November 17, 2011
Erdogan BSEEF 2011

The 2011 Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum (BSEEF) took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 17-18 November, 2011 at the Swissôtel, featuring Turkish Prime Minister H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and many high-level international leaders hailing from thirty-five countries.

The Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum is a unique annual initiative that brings business and policy leaders together to discuss Eurasia’s leading economic and energy challenges. The Council’s new Eurasia Center in cooperation with its partners in the Black Sea, Caspian and Central Asian Regions, has launched this important initiative in an effort to promote energy security, economic growth and political stability in one of the world’s most crucial places. The Forum aims to develop best policy solutions to help the region be a center for economic cooperation, investment and trade. Previous Forums were held in 2010 and 2009.

Audio or transcripts are linked to separate pages for each session.

11/17/11

Opening of the Forum (Transcript)

Featuring: Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council; Senator Chuck Hagel, Chairman, Atlantic Council; Mrs. Ümit Boyner, President, Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSIAD); Mr. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, President, Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB); H.E. Taner Yıldız, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Turkey;  H.E. Ali Babaçan, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey; H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey H.E. Mirko Cvetković, Prime Minister, Republic of Serbia; 

Character and Shape of an Uncertain Region (Transcript) 

Featuring: The Hon. Franklin D. Kramer, Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council; H.E. Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the Transition Commission, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; H.E. Suat Kınıklıoğlu, Central Executive Committee Member, Justice and Development Party, Republic of Turkey; The Hon. Robert Wexler, President, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and former Member, US House of Representatives 

Gas for Europe (Transcript)

Featuring: Dr. Eric Watkins, Oil Diplomacy Editor, Oil and Gas Journal; H.E. Hussain al-Shahristani, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Republic of Iraq; Mr. Rovnag Abdullayev, President and Chief Executive Officer, State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR); Mr. Al Cook, Vice President, Shah Deniz Development, BP; Mr. M. Fatih Baltac, Founder and Chairman, Akfel Group; Dr. Tony Hayward, Cofounder, Vallares; Governor Bill Richardson, Chairman, APCO Worldwide Global Political Strategies; Special Envoy, Organization of American States; former US Secretary of Energy; H.E. Traycho Traykov, Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Republic of Bulgaria; H.E. Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural Resources, Kurdistan Regional Government, Republic of Iraq

Luncheon: Global Governance in a Time of Economic Turmoil and Change (Transcript)

Featuring: Ms. Zeynep Dereli, Director, Black Sea Energy & Economic Forum, Atlantic Council; Mrs. Ümit Boyner, President, Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD); H.E. Egemen Bağiş, Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Republic of Turkey; Dr. Otaviano Canuto, Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network, The World Bank; Dr. Thomas Mirow, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

New Gas Transit and Trade (Transcript)

Featuring: Mr. Daniel Dombey, Turkey Correspondent, Financial Times; Ambassador Pierre Morel, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Council of the European Union; Mr. Harry G. Sachinis,** Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DEPA; Mr. Michael Hoffman, Director of External Affairs and Communications, Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Completing the Energy Picture (Transcript)

Featuring: Mr. Borut Grgic, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Mr. André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, Chairman and Executive Officer, Soitec SA; Dr. Volodymyr Ignashchenko, Counselor to Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ukraine; H.E. Giorgos Papaconstantinou, Minister of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Hellenic Republic; Mr. Metin Şen, Chairman, Petroleum Platform Association (PETFORM); H.E. Erdal Trhulj, Minister of Energy, Mining and Industry, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Key Regional Perspectives: Central Asia (Transcript)

Featuring: The Hon. Robert Finn, Senior Research Scholar, Liechtenstein Institute of Self-Determination, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University and former US Ambassador to Afghanistan and Tajikistan; H.E. Shaukat Aziz,^ former Prime Minister, Republic of Pakistan; H.E. Sherali Gul, Minister of Energy and Industry, Republic of Tajikistan; H.E. Kairat Kelimbetov, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Republic of Kazakhstan; H.E. Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the Transition Commission, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Keynote: View from Northern Iraq (Transcript)

Featuring: Senator Chuck Hagel, Chairman, Atlantic Council; H.E. Barham Salih, Prime Minister, Kurdistan Regional Government, Republic of Iraq

Keynote: View from Turkey (Transcript)

Featuring: Senator Chuck Hagel, Chairman, Atlantic Council; H.E. Ahmet Davotoğlu, Foreign Minister, Republic of Turkey; The Hon. Stephen Hadley,** Senior Advisor for International Affairs, US Institute of Peace and former US National Security Advisor

Reception & Forum Banquet at Esma Sultan Palace, Ortaköy

Featuring: Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council; H.E. Mehmet Şimşek, Minister of Finance, Republic of Turkey. 

