Workstream Activities

Reflecting the strong interest of its young leaders, the YLE programme have decided to create six major work-streams.

Future leaders of energy face horizontal and vertical gaps in their career paths. The first one is the disconnection between the financial, geopolitical and business aspects of the energy, resulting in unidimensional thinking of future leaders. The second on is the discrepancy between seniors and juniors in the energy, resulting in failure to keep up with the changing dynamics and capitalize the cumulated wisdom in the sector. The Young Leaders in Energy aims at bridging these gaps and enhance multidisciplinary thinking by means of a series of exclusive career panels which comprises of a public session with a successful senior energy leader to share his “failure stories” with the young professionals, and private session of leadership and coaching trainings under the auspice of a career consulting company.

May 2016, Senior: Umut Kolcuoglu

Emre Dogru, Atom Okumuş, Birand Ardic, Emre Unlu, Haluk Özgun, Ömer Koc, Aydan Guler, Mehmet Ali Senel, Yunus Semiz, Sıla Uysal, Erkan Hepyaşar, Abdurrahman Avcıoğlu, Aper Acartürk, Çiğdem Yaşar, Engin Deniz, Emin Çalbay, Ece Akın, Semih Şimşek.

The purpose of the work stream is to create an interactive discussion and mutual learning opportunity regarding energy law, contract negotiation and project finance matters. Group members are expected to gain deep knowledge about regulatory issues, investment decisions, M&A processes and negotiation skills. The work stream focuses on a case-study in renewable energy that is based on a foreign investment perspective. This way, participants have the possibility to take part in each step of the process.

September 2016, Senior: Colonel Cengiz Ekin, War Academy

Aydan Güler, Bilgehan Engin, Ece Akın, Tankut Yıldırım, Semih Şimşek, Vildan Demirkıran, Sibel Yüzüdik, Atom Okumuş, Emre Doğru, Emre Ünlü, Hakan Erek, Haluk Özgün, Sıla Uysal.

The work stream aims to:
• Provide a certain atmosphere for fruitful discussions and brain storming on future scenarios regarding energy security which is and will be a crucial topic for every country;
• Attract the attention of decision makers for a proactive stance on regional energy dynamics and trends;
• Improve level of information and sensitivity on energy security issues in Turkey by developing an effective geopolitical forecasting and scenario planning methodology.

The work stream is going to organize an event to discuss energy security with its all aspects and to make an assessment of Turkey’s natural gas supply security by building different scenarios in the axis of oil prices and infrastructure (interconnected pipelines, regulatory framework, liberalized market, etc.).

August 2016, Seniors: Kanat Emiroglu and Murat Yesildere

Tapping the leadership potential of the young profesionals of the sector and seeding entwrepreneurial change in its young leaders have been the most prominent aspect of the Entrepreneurship and Leadership work stream. Under the supervision of Kanat Emiroğlu the workstream will focus on topics like Failure before Success, Perseverance and Team Play, Innovative business models in all aspects of the energy sector along with field applications of unit leadership and entrepreneurial engagement.

October 2016, Senior: Haydar Colakoglu

March 2016, Senior: Erhan Erdem

Sıla Bozok, Ece Akın, Yunus Semiz, Tolga Bağ, Atilla Kılınç, Birand Ardıç, Semih Şimşek, Tonguç Gökçeer, Emre Ünlü, Ömer Özçam, İbrahim Halil Kılınç, Atom Okumuş, Mehmet Ali Şenel, Çiğdem Yaşar, Ömer Koç, Erkan Hepyaşar, Bahadır Çiloğlu, Emin Calbay, Arzu Şen Uysal, Anıl Can, Alper Acartürk, Alican Kasaploğlu.

The workstream aims to:

• Create synergies by gathering young professionals from energy sector who are interested in trading in various fields i.e. electricity, gas and oil, as well as long term energy investment decisions.
• Cultivate up-to-date, cutting-edge knowledge and competencies in those fields in the self-initiated learning circle through continuous study sessions and courses.
• Build an educated network of young energy trading & finance professionals who are capable of generating high-caliber and thought insights and thinking like energy traders/investors.
• Host skillful traders, professors and consultants for live debates, case studies, trading games and/or lectures.

Past activities:

Onboarding to electricity markets with Tamer Emre, PwC (26 March 2016)

20 youngsters had an initial overview, followed by an interactive Q&A session with Tamer Emre, who is Electricity Market Services Coordinator at PwC Turkey, in order to field playing game for participants from different academic and professional backgrounds.

Case study workshop with Erhan Erdem, Gunvor (9 May 2016)
20 youngsters had a one-day-long workshop and debate on three case studies prepared by Erhan Erdem, who is Business Development Manager for Turkey at Gunvor Group in Geneva, Switzerland. The case studies included a comparison of coal- and gas-fired power plant investment decisions for electricity generation, Turkey’s natural gas network and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export pricing of the United States of America. The workshop and debate was followed by the learning & sharing chat with Mr. Erdem regarding his experiences and career advises for those who are willing to have a trading career. The event resulted in the youngsters to decide building follow-up learning sessions to develop their skills and knowledge in trade & finance.

• First Meeting of the Learning Circle (11 June 2016)

The Learning Circle participants planned and scheduled their trainings, courses, curricula, resources and guests.


Upcoming new activities:

• Learning circle on Financial Statements & Analysis on 16 July 2016
• Learning circle on foreign exchange trading
• Learning circle on statistics
• Host guest lecturers (TBC) on oil and trading
• Prepare for Energy Risk Professional (ERP) exams of GARP.

April 2016, Senior: Patrick Target and Volkan Ediger

Vildan Demirkıran, Alev Somer, Hakan Erek.

The work stream aims to:
• Promote the local governments in Turkey to implement projects which consider energy efficiency and support it;
• Generate new ideas and projects that would contribute to sustainable development. Bringing together good examples all over the world that achieved to be Energy Efficient and Environment Friendly Cities and the cities in Turkey to give them an opportunity to get into a partnership;
• Support carrying out those applied projects in Turkey. To contribute raising of Energy Efficient Smart Buildings.

The work stream is carrying on solution oriented works in order to generate long-term sustainable projects for the purposes of the Group.

October 2016, Seniors: Canan Ozsoy and Ruya Bayegan

Duygu Sever Mehmetoğlu, Ece Akın, Sıla Bozok, Atom Okumuş, Aydan Güler, Duygu Ökesli, Emin Calbay, İrem Yörük, Müge Güner, Nazaket Azimli, Vildan Demirkıran, Çiğdem Yaşar.

This workstream targets to encourage gender diversity in business life, with a specific focus on especially the energy sector. The main motivation of the team is to create a platform which will detect major challenges and obstacles holding women back from acquiring key positions in the sector and/or preventing their proper career development. By providing a network, this workstream’s mission is to encourage and unite men and women in energy around the advantages of gender diversity. Moreover, through the insights, lessons and recommendations derived from the success stories of women and good-practice companies, the workstream aims to inspire many women to stick with their career in energy and companies to take on leadership for the encouragement of women.

Upcoming activities:

• A closed roundtable/workshop generating interactive group discussions with carefully selected participants and important figures from the sector

• A public panel open for a wider participation where leading figures will discuss the relevant issues and communicate the outcome of the workshop in order to increase awareness.


Tracy Hall: for Club Membership

Sıla Bozok: for Young Leader Contact Point

Ceren Durmaz: for Organisation Matters