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 Competiti
on 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 cof 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
Ms 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.
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).