Every year international companies/ organizations either organize or just participate to energy conferences in Turkey on various instances.

It is for sure that these conferences help us to communicate with our business colleagues, to learn more about ongoing business activities, to update latest information, to increase our network capabilities, to meet with our potential clients or partners to make further business.

It is a real business potential and there are many private local and international companies who are organizing energy conferences in Turkey.

However they organize these events mostly in Istanbul. Our feeling is that these conferences in Istanbul have no use for real business. Istanbul is an international city that is for sure.

But for energy business, Istanbul has no meaning for the business opportunities, nor has any result for future. Istanbul is a good place to see historical sites. It is good for business meetings. It is good for you to take your wife- spouse there on company expense account. However you will return to your home office with no results.

Energy business capital city in Turkey is Ankara, also the capital of Turkey.

All decision makers in public enterprises are situated in Ankara. The Ministry of Energy, State Water Works (DSİ), Public Electricity Companies (EÜAŞ, TEDAŞ, TEİAŞ, TETAŞ), Coal board (TKİ), Energy Markets Regulatory Agency (EPDK), they all have their head office in Ankara. Istanbul is another country for them.

All key decisions in the energy markets are taken in Ankara.

All key local and international companies have offices in Ankara. They should be available to meet with the key public decision makers at all times when needed. Living in Istanbul or elsewhere and coming to Ankara for one-day business flight will have no meaning.

When you participate to an Energy Conference in Istanbul in one of the fancy hotels in the city center, or in conference/ fair centers on the outskirts of the metropolis, you will have no or very limited communication with your counterparts in the public sector.

For sure that the key people will come to that event, provided that all expenses paid by the organizers in legal format, you will have the opportunity to listen to their same speeches which were already presented maybe a hundred times earlier. They will be giving the same speech and after they will immediately disappear in order to meet some other business or private colleagues.

The most important energy organizations take place in Ankara. Ankara is the center of all core energy investment decisions.

The most important speeches are always given by the Minister himself.

You should follow him in all his presentations.

He will be giving the latest information on ongoing energy business.

All other public figures will be repeating his speech.

Participation to an Energy event in Istanbul is waste of time and money. Do avoid any event on energy business in Istanbul. It is no use for you and for your business expectations.

Please do remember to join to any event which will take place in Ankara, especially which will take place in the main auditorium of the Energy Ministry.

That is the most important place for all energy meetings. The key energy figures will be available for you there at all times, by all means.

They will have ample time to share with you. It is also very cost effective.

Also please do remember that you should be available in Ankara one day earlier. We see people coming from other cities by the early flight on the same day, arriving to the conference venue at about noon time, and try to leave as early as possible to reach their evening flight as soon as possible.

We those living in Ankara, watch them with pity.

Here is our recommended list of the best 10 place to organize Energy conferences . They are all in Ankara, capital city of Turkey.

  • Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Auditorium Ankara
  • National Library Auditorium in Ankara
  • Conference Center (KKM) in METU University Campus in Ankara
  • Bilkent Hotel in Bilkent University Ankara
  • J.C. Marriott Hotel in Ankara
  • Crowne Plaza in Ankara
  • Gazi Engineering Auditorium Ankara
  • TOBB University Auditorium Ankara
  • MTA Auditorium Ankara
  • ODTU Alumni Conference Hall in Visnelik Ankara

We would wish to put Hilton, Sheraton, Swiss hotels into our main Top10 list, but unfortunately, these luxury hotels at Ankara city center are difficult to reach . Key figures, and their staff normally try to avoid participating to these events since city traffic makes everything so miserable.

Car parking is so difficult if not impossible most of the cases. Anyhow it is good to know that we have also other alternatives available in Ankara.

Above given list is tentative and it could be revised with your assistance in time. However any new entry of my preference will certainly be in Ankara.

There are “think tank” organizations in Ankara which can help or cooperate to organize such energy conferences. USAK is one of them. usak.org.tr

Your comments are always welcome.

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About the Author

Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.
He can be contacted at halukdireskeneli@gmail.com