Mehmet Ogutcu has more than 30 years of track-record success in government, diplomacy, international organisations (NATO, IEA, OECD), banking, and in the energy business. He is currently a senior advisor to BG (British Gas) Energy Holding Group (UK), chairman of Advisory Board of Invensysplc, and an independent non-executive director on the board of Genel Energy/Vallares plc while at the same time chairing Global Resources Corporation.
Ogutcu serves on the international advisory boards of Windsor Energy Group, Invensysplc, European Policy Forum, The Oil Council and Beijing Energy Club. He was most recently nominated by the Turkish government for the secretary-general position of the world’s largest energy organisation, International Energy Forum, based in Riyadh.
Previously, Ogutcu served as the head of OECD’s Global Forum on International investment and regional outreach programmes (2000-2005), the principal administrator for Asia-Pacific and Latin America at International Energy Agency (1994-2000), as a Turkish diplomat in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels and Paris (1986-1994), as deputy inspector at Is Bankasi, Turkey’s largest private bank, NATO Research Fellow, EU’s Jean Monnet Fellow, and advisor to the late Prime Minister Turgut Ozal.
Ogutcu studied international relations at Turkey’s prestigious Political Sciences Faculty and completed his MSc degree in International Economy at London School of Economics (LSE) and MA in European Studies at College d’Europe, Bruges. He teaches occasionally at LSE, University of Dundee and Harvard University on energy geopolitics, competitiveness, and investment for development.
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