Alparslan Bayraktar

ERRA Chairman & EMRA Commissioner

Commissioner Bayraktar is serving in Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey (EMRA) since he was appointed by the Council of Ministers and took the oath of office on Feb. 2, 2010 for a 6-year tenure. Prior to joining EMRA, Mr. Bayraktar was in private practice working in a spectrum of industries. Most recently (2007-2010), as an entrepreneur, he ran his consulting and project management business in energy and IT, carrying out numerous projects in Turkey. From 2001 through 2006 Mr. Bayraktar worked as a business manager in New York-based Goldenline Inc., responsible for the Northern & Central American region. From 1998 through 2001 he specialized in the LPG industry in Turkey, undertaking supply chain management, business development and arrangement of safety procedures. He also has 2 years’ project engineering experience in the construction industry. Mr. Bayraktar holds positions in various international organizations and is actively involved in issues relating to regulatory governance. He is the Chairman of Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA). ERRA has 24 full members, stretching over four continents with a demographic reach of around one billion. ERRA seeks to improve energy regulation in member countries via enhanced cooperation, sharing best practices and regulatory learning. Mr. Bayraktar’s ties to ERRA date back to his election for the Presidium (the executive and representative body) in April 2012. Then, he was elected by the General Assembly as the Vice Chairman on 10 June 2013. He became the Acting Chairman in August 2013 and was elected as the Chairman by the General Assembly on 31 March 2014. Mr. Bayraktar’s other international memberships include the Editorial Board of International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) publication The ICER Chronicle and the International Programme Committee & Steering Committee (as ERRA representative) of World Forum on Energy Regulation VI (WFER). Mr. Bayraktar received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He was honored as the youngest individual to earn an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a master’s degree (LL.M.) in Law and Economics from Bilkent University, Faculty of Law, where he successfully completed a project on the role of Regulatory Impact Assessment and the Precautionary Principle in designing and implementing smarter regulation. Mr. Bayraktar also studied Strategic Marketing Management at New York University.