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Believe and Invest
in Millennial Young Leaders

mehmet_ogutcu_capital_kNone of us have reached where we are today merely through our own personal endeavours. This way or another we have benefitted from our seniors, sometimes through a couple of wise words, sometimes by way of introduction to a potential employer, patient coaching, mentoring or providing a golden push. And we all know from the experience that leaders are growing neither in a vacuum nor on a tree.

As we enter era of game-changing developments in world energy they have to be given the opportunity to progressively grow, mature, build their leadership capacities, develop right attitudes to people and job, and reinforce emotional intelligence.

Leadership development is about life. It is a long-term commitment, a marathon instead of a sprint. As we rise into leadership roles, it is not always easy to walk the talk. Of course, we want to be wise sages, counseling our charges and inspiring them to greatness. But that is easier said than done. Becoming a good leader requires opening up about your mistakes and the learning process along the way is part of what it takes to truly succeed.

It is not only older leaders grooming the next generational leaders but also how today’s young leaders must effectively lead older generations.

We have witnessed again and again that each development has its own dynamics, which require new perspectives, solutions and capabilities. Many of us have learned the hard way that there is no limit to experience and knowledge. It may be impossible to make a precise prediction of what the future holds for us. The most effective way of doing that, in our opinion, is to invest in the most precious source today: people, and young people in particular.

There are few areas where this statement can hold true more than the complex intersection between energy, investment and geopolitics. With this in mind, we have decided to launch an initiative to integrate the fresh and bright minds of these fields into the Bosphorus Energy Club. Our Club, as a result, has proven to be a platform of forward-looking business executives, thought leaders and government policy-makers who are on the constant lookout for more inspiration and innovation in today’s complex world of energy.

Thus, Young Leaders in Energy (YLE) programme was born at our Annual Summit in December 2014, with much effort and dedication of our corporate members who believe in and support investing in young people, irrespective of where they come from. Since then, the YLE initiative has progressed with tangible results to date. They will take it over from us so that the flag is to move to them in a smooth way learning and acquiring necessary skills as we go along.

Kevin Spacey, the academy-award winning actor, once famously quoted as saying “if you’re lucky enough to do well, it is your responsibility to send the elevator back down.” There is no doubt that Bosphorus Energy Club is composed many of individuals who have been lucky enough to do well. But if there is one thing that we can be further proud of is that they also have a strong willingness to help young leaders to speak up on challenging issues, develop solutions, demonstrate their real potential towards a better future.

We can not only accelerate the younger generations’ development of core leadership skills, we must. Today’s ultra-competitive, fast-paced global marketplace won’t afford us the time to sit back and wait for the aging process to run its course.

We need to prepare talented twenty-somethings for leadership roles today for the energy world of tomorrow.

If we don’t teach them how to equip and manage themselves, is it reasonable to expect them to lead us towards a challenging future? Engaging and empowering young people is the only way to create a sustainable world.

Therefore, if you are a young leader (under 35 years old, already professional or post-graduate with a strong interest in energy, investment and geopolitics), I would like to wholeheartedly invite you to come and join YLE and its top leaders who lead dozens of programmes, projects and partnerships, thus taking a first meaningful step in your personal and professional life towards becoming a future leader.

“We are all greateful to strong support, intellectual, logistic and financial a like, from PwC and in particular Murat Çolakoglu who has served as an exemplary model inthis programme, and his team.”

Yours truly,

Mehmet Öğütçü

In line with the strategic goals of the Bosphorus Energy Club and in response to persistent calls from young leaders for a voice in the Club, YLE has been established as a programme aimed at bringing together young business professionals, researchers and civil servants who have a particular focus and interest in the energy-investment-geopolitics nexus.

The programme has three main objectives: 

The first one is to support the vision and enrich the capabilities of the Bosphorus Energy Club. To this end, we count on the fresh perspectives and pioneering works of young leaders to feed the themes, speakers, research areas and partnerships that would make our Club the right place for business and government leaders engaged in energy and associated areas.

