Zülfikar Kılıç was born on October 22, 1964, in Çankırı Örenköy. He completed his primary education at Ankara Dikmen High School and graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) Mining Engineering Department in the 1987-88 academic year with a bachelor’s degree. In 1989, he worked as Factory’s 1st Engineer at Magnezit A.Ş in Eskişehir. In 1990, he started to work as an Assistant Specialist at the Undersecretariat of Treasury and Foreign Trade (HDTM) General Directorate of Exports. Between 1990-1991, he received his master’s degree in the Department of Business Administration at METU. He continued to work as Assistant Specialist in HDTM General Directorate of Economic Research and Evaluation since 1991. In 1994, he was entitled to HDTM Specialization with his thesis named “Measurement of Agricultural Incentives Provided in the Agricultural Sector in Turkey-Agrolink Model”. Between 1996-1999, he worked as a Commercial Counselor at the Tehran Embassy of the Republic of Turkey (Iran). In 2000, he worked as a Specialist at the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (DTM) Export General Directorate. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as the Branch Manager at the DTM General Directorate of Agreements, and as the Head of the Department between 2003-2005. Between 2005-2008, he served as the Chief Commercial Counselor at the Beijing Embassy of the Republic of Turkey (People’s Republic of China). In 2009, he served as Deputy General Manager of DTM Exports. Between 2012 and 2017, he worked as a Commercial Counselor at the Addisababa Embassy of the Republic of Turkey (Ethiopia). He retired at the beginning of 2022, following his duty as the Advisor to the Minister of Trade between 2018-2021. He is fluent in English.