Chairman, Global Resources Partnership, UK
Special Envoy for The Energy Charter, Brussels
Executive Chairman, The Bosphorus Energy Club, Istanbul
Independent Board Member, Genel Energy plc, London and Sisecam Group, Istanbul
An internationally recognized authority on geopolitics, energy diplomacy, and investment, Mehmet has built significant knowledge and experience in the fields of energy, natural resources, investment and geopolitical risks with particular geographic focus on Europe, Turkey, Central Asia, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and China.
Based in London, Paris, and Istanbul, his professional career over the past 30 years has included high-level government, business, and public diplomacy engagements.
Currently, Mehmet chairs Global Resources Partnership, UK, sits on the boards of Genel Energy plc and Sisecam Group, serves as Special Envoy of The Energy Charter for MENA Region, and as Executive Chair of The Bosphorus Energy Club, an exclusive gathering of the senior executives and leaders in finance, energy and politics across the world. An effective convener and doer, he often provides strategic advice to large international groups on political risk mitigation, fund-raising, business growth and M&A deals in emerging markets.
A former diplomat, having served in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels, and Paris, Mehmet worked as an advisor to the late Turkish Prime Minister, Turgut Özal, as a senior staffer at the International Energy Agency, executing the Asia-Pacific and Latin America operations, and at the OECD in Paris managing investment programmes for MENA and Emerging Asia, Africa, and Central Asia (1994-2005).
Until 2011, Mehmet was Director for BG Group, 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. He was an independent board member of Yasar Holding Group (major food and beverage conglomerate), and chairman of International Advisory Board for Invensys plc, a FTSE 100 technology company.