Second is to provide aspiring leaders with an opportunity to learn from each other, create synergies, meet colleagues and be inspired by accomplished seniors.

Finally, the programme aims to build capabilities of young leaders and create a talent pool for future recruitment by our corporate and government members around the world. As the key individuals who will make crucial decisions to potentially shape the future of business, politics and society, we hope to seem them in the places they deserve and equipped with the skills they need.

Young Leaders in Energy programme plants the seeds many successful events, publications and exchanges that will help the current leaders address better and proactively the complex challenges and grasp opportunities in the fields of energy, investment and geopolitics. It is the key to unlock the potential of the future.

“Building bridges and forging partnerships in energy, investment and geopolitics”

The Bosphorus Energy Club is an exclusive membership-only gathering and knowledge center of the key shakers and movers in of Eurasia, the MENA, the Gulf, and Southeast Europe. It serves as a Track-II energy diplomacy channel as well as a discreet but powerful summit of the top decisionmakers for regional issues and projects.

By organizing events, issuing The Decision-Maker policy brief, engaging stakeholders, BEC creates a trust-based, discreet platform for facilitating exchange of views among energy leaders about current and anticipated regional and international agenda matters that will likely impact our societies in the future, and plays the role of thought leadership to shape it.

From energy prices to climate change, from geopolitical tensions to investment environment, there is no shortage of issues that pose challenges for decisionmakers of energy. BEC’s real difference comes from its passion to turn challenges into opportunities. This means being the primary platform of bespoke insight by encouraging candid conversations among its corporate and government members. In all activities of BEC, there is a compelling drive to handle complex issues in the best interests of our societies.

As BEC has become a truly global platform through exclusive contributions from all around the world and building partnerships with international counterpart organizations, its core vision and values remain more valid than ever.

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“Inspiring the Young Leaders for future energy roles”

9 December 2015, Wednesday 
Hosted by Kadir Has University, Golden Horn, İstanbul

The launch took place at a major event on 9 December 2015 at Kadir Has University. With the intention to enhance the quality of the leadership in the energy sector, the event targeted to inspire future leaders with successful role models and toencourage the young participants to take active roles in future actions.

This platform brought together energy industry executives and high-level representatives from leading universities, policy centers and international thinktanks from around the world. The discussion sessions included not only important life-lessons from the experienced professionals but also touched upon crucial insights on the geopolitical cross-borders aspects of the energy business.

Introductory remarks of the meeting were delivered by Mehmet Öğütçü, Chairman, The Bosphorus Energy Club, and Mustafa Aydın, Rector, Kadir Has University.

“The graduates, students and executives should interact more often. The transfer of professional expertise, lifelessons and mentoring of executives are crucially helpful in guiding the youth in their career paths. As a further step, reverse mentoring where current leaders can learn from the approaches, ideas and new perspectives of the young leaders should be encouraged.”

Following introductory remarks, the first panel started off with a discussion about “Personal reflections on Youth, Energy, Connectivity and Success”.

The speakers of the session included Kenan Yavuz, CEO, Socar, and Hakan Ateş, CEO, DenizBank.

“The youth of today will be the leaders and executives of tomorrow. Accordingly, the future of Turkey will depend on the quality of education offered to the youth. To become eligible for fighting with the challenges of our century, young people need access to correctly designed education programs.”

The second panel, “The sustainability and geopolitical dimension of green energy business: How do we deal with it?”, focused on the environmental challenges and new trends in energy sector.

The speakers included Matthew Bryza, former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, and Eurasia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow and Murat Özçelik, Deputy Chairman, Republican People’s Party and former Ambassador.

“The future of the earth is dependent on how cautious we are in terms of managing the environmental challenges. The drastic effects of the climate change lead us to an era of sustainable revolution. The new investment project should be in line with the principles of energy efficiency and environmental safety.”

“The climate change, the notion of sustainable development, the energy dynamics on the one side, the impacts of our digital age where the access to information is easier more than ever on the other side, lead to a new generation of future leaders. Energy companies must prepare themselves for this new type of executives.”

