Mr. Schmerler is the Chair of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) for the 2018-2021 term. In addition, he is currently the Chairman of Peru´s Regulatory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining (OSINERGMIN) and was the former Chairman of the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulators (ARIAE) from July 2017 to June 2018, where he now holds a position in the Board.
Mr. Schmerler has held executive positions in governmental regulatory and competition agencies such as the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property, INDECOPI. He is also a published legal scholar and has been a lecturer in the most prestigious universities of Peru as well as a guest speaker at national and international events.
He is a lawyer, graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a Master’s Degree candidate in Law from the same University. Mr. Schmerler is a specialist in Competition and Administrative Law, Economic and Network Industry Regulation with a focus in Energy and Telecommunication Infrastructure. His 19-year career as a public servant includes significant roles in conflict resolution in highly technical regulatory entities.
ICER Co-Vice Chair
Ms. Cazorla is the 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.
She 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.
ICER Co-Vice Chair
Mr. Danner was elected ICER Vice Chair in March 2018. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (NARUC) and chairs its International Relations Committee. He is a member of the State Technology Services Board, the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI), and the Advisory Council of the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University.
David W. Danner was chairman of the Utilities and Transportation Commission in February 2013. Danner had been the agency’s executive director since 2005 and secretary since 2008. Before that, he served as executive policy advisor to Washington Gov. Gary Locke on energy, telecommunications, finance, and elections issues.
In 2004, Gov. Locke named Danner to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board and Shoreline Hearings Board, where he served before moving to the commission. Danner has also been a telecommunications attorney in private practice, and counsel to the Washington Senate Energy and Utilities Committee.
Mr. Salazar is the Coordinator of 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. 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
Mr. Madrigal 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 Mexico. 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.
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.
Mr. 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.
Chair of the Virtual Working Group 2 on Gas and other Fuels
Ms. Bagdagul Kaya is the Head of Natural Gas Network Operation Regulations Group at the Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkish Republic (EMRA). Her main responsibilities include working on issues relating to creating organised natural gas market in Turkey that covers establishing the gas trading and balancing platforms, TPA regulations of transmission network, underground storage and LNG terminals.
She has been the Chair of the Gas Working Group of the MEDREG (the Association of Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas). She participated in the working groups, of the Energy Community, MEDREG and the European Regulators’ Group (ERGEG) for issues on both electricity and gas, as a Turkish representative.
She is a lawyer by training and admitted to Bar Association in 2003. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the Queen Mary, University of London with the Master’s Thesis on ‘Renewable Energy and International Investment Protection Regime’. She has published several articles on both national and international publications.
Co-Chair of the Virtual Working Group 2 on Gas and other Fuels
Mr. Mahmoud is currently an Executive Chairman of Egyptian Gas Regulatory Authority (GASREG). His main responsibilities include to regulate and monitor all downstream activities related to the gas market, to ensure the availability of gas and the quality of services provided and encourage the investment in the gas market, taking into account the interests of all participants in the gas market and the protection of stakeholders’ rights.
In June 2007, he was awarded the fourth ranking of the Distinguished Manager Competition which was conducted in all government ministries throughout Egypt under the patronage of the Ministry of Administrative Development to select the top ten managers over the country.
He is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 35 years in the oil and gas industry sector, gained experience in various fields including processing, liquefaction and separation of gas derivatives projects and natural gas transmission network pipelines.
Chair of the Virtual Working Group 3 on Technology and Innovation
Mr. Bishop has 12 years of experience in electricity and regulatory policy development, distribution and transmission rate-setting, network planning and commodity pricing. He is currently director of the Strategic Policy Unit of the Ontario Energy Board.
He worked as manager of Electricity Rates and Prices from 2013 to 2016. Previously, he worked in the Ministry of Energy in which he was responsible for a broad range of transmission and distribution policy issues, including project development, transmission planning, infrastructure approvals, rate impacts of system investments, regulatory renewal, interpretation and amendment of applicable codes and standards, and emergency management.
Mr. Bishop holds a Master of Public Administration from the Queen’s University
Co-Chair of the Virtual Working Group 3 on Technology and Innovation
Ms. Somasekharan is the Deputy Chief on Regulatory Affairs of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) from 2014 to present as part of the team working on the Generic Renewable Energy Tariff Orders. She is also working in the SAFIR Secretariat.
Previously, she held positions as Deputy Director of Tariff in the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC). She worked on subsidy orders and true up of past subsidies for the licensees. She also conducted analysis of license fees and Power purchases, Sales and Resource.
She holds a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Osmania University.
Chair of the ICER Chronicle
John Betkoski III is Vice Chairman of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). Betkoski has served on this regulatory authority since 1997 when he was named a Commissioner of the Department of Public Utility Control.
In addition to his NARUC responsibilities, Betkoski is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Water Planning Council. Betkoski was also appointed as Chairperson of ICER for the 2016-2018 term.
Chair of Women in Energy
Ms. Shortall is currently Deputy Secretary General at Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). She is an Economist and Senior Manager with 15 years’ experiences in the field of energy regulation, association management, EU Public Affairs, energy regulation, internal/external communications and strategic leadership.
She previously worked as a professional Economist for the Irish national competition authority and as an Economics lecturer.
She is the Founding Chair of the Women in Energy initiative of the ICER, providing practical tools to help women in their career advancement.