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elebrating its 10th anniverssary, EEL Events returns to Istanbul on 2-3 October 2019 to discuss and provide a fresh perspective on the energy sector and the crucial issues impacting energy finance in Turkey.

This two-day conference is a must-attend event for the local and international investors, project developers and industry practitioners active in the energy space. In-depth analysis of the recent developments in Turkish energy sector will aim to deliver the essential data for the region’s investors.

Key topics include:

• What do the next 5-10 years hold for energy development in Turkey?

 Debt restructuring within the Turkey’s power sector

• The roadmap for Turkish Renewable Energy sector

• Overview of recent efforts to enhance LNG imports and emerging LNG infrastructure opportunities

• Getting the right financing mix for energy projects

 Asian banks activity in the region

 Gas trading on Turkey’s EPIAS exchange

 Wind and Solar Opportunities

• Update on YEKA projects

Digitalisation of the energy sector

• Dynamics of the regional gas market


Call for papers and sponsors is open now!

For sponsorship opportunities and audience acquisition, please contact: Emine Acar l  emine.acar@eelevents.co.uk

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Keynote Presenters And Panelists

Arnaud DupoizatArnaud Dupoizat

Country Manager Turkey, IFC

Arnaud Dupoizat was appointed Country Manager Turkey, based in Istanbul, on July 1st, 2018.
Mr. Dupoizat was previously IFC’s head of coverage for Western European financial institutions, based in Paris, and acting Paris office head. He joined IFC in 2003 in Washington, and has held various roles working on debt, equity, mezzanine and structured finance transactions in Washington, Istanbul, Belgrade and Paris.
Prior to IFC, Mr. Dupoizat worked in investment banking at BNP Paribas in Indonesia and Lazard in Paris. He holds a master’s degree from HEC Paris, a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Itır ÇiftçiItır Çiftçi

Partner, Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership

Itır Çiftçi is the Partner heading the Corporate/M&A practice of Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership. During her practice of over 25 years, she has been at the forefront of the legal market, advising prominent strategic and financial investors on numerous landmark transactions and major privatisations with an excellent knowledge of the Turkish market and its key players. Itır has vast experience of structured equity investments, joint ventures and private equity funds and holds an industry specialism with a specific focus on energy, financial services, consumer goods & retail and infrastructure. She has developed a very strong market practice and is widely recognised amongst her peers and clients. She has recently advised the German energy giant, EWE AG, on the sale of its energy business in Turkey to SOCAR.

Adrian CohenAdrian Cohen

Partner, Clifford Chance

Adrian Cohen has been a partner in the firm’s restructuring and insolvency practice since 1998. He specialises in all aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency law and practice. He co-ordinates the firm’s European insolvency and restructuring practice.
He has been involved in many large multi-jurisdictional restructurings and insolvencies. He has considerable experience in the energy sector spanning well over a decade. He advised a sponsor on the restructuring of the finances of two Dutch power projects. He is advising a group of lenders to an oil production company with interests in the North Sea as well as in other jurisdictions around the world. His is currently advising the lenders to a power project in West Africa. He has also advised on a number of restructurings of large infrastructure projects including Eurotunnel, where he acted for the providers of the new facilities and as advisor to an airport concession in North Africa. Adrian Cohen is the co-editor of a two volume book Global Insolvency and Bankruptcy Practice for Sustainable Economic Development with Tarek Hajjiri, Former Director of Legal Policy at Dubai Economic Council, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Sait EryılmazSait Eryılmaz

Counsel, Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership

Sait Eryılmaz is specialised in banking & finance with a specific focus on project finance and structured finance. He has been acting for banks, ECAs, Islamic and conventional financial institutions, sponsors and other transaction parties in domestic and international project financings, including energy, infrastructure, transportation (roads, railways and airports) projects and privatisations. Over the past years Sait has held a key position at the forefront of Turkish energy and infrastructure transactions, taking part in many notable projects including the renewables and PPPs. He has recently advised the lenders on the financing of the largest acquisition of hydroelectric power plants in Turkey; the privatisation of Menzelet and Kılavuzlu.

