Mehmet ÖĞÜTÇÜ – Chairman of the Board, GRP LONDON
15:45 – 16:45 FUTURE OF CITIES AND NATIONAL RESOURCES
A graduate of Ankara University, London School of Economics, COI and College d’Europe, he has an extensive portfolio of executive and non-executive roles in oil and gas, glass, food and beverage, and mining sectors. Currently, Mehmet chairs Global Resources Partnership, a UK strategic investment advisory group, serves as Special Envoy of The International Energy Charter for MENA Region, and Chair of The Bosphorus Energy Club and The London Energy Club, exclusive gatherings of the senior executives and leaders in business, finance, energy and politics across the world. He also sits on the advisory board of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
An internationally recognized authority on energy business, geopolitics, economic diplomacy, and investment, Mehmet has built significant knowledge, experience and network on oil, gas and finance with particular geographic focus on Europe, Turkey, Central Asia, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and China. Based in London, Paris, and Istanbul, his professional career over the past 35 years has included high-level government, business, and public diplomacy engagements.
Previously, he was advisor to the Turkish prime minister, career diplomat in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels, worked as a senior staffer for International Energy Agency and OECD in Paris and then joined BG Group (now part of Shell). Until recently he sat on the boards of Genel Energy plc, Yasar Holding and Sisecam Group as independent non-executive director.
Mehmet has built an extensive public roles profile and network. He is a regular contributor to Dünya, Bloomberg, CNBC, Hürriyet Daily News, World Journal of Trade and Investment, Euroactiv, Moscow Times, Capital, Bloomberg and OECD Observer. He is also a freelance speaker in international conferences and appears regularly on France-24, Israel’s i24NEWS, BBC, NTV, CNNTurk, Russian Television, Romania’s Diplomatic Passport and BloombergHT.