Strategic Advisory Board

The Strategic Advisory Board gives non-binding advice to the ERRA Presidium on strategic issues of the Association with special emphasis on performance, sustainability, new business ideas and organisational efficiency. The Board is supposed to enhance international relations and is in the position to promote ERRA on international fora.

The Board consists of five members invited by the Presidium and shall serve for a 2-year period.

 

Members of the Strategic Advisory Board

Alparslan Bayraktar, Member of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Alparslan BAYRAKTAR (biography)
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey (MENR)
Former ERRA and ICER Chairman
Turkey

   

Walter Boltz, Vice Chairman of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Vice Chairman of the Board

Mr. Walter BOLTZ (biography)
Senior Adviser in European Energy
Member of EU ACER’s Board of Appeal
Former Executive Director, E-Control
Austria

   

Ashok Bhargava, ERRA Strategic Advisory Board Member

Board Member

Mr. Ashok BHARGAVA (biography)
Senior Consultant and Advisor in Clean Energy – Climate Change
Former Director for Energy and Chair of the Energy Sector Group
at Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Philippines

   

Colette Honorable, Member of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Board Member

Ms. Colette HONORABLE (biography)
Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
Global Advisory Board, Energy Futures Initiative
United States of America

   

Mariusz Swora, Member of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Board Member

Dr hab. Mariusz SWORA (biography)
Member of EU ACER’s Board of Appeal
Former President of Energy Regulatory Office in Warsaw (2007-2010)
Former ERRA Vice Chairman, Former ERRA Presidium Member
Poland

 



Board Members’ Short Biographies

  Alparslan Bayraktar, Member of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

  Alparslan BAYRAKTAR
  Chairman of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board
  Deputy Minister
  Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey (MENR)
  Former ERRA and ICER Chairman

 

 

Alparslan Bayraktar serves as the Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. Prior to assuming this post, he was the Deputy Undersecretary of MENR following his service as the General Director of International Affairs and European Union. Between 2010-2016, Mr. Bayraktar served as a Commissioner of Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey. Before his public service, he worked for the private sector in Turkey and abroad.

Mr. Bayraktar also holds positions in various international organizations involved in issues relating to energy governance. He served as the Chairman of International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) and Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA). Currently, he is the Chairman of World Energy Council Turkey.

Mr. Bayraktar holds B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, LL.M. in Law and Economics from Bilkent University and M.A. in International Relations from Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. in Energy, Environmental Economics & Policy from Middle East Technical University.



 
Walter Boltz, Vice Chairman of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Walter BOLTZ
Vice Chairman of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board
Senior Adviser in European Energy 
Former Executive Director, E-Control
Austria

 

 

  • Born in Vienna in 1953
  • 1970/1971 Graduation from high school in both the USA and Austria
  • 1971 – 1976: Degree in technical physics at the Vienna University of Technology
  • 1977 – 1990 Managing Director of an international management and technology consulting group in Austria
  • 1991 – 1996: Worked for a major Austrian commercial bank in Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on structured financing, privatization and the reorganisation of utilities
  • 1996 – 1999: member of the executive board of a major German consultancy
  • 1999 – 2001: Member of the executive board of PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • 2001 – 3. 2016 Chairman of E-Control Ltd.; Executive Director of Energie Control Austria (E-Control)
  • 2018 – 2020 Chairman Supervisory Board JSC MGU, owner of the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU LLC)
  • Since 2016 Strategic Advisor of ENTSOG
  • Since 2016 Senior Advisor in European Energy
  • Different functions in international organisations*
    • CEER Security of Supply Working Group Chair (2001/2004)
    • CEER Single Energy Market Working Group Chair (2004/2005)
    • CEER/ERGEG Gas Working Group Chair (2006 – 2016)
    • CEER/ERGEG Vice President (2006/May 2015)
    • AIB President (2005/2006)
    • Vice Chair of ACER’S Regulatory Board (2010 – 2016)
    • ACER Gas Working Group Chair (2010-2016)
    • Member ACER Board of Appeal (2016- now)
    • Co-Chair of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council work stream 2 (2012-2019
    • Member of the FSR Policy Advisory Council (2015 – now)

*
ENTSOG: European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas
CEER: Council of European Energy Regulators
ERGEG: European Regulators’ Group for Electricity and Gas
AIB: Association of Issuing Bodies
FSR: Florence School of Regulation
EPRI: Electric Power Research Institute


  Ashok Bhargava, ERRA Strategic Advisory Board Member

Ashok BHARGAVA
Member of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board
Senior Consultant and Advisor in Clean Energy – Climate Change
Former Director for Energy and Chair of the Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Philippines

 

 

Ashok Bhargava is currently a senior consultant and advisor in clean energy- climate change-environment space with more than 38 years’ direct experience in energy sector work in 20 countries. Prior to this, he was Director for Energy and Chair of the Energy Sector Group in Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila where he worked from 2003 – 2020. For the past 9 years, he managed the Bank’s energy operations in the East Asia, and Central West Asia regions and provided leadership to the Bank’s overall energy operations in the entire Asia and the Pacific region.

He was a long-time expert in the Bank’s energy operations in China. In 2008, he received Dunhuang Award by Gansu Province – the highest award given to foreign nationals, for his early efforts in promoting renewable energy development in the province. In 2015. he led the development of a complex ADB program to address poor air quality issues in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region of China. In 2019, the first project under the program was selected as examples for Best Practice nature-based solution at the UN Climate Action Summit. In 2019, he led the formulation of ADB’s new regional energy strategy for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, and managed organization of the first regional energy ministers’ dialogue for enhancing cooperation and energy trade.        