Moderated by Murat Çolakoğlu and Mehmet Öğütçü, the third panel “No Easy Recipe For Success In The Energy World: How Have I Done It?”, was made up of highlevel
government leaders and business representatives who have an interest in the regional energy sector. The speakers included:

Ahmet Eren, Chairman, Eren Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.
Fabio Marchetti, Head of ENI Office, Brussels
Javad AminMansour, Director, Trade and Energy Negotiations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran
Mehmet Hilmi Güler, Former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey
Murat Özgül, CEO, Genel Energy PLC
Ömer Faruk Özgül, Chairman, Özgül Holding
Patrick Target, Director, Chevron
Rüya Bayegan, Board Member, Bayegan Group
Sergei Komlev, Director, Gazprom Export
Yannos Papantoniou, Former Minister of Finance and Economy, Greece

“In the energy business, experiencing the outcomes of varying field parameters broadens the horizons of any individual or a team while embedding an entrepreneurial initiative taking ability in the participants of such processes. Having a presence solely in the capitals and in the financial centers of the regions will not suffice for a hands-on, wide spectral experience. One should be prepared to play such roles and get their hands dirty in order to understand the political and cultural climates of prospective regions that he or she will conduct business in. Transforming one’s self into a multidisciplinary-leader, a politician, a businessman, and an inspirational team player requires to become communicative at all levels.”

“Nothing is easy. If young leaders feel frustrated at any point of their journey and feel depleted, they should realize that the illusionary feeling of failure is because of their strong will to succeed. They should never give up! Success might be just around the corner. Persistence and perseverance are the right strategies to go on.”

“Energy is a multi-faceted business. Young leaders should position themselves in accordance and in proportion to who they are, and who, one day, they want to become.”

“Listening to the elder peers and learning from their experiences is a must. Young leaders should show the patience to listen closely. It is also very important that they do not hesitate to show their elder peers that they are wrong if and when they are wrong.”

“What Are the Real Needs for Young Professionals in the Energy Sector?”.

The last panel was held as a roundtable discussion centered on “What Are the Real Needs for Young Professionals in the Energy Sector?”.

Introduced by Anita Hoffmann, Managing Partner, Executiva, and Murat Yeşildere, Partner, EgonZehnder, the distinguished speakers of the session included:

Ali Resul Usul, Chairman, Center for Strategic Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey
Besim Şişman, President, Turkish Petroleum Corporation
David Kotler, Managing Director, Access Finance, UK
• Ersin Akyüz, CEO, Deutsche Bank
• Haydar Çolakoğlu, Chairman, EgeGaz
Hendrich Balázs, Consul General of Hungary in İstanbul
İlhami Koç, Chairman, İş Yatırım
• Javad Amin-Mansour, Director, Trade and Energy Negotiations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran
Kanat Emiroğlu, Chairman, Naturelgaz
Kirill Zenin, Local Partner, White & Case Kazakhstan LLP
Murat Yazıcı, Managing Partner, Yazıcı Law Firm
Sanford Henry, Partner, Global Resources Partnership
• Sayasat Nurbek, Director at Institute of Public Policy, Kazakhstan
Stephen Jones, Brussels-based lobbyst
Volkan Ediger, Director, Energy Center, Kadir Has University
Vugar Farman Aliyev, Managing Partner, KPMG, Azerbaijan

“Energy law, energy supply security and energy economics are crucial components of a successful energy security policy. To equip the young leaders with appropriate level of knowledge, the universities should be more engaged in the training programs related with these topics. There is also a growing need for the technical experts to be employed in the field itself. In this regard, technical high schools play an important part.”

“Young leaders should be ahead of the curve. They need to develop their knowledge base and make educated guesses. If they can foresee the events and adjust accordingly, they can position themselves better for their future moves. They shall not be afraid to take calculated risks early at their career. They have to know their business bottom-up, they should avoid being involed in a business they do not understand.”

