Our Center

SHURA Energy Transition Center contributes to decarbonisation of the energy sector via an innovative energy transition platform. It caters to the need for a sustainable and broadly recognised platform for discussions on policy, technological, and economic aspects of the Turkey’s energy sector. SHURA’s mission is to support the debate on transition to a low-carbon Turkey’s energy system through energy efficiency and renewable energy by fact-based analysis and best available data. Taking into account all relevant perspectives by a multitude of stakeholders, the center contributes to an enhanced understanding of the economic potential, technical feasibility and the relevant policy tools for this transition. SHURA Energy Transition Center is founded by Stichting European Climate Foundation (ECF), Agora Energiewende and Sabancı University (SU) Istanbul Policy Center (IPC).

In line with this mission, SHURA provides a wide range of knowledge products and services to the Turkish energy community through thematic work clusters of policy, economics, technology and strategic partnership and dialogue across all sectors of the energy system, power, heating and cooling and transport.

Our Approach

The succesfull implementation for the energy transition necessitates building strong and geniune engagement of the all stakeholders to meet the expectations and needs of the all parties.

Enabling a sustainable diagloue across all sectors of the energy system, power, heating and cooling and transport to support the debate on energy transiton is the cornerstone of SHURA’s apprach. Prioritizing the stakeholder engagement, SHURA offers an innovative energy transition platform for discussions on policy, technological, and economic aspects of the Turkish energy sector. The starting point of SHURA’s engagement is through its Advisory Council that constitutes prominent individuals of Turkey’s energy sector. SHURA also frequently participates at national and international energy and climate fora to showcase its work. Therefore, SHURA will actively support efforts ensuring the smooth transition of the energy systems by catering discussions on policy, technological, and economic aspects of the Turkey’s energy system.

Management and Team
Değer Saygın

Deger Saygin works as the Director of the SHURA Energy Transition Center. In his former role at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Deger has developed and led the global renewable energy roadmap (REmap) programme between 2013 and 2017. This programme has assisted the world’s largest energy using 70 countries in accelerating the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to operationalise the goals of the seventh Sustainable Development Goal and the Paris Agreement. Prior to joining IRENA, Deger has worked as a researcher at the Utrecht University carrying out projects for intergovernmental organisations, countries and the private sector about more sustainable uses of energy and resources in the manufacturing industry where he also received his Ph.D on. He received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

Yael Taranto
Senior Energy Analyst

Yael Taranto works as Energy Analyst at SHURA Energy Transition Center. Yael worked as Manager/Economist at the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB) during 1996-August 2018. At TSKB she was involved in sector analysis, consulting, valuation and project finance where she prepared over 300 feasibility and project assessment reports. In the energy sector she assessed over 200 energy generation projects and has consulted for the first private sector electricity and natural gas distribution projects in Turkey. Yael has also worked in close contact with development finance institutions, such as the World Bank, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank, German Development Bank (KfW), and French Development Bank (AFD), in designing loan facilities with specific themes for TSKB. For this purpose, she prepared reports and participated in negotiations on energy, renewable energy and environment. She has also contributed to the conceptual framework of Turkey’s first Green Bond issued by TSKB in 2016. In addition to her work in the bank, she has been active in writing various energy reports, publishing short articles and newspaper pieces, and giving presentations at universities (Koç University, Bilgi University, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul Technical University) on energy, sustainable development and project finance. Yael holds a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and an M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University in USA.

Ayşe Ceren Sarı
Energy Analyst

Ayşe Ceren Sarı works as an Energy Analyst at SHURA Energy Transition Center. Before joining SHURA, Sarı worked with universities, intergovernmental, civil society, public, and private sector institutions on renewable energy, climate change, O&G sectoral analysis, energy and infrastructure network analysis, environmental justice and life-cycle costs analysis, on different countries and regions. Sarı holds her MSc in Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment (Economics and Business Administration) from Norwegian School of Economics, with a double degree on CEMS Masters in International Management. She continues her academic studies at Istanbul Bilgi University, focusing on electricity spot markets and environmental justice. Sarı holds her BSc in Economics from Middle East Technical University.

Şafak Ceren
Programme Officer

Şafak Ceren works as the Programme Officer at the SHURA Energy Transition Center. In his former role at the WYG Turkey between 2015 and 2018, as a Project Coordinator Şafak was responsible for the EU-funded technical assistance projects. Şafak received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Çankaya University.


Executive Board

Steering Committee

In order to support the activities of SHURA, the Executive Board assigns a Steering Committee, made up of one representative per founding partner, and additional members signed by the Board. The Steering Committee acts as advisory and sounding board to the Director. Its members are Ms Ceren Ayas from the European Climate Foundation, Mr Philipp Godron from the Agora Energiewende and Dr Umit Sahin from the Istanbul Policy Center. The Committee is chaired by Mr Selahattin Hakman.

Philipp Godron
Agora Energiewende
Ceren Ayas
European Climate Foundation

The Advisory Council

The SHURA Advisory Council provides a vision to SHURA through different approaches and recommendations and, facilitate the use of its outcomes by the Turkish energy sector. The Advisory Council consists of prominent individuals that represent the Turkish energy sectors public sector, businesses, academia, civil society. The Chair of the Steering Committee also chairs the Advisory Council.

Adil Tekin
Sanko Energy
Arif Künar
Arkın Akbay
Turcas A.Ş.
Birol Ergüven
Limak A.Ş.
Bakatjan Sandalkhan
The Boston Consulting
Budak Dilli
Independent Consultant
Canan Özsoy
General Electric
Cem Özkök
Güriş Holding A.Ş.
Ebru Dildar Edin
Garanti Bank
Elif Düşmez Tek
Deloitte Turkey
Güven Sak
The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey
Kıvanç Zaimler
Enerjisa A.Ş.
Mehmet Acarla
Borusan EnBW Energy
Murtaza Ata
Kalyon Investment Holding
Mustafa Karahan
Energy Traders Association
Mustafa Serdar Ataseven
Turkish Wind Energy Association
Sermin Onaygil
ITU Energy Institute
Sibel Çetinkaya
Deloitte Turkey
Uygar Özesmi
Volkan Ediger
Kadir Has University
Yusuf Menceloğlu
Sabanci University

The Founding Partners

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) at the Sabanci University (SU) is a global policy research institution that specializes in key social and political issues ranging from democratization to climate change, transatlantic relations to conflict resolution and mediation. The center is located in Istanbul. More information about the IPC can be accessed from here.

European Climate Foundation (ECF) is a major philanthropic initiative to help Europe foster the development of a low-carbon society and play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change. ECF has six offices in the Hague, Berlin, Brussels, London, Paris and Warsaw. A country office operates in Istanbul. More information about the ECF can be accessed from here.

Agora Energiewende develops scientifically based and politically feasible approaches for ensuring the success of the Energiewende. A think-tank and policy laboratory, centered around dialogue with energy policy stakeholders. Agora Energiewende is centred in Berlin and more information about its activities can be accessed from here.