CEO, Global Resources Partners, UK
Executive Director, Trinus Impact Capital Limited, Ireland
President, The Bosphorus Energy Club, Istanbul, and London Energy Club, UK
Chief Advisor, Huan Bohai Energy Trading Corporation, Dalian, China
Chairman, International Advisory Board, Middle East Institute, Washington DC
Biography of Mehmet Öğütçü
An internationally recognised authority on infrastructure, energy, geopolitics finance, and investment, Mehmet has more than 30 years of successful track-record in energy business, investment, development, diplomacy, and international organisations, with particular geographic focus on Europe, Turkey, Central Asia, Russia, the Middle East and China.
His professional career has included high-level government, energy business, and public diplomacy engagements as former diplomat (in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels and Paris, 1984-1994), the prime minister’s advisor, International Energy Agency (1994-2000), and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development staffer in Paris (2000-2005), and British Gas (BG) Group senior executive in London (2005-2010).
• At the IEA, he served as a principal administrator, in charge of energy co-operation and partnership with the non-member Asia-Pacific economies. Produced strategy papers for the IEA committees, ministerial, books, presentations, capacity development events and engaged in multi-stakeholder dialogue for effective execution of IEA recommendations on energy security, emergency preparedness, infrastructure integration and protection, climate change as well as technology deployment and efficiency improvements.
• As the head of international investment outreach programme, he created investment, private sector development and governance programmes for China, India, Central Asia, South East Europe, and the MENA regions focusing in large measure on measurable policy framework for investment and good governance reforms while at the same time providing technical assistance from OECD member countries and other partner multilateral organisations.
• While at BG Group, now acquired by Shell, Mehmet worked as global director in charge of government relations and business development including in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, China, India, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Pakistan. Prepared the ground for upstream investment, pipeline construction, contract negotiations, risk mitigation, environment impact assessment and strategic alignment with host governments, as well as strategic communications with major local and international players along the value chain.
Mehmet has a good understanding of the oil, gas and renewables power business along the value chain. He has deep experience of complex restructuring and special situations, M&A and debt/equity capital markets, as well as in dispute settlement, business development and high-level stakeholder engagement.
He has been a trusted advisor and non-executive director to many Boards (including inter alia Genel Energy plc, Invensys plc, Trinus Capital, Saudi Crown Holding), IOCs and Governments since 2011. He was the chief external strategist for The Asian Development Bank in producing its 2030 energy and infrastructure strategy and implementation programme. He served as Special Envoy of The International Energy Charter for MENA Region till 2020.
Currently, Mehmet chairs Global Resources Partners, a UK strategic advisory group in energy, investment and risk management he founded back in 2010. and Chair of The Bosphorus Energy Club and The London Energy Club, which are exclusive gatherings of the senior executives and leaders in finance, energy and politics across the world. He has also recently been appointed as the chairman of the international advisory board of Middle East Institute, Washington DC.
He has demonstrated thought leadership through international TV, newspaper, radio interviews and wealth of books and articles. As part of the London Speakers Bureau, Mehmet has delivered talks in conferences on international energy, investment and geopolitical matters. He speaks Turkish, English, French and conversational Chinese mandarin.
(Updated as of August 2021)
Ankara Üniversitesi Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi’nin 1983 yılı mezunudur. Eğitimine İngiliz “Central Office of Information”da “halkla ilişkiler” ve “kamu enformasyon teknikleri” üzerine çalışmış ve London School of Economics (LSE) vce Bruges’daki College d’Europe’da yüksek lisans yapmıştır.
Halen zaman zaman LSE, Reading, Dundee, Nazarbayev, Harvard, Tsinghua Üniversiteleri, Azerbaycan Diplomatik Akademisi ve Harvard’ta “Enerji Jeopolitiği”, “Rekabet Gücü” ve “Kalkınma İçin Yatırım” konularında, konuk öğretim görevlisi olarak ders vermektedir.
Yurt dışında onlarca yayında yayımlanan makale ve araştırma raporunun yanısıra Türkiye’de “Yeni Ekonomik Süpergüç Çin ve Türkiye”(TÜSİAD, 1994), “Yükselen Asya” (İmge, 1996), “Geleceğimiz Asya’da mı?” (Milliyet, 1998), “2023 Ekonomik ve Ticari Diplomasi Stratejisine Doğru” (TÜSİAD, 1998), “Bir 2023 Türkiye Rüyası” (Creative, 2005), “2023 Türkiye Yol Haritası” (2007) ve “2023 Türkiye Vizyonu: Hayaller ve Gerçekler” (2010), “Yeni Büyük Oyun: Neresindeyiz, Nereye Gidiyoruz?” (Doğan Kitap, 2017), “The New Geopolitical and Economic Journey: Turkey’s Next Ten Years” (Bilgesam, 2018) kitapları yayımlanmıştır. “The Life is a Journey: Traveler Diplomat” adlı kitabının da halen yayın hazırlıkları sürmektedir.