“Corporate governance based on transparency, accountability, responsibility and fairness can lead to organizational success, presenting itself not only as the result of a linear sum of individualistic efforts but also as an exponential organic product of a dynamic team. The path towards this overall ‘team success’ originates in collective intelligence achieved through practicing the art of listening to the utmost achievable degree.”

“The global energy game itself, along with the rules and players has changed. The tectonic changes have to be adopted and strategized accordingly. In the transformation of international dynamics Asia-Pacific countries especially China and India have begun to lead the game. Therefore, it is time to translate this change into finance, international and investment relations in order to change the stereotypical ways of thinking. In this transitional age, energy has a critical place among the game changers.”

The event is concluded by an open discussion between the Bosphorus Energy Club seniors and young energy leaders on how to proceed with this initiative and expand the Club’s horizon and reach by utilizing the experiences of the elder peers with the vision and energy of the new leaders in near future.

“What follow-up to consider for this programme?”

  • Ahmet Erdem, Chairman, Shell Turkey and Chairman, YASED,
  • Ahmet Evin, Sabancı University
  • Cengiz Ekin, War Academies
  • Haydar Çolakoğlu, Chairman, EgeGaz,
  • Javad Amin-Mansour, Director, Trade and Energy Negotiations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran,
  • Kanat Emiroğlu, Chairman, Naturelgaz
  • Patrick Target, Director, Chevron,
  • Umut Kolcuoğlu, Partner, Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys At Law
“Twice or more times a year, going to a retreat to clear their minds and to think about themselves and their career would help young leaders in holding on their path to success and happiness.”
“Young leaders should think globally! In today’s interconnected world, developing the life and business strategies within the global framework is a necessity for catching up the way international markets are shaped.”

Competiton award winners

Bosphorus Energy Club Members have encouraged potential young leaders to take part in the awards competition for the top five best essays/projects on the basis of a 3-page essay on one of the following three questions:

  1. If you have a $5 million capital made available to you, how, where and why would you spend it to set up a new energy business?
  2. What is the most burning and urgent single energy challenge in today’s world and how do you think governments and businesses should effectively address them?
  3. Would geopolitical confrontation or international/regional collaboration prevail in future cross-border energy and infrastructure projects?

“If you have a $5 million capital made available to you, how, where and why would you spend it to set up a new energy business?”

Yan Mi, graduated from School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, is the founder and CEO of the social enterprise Youth Lead. Youth Lead, incubating in The Climate Group Beijing office now, aims to promote understanding, leadership and entrepreneurship amongst young people in the field of environment, green growth, climate change, sustainability and design to buildup a green talent pool that will drive and lead global sustainable development. Youth Lead is an observer agency of China Civil Climate Action Network and has been chosen as one of the top ten Youth Entrepreneurship Programs of the Climate Group as well as the best program of Ford Better World 2015.

Yan Mi has devoted himself actively to the communication and education of Chinese and foreign youth concerning energy and environmental protection since he was a freshman. There are more than 200 students from Harvard, Yale, MIT, Peking University, Tsinghua University and universities all over the world who has taken part in summer camp organized by Yan during his university study. Yan worked at Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), Trade and Investment Section of EU delegation to China, Europe-China Clean Energy Center in Beijing and Climate Action Network Europe in Brussels respectively. Yan is also a member of the Social Innovation Program of British Council, Alliance for Global Youth Leadership and energy and sustainable living think tank of China Australia Millennial Project.

“What is the most burning and urgent single energy challenge in today’s world and how do you think governments and businesses should effectively address them?”

Duygu is a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations at Koç University. After graduating from Bilkent University International Relations Department, she has received her master’s degree in International Relations-Global Political Economy and European Union, from Bilkent University with TÜBİTAK Scholarship. Her master thesis is titled “European Energy Policy and Turkey’s Energy Role: Will the Accession Process Be Affected?”. Following her master studies, until her PhD, she worked for BOSCH Thermotechnik.

