 and currently, is the Coordinator of the Investment Support Office.