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Chairman, Global Resources Partnership, UK

Special Envoy for The Energy Charter, Brussels

Executive Chairman, The Bosphorus Energy Club, Istanbul

An internationally recognized authority on energy diplomacy, finance and investment, Mehmet has built significant knowledge, experience and network with particular geographic focus on Europe, Turkey, Central Asia, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and China.

Based in London, Paris, Shanghai, and Istanbul, his well-rounded professional career over the past 35 years has included high-level government, international organisation, business, and public diplomacy engagements.

He sat on a number of national and international 1company boards as independent non-executive director including at LSE-listed Genel Energy plc, Invensys plc and Saudi Crown Holding, and Turkish groups such as Sisecam Group, Yasar Holding and Toya Group.

Currently, Mehmet chairs Global Resources Partnership, a UK strategic 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 finance, energy and politics across the world. He has been retained as a strategist for the Manila-based Asian Development Bank to produce the 2030 energy and infrastructure strategy and work-plan.

Previously, from 1984, he was advisor to the  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, established its first China, Central Asia, Russia and India programmes of co-operation and collaboration, organised a series of dialogue events and technical assistance programmes on energy security, efficiency, technology deployment and finance, climate change and natural gas market development.

From 2000, Mehmet was the head of OECD’s International Investment Programme. He designed and managed OECD’s Global Forum, MENA Investment and Governance Programme, the South East Europe’s Investment Compact,  the Emerging Asia Investment Initiative and raised substantial funds to implement these programmes. He was instrumental in developing and pursuing several trackable policy reforms across the Gulf countries, Africa, and Central Asia.

Until 2011, Mehmet was Director for British Gas (BG) Group, now part of Shell, in London, one of the world’s largest natural gas and petroleum multinationals, managing high-level government engagements in support of the company’s global assets and new business development.

Mehmet 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 Rotschild, Tony Hayward and Julian Metherell and since then served as an 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, till 2018.

As an entrepreneur, he has created and managed Global Resources Partnership as a boutique strategic investment advisory group with top experts and advisors in the international market and served clients such as Chevron, SOCAR, CNPC, Rosatom,South Stream Transport, Gazprom, KMG, DFID, BG Group, Shell, Gunvor and Petronas on asset due diligence, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, fund raising, 2011-present.

Mehmet is a graduate of Turkey’s “Mulkiye”, London School of Economics (MSc) and College d’Europe (MA), Bruges. As an honorary fellow, he teaches occasionally at London School of Economics’ Enterprise Executive Programme, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Dundee University, and University of Reading since 2005.

Mehmet has built an extensive publicly visible profile. He is a regular contributor to Capital, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNNTurk, Hürriyet Daily News, Gozlem, World Journal of Trade and Investment, Euroactiv, Moscow Times and OECD Observer. He is also a freelance speaker in international conferences and appears regularly on France-24, Israel’s i24NEWS, CNN, Sputnik, BBC, NTV, CNNTurk, Russian Television, Romania’s Diplomatic Passport.

He is fluent in Turkish, English, French, Mandarin (conversational), Turkmen and Azeri. He is Turkish and French citizen, UK permanent resident and US greencard holder.

His top five strengths:

  • Personal charisma, “doer” attitude, tenacity, and leadership to provide strategic guidance and motivation to teams, senior management and Boards;
  • International best practices, wide and influential network of government, business and financial world leaders, locally and globally;
  • Deep knowledge of energy, infrastructure and finance sectors including contract negotiation, business development, project finance, risk mitigation, technology and technical assistance;
  • Well versed in high level diplomatic and negotiating skills required to pave the ground for business growth, dispute settlement and stakeholder relationship;
  • Effective media communications, writing and speaking talent for improved visibility and message development/transmission.

(Updated as of 25 December 2019)

Contact details

Cremorne Road SW100NA London UK mehmetogutcu@me.com and +44 7557 762802 

(Current as of March 2018)

m.ogutcu@bosphorusenergyclub.org

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In Turkish |

Uluslararası alanda, diplomasi; yatırım ve enerji dünyasının önde gelen bir otoritesi olarak tanınmaktadır. Halen, merkezi Londra’daki dünya çapında doğal kaynak ve enerji varlıklarına yatırım danışmanlığı yapmakta olan Global Resources Partnership’in başkanıdır. 
Türkiye’de The Bosphorus Energy Club’un yanısıra, İngiltere’de giderek dünya çapında bir  “Enerji Davosu”na dönüşme yolundaki The London Energy Club‘ın kurucu başkanıdır. 
Brüksel’deki Energy Charter’ın “Ortadoğu ve Kuzey Afrika bölgesi özel elçisi” ve Merkezi Manila’daki Asya Kalkınma Bankası’nın strateji danışmanıdır.
Geçmişte, İş Bankası, Başbakanlık Basın-Yayın Genel Müdürlüğü ve Maliye Bakanlığı’nda çeşitli görevler almış ve Turgut Özal’ın “en genç danışmanı” olarak tanınmıştır.  1994’e kadar Dış işleri Bakanlığı’nde Ankara, Pekin, Brüksel ve Paris’te güvenlik, ekonomik ve enerji diplomasisi üzerine çalışmış; NATO’da görev almıştır.
Sonrasında International Energy Agency’de Asya-Pasifik ve Latin Amerika bölümünün baş yöneticiliğini üstlenmiştir. Ardından “Zenginler Kulübü” olarak da bilinen Ekonomik İşbirliği ve Kalkınma Örgütü (OECD)’nde “yatırım bölüm başkanlığı”nı yürütmüştür.
British Gas’ın hükümetler ile ilişkiler ve dış işleri bölüm başkanı olan Öğütçü, yüksek teknoloji şirketi Invensys plc’nin Danışma Kurulu başkanını da yapmıştır. Ayrıca Genel Energy plc, Saudi Crown Holding ve Türkiye’de Yaşar Holding ve Şişecam şirketlerinde bağımsız yönetim kurulu üyesi olarak görev almıştır.

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 ÜniversiteleriAzerbaycan 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. 

Ayrıca Capital, Bloomberg, Derin Ekonomi, BusinessWeek, Dünya, CNBC, NTV, CNNTürk, TVNet, A Haber, TRT World, BBC, CNNWorld, France-24, Hürriyet Daily News, Euractive, EU Observer, Moscow Times, Natural Gas Europe ve OECD Observer gibi medya kuruluşlarına, yazılarıyla düzenli katkı sağlamaktadır.
Londra’da yaşayan Öğütçü, İngilizce, Fransızca ve konuşma düzeyinde Çince bilmektedir.

m.ogutcu@bosphorusenergyclub.org