Mr Daniel Schmerler 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. He has held executive positions in governmental regulatory and competition agencies such as the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property, INDECOPI.
Mr. Schmerler is 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 currently the Chairman of Peru´s Regulatory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining (OSINERGMIN) and was the 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. In addition, Mr. Schmerler is the Chair of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) for the 2018-2021 term.
ICER Co-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.
ICER Co-Vice Chair
Mr David W. Danner Gov. Jay Inslee appointed David W. Danner 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.
Danner was elected ICER Vice Chair in March 2018. Danner 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.
Danner has a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. in communications from the University of Washington, and a law degree from George Washington University.
Mr 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
Mr 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
Bagdagul Kaya Caner, LL. M. 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 working at the EMRA since 2004. She has worked on regulatory/legal issues on both domestic and international levels concerning energy, especially natural gas markets.
She has been the Chair of the Gas Working Group of the MEDREG (the Association of Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas). She enrolled as a review team member for the International Energy Agency in Country In-Depth Review processes. 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 post graduate certificates from the Florence School of Regulation-European University Institute and Institute of Public Utilities- Michigan State University. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in Ankara University where she also holds and LL.B. and MA on the European Union and International Economic Relations. She has published several articles on both national and international publications.
Karem Hanafy Mahmoud Mohamed 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 to secure the domestic needs and trade by avail the networks and facilities to third parties, to ensure 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.
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.
Previously he was the Chairman and Managing Director of Egyptian Natural Gas Company (GASCO) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Egyptian Company for Liquefied Natural Gas (ELNG) from June 2010 till 5 December 2013.
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.
Chair of the Virtual Working Group 3 on Technology and Innovation
Mr 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). Mr. Quesnelle is also an Executive Committee member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).