Anduvap Servet AkgünAnduvap Servet Akgün

Co-founder & Managing Director, Pure Energy

Mr. Akgün holds an MSc in International Business degree and a CEMS (Community of European Management Schools) MSc in International Management degree respectively from Norwegian School of Economics and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He has graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul with a major in Economics, in 2004.

Taner DemirTaner Demir

Managing Partner, Demir & Partners Law Firm

Attorney Demir graduated from Ankara Justice Occupational High School in 1991. He graduated from law school at Ankara University in 1995 and in that same year, he started his judicial justice arbitrator candidacy. He left his candidacy for being a judge after realizing he wanted to pursue a career as an attorney and in 2002 founded Demir & Partners. Attorney Demir is also a brand and patent representative and has a perfect command of German and English. He is associated with the German-Turkish Commercial Chamber, International Brand Association (INTA), Council of Cultural Property Protection, British Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK), and the Swiss and Austrian Work Council. His areas of expertise are Energy Law, Brand & Intellectual Property Rights, Transportation & Logistics, Real Estate Law and Insurance & Insurance Mediation Law.

Gonca KalkanGonca Kalkan

Senior Manager of Project Finance Department, TSKB

After graduating from Üsküdar American Academy in 2003, Gonca Kalkan graduated from Istanbul Technical University Management Engineering Department in 2007. After working at Corporate Banking Department of Garanti Bank between 2007-2014, she joined TSKB as Project Finance Manager. She is working as Senior Manager of Project Finance Department since 2016 covering an energy focused portfolio.

Aura SabadusAura Sabadus

Senior reporter, ICIS

Aura Sabadus is a senior journalist specialising in the Turkish and east European energy markets for ICIS, a London-based news and price publisher. Aura holds a PhD in International Relations from King’s College London and is a research associate of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS).

avatarM. Ata Ceylan

President, Energy Investments Platform


avatarM. Ata Ceylan

Chairman of the Board of Directors, GÜYAD

Cem OZKOK graduated Management Engineering in 1984. He had started his professional career respectively as a Project Engineer, Project Manager, Vice President and finally became the Board Member of ZKOKLER A.S. Mr. Ozkok also works as the Business Development Manager and Board Member of the Guris Group, which is the leading company in Renewable Energy in Turkey. He is also the Board Member of HESİAD and The Chairman of the Board of Directors of GÜYAD since 2017.

Cem AsikCem Asik

Chairman, Electricity Producers Association / EÜD

Cem Aşık acting as the General Manager of Sanko Energy fulfilled the roles of energy trading, strategic business development and government relations, before establishing the Energy Unit of Rengo Consultancy which focuses on investment strategies, sustainable business models, risk processes, efficiency and automation security.
He is the chairman of Electricity Producers Association (EÜD) and Board Member (former Chairman) of Energy Traders Association (etd). He is also an active member of the committees of leading institutions.
Cem Aşık fulfilled several high executive roles in IT and telecommunications industries.
Cem Asik graduated from Hacettepe University Computer Sciences and Engineering Department and studied MBA in the Middle East Technical University, in Ankara.

Enis AmasyaliEnis Amasyali

Assistant General Manager - Investments, Borusan EnbW Enerji

Enis Amasyali holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Istanbul
Technical University and an Executive MBA degree from Sabanci University. From 1996 to 2000, he worked as electrical engineer/project manager (electrical works) at Baytur Insaat and at its subcontractors. He then joined Siemens Turkey in year 2000. He managed several projects as certified senior project manager in various industries. Following, he directed the Project Management Office and then the Industry Sales Group. Since 2011, Enis Amasyali has been working as Assistant General Manager responsible for Investments at Borusan EnBW Energy. As one of the leading renewable energy companies of Turkey, Borusan EnBW Enerji presently owns a portfolio of 1.156 MWs, thereof 505 MWs in operation, 219 MWs in investment and 432 MWs in development phase.

