7th Annual Turkey Energy Forum 2015

The two day, 7th annual Turkey Energy Forum was once again a great success and we at EEL Events would like to express our gratitude to our Gold Sponsor, Gün + Partners, our official media partners DEIK , The Business Year and all our other supporters. The 5* Star Elite World Hotel Istanbul, welcomed participants from across Europe, Asia and Turkey for the seventh year running forum. The conference began with an open speech by the chairwoman Assist Prof. Dr. Filiz Katman, President of EPPAM, Istanbul Aydin University. This was followed by an enlightening presentation delivered by leading law firm and Gold Sponsor of the event, Gün + Partner's Senior Associate, Ali Ozan Karaduman on regulatory changes. The morning session was completed with a panel discussion including, Sureyya Yucel Ozden (Chairman, Energy Business Council, DEIK), Martin Ewald (Head of Strategy, Allianz Global Investors), Dr Mesut Avci (Senior Energy Engineer, MWH Global), Nusret Comert (CEO, Damnus Energy & Investment Inc), and Assist. Prof. Dr. Filiz Katman (President EPPAM Istanbul Aydin University).

We welcomed guests after the morning networking break with an insightful presentation delivered by Murat LeCompte, Director, BP.  The Gas sector was then discussed in a panel discussion moderated by Leland Rice, Managing Editor, TBY.  Joining Leyland on the panel was Murat LeCompte and Kanat Emiroglu (Chairman, Global Energy GIH).  This was followed by the networking lunch break and guests returned to the conference room for the afternoon session which was focused on Investment Challenges in Renewable Energy. Marcel Desai, CEO, EnBW shared his knowledge on wind and solar energy; he then joined the detailed panel discussion which clarified many important aspects of the renewable energy sector.  Returning from the coffee break Dr Murat Onuk, Board Member, Eurosolar presented the 'The position of Turkey in Renewable Energy'.  A panel discussion was followed, joined by Omer Kaya, Sales Manager, Fronius, Geert Dooms, International Business Development Manager, Ucyel Enerji, Fuphan Chou, Senior Investment Officer, IFC, Erdem Suezer, Board Member Li-DER and Erhan Cakar, Chairman of BFP Enerji.   

The day came to an end with the Chairwoman's closing remarks, followed by a drink reception and further networking.

Day two of the conference started off with a welcome speech by our chairman, Anduvap Servet Akgun, Managing Director Stratkraft Trading.  The first presentation of the day which was looking at, 'Investing in non-renewable energy-coal fired power plants' was presented by Muzaffer Basaran, General Manager, World Energy Council, Turkish  National Committe.  After Mr Basaran detailed report further deliberation took place in a panel discussion, moderated by Nusret Comert, CEO Damnus Energy & Investment Inc.  Other members of the panel was Muzaffer Basaran, David Tonge, Managing Director IBS, Onur Buyukbozkirli, Project Finance Manager ICBC and Hale Tunaboylu, Head of Project & Structured Finance, Yapi Kredi.  

The second morning panel discussion, included leading speakers from Gün + Partners, Mr Mehmet Gün, Managing Partner, Mark E. Appeal, Senior Vice President, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and Deniz Reha Ozilhan, Managing Counsel BP Petrolleri A.S.  Followed by a coffee and networking break.  The afternoon session began with a report on electricity system and infrastructure by, Armanc Ekinci, Director of Strategy and Business Development, EnerjiSA. The final panel discussion of the conference, was on Powering up the Energy Sector & Energy Trading, led by Anduvap Servet Akgun, Paul Constantinou, Head of Market Development, Trayport, Murat Kirazli, Director Aska Enerji and Muammer Cakir, Head of Borsa Istanbul Derivatives Market.  

The 7th annual Turkey Energy Forum came to a close with the final presentation that was on, energy efficiency and was presented by energy experts such as Emrah Durusut, Principal Consultant Element Energy, Dr Mesut Avci, Senior Energy Engineer TurSEFF and Anduvap Servet Akgun, Managing Director Stratkraft Trading.  With that being said we would like to thank our speakers for sharing their expert knowledge in the Turkish Energy Sector. See you all next year!!

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