She has co-authored two chapters (“Evolution of EU Energy Policy” and “External Dimension of European Energy Policy”) in “Geo-Politics of the Euro-Asian Energy Nexus: The EU, Russia and Turkey” published by Palgrave Macmillan. In September 2015, with her recent article about Global Environmental Governance and the BRICS, Duygu was invited to the international WINIR (World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research) conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her research areas cover Global Political Economy, Energy Politics, Energy Security, Environmental Governance, Alternative Energy Resources, Green Economy and Nuclear Energy. Her dissertation, “The Domestic and Global Context of Energy Preferences: Explaining the Choice for the Nuclear”, focuses on the nuclear energy as an alternative resource. Duygu’s research explores the dynamics which constitute the pushing and constraining factors affecting a country’s decision to engage in nuclear energy generation.

“Would geopolitical confrontation or international/ regional collaboration prevail in future cross-border
energy and infrastructure projects?”

Emre worked at several international organizations and multinational companies specializing in research & analysis, political advisory, energy security and geopolitical forecasting in Eurasia region. He currently coordinates several projects at StratejiCo. Emre is a graduate of international relations department of Ankara University – Faculty of Political Science.

He also studied in Belgium and received his MA degree in France, where he specialized in the European Union and its relations with other regions. During his studies, he worked as an intern at NATO and United Nations Development Programme, where he contributed to the National Human Development Report of Turkey. He later joined Strategic Forecasting, a global geopolitical analysis firm, and worked as Middle East analyst.

Emre specialized in energy security and defense during the Arab revolutions and led political advisory projects in multiple areas. He served as the U.S. Representative of TUSIAD (Turkish Industry & Business Association) in 2012. He joined StratejiCo. in early 2013 and currently handles multiple national and international projects. He currently continues his doctoral degree in Political Science and International Relations at Koç University.

  • Avivit Shitrit, “Call For Action: The energy future in need for a breakthrough from weather drastic changes?”
  • Koray Yalçıntepe, “Bosphorus solar power plant project”
  • Sarin Abado, “Would geopolitical confrontation or international/regional collaboration prevail in future cross border energy and infrastructure projects?”
  • Alican Kasapoğlu, “If you have a $5 million capital made available to you, how, where and why would you spend it to set up a new energy business?”
  • Ersin Merdan, “What is the most burning and urgent single energy challenge in today’s world and how do you think governments and businesses should effectively address them?”
  • Iakob Nikoleishvili, “Would geopolitical confrontation or international/regional collaboration prevail in future cross border energy and infrastructure projects?”
  • Tonguç Gökçeer, “Liquid air energy storage” 
  • Selim Çelikten, “Challenging energy poverty”
  • Sıddık Bakır, “Would geopolitical confrontation or international/regional collaboration prevail in future cross border energy and infrastructure projects?”
  • Tonguç Gökçeer, “Liquid air energy storage” 
  • Selim Çelikten, “Challenging energy poverty”
  • Sıddık Bakır, “Would geopolitical confrontation or international/regional collaboration prevail in future cross border energy and infrastructure projects?”
  • Aydan Güler
  • Burak Yitgin
  • Candaş Yalçın Talipoğlu
  • Cengiz Nalbantoğlu
  • Duygu Ökesli
  • Erhan Yılmaz
  • Lebriz Kızıler
  • Lindah Nalubanga
  • Omid Shokri Kalehsar
  • Panagiotis Mavroeidis

How can you get involved?

This programme is open to all ambitious and enthusiastic young professionals, post-graduades from across the world who are committed to playing an active and lead role in energy, investment and geopolitics.

Throughout the year, potential young leaders can apply to be considered for membership in the YLE programme and work-streams they want to be involved.

Contact

Tracy Hall: t.hall@globalresourcespartnership.com for Club Membership

Sıla Bozok: silabozok@gmail.com for Young Leader Contact Point

Ceren Durmaz: ceren.durmaz@tr.pwc.com for Organisation Matters