Kölmek, Fatih

Senior Electricity Manager
USAID Energy Security Project (ESP)

Dr. Fatih Kölmek serves as the Senior Electricity Manager at the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) assisting Government of Ukraine in energy market reform. He leads a wide spectrum of project activities for the electricity sector including development of electricity market segments in compliance with EU energy acquis, power system planning and system operation assistance, integration of Ukrainian power system to ENTSO-E and the electricity market segments to Europe, improvement of support mechanism and market integration of renewable energy resources, as well as restoration and development of the power system. Dr. Kölmek holds BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University with scholarships and PhD degree in Economics from Hacettepe University with scholarship from the National Scientific Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

Before joining the ESP, Dr. Kölmek served as the Senior Electricity Advisor and Chief of Party (a.i.) at the USAID Energy Market Development Project implemented by the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) Ukraine. Previously, Dr. Kölmek was the Head of Organized Electricity Markets Group at Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) of Turkey. His group oversaw the entire wholesale electricity segment, as well as renewable (small and utility scale) energy support and retail supplier switching mechanisms. In his regulatory career at EMRA, he also served as an expert at Electricity Market Department, advisor the EMRA Board towards regulation of electricity, natural gas, petroleum and LPG markets and Head of Strategy and Sector Policies Group. Dr. Kölmek has a strong experience in international regulatory cooperation and served in coordinator roles at the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) and International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) in addition to managing EMRA’s several bilateral cooperation projects with national and regional regulatory commissions.