11/18/11

Europe’s Financial Crisis and Slower Global Growth: Implications and Strategies (Transcript)

Featuring: Mr. Marc Champion, Istanbul Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal; Mr. Khaled M. al-Aboodi, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector; Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency; Mr. Hüsnü M. Özyeğin, Founder and Chairman of the Board, FİBA Group; Mr. Tzvetan Vassilev,* Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Corporate Commercial Bank AD

Outlook for Unconventional Gas (Transcript)

Featuring: Mr. John R. Lyman, Director, Energy and Environment Program, Atlantic Council; Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency; Mr. David Goldwyn,* President, Goldwyn Global Strategies; Mr. Kyel Hodenfield, Vice President of Unconventional Resources, Schlumberger; Mr. Ian MacDonald, Vice President, Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration and Production, Chevron; Dr. Alan Riley, Professor, City University London and Associate Research Fellow, Center for European Policy Studies, Brussels

Session I: Nuclear Power After Fukushima (Transcript)

Featuring: Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman Emeritus, UK Atomic Energy Agency*; Mr. John R. Lyman, Director, Energy and Environment Program, Atlantic Council; Mr. Robert E. Prince, Chief Executive Officer, Hyperion Power Generation

Session II: Business-Led Policymaking for Regional Economic Integration (Transcript)

Featuring: Dr. Milan Parivodić, Chairman, Foreign Investor Services; Dr. Otaviano Canuto, Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM), The World Bank; Mr. Vasile Iuga, Country Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC); Mr. Daniel R. Matthews, Managing Partner (Baku), Baker & McKenzie LLP; President, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan; Dr. Güven Sak, Managing Director, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)

Key Regional Perspectives: Europe’s Southeast and Pan-European Values (Transcript)

Featuring: Dr. F. Stephen Larrabee, Corporate Chair in European Security, RAND Corporation; H.E. Giorgi Baramidze, Vice Prime Minister and State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Georgia; H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, President, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; H.E. Besim Beqaj, Minister of Economic Development, Republic of Kosovo; H.E. Titus Corlăţean, Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Romania; H.E. Hafiz Pashayev, Deputy Foreign Minister, Republic of Azerbaijan

Luncheon: Energy and Economic Futures (Transcript)

Featuring:Mr. Frederick Kempe,** President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council; Mr. Paolo Scaroni,* Chief Executive Officer, Eni; The Hon. Richard L. Morningstar, Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy, US Department of State

Session I: Energy Exchanges and Markets (Transcript)

Featuring: Ms. Zeynep Dereli, Director, Black Sea Energy & Economic Forum, Atlantic Council; Mr. Batu Aksoy, Board Member and Chief Executive Officer, Turcas Petrol AŞ; Mr. Hüseyin Erkan, President, İstanbul Stock Exchange; Dr. Alan Riley, Professor, City University London and Associate Research Fellow, Center for European Policy Studies, Brussels; Mr. John Roberts, Energy Security Specialist, Platts; Dr. Brenda Shaffer, Senior Lecturer, University of Haifa

Session II: Regional Infrastructure Needs, Capabilities, and Finance (Transcript)

Featuring: Mr. Obie Moore,** Chief Executive Officer, DP Holding SA, Mr. David Arkless, President, Corporate and Government Affairs, Manpower Group; Ambassador Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, Secretary General, Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization; Mr. Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, Vice President, European Investment Bank; Dr. Werner Weihs-Raabl, Head of Group Infrastructure Finance, Erste Group

What Strategies Make Sense in Light of the Arab Awakening, Financial Crises, and Regional Political Challenges? (Transcript)

Featuring: The Hon. Richard Burt,** Managing Director for Europe, Russia, and Eurasia, McLarty Associates; H.E. Kairat Kelimbetov, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Republic of Kazakhstan; Mr. Dinu Patriciu,^ Chairman of the Board, DP Holding; Mr. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council

Gala Dinner: Looking Ahead (Transcript)

Featuring: The Hon. Ross Wilson, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Mr. Frederick Kempe,** President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council; Mr. Şekib Avdagiç, Vice President, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce; H.E. Taner Yıldız, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Turkey; The Hon. Madeleine K. Albright,** Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and former US Secretary of State; The Hon. Stephen Hadley,** Senior Advisor for International Affairs, US Institute of Peace and former US National Security Advisor

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