Gökhan TaymazGökhan Taymaz

Managing Partner, QU4TRO Strategies & Consulting

Gökhan TAYMAZ is a senior executive with international experience and expertise in directly supporting key decision makers and respective management boards, charged with formulating, implementing and communicating corporate and governmental plans for the future in political, energy and defence domains. He has extensive experience in applying advanced analytic skills to id entify, assess,
interpret and exploit potential risks and opportunities in an area of responsibility stretching from Central Asia to Atlantic coast and Gulf states to Baltic Sea.
Given his education in Aerospace Engineering (BA) and Political Communicatio n & Government Relations (MA), as well as his background as a policy builder and global affairs analyst in international organizations, he has proven expertise in government relations, strategy building and implementation, risk management, corporate resili ence, crisis management, public policy support and policy analysis. With his wide network in global political circles and access to political decision makers, he also has proven success in lobbying, political communication, election strategies, political strategy development, political campaign management, media relations and e- campaigning.

Currently, he is the Man aging Partner of QUATRO STRATEGIES, which is the leading corporate strategy and political consulting company based in Istanbul, Turkey.

ToprakIbrahim Toprak

Chairman - General Manager, TEMSAN


Ibrahim ErdenIbrahim Erden

Deputy CEO, Kalyon Energy


Kalyon Enerji Grubu’nda Genel Müdür Yardımcısı olarak görev yapan İbrahim ERDEN 2000 yılı Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Makina Mühendisliği Bölümü mezunudur. 2002 yılında Rutgers University’de yine aynı alanda yüksek lisans eğitimini tamamlamıştır. Profesyonel kariyerine ABD’de Center of Advanced Energy Systems’te enerji verimliliği mühendisi olarak başlamış, sonra sırasıyla MR Valuation Consulting ve Arçelik’te proje ve yatırım mühendisi olarak çalışmıştır. 2006’dan itibaren 2018 yılına kadar Enerjisa Enerji A.Ş.’de çeşitli görevler almış olup çeşitli konvansiyonel enerji projeleri, M&A projeleri ve dağıtım özelleştirmeleri ile özellikle yenilenebilir enerji ve enerjide yeni teknoloji uygulamaları alanlarında farklı görevler üstlenmiştir.

2009-2010 yılları arasında Enerjisa’da Strateji ve İş Geliştirme Müdürlüğü görevi sırasında Sabancı Üniversitesi Executive MBA programını da tamamlamıştır.

2018 yılı sonundan itibaren Kalyon Enerji Grubu’nda Deputy CEO olarak görevine devam etmekte olan İbrahim Erden bu görevinin yanında Güneş Enerji Yatırımcıları Derneği’nda Başkan Yardımcısı, Türkiye Rüzgar Enerjisi Birliği’nde Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi ve DEK-TMK bünyesinde Yenilenebilir Çalışma Grubu Başkanı olarak rol almaktadır.

avatarMithat Rende

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkey to the OECD-Paris, Board Member of TSKB, Former Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar


Sean GuestSean Guest

President and CEO, Valeura Energy

Dr. Guest (Ph.D., Geology) has been working internationally in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Valeura, he was the CEO of two private junior companies. Bukit Energy is a Calgary-based startup focused on Indonesia, and Pexco Energy holds production and exploration assets in Australia-Asia region and East Africa. During his tenure, Pexco was producing ~10,000 boepd from its assets in Indonesia and Australia. While running Pexco, he resided in Jakarta, Indonesia and oversaw the company's first operated development of an oil field in Sumatra. The company also expanded their gas production in Australia with the development of a new offshore gas field and upgrades and debottlenecking of the associated onshore gas plant. Prior to his CEO roles, he also worked for Woodside in Australia and Libya, and for Shell in the Netherlands, Australia and Malaysia. He started his career with Schlumberger working in Egypt

