Matthew Bryza

Ambassador Matthew Bryza is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States (focusing on Eurasian energy security and geopolitics), Board Member of the Jamestown Foundation, and member of the Editorial Board of Turkish Policy Quarterly. He was Director of the Estonian think-tank, the International Centre for Defence and Security, during 2012-2015, where he founded the Centre’s energy security and cyber security programs.

Bryza resides in Istanbul, where he is CEO of Lamor Turkey, an environmental solutions company that is a joint venture with Finland’s Lamor Corporation ( He is also a Non-Executive Director of Turcas, a publicly-traded Turkish company involved with fuel distribution (with Shell), power generation (with RWE), and petrochemicals.

In early 2012, Matthew completed a 23-year career as a U.S. diplomat, culminating as Ambassador to Azerbaijan. Earlier, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (2005-2009) and Director on the National Security Council Staff at the White House (2001-2005) for Eurasian energy security and U.S. relations with Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus (including mediation of the region’s separatist conflicts). During 1998 to 2001, Ambassador Bryza was the Deputy Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Basin Energy Security, when he worked closely with BP in developing the legal and commercial frameworks of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and South Caucasus natural gas pipelines.

He also served in the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-1997) and Poland (1989-1991).

Bryza is a frequent commentator in media outlets that have included CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Chicago Tribune, as well as numerous publications and TV networks in Turkey, the South Caucasus, and South Asia.

Matthew is a recipient of Estonia’s Order of Terra of Mariana and Georgia’s Order of St. George.

Ambassador Bryza received his Bachelor’s Degree in international relations (with distinction) from Stanford in 1986 and his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts in 1988.