TGEP 2013

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Participants with AKFEL executives in Istanbul

In August of 2013, professionals and graduate students from Texas participated in an executive education program organized through the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA). This opportunity was sponsored by Assembly of the Friends of Azerbaijan (AFAZ) the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA), the Turquoise Council of Americans & Eurasians, and the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen & Industrialists (TUSKON). The program provided participants with the opportunity to travel abroad, attend lectures on business, energy, geopolitical issues and public and international affairs, interact with local students, and meet with local companies and non-profit organizations. Attendees cultivated contacts in the area, gained cultural experience, and learned about business and international affairs in Eurasia.

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TXOGA Vice Presidents together with Asim Mollazade, Member of Parliament

Three Vice Presidents from TXOGA and students from the University of Texas (Austin and Dallas), the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business, Texas State University and Texas A&M University spent four days in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku and three days in Istanbul, Turkey. While in Baku, participants met with Azerbaijani government officials, scholars and business leaders. These interactions provided participants with newfound knowledge about Azerbaijan’s culture, history and economic plans for the future, along with the dynamics of the nation’s relationships with neighboring countries and the United Sates with a special emphasis on the energy industry. Presentations spanned a breadth of topics from summarizing Azerbaijani history to speculating on the future of the energy industry. Taken together, these presentations increased attendees’ awareness and understanding of their position within an ever-changing global economy and community.

For more information contact Yetkin Yildirim   yetkinyildirim@gmail.com

or Mary Neuburger burgerm@austin.utexas.edu