The Executive Committee (ExCom) is elected by the General Assembly of EAPIRF to provide leadership for the organization. While providing overall leadership for the forum, the ExCom performs important roles such as strategic planning, fund raising, coordinating with other regional organizations and providing key approvals related to annual budget, membership fees and new members.

The ExCom members are:

 Prof. Emeritus Dr. Direk Lavansiri Prof. Emeritus Dr. Direk Lavansiri (EAPIRF Chairperson)
Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand

Dr. Direk Lavansiri is the Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand. He has a distinguished career spanning over for more three decades in infrastructure planning and development.

In 2008, Dr. Lavansiri was appointed by the King as the Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand. Prior to his appointment as the Chairman of Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand he held a number of positions including Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the Chulalongkorn University, Associate Faculty at the Asian Institute of Technology and Professor and Director of Continuing Education Center at the Chulalongkorn University. In 2008, he was appointed as Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University.

Dr. Lavansiri has completed his Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Washington, U.S.A. in 1973 and following that completed his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Oregon State University, Oregon, U.S.A. in 1976.

Mr. Mark John Pearson
Deputy CEO, Regulation, at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Mark Pearson is the Deputy CEO, Regulation, at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Prior to taking up this role he was the Executive General Manager of the Regulatory Affairs Division and earlier held a similar position in the Enforcement & Compliance Division.

Mark was also the General Manager, Mergers & Asset Sales Branch and General Manager of the Gas Group. After several years in the retail sector in the United States Mark held a number of policy related positions in various Commonwealth Government departments, including the Department of Primary Industries and Energy and the Department of Finance.

He has a Bachelor degree in Economics and a Masters in Accounting.

H. E. Dr. Ty Norin
Chairman, Electricity Authority of Cambodia

Dr. Ty Norin is the Chairman of the Electricity Authority of Cambodia. He started working in the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy of the Kingdom of Cambodia in 1986 and in 1987 was transferred to work in Electricité du Cambodge (EDC), the national electricity supplier. In EDC Dr. Norin was promoted rose through the ranks to become Deputy Managing Director of EDC.

In 2001 Dr. Ty Norin was selected by the Royal Government of Cambodia and was nominated to be the first Chairman of the Electricity Authority of Cambodia.

Dr. Norin is a graduate (Master of Electrical Engineering) from the Institute of Technology Mendeleyev of Moscow, Russia in 1986 and a graduate (Doctor of Business Administration) from Southern California University, United State in 1997.

Ir. Ahmad Fauzi Bin Hasan
Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Energy Commission

Ir. Ahmad Fauzi Bin Hasan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Commission. Prior to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2010, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Energy Commission from 1 January 2008, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Supply and Safety, from 2005 until 2007 and the Director, Gas Supply and Safety, from 2002 until 2005. Apart from the Energy Commission, he has also served in various government agencies such as the Department of Electricity and Gas Supply, Department of Occupational Safety and Health as well as the Factories and Machinery Department.

He is a professional engineer with over 31 years of regulatory experience. His area of experience includes technical, economic and safety regulation of the gas and electricity supply industries.

He also sits on advisory committees of several bodies and institutions responsible for the development of policies, technical standards, educational and promotional programmes, as well as research projects related to the country’s energy supply and utilisation.

Ir. Ahmad Fauzi received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), United Kingdom, and his Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, United States of America.

Dr. Billy Manoka
Commissioner and CEO, Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) of Papua New Guinea

Dr. Billy Manoka was appointed Commissioner and CEO of the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) of Papua New Guinea on 5th May, 2010. Dr. Manoka was formerly Associate Professor and Head of the Economics Department at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). He served at UPNG as an academic for 22 years. He is from Papua New Guinea. Billy was born on August 12, 1962.

Dr. Manoka obtained a PhD in Resource and Environmental Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst USA in 2000. He holds a Masters in Economics of Development from the National Center for Development Studies (NCDS), Australian National University (ANU) (1991) and a Bachelor of Economics (1985) and BEc Hons (1987) from the University of Papua New Guinea.

His research interests as an academic were in Resource and Environmental Economics and Development Economics. Other interests included Health Economics (HIV/Aids). Dr. Manoka has presented papers at numerous international conferences. He has also published in refereed journals (individually and with others) and wrote book chapters. Billy has mentored junior researchers in PNG.

Prior to his appointment as the full-time Commissioner and CEO of the ICCC, Dr. Manoka served as Associate Commissioner (Resident) of ICCC since April 2008 and began to take keen interest in Regulatory and Competition Economics.

Dr. Hasso Bhatia
CEO and Part-time Commissioner,The Vanuatu Utility Regulatory Authority (URA)

Dr. Hasso Bhatia recently joined the Vanuatu Utility Regulatory Authority (URA) as CEO and Part-time Commissioner. As CEO he will be responsible for regulatory and executive management of the URA.  He will serve as a Commissioner along with two current commissioners, Chairman Johnson Naviti and Commissioner Paul Kaun.


Dr. Bhatia worked for over 26 years with Michigan Public Service Commission in senior positions and retired in 2000 as Director of Technical Services Division. During this period Dr. Bhatia was involved with all regulatory activities for electricity, natural gas, water and telecommunications regulation, including directing the technical staff to prepare and testify in evidentiary hearings on cost of service and rate design, rate research, economic and financial analysis; perform ROR studies and recommendations, accounting and audit reviews, depreciation studies. He also served as Director of Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency and Demand side Management Division at the MPSC. Dr. Bhatia also headed several special assignments for the MPSC including: Prudency and Management Review of Fermi 2 Nuclear plant; Develop and design and negotiate to set up independent Decommissioning Funds for Nuclear facilities; Chief Negotiator for settling the MCV Co-Generation dispute among developers, Utility, Consumer advocates and the Commission to allocate capacity, fix prices and develop PPA for sale and purchase of power from various Co-Gen facilities. Dr. Bhatia also was appointed as consultant to Ohio PSC to perform Management review of Perry Nuclear power plant in Ohio. Dr. Bhatia has successfully testified as expert witness in several large Arbitrations involving PPA disputes.


Dr. Bhatia is an American citizen of Indian origin.  He holds a PhD in Mathematics from Michigan State University, an M.S degree in Mathematics and Operations Research and a B.S. degree from University of Delhi, India.



EAPIRF would like to acknowledge the service of former Chairpersons and Excom members

Mr. Thomas Abe, former Chairman, Independent Competition and Consumer Commission, Papua New Guinea, Chairperson EAPIRF 2005 – 2010

Mr. Irzal Djamal, Chairperson, Jakarta Water Supply Regulatory Body, Chairperson EAPIRF 2011

Mr. Carmine Piantedosi, former CEO, Utilities Regulatory Authority of Vanuatu, Chairperson EAPIRF 2011 – 2012

Mr. Ahmad Lanti, former Chairperson, Jakarta Water Supply Regulatory Body, Member EAPIRF Excom 2004 – 2008

Mr. Inia Tubukoso Tamani, Director, Land Transport, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Fiji, EAPIRF Excom 2004 – 2008

Mr. Angel Efron Agustin, former Deputy Administrator, MWSS Regulatory Office, Philippines, EAPIRF Excom 2004 – 2008

Mr. Roy Hemmingway, former Chairperson, Electricity Commission of New Zealand, EAPIRF Esxcom 2004 – 2008

Mr. Joe Dimasi, former General Manager, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, EAPIRF Excom 2004 – 2010

Dialogue Partners

EAPIRF would like to acknowledge the contribution of and participation from its Dialogue Partners

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