In partnership with PwC


What difference can women make in energy, investment and geopolitics?


27 March 2018, Sait Halim PasaYalisi, Istanbul


The Club discussions will focus, as usual, on some of the current burning issues in energy, investment and geopolitics that keep our membership awake at night. The deliberations will also seek ways to respond to new opportunities that arise in the energy and related sectors while managing multiple risks.

Future changes are linked with the Fourth Industrial Revolution – the convergence of rapidly-advancing technologies that are blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, from automation to artificial intelligence, from big data to biotech.

There will be a special focus this year on “Women in Energy”. It is not merely for advocating positive discrimination and special quotas, but instead for promoting fairness, motivation, equal opportunities and pay in the workplace and boardrooms for women.

Rather than a simple PR activity for companies and governments, the women-in-energy reality must become more of a business philosophy, triggering practical actions and choices to ensure “diversity in energy” and success for business.

Hence, “Women in Energy”, launched by The Bosphorus Energy Club,aimsinter alia at:

  • Promoting further footprint of women in business, encouraging greater and effective roles for womenin energy and related sectors;
  • Working jointly with international partners[1] to achieve mutual synergies, develop positive opinions and engagement;
  • Influencing government policy to prevent discrimination against women in workplace;
  • Encouraging mentoring of women in the energy sector.

This is not a one-off event but rather a yearly programmedesigned to promote diversity and inclusion including women in energy and related sectors.

Our Club’s inclusive policy welcomes all women and men at all levels with a strong interest in energy and related sectors, willing to contribute their share towards women gaining rightful place in the business world and government.


Draft Programme[2]

Please do not distribute yet. Preliminary Draft

“We are missing 50 percent of the talent if we do not bring in more females”.


Moderator: Mehmet Öğütçü, Chairman, TheBosphorus Energy Club

08:00-09:00          Registration

09:00-09:45          Setting the scene

  • SilaBozok, Young Leader in BEC Energy Programme
  • BeratAlbayrak, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey*


09:45-11:45                    What are the burning energy matters today?


  • Achieving effective transition to a more sustainable, affordable, secure and inclusive energy system, Chevron*
  • Understanding game-changers in energy technologies, Canan Ozsoy, President & CEO, GE, Turkey
  • Responding to the challenge of financing energy projects, Adnan Bali, CEO, Turkiye Is Bankasi
  • Emerging renewable energy trends: What next in solar and wind?, Omer Faruk Ozgul, Chairman, Ozgul Holding
  • Responding to new dynamics in global energy investments, Ahmet Erdem, CEO, Shell Turkey and the Chairman of International Investors Association of Turkey
  • Adapting business models to the changes in energy industy and funding?, Murat Colakoglu, Deputy Chairman, The Bosphorus Energy Club and Partner, PwC
  • A Middle Eastern perspective on energy, investment and politics, Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, former Minister of Trade and Economy, Qatar
  • What prospects in the next decade for nuclear renaissance?,Duygu Sever, Young Leader in BEC Energy Programme
  • The political and commercial dynamics of Russia’s natural gas strategy, Tatiana Mitrova, Head, Oil and Gas Department, Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences*


11:45-12:00                    Coffee break and networking


12:00-13:30                   Luncheon discussion,introduced by Haydar ColakogluVice-Chairman, EgeGaz*, “Dealing effectively with mounting geopolitical and climate change concerns”, Reha Denemec, Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey, and Nick Catsaras, Partner, Hakluyt


13:30-15:00                    Women success stories: How have they done it?


  • Lady Susan Griffiths, Chairwoman, South China Sea Strategic Energy Corporation
  • Dilek Ayhan, former State Secretary and Deputy Ministerof Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Norway
  • Rüya Bayegan, CEO, Bayegan
  • Nadezhda Neynsky, Ambassador of Bulgaria, Turkey and former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Gulmira Rzayeva, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Studies, Azerbaijan
  • Anita Pratap, formerNew Delhi Bureau Chief for CNN
  • Gülsüm Azeri, former Chief Executive Officer of OMV Petrol Ofisi*
  • Merve Erdil, Energy Correspondent, Hurriyet


Coffee break


15:30-16:30          Barriers to women in energy: How to overcome them?


  • Bina Hussein, Associate Director, Atlantic CouncilGlobal Energy Center
  • Carole Nakhle, Chair Windsor Energy Group’s Women in Energy Initiative
  • Murat Yesildere, EgonZehnder’s office leader, Turkey
  • Viviana Kooistra-Voorwald, Partner, PwC Netherlands Women&Energy Initiative Lead
  • Yaprak Özer, CEO,Indeks Content & Communication Management Consultancy
  • Kanat Emiroglu, Senior Advisor to Boston Consulting Group and CEO, ALARIS
  • Kirsten Westphal, Senior Associate, StiftungWissenschaft und Politik, German Institute for International and Security Affairs


16:30-17:30                    Open discussionon bettering options for women empowerment


  • Defne Sadiklar Arslan, Turkey Director, Atlantic Council
  • Lynn Croas, CEO, Trafalgar Oil and Gas Trading, US
  • Melsa Ararat, Chairwoman, Sabancı University Corporate Governance Forum
  • John Roberts, Partner, Methinks
  • Sila Uysal, Young Leader in BEC Energy Programme


17:30-17:45                    Messages and Recommended Actions


  • Neslihan Tonbul, Board Member, TURCAS
  • Bahadir Kaleagasi, CEO, TUSIAD


19:30-22:30          Exclusive dinner discussion, featuring Elena BurmistrovaDirector-General of Gazprom Export*, and Zaur Gahramanov,CEO,SOCAR Turkey*only for members, speakers, and special guests, and discussing under the Chatham House rule[2] expectations and priorities of the energy industry to generate tangible recommendations for government and business leaders.


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[1] Our partners, which either focus on women in business in general or more specifically in the energy sector, include: Access for Women in Energy, Women on Boards, Women in Nuclear, Association of Women in Energy, Women’s Energy Network, Young Women in Energy, Women@Energy, Women’s Leadership Foundation, Young Professional Women in Energy, Women in Renewable Energy, Turkish WIN, Turkish Business Woman Association, Global Impact Network Turkey-Women Empowerment, UN Women, The 30% Club, C3Ene.

[2]Please note that this is a preliminary programme in progress with some speakers yet to confirm. It will be revised, with number of speakers reduced as confirmations come along.

[3]As the Chatham House Rule applies to all Bosphorus Energy Club meetings, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.