Fatih Dönmez was born in Bilecik in 1965. He completed his education in Istanbul. In 1987, he has been graduated from Yıldız Teknik University Electrical Engineering and Electronics Department. In 2005, he successfully completed e-MBA certificate program. He started his working life as an R&D engineer at Turkish telecom firm Netaş. During his professional life, he handled several executive positions in energy and telecom firms.
After 1994, he worked in Istanbul Natural Gas Distribution Company, a Istanbul Metropolitan City Council affiliate, as Engineering and Project Manager, Deputy Director General and Board Member.
In 2002, he has been assigned as Affiliates General Coordinator at Istanbul Metropolitan City (IMCC)Council’s Directorate of Affiliates Coordination. He administered several IMCC’s affiliates as CEO or Member of Board. He also participated as one of the founding members of TESAB (Union of Turkish Electricity Industries).
On the 4th October 2008, Mr Dönmez has been appointed as Turkish Energy Market Regulator(EPDK) board member (commissioner). During his tenure at EPDK, he has been elected as Board Member of ERRA (Energy Regulators Regional Association) by the General Assembly. He initiated strategy planning of ERRA and participated in the Security of Supply committee.
He has written various reports, articles and commentaries across a wide variety of subjects including security of supply, natural gas forecasts, R&D in the energy sector, strategic planning, performance management, feasibility studies, organizational development and the adaptation of companies to EU rules and regulations. He was also appointed as Board Chair at Turkish energy exchange EXIST(EPİAŞ) and acting Board Chair at TANAP.
Mr. Dönmez has served as the Undersecretary of Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources from 24th December 2015 to 9 th July 2018. He is sworn in as Minister of Energy and Natural Resources on the 10th July 2018. He is married and has 3 children.