Mr John “Jack” Betkoski III is the current President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) (since November 2017) and has been Vice Chairman of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) since May 2007. Mr Betkoski has served on Connecticut’s utility regulatory authority since July 1997. As a Commissioner, he specializes in water utility issues. He is a past president of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (NECPUC) and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He is a former State Legislator. At the international level, he served as chair of ICER’s Virtual Working Group 4 on Regulatory Best Practices during its existence from 2009-2015. Within ICER, he serves as Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Chronicle and oversees the ICER Distinguished Scholar Award. He received his B.A. from Sacred Heart University, and his M.S. and Sixth Year Diploma in Advanced Studies in Administration and Supervision from Southern Connecticut State University.
ICER Vice Chair
Ms Susana Ivana Cazorla Espinosa is, since December 2014, Head of the LPG Division of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). Previously, she was the Chief of Advisors to the Chairman of the same Commission, a position she held for over three years. Ms Cazorla holds a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Master’s Degree in Economy, majoring in Public Policy Finances, from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). She also studied a Financial Programing course at the International Monetary Fund.
Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano is the Coordinator of the International Confederation of Regulators (ICER). He is also founding partner of Enix, SC, a consulting firm specialized in energy regulation. In 2016, he was appointed as the first “Institute of the Americas Regional Energy Integration Non-Resident Fellow” and as executive fellow at the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary. During 2015-2017, he was Chair of the Mexican Chapter of the World Energy Council (WEC). In 2017 he became a member of COMEXI, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. From 2005 to 2015, he served as Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) time during which he was an active promoter of energy reform in Mexico. During 2011-2015 he chaired the Ibero-American Energy Regulators Association (ARIAE). Mr. Salazar holds an MSc in Public Financial Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, and Diploma studies in Law and Economics from other universities.
Chair of the Virtual Working Group 1 on Electricity
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez is currently a commissioner at the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He was elected by the Senate to this post as part of the historical energy sector reforms taking place in México. Before joining the commission he spent almost ten years working internally for The World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank as Senior Energy Specialist, where he supported governments, regulatory agencies, and power utilities in the development of investment projects, and policies and regulations focusing on the areas of electricity transmission, distribution, regional energy (electricity and gas) integration, renewable energy integration, and power systems and markets analysis, design and development. He was also previously Deputy General Director of Electrical Restructuring at CRE, Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary of Energy of the Mexican Federal Government, and assistant professor at Morelia Institute of Technology. Dr. Madrigal has an engineering, master, and Ph.D degree in power engineering from Morelia Institute of Technology, the University of Nuevo Leon, and the University of Waterloo in Canada, respectively. He has received several awards, among them, the Outstanding Young Power Engineering Award by the IEEE Power and Energy Society in 2006, and has published considerably in power systems operations and markets.
Chair of the Virtual Working Group 2 on Gas and other Fuels
Gülefşan Demirbaş has headed the Strategy Development Department of the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority since 2009.
She served as the executive director of the 6th World Forum on Energy Regulation and chaired the Institutional Working Group of Mediterranean Energy Regulators Association (MEDREG) between 2014 and 2016. She co-chaired the Sustainability Virtual Working Group of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) between 2012-2016.
She has been the vice president of MEDREG since December 2016.
She has an M.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering from the Middle East Technical University of Turkey.
Co-Chairs of the Virtual Working Group 3 on Technology and Innovation
Ken Quesnelle was appointed Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board in February 2014, and a full-time member in August of 2005. Mr. Quesnelle has worked in various positions in the electricity distribution sector and is a past Chair of the Electricity Distributors’ Association. He has over 30 years of experience in the utility and municipal administration business which includes electricity and water distribution as well as water supply and related environmental protection. Mr. Quesnelle is a past Chair of CAMPUT (Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators) and is a member of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators’ (ICER) and Co -Chair of its Technology and Innovation working group. Mr. Quesnelle is also an Executive Committee member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Patricia de Suzzoni is a Director at CRE, the French energy regulator. Her main responsibility is to participate in the European and international energy policy debate and promote competitive and innovative markets in the interest of consumers. At the international level, she co-chairs the Working Group (WG) on Technology and Innovation of ICER, the International Confederation of Energy Regulators. At the European level, from 2009 to 2017 she chaired the Customers and Retail Markets WG of CEER, the Council of European Energy Regulators. From 2004 to 2009 as an executive director at CRE, she led the French renewable energy calls for tender and related funding and the programme for opening retail markets to competition.
Patricia previously held corporate strategy, business development and general management positions in major telecom companies. Patricia holds two MScs, from École Polytechnique and Télécom ParisTech. She is a graduate from Paris Dauphine University and completed a programme at INSEAD business school.