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Business Forum 2013 Highlights

Over 200 politicians, business executives and journalists attended the TEAS Business Forum 2014, entitled Enhancing Azerbaijan’s Competitiveness and Business Climate. This was held on 5 November in the heart of London at No. 4 Hamilton Place, the historic home of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Speakers included Matthew Bryza, Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan; the Rt. Hon. Charles Hendry, Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan; and Al Cook, Vice-President, Shah Deniz Development, BP.

An interview with Peter Bateman, UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan

H.E. Peter Bateman, current UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan, joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1984. He initially spent time on the East African desk, and also served in Berlin and Japan. His first Ambassadorial appointment was as UK Ambassador to Bolivia in 2005, and following this was appointed as UK Ambassador to Luxembourg. He was appointed as UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan in January 2011, and took up the position in October 2011. TEAS met Ambassador Bateman when he visited its London headquarters.

Interview with Prof Udo Steinbach

An extract from Talk of the Town (Standort Berlin), produced by tv.berlin, featuring a conversation between journalist Peter Brinkmann and Professor Udo Steinbach, Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps University, Marburg.

First broadcast on 23 May 2012, prior to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the discussion focuses on the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, including the history of the conflict and the importance of reaching a resolution, in addition to the background of Germany’s special relationship with Azerbaijan.

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Toghrul Huseynli, An excerpt from Chopin’s Polonaise in F Sharp Minor

The second annual Deutscher Pianistenpreis (German Piano Award) featured eight of the world’s most talented piano students studying in music colleges across Germany, or their international partner universities, who competed for the first prize of €20,000 (£16,700). The Deutscher Pianistenpreis (German Piano Award) is organised by the International Piano Forum Frankfurt, and is sponsored by TEAS and the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).
Toghrul Huseynli, aged 17, is a graduate of the Bulbul Music School and the Hajibeyov Academy of Music. Toghrul is now studying at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne under Professor Nina Tichman, a graduate of the revered Juilliard School in New York.

 

An interview with Dennis Sammut, Executive Director, LINKS

Dennis Sammut is the Director of LINKS, the London Information Network on Conflicts and State-building, and is a Trustee of the John Smith Memorial Trust.
 
He was a member of the Tagliavini Commission on the Conflict in Georgia (2009); Rapporteur of the Caucasus-Caspian Commission under the Chairmanship of the Slovenian Foreign Minister (2007–08); Advisor to the United Nations in Afghanistan (2005–06); and Special Advisor to the South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative, a parliamentary dialogue process between the parliaments of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (2002–07).

Dennis Sammut was educated at the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford and has published widely on issues related to the Caucasus Region, the EU neighbourhood and European Security. He also contributes regularly to the international media.

An interview with Sofia Eldarova, author

With her artistic background and vivid imagination, it was only a matter of time before Baku-born Sofia Eldarova would write a piece of literature. The children’s book A Proud Violin is her first published work, combining a traditionally-styled fairytale with a moral message whilst introducing the instruments of the symphony orchestra. Illustrated by Irina, her mother, the pictures are designed for young readers to colour.

Since its launch last year, A Proud Violin has proved to be a bestseller, and has been shortlisted for the People’s Book Award, run by The Publishers’ Association. Waterstone’s chain of bookshops have also classified it as a ‘top-rated product’. In this interview, TEAS asked Sofia about her inspirations and future projects.

An interview with Andrew Evans, artist

Andrew Evans lives and works in the Towy Valley, West Wales, and is a self-taught landscape artist who has been painting professionally since 2000. In 1994, some of the UK’s top wildlife artists gave a group exhibition in Cheltenham. Andrew attended this, and it stimulated Andrew with the inspiration and desire to start painting.

Since turning professional, Andrew has successfully built up a large international following, and exhibits both in the UK and the USA. Andrew has completed many private and public commissions for such organisations as the National Trust, Dyfed Powys Police, Aberglasney Gardens and the Black Palace International Club, Mayfair, London. In late 2011, Andrew visited Azerbaijan for the first time, where he participated in the Second Gabala International Art Exhibition entitled Art! Life! Earth!, jointly organised by the Cultural Fund of Azerbaijan and the Seoul-Baku (SEBA) Azerbaijani-Korean Cultural Exchange Association. He spoke to TEAS about his experiences and reaction to the country.