Cenap KuloğluCenap Kuloğlu


Cenap Kuloğlu graduated from Technical University Berlin in Industrial Engineering; MBA from Columbia University. JV Agreement with BELECTRIC. Co-Founder of BELECTRIC KULOĞLU GES TEKNOLOJİSİ A.Ş. and CLIMAGY KULOĞLU GES YATIRIMLARI A.Ş. together with BELECTRIC shareholders. Developed “Joint Business Model”: Project development and investments in Solar Power Plants together with two Top Turkish Groups and with two International Companies (FORTUM, SUNPOWER).
# 1 Project Developer in Turkey: 77,4 MW (15 %) awarded in the First Licensing Round. Due to the acquisition of BELECTRIC by INNOGY SE renamed as of 02/2017:
APURON KULOĞLU GES & AKÜ TEKNOLOJİSİ A.Ş. (shareholder structure unchanged)/span>

Korkut OzturkmenKorkut Ozturkmen

Energy Group President,IC İçtaş Energy

After graduating from Robert College, Korkut Öztürkmen received double major degree in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.
In 1996, he joined Koç Holding's Strategic Planning Department to work in business and strategy development in the energy sector. He took part in the development, financing and implementation of many strategic projects with international partnerships including privatization tenders of the period in production, distribution and sales value chains in electricity, natural gas and oil sectors. Meanwhile, in 2002, he completed the Executive MBA program at Koç University.

In 2007; he joined OMV as the company's Country Manager for Turkey to lead the market entry activities covering Nabucco natural gas pipeline, natural gas wholesale, natural gas storage, power generation business units. Subsequently, he assumed responsibility of OMV’s power business as General Manager and Board Member. He managed the development, construction, operation and electricity sales operations of the 890 MW Samsun Combined Cycle Natural Gas Power Plant with an investment exceeding 600 million euros. At the same time, in order to diversify its production portfolio, the company also worked on renewable energy project development.

In 2013, he completed the Power2Lead ’senior leadership program’ at Ashridge Business School in the UK.

Following OMV's decision to leave the electricity business globally in 2018, he took an active role in the company's sales project.

Mr Öztürkmen recently joined IC Holding as the Energy Group President leading company’s power generation, trading and distribution assets. He also serves as the Vice President of the Electricity Producers Association and chairs working groups on electricity generation from natural gas, capacity mechanism and energy storage.

Korkut Öztürkmen is married and has a daughter.

Sule Topcu KilicSule Topcu Kilic

Deputy Head, EBRD, Turkey

Deputy Director for Turkey at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sule Kilic has over 21 years of experience working on a variety of projects in project finance, financial advisory, M&A, private quity, bank acquisition. Before joining the EBRD in June 2012 Sule has spent five years at Unicredit Group, most recently as Managing Director leading project finance activities for the Investment Banking Platform in Turkey.
Prior to Unicredit, Sule held an array of Directorships and Vice Presidencies in project and structured finance, private equity in organisation such as Bayerische Hypo und Vereinsbank (Istanbul), Garanti Bank (Istanbul), and CitiBank (Istanbul). Sule is a Turkish national with a PhD in Finance from Boğaziçi University, a Master’s degree from Manchester School of Management (UMIST) and BSc in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

Tamer CalisirTamer Calisir

Managing Director & Chairman of Energy Traders Association / ETD, GAMA Enerji

Born in 1973, Tamer ÇALIŞIR obtained his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yıldız Technical University in 1996 and his Executive MBA degree from Koç University in 2010. He worked for Aygaz, Zorlu Energy and Slovenian trade company GEN-I doo in Energy Sector. Tamer ÇALIŞIR joined GAMA family in 2013 and in 2017 he was appointed as GAMA Enerji Managing Director and Chairman of all international and domestic company owned subsidiaries. Çalışır also holds President of Energy Trade Association title for two consecutive years and he is a Board Member of Electric Generators Association.

TaylanTaylan G. Önerci

Director of Investments, TOYA Holding

Taylan G. Önerci is currently Director of Investments of TOYA Holding, which is active in mining, construction and tourism sectors. He has extensive experience in energy and healthcare sectors, as business developer and strategist. His experience comprehends project financing, BOT – PPP models, privatization and M&A. He has been involved in many investment projects at Turkey/MENA and CIS regions.

