Mr. M. Vecdi GÖNÜL was born in Erzincan on 29 November 1939 as the only son of Mrs.Lütfiye GÖNÜL, housewife, and Mr. Saffet GÖNÜL, teacher of Turkish language and literature in military schools.
Mr. M. Vecdi GÖNÜL was graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University in June 1960 and started his career in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
He served as acting District Governor in many districts and upon successfully completing an in-service training course in Ankara, he obtained the title of District Governor.
After having served in many towns as District Governor, in 1970, he was appointed as the Chief of Section in the Personnel Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In 1972, upon succeeding in an examination, he became Inspector of Civil Administration.
In 1975, Mr. GÖNÜL was promoted as the General Director of Personnel Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In 1976, he was appointed as the Governor of Kocaeli province.
In 1977, he became General Director of the Department of Security.
Mr. GÖNÜL also served as Governor of Ankara for two years and Governor of İzmir for four years.
From 1988 until 1991, he served as the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
On 8 May 1991, he was elected as the President of the Court of Accounts by the decree of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. He served as the President of the Court of Accounts for seven years.
Mr. Vecdi GÖNÜL, holding the title of certified financial consultant, was elected as a member of the Parliament in the General Elections held on 18 April 1999, from Kocaeli. On 1 June 1999, he was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
Mr. Vecdi GÖNÜL, who was elected as the Deputy Chairman of Turkish Grand National Assembly second time on 25 October 2000, left this post on 22 June 2001. With the foundation of Justice and Development Party (AKP), he became a member at the Central Executive Board of AKP and he was elected as the Deputy Chairman of this Party. At the launch of 4th Legislative Year of Turkish Grand National Assembly 21st Term, Mr. GÖNÜL was elected as a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, and the Western European Union Assembly.
Mr. Vecdi GÖNÜL served as Minister of National Defence during the 58th and 59th Turkish Government, and was re-appointed to the same office on 29 August 2007 within the 60th term of Turkish Government.
Mr. Vecdi GÖNÜL has attended several meetings of international organizations such as UN, WHO, UNICEF and Council of Europe as a Delegate or Head of the Delegation. He also served as a member in many organizations and institutions at home and abroad.
He worked as the Head of the Turkish Delegation for the Standing Conference for Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE), the International Commission for Civil Law (CIEC).
He was also a member of the Higher Education Council and the Governing Board of the Special Fund for the Promotion of Mutual Social Assistance and Solidarity.
Mr. GÖNÜL was the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Machinery and Chemistry Corporation (MKEK). During his term of Presidency, he also served as the auditor of EUROSAI (European Supreme Audit Institutions) for seven years, and as the President of ECOSAI (Supreme Audit Institutions of ECO Countries) for three years of which he was also a founding member.
He has a Post Graduate certificate from the Institute of Public Administration of Turkey and the Middle East (TODAI). He also has an M.A. degree from the University of Southern California.
He is awarded with Great Cross of the Military Merit with White Ribbon of Spain, Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan Nobel State Medal of Afghanistan and Golden Merit Medal of International Evaluation Technologies and Sociology Academy of Ukraine.
Mr. GÖNÜL is married to Mrs. Sevim GÖNÜL and they have two sons and a daughter. He speaks English as a foreign language.