2nd Washington Oil & Gas Forum 2016 Speakers

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Matthew Bryza

Frmr. Dep. Assistant Secretary of State, Frmr. U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan

Ambassador Matthew Bryza is a non-executive director of Turcas, a diversified energy company and one of Turkey’s largest corporations.  He is also member of the Board of Lamor Ab, the world’s leading oil spill response company, and CEO of Lamor Turkey in Istanbul.  Bryza additionally serves on the Board of an upstream energy companies in the UK, is a founding partner of a cyber security firm in Turkey, and a member of a high-level investment team developing exports of U.S. liquid natural gas to the Baltic Sea region.  

Bryza is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Defence and Security in Tallinn, and served as the Center’s Director from 2012-2015.  He is also a Non- Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Board member of the Jamestown Foundation, both of which are think-tanks in Washington, DC. 

Ambassador Bryza served for 23 years as a U.S. diplomat. His most recent assignment was as Ambassador to Azerbaijan from February 2011 to January 2012.  During 2005 to 2009, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for Eurasian energy security, the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus.  He simultaneously served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE’s Minsk Group mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (between Armenia and Azerbaijan), and as U.S. mediator of the Cyprus Question and the South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts (in Georgia).

During 2001 to 2005, Ambassador Bryza served in the White House as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff, covering the same areas as mentioned above, along with Islamist extremism.

Earlier assignments at the State Department included Deputy Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Energy; Advisor on Economic Reform in the South Caucasus and Central Asia; Russia Desk Officer; and Political Officer at the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-97) and Poland (1989-91).

Matthew Bryza holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, both in international relations.  

His articles on foreign affairs have been published in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Bloomberg.  His numerous TV and radio interviews have been broadcast by CNN International, the BBC, and a range of networks in Russia, Poland, the Baltic States, and the South Caucasus.

Ambassador Bryza personally received Estonia’s Order of Terra Mariana (Fourth Class) from President Toomas Hendik Ilves and Georgia’s Order of St. George from President Mikheil Saakashvili.