Name: Timur Topalgoekceli
Title: Head of Hello Tomorrow Turkey & Sr. Energy Economist
Other Titles: Entrepreneur, Executive, International Keynote & TedX Speaker, World Traveller, Researcher, Energy Strategist, Energy Sector Influencer, Business Development, Mentor, Writer, Analyst
Vision: His vision is to discover new cutting-edge technologies in energy sector at a global scale, accelerate the transformation of disruptive technologies into impactful solutions to real world problems and the creation of a high-impact science entrepreneurship ecosystem as a global influencer.
Timur Topalgoekceli is an energy economist and entrepreneur. He founded and is currently Head of Hello Tomorrow in Turkey, where he is building the local arm of the global science and technology start-up initiative. His main focus is to accelerate the creation of a high-impact science entrepreneurship ecosystem in Turkey. He is currently leading a high-level project on the role of innovation in the energy sector that will be presented to government and industry leaders. Previously, Timur worked at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, where he was a co-author of the annual World Energy Outlook, the IEA’s flagship publication. He worked on supply side modelling and led the group’s analysis of oil and gas upstream investment, cost and supply trends. In addition, he is co-author of the IEA’s special reports on Iraq (2012), Brazil (2013), Sub-Saharan Africa (2014) and India (2015). Prior to joining the IEA, Timur worked in Equity Research Sales at Standard & Poor’s Investment Division, covering UK, French, German, Swiss and Eastern European markets. Having graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Timur has worked on energy projects in various positions, including at a JP Morgan Emerging Market Hedge Fund or Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus’ Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. In addition, he was selected as the only undergraduate to work with post-doctoral research fellows at the Science Po Paris Centre for European Studies on an economic feasibility study of competing European Southern Corridor gas supply projects.
As a member of Sandbox, a global network of 1,000 young leaders under 30, Timur has been actively engaging in the field of energy and technology start-ups. He is also a TEDx Speaker and a member of the jury of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge, Europe’s largest science and technology start-up challenge. His specific field of interest is smart technologies and in particular how to design energy systems that will bring about consumers’ behaviour change with large-scale optimisation gains. Timur is fluent in German, Turkish, French and English.