Before ADB, he was senior consultant and team leaders for various energy infrastructure projects through a consulting firm and worked for a multinational company in Australia, and prior to that he worked as manager and senior technical expert in national hydropower generating company in India.

Ashok has received his Master in Business Administration from Deakin University, Australia, and Bachelor of Engineering from University of Indore, India. He has also attended leadership and management courses from Cambridge University; Harvard Business school; and Ross School of Management, Michigan.

 
  Colette Honorable, Member of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Colette HONORABLE
Member of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board
Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
Global Advisory Board, Energy Futures Initiative
United States of America

 

 

The Honorable Colette D. Honorable is a highly regarded policy maker in domestic and international energy sectors. For over a decade, she has been a global leader in energy, focusing on clean energy integration, energy storage integration, infrastructure development and energy efficiency. Honorable is a member of Reed Smith LLP’s Energy and Natural Resources Group where she leads the energy regulatory group. In this capacity, she is a trusted legal and strategic advisor to her clients, many of which are Fortune 500 entities.

Prior to joining Reed Smith, Honorable served as a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for a term that expired in June 2017. At FERC, Honorable focused on reliability oversight of the bulk power system, cyber and physical security, oversight of wholesale markets, transmission planning and cost allocation in regional transmission organizations, gas-electric coordination, renewables integration, energy storage integration and valuation, enforcement, ratemaking and infrastructure development. Honorable led the agency’s engagement on the Clean Power Plan, was integral in the development of an energy storage policy statement and the development of policy frameworks supporting energy storage market participation. During her tenure, Honorable represented the US in the 2015 Second High Level Plenary Meetings at the International Energy Association, a global convening of countries for the purpose of defending and confirming climate action goals in advance of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

In recent years, Honorable has provided technical expertise and regulatory support for energy regulators and policy makers in Africa, Australia, North and South America (including several provinces in Canada, Mexico and Brazil), throughout Europe (including the Baltic Region, throughout Europe (including France, Greece, Italy, Slovenia and Spain), the Eurasian Region (Azerbaijan and Turkey) and the Caribbean. In this work, she has supported clean energy integration, energy storage development, transmission planning and cost allocation, and providing technical support for the development of integrated resource planning processes that focus on integrating renewables and storage to support both reliability and resilience as well as developing public, transparent processes to resolve consumer and regulatory disputes. This work has also included supporting energy market reforms in Australia, representing the US in the execution of an MOU with Brazil focused on clean energy integration, and serving as a convener and presenter of the first bilateral among US and IberoAmerican regulators.

Honorable joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she began as a Commissioner in October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011 to January 2015. During that time, Honorable also served as past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and served as treasurer and chairman of the audit and investment committees. As president, Honorable focused on pipeline safety, reliability and resilience and workforce diversity. During this time she participated in the Electric Subsector Coordinating Council, a high-level coalition of public and private sector entities focused on ensuring resilience nationally. She has testified before Congress on multiple occasions on a range of energy issues, and most recently advised and appeared before the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to discuss nuclear energy opportunities and challenges.

Honorable is a Senior Fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center, a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Energy Futures Initiative, member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) and as an Ambassador for the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative.

Honorable serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), and previously served on the board of directors (and the Executive and Compensation & Leadership Development Committees) of the Electric Power Research Institute, a global nonprofit research and development institution driven to support the energy sector through investment in artificial intelligence and data analytics as well as efficient electrification. Honorable is a former member of the Summit Utilities, Inc. Board of Directors, sitting on the Compensation and Safety Committees.

A native of Arkansas, she is a graduate of the University of Memphis and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

 
  Mariusz Swora, Member of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Mariusz SWORA
Member of the ERRA Strategic Advisory Board
Member of the Board of Appeal at the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators in Ljubljana
Former President of Energy Regulatory Office in Warsaw (2007-2010)
Former ERRA Vice Chairman, Former ERRA Presidium Member
Poland

 

 

Mariusz Swora, dr hab., Attorney At Law, is a full member of the Board of Appeal at the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). He holds PhD in law and habilitation titles. For several years he was a senior lecturer at law department of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and associate professor at the law department of Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Mariusz Swora is an international expert in energy law and has authored over 140 publications in this area (including problems related to the energy market regulation and regulators, smart metering, e-mobility infrastructure in the Clean Energy Package, commentary to Energy Law).

He was the President of Energy Regulatory Office in Warsaw (2007-2010). During his term of office as the vice chairman of ERRA, he represented the organization at the G8 meeting in Rome (2009). Together with dr Gabor Szörényi, he initiated studies on intersection of innovation and energy regulation at ERRA (presented during ERRA Energy Regulatory Innovation Day, Poznan 2015).

Running his Law Office, Mr Swora advises on a daily basis public institutions and private entities (like operators, traders and generators in electricity, gas & oil, district heating) in the area of energy law and regulation, competition law and new technologies. Mariusz Swora is an author of draft laws (both national and EU), contracts, reports and legal opinions for the European Commission as a member of consortium Spark Legal Network/VVA (national expert in a project related to risk preparedness), the World Bank (regulatory expert in a project examining legal aspects of Home Area Network), professional associations (e.g. DSR for industrial customers, implementation of REDII in district heating, implementation of Clean Energy Package – together with EY) and public institutions, including Parliament and Ministry of Energy (now Ministry of Climate and Environment).  He was a member of advisory council at A.T. Kearney in Poland (2015). Between 2017-2018, he was the chairman of steering committee of a sectoral program for energy at the National Centre for Research and Development.     

Winner of the ERRA Energy Regulatory Research Award 2014 (study devoted to the obligation to exchange electricity), recognized also for outstanding leadership of ERRA (2020). Laureate of the Laurel of Merit for the Polish Industry (2016).