An interview with Mehmet Öğütçü, at TEAS Business Forum

More than 250 Lords, MPs, Diplomats, academics, and businesspersons from Azerbaijan, Turkey and across Europe attended the annual TEAS Business Forum organised by The European Azerbaijan Society on 2 May. Hosted in the historic London venue of No. 4, Hamilton Place, off Park Lane, this provided a valuable opportunity to learn about the potential for western businesses in two of the world’s fastest-developing nations. Entitled Azerbaijan and Turkey – Diverse Investment Opportunities, this event focused on a wide range of sectors, including energy; project finance and investment banking; development of the ICT industry; agriculture and food-processing. Altogether, nearly 40 speakers were on hand to give their expert opinions.

In addition to his position at Global Resources Corporation, Mehmet Öğütçü sits on the board of General Energy as an independent non-executive director; serves as senior advisor to BG Group; and is the advisory board chairman for Invensys. He is also part of the international advisory boards for APCOWorldwide, KCS, Windsor Energy Group, European Policy Forum, The Oil Council, and the Beijing Energy Club.

Mehmet has over 30 years’ experience across roles in government, diplomacy, international organisations (NATO, IEA, OECD), banking, and energy. He was previously BG Group’s director for international and corporate affairs (2005–12); head of OECD’s Global Forum on International Investment and Regional Outreach Programmes (2000–05); principal administrator for Asia-Pacific and Latin America at the International Energy Agency (1994–2000); and a Turkish diplomat in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels and Paris (1986–94). Mehmet was also advisor to the late Turgut Özal, the late Turkish Prime Minister, amongst other positions.

 

An interview with Richard Shearer, at TEAS Business Forum

More than 250 Lords, MPs, Diplomats, academics, and businesspersons from Azerbaijan, Turkey and across Europe attended the annual TEAS Business Forum organised by The European Azerbaijan Society on 2 May. Hosted in the historic London venue of No. 4, Hamilton Place, off Park Lane, this provided a valuable opportunity to learn about the potential for western businesses in two of the world’s fastest-developing nations. Entitled Azerbaijan and Turkey – Diverse Investment Opportunities, this event focused on a wide range of sectors, including energy; project finance and investment banking; development of the ICT industry; agriculture and food-processing. Altogether, nearly 40 speakers were on hand to give their expert opinions.

Richard Shearer became CEO of Bakcell in April 2011, and has broad international experience, spanning the USA, Asia and Europe. His experience has focused on the provision of telecommunications services in the wireless segment in some of the world’s most competitive markets. He started his career at Cable & Wireless, UK, and from 1990–97 worked at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting (PWC), where he performed various international assignments.

From 1997–2000 he became the CEO of DiGiTelecom in Malaysia. He then spent a year as Chief Commercial Officer of T-Mobile in UK. Following this, he joined Empower Interactive Group as the CEO, and led the company until 2004. Between 2005–08 he was the CEO of BTC Mobile EOOD (Vivatel) in Bulgaria. Richard also served as the Management Board Member for the Consumer Segment in TPSA/Orange, the leading mobile operator in that country, and Incumbent Telco, a new TV Service Provider across Poland.

 

An interview with Al Cook, at TEAS Business Forum

More than 250 Lords, MPs, Diplomats, academics, and businesspersons from Azerbaijan, Turkey and across Europe attended the annual TEAS Business Forum organised by The European Azerbaijan Society on 2 May. Hosted in the historic London venue of No. 4, Hamilton Place, off Park Lane, this provided a valuable opportunity to learn about the potential for western businesses in two of the world’s fastest-developing nations. Entitled Azerbaijan and Turkey – Diverse Investment Opportunities, this event focused on a wide range of sectors, including energy; project finance and investment banking; development of the ICT industry; agriculture and food-processing. Altogether, nearly 40 speakers were on hand to give their expert opinions.

Al Cook is responsible for the integrated leadership of the Shah Deniz Full Field Development, costing an estimated $20bn (£12.5bn). When complete, this project will bring gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe , and includes the construction of offshore facilities in Azerbaijan, expansion of a terminal and pipeline system from Azerbaijan to Turkey, and marketing of the gas in Europe.

Al joined BP in 1996, and worked in a series of project development and commercial roles in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. In 2000, he moved to London to participate in the E&P Planning and Performance Management Team. He subsequently worked in field operations in the North Sea from 2002–05, becoming Offshore Installation Manager for the Cleeton Platform. A move to Ho Chi Minh City followed, where he managed the IGB2 Project, which included the development of two offshore fields and onshore power generation. During 2007, he was appointed Acting President for BP Vietnam, and was posted for 18 months in BP’s Executive Offices in London, Moscow and Houston before taking up his current role.

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