Taylan G. Önerci holds B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University and continues Executive MBA for Eurasia program by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

Yasemin KuytakYasemin Kuytak

Vice President, KfW IPEX-Bank

Yasemin Kuytak has been working at KfW IPEX-Bank’s Representative Office in Turkey since 2009 and became the Director of the Office in August 2018. In addition to her expertise in covering financings in several different sectors, she closely followed the ECA covered financings of KfW IPEX Bank in the energy sector. Before joining KfW IPEX-Bank, Yasemin worked at as a Credit Manager for 7 years.
Yasemin holds a Master of Business Administration degree with finance and entrepreneurship concentrations from Ball State University, Indiana, USA. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Business Administration from Istanbul University. She also studied at University of Virginia’s College at Wise, USA as a part of a one year student exchange program.

avatarYusuf Bahadır Turhan

Founder, YBT Energy Ltd.

Yusuf Bahadır Turhan was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1982. He graduated from Ankara Ataturk Anatolian High School in 2000 as valedictorian while ranking first in the National University Entrance Exam same year. He received his BSc degree from Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2004 as salutatorian. Later, he continued his Electrical Engineering education at Stanford University with full scholarship. During his graduate work, Mr. Turhan focused on solid-state electronics and RF Circuit Design in Ginzton Laboratory. After receiving his MSc degree in 2006, he worked as a design engineer in ASELSAN A.Ş., the biggest defense sector company of Turkey, for more than 4 years. Leaving ASELSAN in 2010, he founded and bootstrapped YBT Energy believing in the future of humanity on our planet depends solely on renewables. Since then, he designs, licenses and realizes renewable energy power plants. He is the proud owner of six hydroelectric and solar power plants in operation in Turkey. His most recent investment, the Hamal SPP in Sivas, which is one of the very few licensed SPPs in Turkey, received the prestigious Gold Standard certification. With YBT Energy, he also spearheads the development of new geothermal, wind and biomass power plants in Turkey.

Kadir ŞenolKadir Şenol

Energy Sector Sales Manager, Türkiye İş Bankası

Graduated from Gazi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in 2006. Started his career as Project Executive in European Union in Seville/Spain.

Kadir Senol, is currently working as Assistant Manager in Corporate Sales and Marketing department at Isbank. He joined the bank in 2007 and has a total experience of 12 years. He is responsible for sales and marketing activities to bank’s corporate customers operating in energy and infastructure sector.

Umut GurbuzUmut Gürbüz

Managing Director, Asunim Group

Graduated from Gazi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in 2006. Started his career as Project Executive in European Union in Seville/Spain.

He took his first step towards solar energy in 2008 working in Asunim in Madrid. For 3 years he was responsible for Asunim's Southern European market. In 2012 he founded Asunim Turkey together with Andreas Schünhoff. As a co-founder of Solentegre Enerji (the first licensed PV system of Turkey), DCPV (Portuguese EPC), Maxima Energy (Leading o&m provider in Turkey), Asunim Dubai and Asunim Egypt, Umut has over 700 MW of global PV experience and speaks five languages actively.

Onder AkarOnder Akar

CEO/Co-Founder, Smart Pulse

Graduated from Gazi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in 2006. Started his career as Project Executive in European Union in Seville/Spain.

Önder is the CEO/Co-Founder of Smart Pulse, which is a SaaS platform for algorithmic trading in short term energy markets. With more than 13 years in the energy vertical, he is a senior software developer and experienced energy trading and origination professional. He has worked on market modelling, simulation, optimization and price forecasting projects as well as risk management solutions to power/gas business. His past experience includes 4 years as a senior portfolio manager with RWE’s Turkish operation, and 5 years with Deloitte’s strategy and operations consulting team. Since 2018, he has led Smart Pulse’s penetration in to the Turkish market”


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