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Mehmet Öğütçü

Chairman, Global Resources Partnership

As an entrepreneur, he has created in 2011 the UK-based Global Resources Partnership, an advisory group serving clients such as Chevron, Gazprom, Shell and Petronas. He is also a Special Envoy for The International Energy Charter and founder Chairman of The Bosphorus Energy Club in 2016 and The London Energy Club in 2019, exclusive gatherings of the senior executives and leaders in finance, energy and politics across the world. Board member of Genel Energy and Sisecam Group, he is a strategist for the Manila-based Asian Development Bank to produce the 2030 energy and infrastructure strategy and work-plan. From 1984, he was advisor to the Turkish Prime minister and a career diplomat in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels and Paris. In 1994, he joined the International Energy Agency in Paris as a senior international staffer. From 2005 to 2011, he was Director for British Gas (BG) Group, now part of Shell, in London, managing high-level government engagements in support of the company’s global assets and new business development. He served as the chairman of International Advisory Board for Invensys plc, a FTSE 100 technology company, and helped win several high-profile contracts. He worked as an independent board member of Yasar Holding Group (major food and beverage conglomerate) for three years and senior advisor to the Saudi Crown Investment Holding. He helped engineer the reverse takeover of Genel Energy, an Iraqi Kurdistan E&P group, by Vallares, a LSE-listed financial shell company owned by Nat Rotschilds, Tony Hayward and Julian Metherell and since then has been an effective independent member of the board of directors, overseeing engagement with Kurdish authorities, new business, refinancing of bonds as well as audit, nomination and health and safety committees, 2011-present. He is a graduate of Turkey’s “Mulkiye”, London School of Economics (MSc) and College d’Europe (MA), Bruges. Author of many books he teaches occasionally at London School of Economics’ Enterprise Executive Program, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Dundee University, and University of Reading since 2005.